Top Africa stories: S Sudan frees retired SANDF colonel, Zim prophet

2018-11-03 07:06

Retired SANDF colonel on release from jail: 'My memories of South Sudan will always be positive'

South Sudanese authorities on Friday released rebel leader Riek Machar's former spokesperson as well as a South African adviser, a move seen as a gesture of goodwill in an ongoing peace process.

The spokesperson James Gatdet and retired South African colonel William John Endley were sentenced to death earlier this year by President Salva Kiir's regime for treason and conspiracy.

Endley had also been charged with espionage and illegal entry into South Sudan.

"We are here to implement the orders of the president to release these two guys," Interior Minister Michael Chiengjek told journalists at the national prison headquarters in Juba.

William John Endley

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SA to probe Rwanda ex-spy chief mysterious murder

An inquest into the death of an exiled Rwandan ex-spy chief who was found strangled in a luxury Johannesburg hotel in 2014 will open in January, a South African court official said on Thursday.

Patrick Karegeya, 53, was living in South Africa when he was killed in a room at the plush Michelangelo Towers hotel in the Johannesburg suburb of Sandton.

"It's not a trial it's a formal inquest and it starts on 16 January," the court official told AFP.

"At this stage we are holding a formal enquiry to ascertain who was responsible for the death," said the official who did not have permission to speak to the media.


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Prophet who claims to have found cure for HIV considers leaving Zim... as police raid his offices

Police in Zimbabwe have reportedly raided offices of a prominent prophet, Walter Magaya, who made headlines this week after he claimed that he had discovered the cure for HIV and Aids.

The Prophetic Healing and Deliverance ministry founder said the cure was a herb called Aguma and would destroy the HIV virus within 14 days.

According to New, police on Wednesday raided the preacher's offices in Harare to collect samples of his alleged cure for HIV and Aids.

The country's deputy information minister Energy Mutodi confirmed the development in a tweet.

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Zimbabwe president says study points to oil in country

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Thursday that an Australian firm would explore for oil and gas in the nation after a study indicated deposits.

Invictus Energy has in recent months reworked survey data generated in the early 1990s by US oil giant ExxonMobil, previously known as Mobil.

"We have been advised by Invictus that the findings are positive and point to oil and gas deposits in" the country's northern Muzarabani district, Mnangagwa told journalists in the capital.

Australian-listed Invictus, which plans to invest $20m into the project, has agreed to a production-sharing agreement with the government, he added.

Emmerson Mnangagwa

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Australia's Invictus say no oil, gas find yet in Zimbabwe

Australian-listed energy firm Invictus said on Friday it was exploring for oil and gas in Zimbabwe, tempering a government announcement that a study indicated deposits had been found.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Thursday the firm would explore for oil and gas after surveying pointed to deposits in the Mzarabani district.

Some media reports suggested that the company had already discovered oil and gas.


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Controversial prophet, who claimed to have found HIV cure, apologises

A controversial Zimbabwean prophet who claimed to have developed a cure for HIV and Aids and sold a lipstick that he claimed helped improve blood pressure has apologised, saying he was overwhelmed by excitement, according to a report.

Walter Magaya, who heads the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries, said on Sunday he and Indian counterparts had developed the herbal remedy named Aguma to cure HIV and Aids. 

But in a statement on Monday the health ministry said: "Herbal medicines now require approval by the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe and the product has not yet been submitted for review and assessment."


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