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2017-09-08 09:00

Britain, Tsvangirai refute claims of 'political deal' with Zim VP Mnangagwa

Harare - Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party led by Morgan Tsvangirai has dismissed a "grossly false" report that it is working on plans to create a transitional government with Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to steer the country in a post-Mugabe era.

In a statement, the party said Tsvangirai last met Mnangagwa four years ago, and that his party only supports democratically-elected governments.

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Mugabe's health 'may derail 2018 elections'

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's health and the ongoing factional fights within his ruling Zanu-PF party may derail the country's 2018 elections, a political analyst Ibbo Mandaza has reportedly said.

According to New Zimbabwe, Mandaza, who is also a published, said this while opening a two day media stakeholders' conference in Harare on Wednesday.

"There are possibilities that elections may not take place. Do you think that there would be elections if the old man (Mugabe) fell dead tomorrow? Can you see elections taking place? What if he is declared two weeks before elections incapacitated and unable to even move in a wheelchair, will there be elections?," Mandaza was quoted as saying.

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SA, Moz, Angola troops head to Lesotho after commander's killing

Maseru - Troops from several southern African countries are deploying to Lesotho amid tensions over the shooting death of the mountain kingdom's military commander.

Lesotho's defence minister, Sentje Lebona, said on Thursday that the Southern African Development Community, a regional bloc, is sending forces to keep order. Lebona says the force includes troops from South Africa, Angola and Mozambique but declined to comment on the size.

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Zanu-PF 'tight-lipped' after Mantashe's call on Mugabe to stop attacking Mandela

Harare – President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party has reportedly remained mum after the ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe this week moved to call on the Zimbabwean leader to stop attacking Nelson Mandela's legacy.

Mantashe on Tuesday told the media in Johannesburg that he had lodged a formal complaint in a telephonic conversation with his counterpart in Zanu-PF for Mugabe to stop making "unwarranted and unfortunate attacks" on Mandela.

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US sanctions senior South Sudan officials

Washington - The United States slapped sanctions on Wednesday against three senior South Sudan officials accused of fomenting and profiting from the four-year civil war in Africa's youngest country.

Washington was South Sudan's key foreign sponsor as it won its independence from Sudan in 2011, but US officials have become frustrated by its descent into chaos and infighting.

The latest measures target information minister Michael Makuei, who is in particular accused of having "engaged in or been complicit in" attacks on the UN mission in South Sudan.

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Kenya shows pitfalls of digital elections

Nairobi - Allegations of computer hacking in Kenya's August 8 election have reignited a debate around the use of digital technology in national votes, with experts wondering whether sticking to paper may be best.

The discussion is no longer theoretical in Africa where an increasing number of countries are turning to electronic voting or including a digital component in the voting process, such as the biometric voter recognition kits and electronic results transmission system deployed in Kenya.

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