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2017-08-22 06:32

Mugabe's deputy returns from SA 'after food poisoning treatment'

Harare - Zimbabwe's vice president has returned home from South Africa where he was flown for emergency medical care for suspected food poisoning, a privately-owned newspaper reported Sunday.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, 74, who is seen as a favourite to succeed President Robert Mugabe, fell ill at a rally where the president was speaking on August 12, suffering from what appeared to be severe food poisoning.

Citing unnamed sources, The Standard newspaper said Mnangagwa underwent surgery on Wednesday "to treat the alleged poisoning". State media did not report on his return.

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Nigerian president addresses nation after months away

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is addressing the nation after spending more than three months in London for medical treatment.

In a televised address, Buhari on Monday thanked Nigerians for their prayers and said he was pleased to be "back on home soil among my brothers and sisters."

Buhari returned to Nigeria Saturday after a long absence that has led some to call for his replacement and for the military to remind its personnel to remain loyal.

Muhammadu Buhari

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SADC sending special envoy to DRC as Zuma assumes chairmanship

Pretoria – The Southern African Development Community will be sending a former head of state to the Democratic Republic of Congo as a special envoy amidst increasing tensions in that country due to overdue elections.

There were still consultations "aimed at finalising this matter".

President Jacob Zuma, who assumed the SADC chairpersonship at this weekend’s summit, said in his closing address on Sunday that the summit has also urged the DRC's Independent National Electoral Commission to publicise the revised electoral calendar.

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Latest on Zim VP Mnangagwa: SA doctors 'detected traces of palladium poison

Harare – South African doctors who performed a minor surgery on Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly said that they "detected traces of palladium poison which had partly damaged part of his liver".

According to NewsDay, sources close to Mnangagwa said that the doctors discovered that the deputy president consumed non-radioactive which could require a systems flush out over the next two months.   

"The VP ingested potent, non-radioactive poison which has low quality palladium substances which caused minor liver damage and he had to undergo surgery…," one of the sources was quoted as saying.

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Nigerians upbeat over ailing president's return from London

Lagos - Nigerians on Sunday celebrated the return of President Muhammadu Buhari with thanksgiving services after his prolonged absence abroad for medical treatment, a period that stoked tension in a divided nation.

Early morning services were held in churches across the vast west African country, including the seat of government, Aso Villa, in Abuja.

Buhari left Nigeria on May 7 for his second break of treatment in Britain this year for an unspecified medical condition, on the heels of a spell of two months.

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Angola vote marks new era as Dos Santos ends 38-year reign

Luanda - Angola goes to the polls on Wednesday in a historic election marking the end of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos's 38-year reign, with his party set to retain power despite the country's economic crisis.

The MPLA (People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola), which has ruled the country since its 1975 independence from Portugal, is expected to defeat opposition parties that struggle under an authoritarian regime.

Jose Eduardo dos Santos

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