Top Africa stories: Thousands demonstrate in Harare, 11-year-old girl cleaning up Lagos

2018-11-30 08:00

 WATCH: Thousands at Zimbabwe's first anti-govt rally since crackdown

Thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched through Harare on Thursday under close surveillance by armed police in the first rally since a deadly crackdown on an election protest in August.

Singing and waving placards denouncing President Emmerson Mnangagwa's rule, the protesters gathered in the centre of the Zimbabwean capital to hear speeches ahead of a march.

The event, which was held with police approval, was organised by the main opposition MDC party, which says it was cheated of victory in the July 30 election, eight months after long-time leader Robert Mugabe was ousted.

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Heavy security in Harare as Zimbabweans protest 'cocktail of lies' amid economic decline

Zimbabweans are gathering for a nationwide protest over the country's economic collapse and what the opposition calls the new government's "cocktail of lies".

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration is under growing pressure one year after taking office following the removal of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. Tensions remain high after July's disputed election that Mnangagwa narrowly won.

Zimbabwe's government is struggling to even arrange a reliable currency as many citizens in the southern African nation say they've seen no progress on promises of "jobs, job, jobs."

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Clashes expected as Zim opposition MDC stages protests in Harare – reports

Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party is reportedly set to proceed with its planned anti-government protests in the capital Harare on Thursday.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, the demonstrations will be held at the same time that the country is hosting an Africa ICT convention attended by government ministers and hundreds of delegates.

Reports said early this week that the demonstrations would be held against the worsening economic conditions in the southern African country.

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Post Zim election violence: 'Mnangagwa deployed killer soldiers,' says ex-police minister

imbabwe's former home affairs minister Obert Mpofu reportedly told the Kgalema Motlanthe commission investigating the post-election violence of August 1 that President Emmerson Mnangagwa deployed the soldiers who allegedly killed six people in Harare.

According to NewsDay, Mpofu told the commission that the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party leader Nelson Chamisa confided in him that he knew that he lost at the polls, and unknown "elements" had planted snipers on top of buildings in the capital to shoot at civilians in a bid to tarnish the image of government.

Mpofu said he recorded the telephone conversation with Chamisa, and would make it available to expose the opposition leader's lies.

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'Possible terrorist threat' closes US embassy in DRC for fourth day

The US embassy in Kinshasa will on Thursday be closed to the public for a fourth day following "credible and precise information" about a possible terrorist threat, a month ahead of the Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election.

In a statement on its website, the embassy urged "US citizens in Kinshasa and throughout DR Congo to maintain a high level of vigilance".

"The US embassy in Kinshasa will remain closed to the public on Thursday, November 29" due to "credible and precise information on a possible terrorist threat" targeting "US facilities in Kinshasa", it added.

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WATCH: 11-year-old girl cleaning up Lagos

Misimi Isimi is an 11-year-old environmentalist on a mission to clean up Lagos.

"The waste I pick everyday is caused by Nigerians... I'm on a mission to save Lagos from environmental waste," she says.

Misimi Isimi

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