Top Africa stories: Zim 'better under my dad', family holiday ends in tragedy

2018-08-07 08:14

'Zimbabwe was better under my dad's rule': Robert Mugabe's son

Former president Robert Mugabe's son, Robert Junior, has taken to social media to express sorrow at the scenes of violence that gripped the Zimbabwe capital last week.

In a post to his Instagram account, the 26-year-old said the scenes were ones he found unfamiliar, suggesting Zimbabwe was better under his father’s rule.

"This is not the Zimbabwe I grew up in. This is not the Zimbabwe I know," he said in words to accompany a picture of a burning vehicle.

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WATCH: Crocodile captured on top of Victoria Falls Bridge

The iconic Victoria Falls Bridge spanning the Zambezi River between Zimbabwe and Zambia had an unwelcome visitor on Sunday – a two-metre-long crocodile.

The crocodile had to be removed by a local expert who tried to put a noose round the snapping reptile’s deadly jaws, only to give up and use his T-shirt.

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A large group of tourists witnessed the spectacle and recorded it with their phones. Drivers crossing the bridge stopped to take a look.

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'They're trying to kill me': Zim's Chamisa

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, claims the government is trying to eliminate him as he prepares to challenge the result of last week's poll.

"These guys are trained to kill and have been tracking me, doing all sorts of things," Chamisa told Britain's Sunday Times.

Political tensions remain high in Zimbabwe one week after a disputed poll that returned President Emmerson Mnangagwa to power for another five years.

Nelson Chamisa

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Zimbabwe opposition fears growing post-election crackdown

Zimbabwe authorities are abducting opposition activists and launching court cases to suppress protests, the opposition MDC party said on Monday, despite the president's boast of introducing new freedoms to criticise his government.

Since the knife-edge election result was declared early on Friday, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) say they have been the target of a brutal crackdown that exposes President Emmerson Mnangagwa's claims to respect rights and halt repression.

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Water cannon, police trucks at MDC HQ days after disputed Zim elections

Zimbabwean police are reportedly maintaining a 24-hour presence at the main opposition MDC head office in Harare, days after a disputed poll that returned President Emmerson Mnangagwa to power for another five years.

Last week soldiers shot dead six civilians in central Harare as they crushed an opposition protest.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Two water cannon as well as two trucks with anti-riot police remained parked in front of the MDC headquarters, with party activists saying they were there round the clock.

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Family holiday ends in tragedy as tourist is killed by a shark - reports

A Czech tourist reportedly died after he was attacked by a shark while swimming in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt.

According to Daily Mail, Egypt's health ministry was set to hand over the body to the Czech embassy after some of his remains washed up on shore. 

The man was believed to have been staying in the resort town of Marsa Alam city with his wife and children.  

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Read more on:    mdc  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  nelson chamisa  |  robert mugabe  |  egypt  |  zimbabwe  |  north africa  |  zimbabwe 2018 elections  |  southern africa

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