Top Africa stories: Zim cleric freed on bail, DRC rebel leaders surrender

2019-01-30 08:24

Leading Zimbabwean activist Evan Mawarire freed on bail

Leading Zimbabwean activist and pastor Evan Mawarire was freed on bail on Tuesday after being detained for 13 days following violent anti-government protests.

"I'm persuaded in the case... that the interest of justice will be served by the admission of the applicant to bail," Judge Tawanda Chitapi told the courthouse in Harare.

Nationwide demonstrations erupted two weeks ago after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced that fuel prices were being doubled in a country suffering regular shortages of fuel, food, and medicine.

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Lawyers march in Zimbabwe capital alleging denial of justice

Lawyers in Zimbabwe have marched on the constitutional court to protest the alleged denial of justice for hundreds of people arrested in a violent crackdown on protests that shut down the country.

A police spokesperson says over 1 000 people have been arrested. Lawyers say many languish in jail after being denied bail while others have been forced into unfair hearings.

Human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa describes the judiciary's actions as "well-coordinated."


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Nigeria denies judge's suspension influenced by election

Amid growing criticism, Nigeria's information minister denied on Monday that the president's recent suspension of the country's chief justice was related to the upcoming presidential elections.

The suspension of Chief Justice Walter Nkanu Samuel Onnoghen had "nothing to do with the forthcoming elections" and did not "signify the onset of dictatorship or tyranny as some have insinuated," Minister Lai Mohammed said.

The chief justice faces trial on charges of allegedly failing to declare his assets, which Onnoghen has argued is without merit.


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More protests expected in Sudan against al-Bashir's rule

Demonstrators are gathering in Sudan's capital and eastern cities to memorialize those killed in protests against autocratic President Omar al-Bashir, on the anniversary of a 2005 killing of protesters in Port Sudan.

Tuesday's demonstrations are expected to be larger than recent ones. Sudanese have lately taken to demonstrations that attempt to avoid crackdowns by the police, protesting in local squares and neighbourhoods sometimes blocked off with cars or makeshift barricades.


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In DRC, 3 rebel chiefs surrender in nod to new president

Three militia leaders, including a man accused of murdering 39 police officers, surrendered on Tuesday in a show of support for Democratic Republic of Congo's new President Felix Tshisekedi, local officials said on Tuesday.

All three, who belong to the Kamwina Nsapu (Black Ant) militia which has been accused of a host of bloody atrocities, laid down their weapons along with more than 100 men in the restive central Kasai region, a stronghold of Tshisekedi.


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