Top Africa stories: Zim 'doomed without whites', Africa's 'smartest man'

2018-07-10 08:27

Zimbabwe 'doomed without whites', says outgoing Zanu-PF MP

An outgoing member of parliament for Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has reportedly claimed that the southern African country cannot prosper "without the involvement of whites" in its "affairs".

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Joseph Tshuma who was the MP for Mpopoma Pelandaba said this while speaking at a political parties discussion forum in Bulawayo over the weekend.

"We are coming from the era of Robert Mugabe. An era which closed us out from the rest of the world. We began to live in a vacuum. That was the most dangerous thing that was ever experienced by this country other than the bombings during the liberation struggle," Tshuma was quoted as saying.

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WATCH: Mayhem at Mnangagwa rally as soldiers, Zanu-PF supporters clash

A video of the Zimbabwean army trying in vain to stop masses from fleeing the venue where President Emmerson Mnangagwa was addressing a rally has gone viral on social media.

The video shows the army beating up people as they run away from the rally.

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According to the privately-owned Standard newspaper, the incident happened over the weekend at Chipadze stadium in Bindura.

The report said that soldiers and national service youths, known as "Green Bombers", "had a torrid time trying to control the restless crowd… as scores of people started leaving when Mnangagwa was midway through his speech".

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WATCH: 'I'm the smartest man in Africa'

'Cardinal' Ekoumany, the president of the Ivory Coast Sapeurs, says he is the smartest man in Africa, as he talks about the essential characteristics of becoming a fashion king.

He says he is a cardinal of the Society of Elegant People (SAPE) and not of the church.

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On campaign trail, Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa pledges power project

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to push ahead with a hydro-electric power project on the Zambezi river as he campaigns ahead of the July 30 election on a promise to rebuild the shattered economy.

Mnangagwa, who took over from ousted long-time ruler Robert Mugabe in November, has said he intends to tackle mass unemployment by luring back foreign investment and investing in infrastructure.

"It is a $4.5bn project and we are doing it in partnership with the Zambian government," Monday's state-owned Herald newspaper quoted Mnangagwa as saying.

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Ethiopia, Eritrea sign statement that war 'has come to an end'

Ethiopia and Eritrea are no longer at war, the neighbours said in a joint statement on Monday, a day after their leaders held a historic meeting in Asmara.

Quoting from a "Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship," Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel said on Twitter the "state of war that existed between the two countries has come to an end. A new era of peace and friendship has been ushered (in)."

"Both countries will work to promote close cooperation in political, economic, social, cultural and security areas," Yemane added.

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Sixteen fishermen 'missing' after clashes on Uganda/DRC lake

Sixteen Congolese fishermen are missing on Lake Edward, which is shared by Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, after deadly clashes between the Ugandan navy and DRC armed forces, a Congolese official said on Monday.

Thirty people are now either dead or missing after tensions on the lake erupted late last week.

"Local people are already organising wakes here and there - there are eight dugout canoes which are missing, each of which had two fishermen on board," said Donat Kibwana, administrator of Beni territory, in the DRC province of North Kivu.

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