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2017-01-05 21:03

Mugabe takes 'spending spree' to China

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has taken his globetrotting escapades on taxpayers' expense to China amid complaints by the opposition and ordinary Zimbabweans affected by a serious economic turmoil.

The nonagenarian, who is on a month-long vacation, left Harare for Singapore last month with his entire family and a large entourage of security aides. Singapore is Mugabe's usual destination where he receives treatment for an eye cataract. 

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'I'm the boss' coffee mug fury: Mugabe's deputy Mnangagwa speaks out

Cape Town – Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken a swipe at individuals within the ruling Zanu-PF party, whom he accused of seeking to cause tension between him and his boss, President Robert Mugabe, reports said on Thursday.

This came after Mnangagwa appeared in a picture on social media, in which he held a coffee mug inscribed "I am the boss".

Emmerson Mnangagwa

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Diamond ring shame: Grace Mugabe 'defies' court order

Cape Town – Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has reportedly defied a High Court order to return three properties she seized from a Lebanese businessman Jamal Ahmed in a botched $1.35m diamond ring deal.

According to News Day, Grace defied the court order and remained in occupation of the three houses in Harare's affluent Avondale suburb. 

Grace Mugabe

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At least 10 000 prisoners pardoned in restive Ethiopia region

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's state broadcaster says 10 000 prisoners have been pardoned in the restive Oromia region.

It is not clear whether they were detained under the country's state of emergency.

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Kabila backs Catholic bishops' role in DRC crisis

Kinshasa - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila gave the green light on Wednesday for the Catholic Church to pursue mediation to end the crisis sparked by his refusal to step down, sources said.

The country's influential bishops brokered a New Year's Eve deal to sketch a timetable under which Kabila will stay in office before new elections are held in late 2017, in a bid to prevent more bloodshed in a crisis that has already claimed dozens of lives.

Joseph Kabila

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14 dead as Ugandan taxi avoids cow

Kampala - Fourteen people were killed when a taxi swerved to avoid a cow and crashed into two large vehicles on what is known as Uganda's deadliest road, police said on Wednesday.

Eight people died on the spot including a journalist, while six others died later in hospital, regional traffic police chief, Scovia Birungi told AFP.

Nine other other people had serious injuries, while the cow also died.


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