Top Africa stories: Zim, Gambia, Nigeria, S Sudan

2016-11-02 20:29

WATCH: Gambian leader 'torturing' opponents, says HRW

Cape Town – A rights group has expressed concern over the upcoming Gambia election, saying that the vote might not be free and fair, as the west African country's government was "brutally cracking down on opposition parties". 

Gambia was set to choose its next president on December 1.

In a 43 page report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed that the government was not giving enough airtime to the opposition parties to campaign.  

HRW deputy programme director Babatunde Olugboji said that President Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a 1994 coup, had used a crackdown on the opposition, domination of state media, and also used state resources for campaigning to ensure a political advantage in the upcoming election.

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Zuma expected in Zimbabwe today – reports

Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma is expected in Harare on Wednesday, ahead of the official opening of the inaugural session of the Bi-National Commission (BNC), reports have said.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, President Robert Mugabe and Zuma will co-chair the commission, which requires that the heads of state meet annually to monitor progress on the implementation of agreed projects. 

Established on April 8, 2015, the BNC was set up to steer bilateral relations between the neighbouring countries, while seeking ways to promote and enhance co-operation in various sectors within the two governments. 

"He (Zuma) is coming [on Wednesday]. The Bi-National Commission started on Monday with the meeting of senior officials… The presidents will meet on Thursday," Ambassador Joey Bimha was quoted as saying.

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WATCH: Terrifying moment when croc attacks duo in Zim

Victoria Falls – Footage has emerged of a terrifying moment when an "Australian" woman and her friend were unexpectedly attacked by a 6m crocodile in Zimbabwe. 

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According to the Sun, the duo were enjoying their time at the sun loungers at the villa in Lake Kariba. 

Brendan Fowler, 27, who was inside the pool when the unfortunate incident occurred said that survival instincts kicked in when he realised that the crocodile had just jumped into the pool .

"The croc pretty much flew over my shoulder and I saw it before it got into the pool.


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Nigerian Senate rejects Buhari's foreign loan plan

Lagos - Nigeria's Senate on Tuesday rejected President Muhammadu Buhari's plan to take on almost $30bn in external borrowing to fund a record budget spending as the country battles to overcome a recession.

The plan was turned down "due to lack of documents supporting the request", said the Senate in a statement posted on Twitter.

Buhari had last week sent a letter to parliament urging lawmakers to approve his plan to raise $29.6 billion to fund sorely needed infrastructure projects over the next three years.

act to the deepening economic crisis. His government is counting on overseas loans to fund next year's budget.

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Zim opposition says ready for fresh demos - report

Cape Town – Zimbabwean opposition parties have reportedly said that have lined up a series of fresh demonstrations to force President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to implement electoral reforms.

According to News Day, the opposition parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reforms Agenda (Nera) said they were ready for fresh protests.

"Nera national transitional working group (NTWG) has agreed to start a second wave of electoral reforms agenda push to make sure that reforms are not overtaken by events," Nera NTWG chairperson, Joelson Mugari was quoted as saying.

The demonstrations were set to take place on November 9, 16, and 23, the report said.


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UN chief fires South Sudan peacekeeping commander

New York - The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday sacked the commander of the peacekeeping force in South Sudan following a damning report showing failure to protect civilians during recent violence in Juba.

The report from a UN special investigation found that a lack of leadership in the UN mission culminated in a "chaotic and ineffective response" during the heavy fighting in the capital from July 8 to 11.

Peacekeepers abandoned their posts and failed to respond to pleas for help from aid workers under attack in a nearby hotel, according to a summary of the report.

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