Top Africa stories: Zim instability, Rhinos, Zim VP still in SA hospital

2018-07-14 07:05

'You're causing instability in Zimbabwe,' opposition leader warns Mnangagwa

Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has reportedly claimed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa wants to cause instability in the southern African country by trying to steal the forthcoming election through the "manipulation" of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

New Zimbabwe.com, reported that the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance presidential candidate "warned that (the) instability would affect Zanu-PF members since they owned most businesses and houses in the country".

Chamisa said this while addressing his supporters during a protest march on Wednesday where the opposition demanded fair elections following alleged irregularities in the electoral roll ahead of the July 30 vote, according to AFP.

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Zim VP 'still hospitalised in SA' after bombing incident – report

Zimbabwean Vice President Kembo Mohadi is reportedly still hospitalised in South Africa following a bombing incident last month in Bulawayo where President Emmerson Mnangagwa was addressing a ruling Zanu-PF party rally.

Mnangagwa escaped unhurt.

Mohadi and Zanu-PF chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, were airlifted to South Africa for medical treatment after they were injured during the incident that left at least two dead, the state-owned Herald newspaper reported at the time. 

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PICS: Zimbabwe early voting stirs up fraud dispute

Zimbabwe's main opposition party alleged on Friday that police officers had not been allowed to vote secretly when completing early postal ballots for the country's upcoming election, as tensions grow over the risk of fraud.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party said police had been monitored by their superiors as they filled out voting papers at a police camp outside the city of Bulawayo and elsewhere.

"Voters have a constitutional right to a secret ballot but our investigations showed that police officers were voting with their employers watching them," MDC spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda told AFP.

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WATCH: Zanzibar seaweed farmers threatened by climate change

Seaweed farming in Zanzibar is reportedly in danger due to an increase in the sea temperatures, threatening the livelihoods of the thousands of women farmers on the island.

According to ABP News, climate change was causing the sea temperatures to rise above 30°C, introducing killer diseases like ice-ice, thus, attracting bacteria and hardening the seaweed.

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Seaweed farming was introduced to the islanders in the 1980's, and since then, it had become the third largest exporter of seaweed in the world, the report said. 

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7 endangered rhinos dead in Kenya relocation bid: Official

A Kenyan wildlife official says seven critically endangered black rhinos are dead following an attempt to move them from the capital to a national park hundreds of kilometers away.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to release the information, cited "negligence" in the deaths.

Prominent Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu of WildlifeDirect calls the loss of the rhinos "a complete disaster".

In moving the rhinos to Tsavo East National Park last month, the Kenya Wildlife Service said it hoped to boost the population there.

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WATCH: Opposition storms Zimbabwe police post amid early voting

Opposition supporters have stormed a police camp in Zimbabwe where officers were voting ahead of this month's historic election without election officials present.

The voting shown on video circulating on social media has alarmed some in a country whose new president has pledged to break with the past of elections marked by allegations of fraud and violence.

Police and soldiers who will be on duty during the July 30 election are allowed to vote earlier, but the process has faced vote-rigging allegations, with officers allegedly forced to support the ruling party while commanders watch.

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Mnangagwa 'awards soldiers, gives them whopping 22.5% salary hike' – reports

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has reportedly awarded members of the security services a 22.5% "special allowances" rise, in a move seen by some as a way of "buying votes" ahead of the forthcoming crunch elections.

According to Daily News, a letter from the Defence Service Commission (DSC) chairperson Pretty Sunguro, to permanent secretary in the ministry of defence, Martin Rushwaya, said that members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) will get 22.5% special allowances.

The adjustments were with effect from July 1, the report said.

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