Top Africa stories: Zim, Kenya, Uganda

2017-10-21 07:14

'I've seen many people suffering... it's now time to meet Mugabe in parliament'

Bulawayo – A Zimbabwean pastor who prophesied that President Robert Mugabe would die in October is reportedly planning to contest the forthcoming elections as an independent candidate.

According to New, Pastor Philip Mugadza would be contesting in the 2018 elections as a candidate for the Gutu south constituency seat in Masvingo province.

Mugadza, the report said, had become the "first well known person to announce his intention to run in the ruling Zanu-PF stronghold". 

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'Starving' Zim students in Russia 'resort to prostitution' - report

Moscow – "Starving" Zimbabwean students studying under the presidential scholarship in Russia have reportedly resorted to prostitution to cover basic living expenses after government failed to pay their annual stipends.

According to New, some of the students, most of them from poor backgrounds, said that they had gone for over a year without any financial support from government. 

One of the students was quoted as saying that some of her colleagues had since resorted to prostitution for survival.


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Kenya's police say 4 killed in opposition demonstrations

Nairobi - Kenya's national police say four people have been killed in recent opposition demonstrations as the fresh presidential election approaches next week.

Friday's statement says the deaths occurred between October 2 and Monday in what it calls "confrontations between rioters and police officers."

The statement comes after Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International this week said police killed 67 people in opposition protests in the days after August's election results were announced.


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Uganda police hold opposition leader over attempted murder

Kampala - Ugandan police have detained the country's most prominent opposition leader over allegations of attempted murder.

Police spokesperson Asan Kasingye said on Friday that four-time presidential candidate Kizza Besigye is being held in the capital, Kampala, following violent clashes on Wednesday between police and opposition supporters in a remote southwestern town.

Kasingye says Besigye will be produced in court to face charges of attempted murder, but he gives no details.

Kizza Besigye

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Thousands gather at Somalia attack site to pray

Mogadishu - Thousands of anguished Somalis have gathered to pray at the site of the country's deadliest attack and to mourn the hundreds of victims.

A sheikh leading the prayers said that "this pain will last for years". More than 300 people were killed and nearly 400 wounded in Saturday's truck bombing, with scores missing.

Long lines of mourners stood in front of bombed-out buildings.

Somalia's government has blamed the al-Shabaab extremist group for the attack.


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