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2018-06-15 08:00

Zim: Ex-Zanu-PF official to lose 'grabbed' farm to former white owner – report

Former Zanu-PF youth leader Kudzai Chipanga is reportedly set to lose his farm after Zimbabwean authorities said that they are "planning to give it back to its previous white owner". 

According to NewsDay, a letter dated May 31 from the Makoni district land committee recommended that Chipanga's Wakefield farm be returned to its previous owner, only identified as Mr Dawson, "while awaiting to give the farm to Manicaland State University".

A Zanu-PF delegation recently toured the farm and told workers that the farm's ownership had changed.

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WATCH: Is this Africa's strongest man?

Cheick Sanou, known as Iron Biby, was bullied when he was young. Now the man from Burkina Faso has turned his weight into his strength and wants to be the world's strongest man.

The 25-year-old man is 1.9m tall and weighs 173kg. His upper arm is 63cm, according to BBC.

Life wasn't always easy for Biby, as people used to make fun of him when he was growing up.

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Opposition MDC 'is Zimbabwe's Renamo', claims war vets leader - report

Zimbabwe's war veterans leader Victor Matematanda has reportedly equated the main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance to Mozambique's rebel group Renamo.

Matematanda said this as he warned the ruling Zanu-PF party members against working with the opposition.

Renamo fought a 16-year civil war against Mozambique's ruling Frelimo party until 1992 and then emerged as an opposition party that still retained its armed fighters.

MDC

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Mozambique's jihadists terror group: Who are they and what do they want?

Mozambique has been rocked by a wave of knife and machete attacks in a remote northern region that it is hoped will become a natural gas hub to rival Qatar.

The violence has been attributed to a shadowy gang of Islamists - the first known jihadist attacks in the country, according to police.

Here is what is known about the group:

Recent emergence

The group surfaced on October 5, 2017 when its members stormed a police station and military post in the northern town of Mocimboa da Praia, 100km from the Tanzanzia border.

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'They're at risk:' DRC's taxi drivers fear Ebola's spread

Hundreds of people are being vaccinated in the Democratic Republic of Congo's deadly Ebola outbreak, especially health workers on the front lines of the battle against the disease.

But the busy taxi drivers who might be ferrying the sick in an infected city of more than 1 million argue they are on the front lines as well and should receive the vaccine.

At least 38 Ebola cases, including 14 deaths, have been confirmed in what is DRC's ninth Ebola outbreak since the virus was first identified more than four decades ago.

Ebola

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Zimbabwe opens candidate nomination ahead of July polls

Zimbabwe fired the starting pistol for election campaigning on Thursday when it formally opened the nomination process to presidential hopefuls ahead of polls due on July 30.

The election will be a key test for President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who succeeded long-serving autocrat Robert Mugabe after a brief military takeover in November and remains untested at the ballot box.

Candidates seeking to contest next month's presidential, parliamentary and local polls have just one day to submit their candidacy to one of several specially convened electoral courts across the country.

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