Top Africa stories: Zim minister arrested, Zim cholera

2018-09-15 07:34

Zimbabwe's ex-health minister Parirenyatwa arrested – reports

Zimbabwe’s former minister of health David Parirenyatwa has reportedly been arrested on alleged criminal abuse of office charges.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Parirenyatwa was arrested on Thursday and was being questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID)’s Serious Fraud Squad.

It was not immediately clear what his offence, the report said.

Parirenyatwa was recently axed from his ministerial post after serving in the post for nearly 10 years.

David Parirenyatwa

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Zim's finance minister pleads online for donations to fight cholera... as govt spends $20m to buy new cars for MPs

Zimbabwe's new finance minister has taken to Twitter to ask for donations to help the government fight cholera that has killed at least 25 people and made thousands of others ill.

In a tweet Mthuli Ncube, who took his oath of office on Monday, said the emergency crowdfund would “further efforts to fight cholera to date”.

Cholera broke out in Harare’s western suburb of Glen View last week, triggering an emergency response by the government and international aid agencies.

Prof Mthuli Ncube

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Zim: Cholera 'spreading rapidly in capital Harare,' says WHO

The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has risen to 25, the government said on Thursday as the World Health Organisation warned that the water-borne disease is spreading rapidly in the capital Harare.

"There are now 3 766 cases. The number of deaths is now 25," Health Minister Obadiah Moyo told journalists.

The WHO said it was "scaling up its response" to contain the outbreak which it said was "expanding quickly in Harare" - a city of more than two million people.

Zim cholera

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Zim: MDC postpones Chamisa's 'inauguration' following police ban

Zimbabwean police have blocked the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change party from holding its 19th anniversary celebrations this Saturday due to a cholera outbreak that authorities say has claimed at least 25 lives in the southern African country. 

Initially detected in the capital Harare, authorities said the disease was spreading fast to other parts of the troubled nation.

Despite having sanctioned the event in which the MDC was reportedly planning a mock inauguration of its leader Nelson Chamisa who claimed victory in the July 30 polls controversially won by President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ruling Zanu PF party, police made a U-turn on Wednesday evening, banning the planned celebrations.

Nelson Chamisa

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Mali elections delayed by a month

The Malian government on Thursday delayed by a month legislative elections initially scheduled for October 28, citing delays in registering candidates.

A first round of voting for the National Assembly will now take place on November 25, followed by a further vote on December 16 in constituencies where no candidate wins outright.

A government statement said a strike by judges meant some candidates had been unable to obtain and submit the necessary documentation before the deadline Thursday.

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