Top Africa stories: Zim, Nigeria, Malawi

2017-07-27 21:02

EXCLUSIVE: 'Who am I to say NO if people say I should lead them?,' says Mujuru

Harare – President Robert Mugabe’s ex-deputy, Joice Mujuru, who now leads the opposition National People’s Party (NPP), has denied accusations that she was not committed to the formation of a coalition of all opposition parties that would challenge her former boss in the 2018 general elections.

Jacob Ngarivhume, leader of the smaller opposition Transform Zimbabwe political party that signed a Memorandum of Understanding with former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) recently, accused Mujuru of grandstanding and not being committed to a coalition of all parties ahead of the polls.

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'Dark and tormented history': Zimbabweans slam vote for Mugabe to change constitution

Harare - Prominent Zimbabweans Wednesday took to social media to slam a vote by MPs from President Robert Mugabe’s party to change the constitution, just four years after the country adopted the new charter.

The Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.1) Bill, which gives the president the power to handpick top judges, is seen as a blow to the independence of the judiciary.

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Zimbabwe acid leak: 30 000 litre toxic spill near 'Cecil's' park

Hwange - A massive decontamination exercise is under way near Zimbabwe's famous Hwange National Park after a tanker transporting sulphuric acid overturned spilling 30 000 litres of the dangerous chemical on the main road, state radio reports.

The chemical has seeped hundreds of metres from the crash site, near Dete, and is now threatening a local river.

"The spill has moved to a distance of about 300 metres from the accident scene and just 50 metres from the community's water source," the  ZBCreported.

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Wife of Zimbabwe leader says Mugabe should name successor

Harare - Zimbabwe's first lady said Thursday her 93-year-old husband should name a successor, wading into a subject that President Robert Mugabe has previously regarded as taboo.

Grace Mugabe told members of the ruling ZANU-PF party women's league that naming a successor "will enable all members to rally behind one candidate," state broadcaster ZBC reported.

Mugabe has repeatedly said he will not choose a successor. The world's oldest head of state has said he will contest next year's election. He has led the southern African nation since 1980.

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President Buhari 'in a much better condition', says Nigerian governor

London – Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari, who is on an extended medical leave in the United Kingdom, "is in a much better condition", says Nigeria's Kano State governor Umar Ganduje.

According to a video message released on Twitter, the president had asked to "rest and recoup" in order for him to return to the west African nation "to continue with his job".

Ganduje said that they were "very very happy to see that he [Buhari] came out personally to shake hands with us" during a Nigerian governors' forum visit.

Muhammadu Buhari

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Zambia: Catholic bishops facilitate talks between Lungu and his rival Hichilema

Lusaka – Zambian Catholic Church bishops are reportedly facilitating peace talks between President Edgar Lungu and his arch rival opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.

According to Lusaka Times, the Catholic Church bishops met with Lungu on Wednesday, following a meeting with Hichilema last week.

The men of the cloth, however, said it was "too soon to tell if the process will bear desired fruits".

Edgar Lungu

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Madonna accepts damages from publisher over privacy invasion

London - Madonna and her twin daughters Stella and Estere have accepted damages from the publisher of the Mail Online website over an article that was a "serious invasion of privacy," a lawyer for the star said on Thursday.

Madonna sued Associated Newspapers over a January story giving details of her adoption of the 4-year-old twins from Malawi.

Her lawyer, Jenny Afia, told a judge in London that the story, published while the adoption was underway, could have "threatened the integrity and/or outcome of the adoption process which would have had potentially life-changing implications for the girls, as well as for Madonna and her family."

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