Top Africa stories: Zim opposition on elections, Africa baobab tree

2018-07-13 07:32

PICS: 'We are tired of having stolen elections,' says Zim opposition

Zimbabwe's main opposition vowed Wednesday to press on with demands for fair elections as thousands took to the streets to petition the electoral commission with a slew of grievances.

The country goes to historic polls - the first without long-time ruler Robert Mugabe - on July 30 to elect a president, legislators and municipal councillors.

Movement for Democratic Change's (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa, 40, and President Mnangagwa, 75, who replaced Mugabe and is favoured by the military, are the frontrunners in a crowded race of 23 presidential contenders.

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MDC women 'fast' for Chamisa's election victory - report

Members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance women's assembly are reportedly fasting "to ensure their presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa emerges victorious" in the forthcoming elections.

According to NewsDay, the MDC Alliance's national women chairperson Lynette Karenyi has urged more women to join in the fasting programme which she said would be carried out every Friday. 

She said that the MDC-Alliance women assembly would camp outside the polling stations on the day of voting in order to ensure that Chamisa became the southern African country's next president.


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Botswana 'must not force Namibian refugees to back home': AI

Rights group Amnesty International has urged the government of Botswana not to force any of the Caprivi refugees to return to their home country Namibia if there is "a risk of persecution".

According to BBC, authorities in Botswana have said that they intend to go ahead with "repatriating displaced Namibian people, who originate from the Caprivi Strip".

There had been a long standing agreement – facilitated by the United Nations refugee agency - for more than 3 000 Namibians, who fled the Caprivi Strip in the 1990s during a secessionist uprising, to stay as refugees in Botswana. 

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Africa's iconic baobab trees dying off at alarming rate

Africa's ancient baobab, with its distinctive swollen trunk and known as the "tree of life," is under a new and mysterious threat, with some of the largest and oldest dying abruptly in recent years.

Nine of the 13 oldest baobabs, aged between 1 000 and 2 500 years, have died over the past dozen years, according to a study published in the scientific journal Nature Plants.

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WATCH: Young Nigerian woman creates 'beautiful' furniture from old tyres

A young Nigeria woman’s interest in arts and crafts has led her to found Cyrus45 Factory - a fast-growing recycling company that transforms used vehicle tyres into functional furniture and beautiful works of art.

Olabanke Banjo is a former media practitioner, but left her job in May to persuade her new adventure of making well-crafted furniture from old tyres.

Banjo has told BBC that said she wants to contribute to the "reduction of environmental pollution, which is caused by burning of tyres, loitering of the roads with tyres and the likes.”

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