Top Africa stories: Zim president returns home, Ramaphosa

2019-01-23 08:12

Zim President Mnangagwa returns amid economic crisis, crackdown

Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived in Harare late on Monday after cutting short his fund-raising trip in order to address the country's economic crisis and crackdown.

Mnangagwa was welcomed at Harare International Airport by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, former army commander who was in charge during the president's week-long absence and when the government launched a widespread clampdown in which 12 people were killed, more shot by troops and others dragged from their homes and beaten, according to human rights groups.

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'I'm happy that the country is quiet,' says Zim president as he arrives home after protest crackdown

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has landed back in Harare, state television said on Tuesday, after cutting short a foreign tour over nationwide protests that were met with a brutal security crackdown.

Police and soldiers launched a large-scale operation against suspected protestors, activists and organisers of the strike last week, which was triggered by a sharp rise in fuel prices.

At least 12 people were killed and 78 treated for gunshot injuries, according to the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, which recorded more than 240 incidents of assault and torture.

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Zimbabwe charges labour leader with subversion

Zimbabwe police have charged the leader of the country's largest labor union with subverting the constitutional government.

The lawyer for Japhet Moyo, the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions said he has been charged with subversion for his role in organising last week's national strike that the government said degenerated into riots.


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Ramaphosa says lift Zimbabwe sanctions


South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says his country favours the lifting or easing of international sanctions on neighbouring Zimbabwe, whose new government has cracked down on protests over a dramatic rise in fuel prices.

Ramaphosa spoke on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, saying Zimbabwe faces "serious, serious, economic challenges and they can be assisted by the world if those sanctions are lifted."


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Ghana police quiz lawmaker after reporter's death

A Ghanaian politician who promised to pay anyone who attacked an undercover reporter has been questioned as part of the investigation into his death, police have announced.

Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who worked on a high-profile investigation into corruption in African football, was gunned down as he returned to his home in Accra last week.

The killing sent shockwaves through Ghana, which prides itself on being a stable democracy in an often turbulent region, and where there is a high level of media freedom.


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Nigeria accuses opposition of plotting election violence

Nigeria's government on Monday warned about an increase in violence before next month's elections, accusing the main opposition of trying to foment unrest to jeopardise the vote.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the government had "credible intelligence" that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was orchestrating "widespread violence".

The party was trying to whip up unrest with a view to cutting short the elections, thereby triggering "a constitutional crisis that could snowball into the establishment of an interim government", he told a news conference in Abuja.

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