Top Africa Stories: Zimbabwe, Zambia, DRC

2016-10-06 17:10

Zim white farmer 'escapes to Canada with wife, kids after land seized'

Toronto - A white Zimbabwean farmer has reportedly fled to Canada after his farm was invaded by men "closely linked to high ranking politicians". 

According to CBC, Mark and his wife Danielle McKinnon together with their three children were forced to leave their farm by a local sheriff, court official and a group of men who were ready to evict them.

The McKinnons are part of larger evictions as thousands of other white farmers have been forcibly removed from their farms in the southern African country. 

Reports indicated that at least 4000 farmers were evicted in the southern African country at the height of the country's controversial land reform programme.

Reliving his experiences in his home country, Mark reportedly said that before he was evicted from his farm he was kidnapped in 2013 by a group with very high connections to ministers and government.

He said that the men had allegedly been Promised Land and "told to help themselves to farm plots close to Harare".


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Gunmen 'abduct babies' in northern Nigeria

Abuja - At least 11 people, including three babies, have reportedly been abducted from a remote village in Bauchi State in the north of Nigeria. 

According to Ghana Star, gunmen stormed the village of Tipchi, about 120km from the state capital, in the early hours of Monday morning, whisking the 11 victims away while wounding three others.

Ilya Muhammad, a relative of the victims, confirmed the incident, while saying that the kidnappers had since made contact via telephone demanding ransom.

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Zambian opposition leader Hichilema arrested

Lusaka - Zambia's opposition leader and defeated presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema was arrested on Wednesday on charges of sedition and unlawful assembly, police said.

Hichilema, who disputed the result of August polls which re-elected President Edgar Lungu, was detained along with Geoffrey Mwamba, the vice-president of his United Party for National Development (UPND).

"They have been arrested and detained for seditious practices and unlawful assembly," Charity Katanga, police commissioner for Copperbelt province, said, adding that they are to appear in court Thursday.

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EXCLUSIVE: Joseph Kabila has never said he wants 3rd term - DRC envoy

 Cape Town – The Democratic Republic of Congo's ambassador to South Africa has rubbished allegations by the opposition that President Joseph Kabila wants to prolong his stay in power.

Media reports indicated that the central African country’s opposition feared that Kabila would not step down when his term expired in December. 

A wave of deadly protests pitting police against demonstrators hit the DRC in late September, as the opposition demanded Kabila's resignation.  

But in an interview with News24, Ambassador Bene M'Poko dismissed the allegations that Kabila was trying to cling on to power, saying the postponement of the elections was meant to ensure that issues relating to voter registration were dealt with.

"President Kabila has never said he wanted [a] third term. He started the democracy in the DRC. He wants to leave DRC in a good frame of a democratic process. That’s all he is concerned [about]. He has never said he wanted a third term in office. Those are allegations by the opposition," M'Poko said.

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