Top Africa stories: Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe

'A coup is likely in Zim if Mugabe fails to carefully choose his successor,' says VP ally

Harare – Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's ally, controversial businessman Energy Mutodi says a coup is likely in Zimbabwe if President Robert Mugabe fails to "carefully choose his successor" amid rising succession tensions within the ruling Zanu-PF. 

Two distinct camps have emerged in Zimbabwe’s revolutionary party in recent years, as factions seek to outwit each other in the race to succeed the 93 year-old leader.

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Kerry says Kenya vote system appears 'strong'

Nairobi - Former US Secretary of State John Kerry says Kenya's ability to secure its voting system "appears to be very, very strong."

Kerry is leading a mission of election observers who have monitored Tuesday's vote and its aftermath.

He spoke as Kenya's election commission defended its electronic voting system from opposition candidate Raila Odinga's allegations that the system was hacked.

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Mbeki: AU has no mandate to probe 'hacking' claims in Kenya polls... at least for now

Nairobi - Former president Thabo Mbeki has commended Kenyans for the peaceful and orderly way the country conducted their elections on Tuesday, and said nothing should be done afterwards that will spoil that.

"They cast their ballots in conditions of peace and freedom and are able to address their challenges. And we applaud Kenyan people for that, and we applaud what we have seen up to now. It would be very regrettable if anything emerges afterwards that sought to corrupt the outcome, to spoil that outcome," he said.

Thabo Mbeki

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'Concede defeat and move on,' US' Kerry tells Kenya election losers

Nairobi - Kenya’s election process got the thumbs up from at least seven observer missions from outside the country, although most have expressed some concern about possible hacking and the way those alleging this are dealing with this.

Head of the Commonwealth’s observer team, former Ghana president John Mahama, said: "Kenya has the potential to be the most inspiring democracy in Africa" should it conclude the elections process successfully.

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Zambian opposition leader Chishimba released: party

Lusaka - Zambian police on Thursday released the leader of a small opposition party who is a fierce critic of President Edgar Lungu after one week in detention, party officials said.

Savior Chishimba, leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), was detained by plain-clothed police, triggering further accusations that Lungu was overseeing a crackdown on dissent.

"Our party president has been released unconditionally, meaning he will not go to court," Mbaita Musendeka, the party secretary general, told AFP.

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'Gang war' blamed for Nigeria church massacre

Lagos - Eleven worshippers gunned-down in a Nigerian church funded by a man accused by some of being a drug lord and described by others as a philanthropist may be victims of "gang war".

Just hours after the slaughter at the Sunday mass in St Philip's in the Ozubulu area of southeastern Anambra state, detectives linked the killings to local mafia-style syndicates that have influence well beyond Nigeria's shores.

"Information revealed that this is not unconnected to a kind of a 'gang war' between the children of the same village who are engaged in a warfare outside Nigeria," said Anambra state police commissioner Garba Umar, referring to South Africa.

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Kenya opposition demands Odinga be 'declared president'

Nairobi - Kenya's main opposition coalition demanded on Thursday that its candidate Raila Odinga be declared president, claiming it had evidence he had won an election that has already led to angry protests over fraud claims.

The latest allegations by the National Super Alliance (NASA) are likely to further ratchet up tensions a day before official results are expected from Tuesday's vote.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has an unassailable lead in provisional results, but Odinga claims these are a "sham" result of a massive hacking attack on the electronic vote tallying system.

Raila Odinga

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