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Zim's international airport to be renamed after Mugabe – report

Harare – Zimbabwe's Harare International Airport is set to be renamed after the southern African country's long-time president Robert Mugabe, a report says.

A memo advising the country's aviation authorities of the name change was shared on social media on Tuesday.

According to the memo, the Harare International Airport would be renamed RG Mugabe International Airport from November 9, 2017.

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'It's time to resign,' Mugabe's VP Mnangagwa told

Harare – Zimbabwe's former vice president Joice Mujuru has advised under fire Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa to quit following recent attacks by President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, a report says. 

According to The Standard, Mujuru urged the embattled vice president to join the ranks of opposition parties in dislodging Mugabe in the upcoming 2018 polls.

"As for Ngwena [Mnangagwa], it's time to resign and openly join colleagues in the trenches of the electoral battle against this ill-fated dynasty. Free advice Cde [Mnangagwa] is that no matter how you hope to continue putting lipstick on a frog hoping that it will become a queen, it won't.

"At least such a courageous act would redeem some semblance of honour and dignity to Ngwena if at all any still remains," Mujuru was quoted as saying.

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Kenya protests seek removal of judges who nullified election

Nairobi - Dozens of supporters of Kenya's ruling party have demonstrated outside the Supreme Court demanding the removal of judges who nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in August.

Tuesday's protests follow three petitions filed asking the Judicial Service Commission to remove Chief Justice David Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and Justice Isaac Lenaola. The petitions claim misconduct and bias.

Maraga says demonstrations "are clearly intended to intimidate the judiciary."


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Kenya's electronic voting system won't be ready, says French firm

Nairobi - The electronic voting system due to be used in a re-run of Kenya's presidential poll will not be ready in time, the French biometrics firm behind it said Monday.

OT-Morpho provided Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) with equipment to identify voters biometrically in the August 8 election.

The result of the vote was annulled by the Supreme Court, and a re-run has been scheduled for October 17, when the system is to be deployed again.


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WATCH: Grace Mugabe's son buys R70m limos, reports say

Cape Town – Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe's son, Russel Goreraza, has reportedly imported two Rolls Royce limousines worth more than R70m, at a time when the southern African country is facing serious cash problems.

Media reports said that pictures and videos of the two vehicles - believed to have been imported from Europe - started circulating on social media soon after the arrival of the two vehicles in the country on Sunday.

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Boko Haram suicide attack kills at least 15 in north Nigeria

Maiduguri - A Nigerian rescue official says at least 15 people have been killed and 43 others injured in a suicide attack on Mashimari village in Borno state.

Bello Dambatta, head of rescue operations for the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, said women were the majority of those killed in the Monday morning attack and the toll is likely to rise.

Dambatta also said most of the victims were evacuated to medical facilities in Maiduguri and Konduga.

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