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Grace has 'captured' President Mugabe, Zim war vets claim

Harare – Zimbabwe ex-liberation fighters have accused President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace of capturing the veteran leader due to his advanced age, adding that the nonagenarian should be collectively voted out of power in 2018, says a report.

According to NewsDay, the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) secretary general, Victor Matemadanda, said that it was time that the war veterans "started building bridges" with the country’s opposition parties to get rid of Mugabe.

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Mbeki, Mugabe meet in Harare for 'private talks'

Harare – Former president Thabo Mbekireportedly held "private talks" with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, after he flew to Harare on Monday.

According to NewsDay, South Africa’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mphakama Mbete, said Mbeki’s visit was at Mugabe’s invitation.  

"They were discussing experiences in South Africa and Zimbabwe, as well as the issue of liberation movements, as indicated by President Mugabe last month," Mbete was quoted as saying.

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Zim army officer arrested for trying to sell ivory: report

Harare - A Zimbabwe army officer has appeared in court in Harare after he was found in possession of four elephant tusks worth nearly $3 000, a report says.

Thirty-two-year-old Joseph Mupamhanga, from Harare's Pomona Barracks, was arrested on Sunday by police detectives posing as ivory buyers, says the state-run Herald

Mupamhanga appeared in court on Tuesday facing charges of illegally possessing ivory. He was remanded in custody to August 10.

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Nigerian ex-president Jonathan's Abuja home 'stripped bare' by thieves – report

Abuja –Nigerian ex-president Goodluck Jonathan's home in the west African country capital Abuja was reportedly "stripped bare" after it was broken into in July.  

According to Premium Times, Jonathan’s  spokesperson Ikechukwu Eze said that the house, which was bought from CITEC estate developers in 2004, was "totally stripped bare by the thieves who stole every movable item in the house". 

Among the items that were stole were "furniture sets, beds, electronics, toilet and electrical fittings, as well as all internal doors and frames".

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Zambia hits out at 'political charlatan' Malema, says his accusations are baseless

Cape Town – The Zambian government has reacted angrily to the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) leader Julius Malema's remarks over the weekend that President Edgar Lungu was a dictator, a report says.

Malema on Saturday accused Lungu of apartheid style repression for detaining a leading opposition politician on treason charges.

Hakainde Hichilema, leader of Zambia's United Party for National Development (UPND), has been in detention since April and Lungu in July imposed a state of emergency, a move critics saw as an effort to tighten his grip on power.

Julius Malema

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SA exports to Zim dip by 10% on back of product ban: Report

Harare - South Africa's exports to Zimbabwe have dropped by 10% on the back of a ban imposed on various South African products last year, a report says.

The ban, which covered food, building materials, furniture, toiletries and other products sparked violent protests from cross-border traders in Beitbridge.

Tight controls

The state ZBC broadcaster said on Tuesday that figures seen by it at an ongoing SADC Industrialisation Week in Johannesburg "indicate that South Africa has incurred a 10% drop in exports to Zimbabwe on the back of the tight controls".

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