Top Africa stories: Zanu-PF, Tsvangirai, Chiwenga

Expelled ex-Zanu-PF heavyweights say they're 'ready to rejoin party' – report

Harare - Former Zanu-PF heavyweights, Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo, who were sacked from the ruling party some few years ago, have reportedly expressed their willingness to rejoin the  party.

Mutasa and Gumbo were expelled from Zanu-PF together with ex-vice president Joice Mujuruand other top party officials on various charges, including plotting to topple the then president Robert Mugabe in 2014. 

According to Daily News, Mutasa and Gumbo said they were ready to rejoin the party but were waiting to be "invited back".

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Zim VP Chiwenga's mother in law 'likely to contest in upcoming polls' – report

Harare – Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga's mother in-law is reportedly believed to be preparing to contest for a parliamentary seat in the forthcoming elections.  

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Helga Mubaiwa was over the weekend introduced to hundreds of villagers by leaders in Manyame rural district in Seke as the next member of parliament. This was after she reportedly helped  the area complete the construction of a local clinic and school.

Mubaiwa was the wife of Ken Mubaiwa, the Dynamos football club president, and their daughter Marry Mubaiwa was married to Chiwenga.

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Kenya deports opposition politician who attended oath event

Nairobi - Lawyers and human rights officials say a Kenyan politician who had been arrested for witnessing the "inauguration" of opposition leader Raila Odinga has been deported.

Interior Ministry spokesperson Mwenda Njoka said on Wednesday that Miguna Miguna renounced his Kenyan citizenship years back, becoming a Canadian citizen, and had never reclaimed Kenyan citizenship.

Raila Odinga

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Violence as South Sudan protesters denounce US arms embargo

Juba - Anti-Trump demonstrations in South Sudan's capital turned violent on Tuesday as people took to the streets to protest the US president's new ban on the supply of weapons to the army and rebels.

On Friday, the United States imposed a unilateral arms embargo on South Sudan, which is embroiled in a 5-year civil war. The State Department said it is "appalled" by the continuing violence perpetrated by both sides in the conflict.

Hundreds gathered outside the US Embassy and the nearby United Nations base on Tuesday morning to show their anger.

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Zimbabwe's ailing opposition chief appoints acting leader

Harare - Ailing Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Wednesday appointed one of his three deputies to take charge of the party while he undergoes cancer treatment in neighbouring South Africa.

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Tsvangirai's spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said in a statement the former union chief had appointed Nelson Chamisa, 40, as acting president "until the president's return."

"This is in light of the president's absence and that of the two other vice presidents who are both in South Africa," Tamborinyoka said.

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