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Kenyan protesters call for removal of electoral commission officials
6 October 2017, 9:05 PM

Police in Kenya have arrested several people during opposition demonstrations called to push for the removal of electoral commission officials who conducted August’s Presidential elections.

The Kenyan Supreme Court last month invalidated President Uhuru Kenyatta‘s second term victory, citing irregularities but did not indicate any specific commissioner or official.

The opposition has called for demonstrations every Monday and Friday to push for reforms ahead of fresh presidential elections later this month.

Opposition, NASA supporters were back on the streets on Friday to push for the removal of electoral commission officials they accuse of bungling the August 8th elections.

They trained their eyes on Chief Executive Officer, Ezra Chiloba.

It was not long before police dispersed them using teargas just as they made their way through the Central Business District.

Crowds also gathered in the Western town of Kisumu and Mombasa, all of which are opposition strongholds.

James Orengo
, opposition senator of Kenya says. “No gun is more powerful than the people, no teargas can stop the people.”

With three weeks to go before the fresh presidential elections, the two political contenders have hardened their stance.

The opposition has threatened to boycott the polls if the electoral commission officials are not removed, while the ruling party has tabled amendments to the electoral laws, which will make it difficult for the Supreme Court to annul presidential election results.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared the ruling that invalidated his win as a coup.

Despite the on-going political standoff, the commission says it ready to hold elections on the 26th of this month.

Friday 6 October 2017 21:05

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Sarah Kimani

Zimbabwe Embassy pulls out of Grace Mugabe’s assault case
6 October 2017, 3:15 PM

The Zimbabwean Embassy has withdrawn its participation in the matter brought by model and civil rights group Afriforum to review the diplomatic immunity the South African government granted to first lady, Grace Mugabe.

The applicants approached the High Court in Pretoria to seek permission to serve Mugabe with papers through the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria.

Mugabe allegedly assaulted 20 year old Engels with an electrical cord after she found her with her two sons at an upmarket Sandton hotel in August.

Afriforum brought an application seeking assurance that the Zimbabwean first lady will be able to receive court papers through the embassy. The embassy intervened in the matter, opposing Afriforum’s request, saying Mugabe does not live at the embassy.

Judge Harshla Kooverjee granted the embassy leave to oppose the matter. She has given the embassy seven days to file papers stating on what basis it wants to be involved in the matter.

“Leave is granted to the intervening party to file an affidavit within seven days from this order, if so advised to set out whether it has a mandate from the second respondent to represent her in respect of the proceedings. Part A of the application and if not to set out concisely on what basis it has a right to intervene in these proceedings,” said judge Harshla Kooverjee.

However, it now seems the matter will take another turn, as the embassy has decided to withdraw its participation in the matter. The embassy says it’s pulling out as its legal representative, Advocate Simba Chitando, says he has been receiving threats.

Chitando couldn’t elaborate on the nature of threats: “The conduct of various individuals in this matter has made the future involvement of Zimbabwean embassy undesirable. The Zimbabwean embassy regardless of the outcomes of these proceedings shall no longer participate in this hearing.”

AfriForum has welcomed the Embassy’s decision. Lawyer Willie Spies says the withdrawal will make things easier for them to proceed with the matter: “If they decide not to use the opportunity, it will at least be the end of the road with regard to this specific application and our review proceedings will carry on and we can approach the court again on an unopposed basis .”

Spies has criticised the embassy for intervening in the first place. He believes this was a strategy to buy time. “The mere purpose of the involvement of the embassy from the outset was to frustrate the process, to delay the process, and to ensure that justice is delayed. Fortunately they have now withdrawn which makes the whole process further easier.”

Mugabe has denied assaulting Engels and alleges the model is the one who attacked her.

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Friday 6 October 2017 15:15

Phumzile Mlangeni

ZanuPF first Vice President accused of destabilising the country
5 October 2017, 8:24 PM

Zimbabwe’s ruling ZanuPF Senior Member has accused its first Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa – of destabilising the country and fanning ethnic tensions, after he said in public for the first time that he was poisoned last month.

ZanuPF supporters are expected to demonstrate at Mnangwagwa’s office after he contradicted President Robert Mugabe who dismissed the poisoning allegations.

The second Vice President Phakamile Mphoko has accused Mnangagwa of undermining President Mugabe.

Emmerson Mnangagwa was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital after he took ill last month. For the first time Mnangagwa said at a rally this past weekend that he was poisoned.

However, a statement released by second Vice President Phakamile Mphoko who was Acting President when President Mugabe was in South Africa says Mnangagwa confirmed to a ZanuPF Central Committee meeting at the time that he was not poisoned.

This is what President Mugabe said at the time. “There was no food poisoning at all. But what surprised us was that our colleague got sick, diarrhoea, committing, until he could no longer vomit. He was fainting.”

Mphoko has questioned Mnangagwa’s latest claims, accusing him of undermining the authority of President Mugabe, destabilizing the country and using lies to fan ethnic tensions for political purposes.

The standoff is likely to fuel tensions in the ruling party.

Thursday 5 October 2017 20:24

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Sophie Mokoena

Tensions rise in Mozambique after mayor gunned down
5 October 2017, 5:40 PM

Tensions are high in Nampula, Mozambique’s third largest city in the country’s north, after Mayor Mahamudo Amurane was gunned down Wednesday night.

Amurane was a member of the Mozambique Democratic Movement, a majority party in most parts of northern Mozambique that broke away from Renamo some years ago.

Moz TV journalist Marciano Mubai says angry members of the party have blockaded most of the roads with burning tyres and rocks in protest for the killing of Amurane.

“A gunman went to a shop where he was standing somewhere there and shot him three times. He died when someone was taking him to the hospital. He later died. The police say they don’t know who killed him. They are trying to find out what is going on to find the people who killed him.”

Thursday 5 October 2017 17:40

Jonathan Lungu

Watch Zimbabwe, SA Bi-national Commission meeting
3 October 2017, 10:00 AM

President Jacob Zuma is hosting his Zimbabwe counterpart Robert Mugabe.

Efforts to ease tensions over the continued influx of Zimbabweans to South Africa are under scrutiny amid South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-national Commission meeting in Pretoria.

Tuesday 3 October 2017 10:00

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