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Two gold miners dead, 20 trapped in Zimbabwe mine collapse

Some 20 miners are trapped underground after a mine shaft collapsed in Zimbabwe, state media reported Thursday, and a police spokesman said at least two bodies had been recovered.Spokesman Paul Nyathi said the miners have been trapped since Wednesday...

Botswana set to auction elephant hunting licences

Botswana will on Friday hold its first major auction for trophy elephant hunting quotas since controversially scrapping a hunting ban last year, a wildlife official said.President Mokgweetsi Masisi's government in May revoked a moratorium, just a year after he...

Lesotho’s First Lady in court charged with murder of PM’s ex-wife

The wife of Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane appeared in court on Wednesday charged with murdering his previous wife two days before he took office in 2017.The handwritten charge sheet said Maesaiah “did unlawfully and with intent to kill...

Malawi’s Mutharika to appeal court ruling overturning election result

Malawi’s presidency on Wednesday said it would appeal a court ruling overturning the election result that returned Peter Mutharika to power, saying that it cannot be allowed to stand.Presidential spokesman Mgeme Kalirani said the presidency had assembled papers for...

How Malawi brave judges rejected a second-rate election

Opposition supporters in Malawi have been celebrating after a panel of five top judges annulled the results of last May's flawed presidential election.The vote will now have to be re-run within the next five months. But it is set...

Finally Lesotho’s First Lady in police net, to be charged with murder

The wife of Lesotho's prime minister, First Lady Maesaiah Thabane is to be charged with murder, for the killing of Lipolelo Thabane, the PM's previous wife.Earlier on Tuesday, she handed herself over to be questioned by police in the...

Court issues arrest warrant for ex-South Africa president Jacob Zuma

South African High court in KwaZulu-Natal has acceded to a request from the state to issue an arrest warrant for former president Jacob Zuma over his non-attendance at his corruption trial.The matter has been stayed until May 6.In court...

Malawi court agrees with opposition nullifies presidential election result

Malawi constitutional court nullifies election result, rules that President Peter Mutharika was not duly elected as president of Malawi, orders fresh elections in 151 days.The court also criticised the conduct of the country's electoral body in managing the elections...

Finally, South Africa probes apartheid-era death in police custody

Detained South African activists during the apartheid regime, were hanged upside down until they became unconsciousness, some received daily beatings and were forced to do strenuous exercises while naked.These and many more were some of the abuses perpetrated by...

All eyes on Malawi constitutional court as judgement day finally arrives

Malawians are anxiously awaiting a ruling from the constitutional court on an appeal against the election results in May that saw President Peter Mutharika returned to office with 38.6% of the vote.The losing candidates alleged that the electoral process,...
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Togo opposition leader heads to court to challenge vote results

Togolese opposition leader Agbeyome Kodjo said on Wednesday he has filed a suit to overturn the result of presidential...
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China Lied, Coronavirus did not originate in Meat Market – sceintists

USA based online news Breitbart reports that Chinese scientists have concluded that the Wuhan coronavirus did not originate at a wild meat market as...

Burundi says it killed at least 22 in pre-election violence

The Burundi government said on Tuesday it had killed at least 22 “wrongdoers” in the hills overlooking the main city Bujumbura since last week,...

Military funeral to be held for Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak

Egypt will hold a military funeral in the capital Cairo on Wednesday bury its former president Hosni Mubarak, who died on Tuesday at the...

Ethiopia pulls out of talks on Nile dam row

Ethiopia's Water Minister Seleshi Bekele has said the country will not participate in fresh talks on the future of a giant hydropower project on...