Top Africa stories: Evicted Zim white farmers 'getting poore', Ali Bongo leaves Morocco hospital

Evicted Zim white farmers 'getting poorer and sick' as they await compensation – report

Desperate Zimbabwean white farmers who were forcefully removed from their properties by former president Robert Mugabe's government have reportedly said that they are getting "poorer and sick", as their hopes for compensation are fading.  

Quoting Sunday Times, a report by New Zimbabwe.com said that "the average age of farmers at the peak of land reform was around 55. Now the vast majority are over 70 and many are unable to work.

The director of the Commercial Farmers Union, Ben Gilpin, was quoted as saying that some of the farmers were now too old and the need for settlement over damages that were caused by the land reforms was "very real".

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Angolan activist talks human rights with country's president

An Angolan human rights activist says the country's president plans to investigate a case of alleged torture by police officials.

Activist and journalist Rafael Marques de Morais says he told President Joao Lourenco at a meeting on Wednesday that two Criminal Investigation Service officials allegedly involved in the 2016 torture of Joao Dala received promotions to provincial director posts in May. Lourenco says he was unaware of any official link to the torture of Dala, a church youth leader.

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Govt ready to seize idle land owned by Zanu-PF party heavyweights,’ says Zim leader Mnangagwa

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly said that his government is "ready to seize any idle land owned by some of the ruling Zanu-PF party heavyweights".

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Mnangagwa told traditional leaders in northern Zimbabwe that the country's often violent land reform programme was "done and dusted".

He said his government had embarked on a land commission audit that unearthed that some of his party’s heavyweights owned more than one farm, which was in violation of government policy that state one-man-one farm.

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Boko Haram raids kill soldier in NE Nigeria as attacks intensify

Boko Haram jihadists have attacked two military bases in Nigeria's restive northeast, killing one soldier and injuring two, security sources told AFP on Wednesday, in a week that saw insurgent assaults on troops intensify.

Riding in trucks fitted with anti-aircraft guns, fighters from the self-styled Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction of Boko Haram launched a raid late Tuesday on troops in the town of Gudumbali, sparking a fierce firefight in which two soldiers were injured, a military officer said.

"It was a tough battle," said the military officer who asked not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

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Gabon president leaves Morocco hospital

Gabon's president Ali Bongo has left hospital in Rabat and will stay at a private residence in the Moroccan capital as he recovers from illness, a presidency source said on Wednesday.

The 59-year-old, who fell ill on October 24 at an economic forum, arrived in Morocco last week following treatment in Saudi Arabia for an illness that has not been officially revealed.

The decision to dismiss him from the military hospital in Rabat came "after authorisation from the medical team", the source in the Moroccan presidency said.

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