Top Africa stories: Ex-Zim VP fights for pension, croc worshipped as god

Mugabe's ex-deputy Mphoko fights for pension payment – report

Zimbabwe's former deputy president Phelekezela Mphoko is still not receiving his pension, four months after government promised to settle it, a report says.

Mphoko – a Grace Mugabe ally – lost his job after the new administration led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over following the resignation of ex-president Robert Mugabe in November. 

Mphoko was the second deputy appointed in 2014 by Mugabe, along with current president Mnangagwa. 

According to AFP, Mphoko had flown to Japan on official business the day before the army took over the country in an operation that culminated in Mugabe's ouster.

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Zanu-PF 'using army to carry out its political objectives', claims MDC's Chamisa

Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, has reportedly applauded the country's military but has also criticised the ruling Zanu-PF party for using it to kill civilians after the country's crunch elections last month.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, in his Defence Forces Day commemoration message this week, Chamisa said that the army had done well in various missions but had been used by his ruling party opponents to kill defenceless civilians after the country's contested election on July 30.

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PIC: 78-year-old crocodile worshipped as a god in Nigeria, says report

A 78-year-old crocodile is reportedly being worshiped as a god by some people living in south-western Nigeria. 

According to BBC, the crocodile has been owned as a pet by the Delesolu family for several generations in the Oje suburb of Ibadan City. 

Head of the household Raufu Yesufu says, as a Muslim, he does not believe the crocodile has any spiritual powers.

Locals bring chickens to the crocodile, with the belief it would answer their prayers, says the report. 

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Zimbabwe court to hear opposition election challenge August 22

Zimbabwe's ruling party and opposition say the Constitutional Court will hear the opposition's challenge to the presidential election results on August 22.

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa narrowly lost to President Emmerson Mnangagwa but Chamisa's party alleges "gross mathematical errors". It seeks a fresh election or a declaration of Chamisa as the winner of the July 30 vote.

Mnangagwa's lawyers and the electoral commission have filed papers saying the case should be thrown out, claiming the opposition filed its challenge too late.

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Mali's president wins runoff vote with more than 67%

Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has won another term in a runoff election with more than 67% of the vote.

Opposition leader Soumaila Cisse received over 32% of the vote in Sunday's runoff that had an estimated turnout of 34% amid threats of violence from extremist groups.

The West African nation has grown more insecure since Keita beat Cisse in a second-round election in 2013.

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