Top Africa stories: German massacre of Namibians, Chiwenga

PICS: Germany returns 27 sets of colonial-era remains to Namibians

A Namibian delegation is taking possession of the remains of 27 of their countrymen whose bones were taken by German colonial forces more than a century ago for pseudo-scientific racial experiments.

Before the handover of the remains, Germans and Namibians gathered on Wednesday for a church ceremony in Berlin.

The repatriation of the remains is a reminder of Germany's short-lived past as a colonial power in Africa which included the bloody suppression of a Herero and Nama uprising between 1904 and 1908 that left tens of thousands dead.

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Unlicenced taxi driver, 30, crashes into Zim VP Chiwenga's motorcade - reports

A 30-year-old unlicenced Harare minibus driver has reportedly appeared in court after he crashed into Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s motorcade.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Silent Hungwe, appeared at the Harare magistrate’s court facing charges of contravening the road traffic act.

He was remanded in custody pending a high court bail application, the report said.

Hungwe was expected back in court on September 4.

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Police storm hotel in Lagos, arrest at least 57 suspected of homosexuality

Nigerian police reportedly arrested at least 57 people suspected of being gay at a party over the weekend - as homosexuality is banned in that country.

The police raid reportedly took place at a hotel in Lagos on Sunday morning, with mostly men attending the party, according to BBC.

“When the men sighted the police, they took to their heels but the police arrested 57 of them,” a Premium Times report quoted the state police commissioner Imohimi Edgal as saying.

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UN rights chief voices alarm at Uganda unrest, MP 'torture'

The UN human rights chief voiced alarm on Wednesday at the unrest rocking Uganda over the arrests and alleged torture of several parliamentarians, including a former pop star.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called on Kampala to ensure there is an independent investigation of the violence, including allegations of extrajudicial killings, excessive use of force by police and torture.

Singer-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, better known as Bobi Wine, was released on bail on Monday after two weeks in detention but is due back in court on Thursday.

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Zim leader Mnangagwa to embark on 'thank you' rallies - report

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly lined up nationwide "thank you" tours after being voted the country’s president in the just ended disputed polls.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa is also going to use the thank you tours to outline his government programme on decentralisation of power.

“We are going to have rallies in your respective areas to thank the people for voting me into power. We will be saying the message of peace that we have been saying all along and we will also announce the plans we have to improve provincial economies because we do not want everything to be centred in Harare," Mnangagwa was quoted as saying.

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