Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe fake PhD, Mugabe farm

Grace Mugabe's 'fake' PhD: Mnangagwa suspends Zim university boss

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has suspended the vice chancellor of Zimbabwe’s main university ahead of his trial next month for allegedly improperly awarding Grace Mugabe a PhD four years ago.

Levi Nyagura is facing charges of criminal abuse of office for allegedly breaching the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) rules on awarding doctorates.

In a statement, Mnangagwa, who is UZ chancellor, replaced Nyagura with another academic – Paul Mapfumo – who will be acting vice chancellor until Nyagura’s case is finalised.

The suspension of Nyagura is in line with the University of Zimbabwe Act, said the statement, quoted by the state-run Herald

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Mugabe will only get to keep one farm: Mnangagwa

Former president Robert Mugabe will only be allowed to keep one farm in line with the government’s land policies, President Emmerson Mnangagwa says.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Independent Foreign Service, as published by New Zimbabwe.com, Mnangagwa said many families own more than one farm, implying it won’t just be the Mugabes who have to downsize their land holdings. 

Getting evidence

“I am still receiving evidence of what the (former) first family had. When that process is complete they will select one farm and the rest will be given elsewhere,” Mnangagwa said.

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Zim: Mandela lawyer to help with Chamisa case, says report

A top South African lawyer who once advised Nelson Mandela will join a team helping Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa to overturn the results of last month's presidential poll.

Jeremy Gauntlett will join a team comprising Zimbabwean lawyers and high-profile South African advocates Dali Mpofu and Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, reports the private Daily News

Chamisa claims the results of the July 30 poll were manipulated to favour President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who won the election with 50.8% of the declared vote, compared to Chamisa's 44.3%.

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PICS: In Nigeria, thousands celebrate Osun, goddess of fertility and water

"I'm dressed like a river," says priestess Osundele Okugbesan as she shows off her flowing white strapless dress and long beaded necklaces cascading down her chest.

This year, as she has done for the past 35, she has come to the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove in southwestern Nigeria to celebrate Osun, the great Yoruba goddess of fertility and water.

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Others have tattoos of fish on their bodies or have sewn seashells onto their dresses.

Every year, the festival attracts thousands of Yorubas, an ancient ethnic group in West Africa that numbers around 40 million, the vast majority living in Nigeria.

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Kofi Annan understood the limits of diplomacy, why it's important never to give up

Kofi Annan served as United Nations Secretary-General during a pivotal decade in modern world history – from 1997 to 2006. I would argue that his most important legacy was to focus the UN more on preventing and resolving deadly conflict within its sovereign members, while still trying to maintain peace and security among them.

How he developed and pursued ways and means to do this began much earlier in his UN career and persisted until his untimely death last week.

The UN was created in 1945 by 51 sovereign states and empires that had just survived two of the worst wars in history. With the winding down of empires, UN membership grew to nearly 200 countries.

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