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'I'll never appoint Grace Mugabe as my deputy,' says MDC leader Chamisa

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, has again been forced to deny persistent reports that he has offered former first lady Grace Mugabe the vice presidency post should he win in the forthcoming elections.

According to NewsDay, a faction of the recently-formed opposition, the National Patriotic Front (NPF), claimed last month that Grace wanted to be vice president of the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance.   

The sensational claim, which Chamisa rubbished at the time, was allegedly made by Jim Kunaka of the NPF at a press conference in June.

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The case of the 141-year-old voter: Zimbabwe ballot at risk

The world's oldest person is 141 years of age and lives in Zimbabwe. Not far behind is a 134-year-old, also in Zimbabwe. At least that's according to the country's voters' roll, which has come under sharp scrutiny ahead of the July 30 election, the first in decades without longtime leader Robert Mugabe.

The main opposition party has called the voters' roll deeply flawed and the most prominent sign that the election's credibility is at risk. On Wednesday, thousands of people are expected to rally in the capital, Harare, to call for more transparency.

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'We're tired of Zanu-PF machinations,' Zim opposition supporters say

Thousands of Zimbabwean opposition supporters took to the streets of Harare on Wednesday demanding fair elections following alleged irregularities in the electoral roll ahead of the July 30 vote.

The electoral register has long been a contentious feature of Zimbabwe's elections, fuelling accusations of vote rigging in previous polls.

A new voters' roll has been compiled for the upcoming polls, but the main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), is alleging that the list is flawed. It is also demanding transparency in the printing of ballot papers.

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Zim gays applaud 'reasonable' Mnangagwa – report

The Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) advocacy group has applauded President Emmerson Mnangagwa for "understanding" them better than his predecessor Robert Mugabe and the opposition parties, a report on Tuesday said. 

According to New, GALZ director, Chester Samba told journalists in Harare that Mnangagwa was "a reasonable man" after the group met with his ruling Zanu-PF delegations ahead of the country’s elections later this month.

Samba said that there had been fewer incidents of abuses against the Lesbian, Gays, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) group since Mnangagwa took over as president of the country. 

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Albino boy, 10, abducted from his home in Mozambique – report

A 10-year-old albino boy was reportedly kidnapped from his home in the early hours of Monday in northern Mozambique.

According to BBC, the boy's father, Pires Ernesto, alleged that the kidnappers dug a hole in the wall of his house in the city of Lichinga in Niassa province and went straight to the bedroom where his four children were sleeping.

Ernesto said that only his albino son was abducted.

Police said the matter was under investigation.

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Army 'not intimidating opposition supporters in rural areas': Zim police

Zimbabwean police said on Tuesday they have received fewer reports of election-related violence ahead of the July 30 poll than in previous campaigns.

"Prevalence of violence is less compared to previous elections," police spokesperson Charity Charamba told journalists.

"President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been preaching peace and there is compliance from all political parties. There is commitment and goodwill."

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