Top Africa stories: Mnangagwa not worried about US sanctions, Uganda

'I'm not worried about US' decision to extend sanctions against us,' says Zim leader Mnangagwa

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly scoffed at the continued United States sanctions against his country, saying his government remains focused on "bringing development" to the southern African nation.

According to the Herald newspaper, speaking to journalists after receiving US' newly-appointed ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols, Mnangagwa said he was not going to worry himself about Washington.

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Zim leader Mnangagwa beefs up security after 'assassination attempt' - report

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly increased his security aides after he escaped with his life when a bomb exploded at a political rally in an apparent assassination bid in June. 

According to NewsDay, Mnangagwa was flanked by at least 40 security aides during the recent commemorations of the Defence Forces Day in Harare.

Mnangagwa first came to power through a military backed intervention that culminated in former president Robert Mugabe’s ousting in November.

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Controversial Zim MP proposes raising age limit for president from 40 to 55

A controversial Zimbabwean MP has told a ruling party rally that he will propose amending the constitution to disqualify presidential candidates below the age of 55, a move seen as targeting MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa.

Zimbabwe's constitution currently allows people aged 40 and over to stand for the highest office, a fact that benefited Chamisa who is himself only 40. But in the July 30 poll the ruling Zanu-PF party won a more than two-thirds majority in the 210-seat parliament, giving it sweeping powers to amend the constitution.

If Joseph Chinotimba's motion were to be adopted, and the constitution changed, Chamisa would be disqualified from standing in the 2023 polls.

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In Uganda, a pop star takes on a president, at his peril

In his red beret and jumpsuit the Ugandan pop star Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, better known as Bobi Wine, leads cheering campaigners down a street, punching the air and waving the national flag.

That image has defined the unlikely new political phenomenon - and possibly now put him in danger as an opposition figure taking on one of Africa's longest-serving leaders.

Once considered a marijuana-loving crooner, the 36-year-old "ghetto child" is a new member of parliament who urges his countrymen to stand up against what he calls a failing government. He has protested against an unpopular social media tax and against a controversial change to the constitution removing presidential age limits.

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PICS: South Sudan's child soldiers hope for life after war

By the time Baba John escaped the tribal militia he had joined as an 11-year-old, he had long stopped counting the number of people he had killed.

"I shot people. We all did," said Baba John. "I received a gun and was told how to shoot and point the gun. I don't remember how many I shot but there were many."

A murderous time for Baba John began with a life-or-death decision when a South Sudanese armed group, known as the Cobra Faction, attacked his village close to the eastern town of Pibor, nearly 400km north of the capital Juba.

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