Top Africa stories: Mugabe's daughter loses farm, zoo changes donkey into zebra

Zim politician 'reclaims seized farm from Mugabe's daughter Bona' – report

A Zimbabwean politician has reportedly reclaimed his farm from former president Robert Mugabe's daughter Bona and her in-laws after they allegedly seized it from him four years ago.  

According to NewsDay, Zanu-PF Mashonaland east political commissar, Herbert Shumbamhini said he had returned to his 350-hectare sub-division of Divonia Farm, and was reviving some of the farm's damaged infrastructure.

In 2014, Mugabe's in-laws, the Chikores, took over about 600 hectares of Divonia Farm near Juru Growth Point in Mutoko before elbowing out their neighbour, Shumbamhini, as they extended their hectarage, said the report.

Bona Mugabe

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Zoo under fire after trying to pass off donkey as zebra

A recently opened Egyptian Zoo has reportedly come under fire for painting a donkey black and white in a bid to pass it off as a zebra.

An Egyptian student Mahmoud A Sarhani posted a picture on the strange looking zebra on his Facebook page after visiting the zoo over the weekend.

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The "zebra" was not only having unusually-long ears, but it also had some strange paint smudges on the side of its head.

Upon close inspection he discovered that the fake zebra lacked the characteristic mane of its species, which extends forward past the ears.

Zebra

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WATCH: What's the story behind Mnangagwa's scarf?

The scarf worn by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been the talking point for many over the past few months.

Mnangagwa was first seen wearing the scarf - inscribed with the Zimbabwean flag colours - in January 2018 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, as reported by AfricaNews.

Since then, the scarf has become a fashion statement for Mnangagwa, with him rarely being seen without it.

There is even a dedicated hashtag - #EDscarf - on social media for all things related to the Mnangagwa and his scarf.

Mnangagwa

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INFOGRAPHIC: The road to Zimbabwe's 2018 elections

Zimbabweans are set to go to the polls to choose their next president on July 30. This would be the first election without former president Robert Mugabe on the ballot paper.

The poll is a culmination of dramatic political events triggered on November 6, when then vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa (now president) was sacked by Mugabe.

The vote will pit Mnangagwa against a clutch of opponents, including 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa from the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance. 

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Top opposition official accuses international community of 'white-washing' Zim election

A leading opposition figure in Zimbabwe has accused some unnamed members of the international community of indirectly backing Zanu-PF by brushing aside his party’s concerns with the electoral commission.

David Coltart, of the MDC Alliance, said there are some in the international community who are "desperate to white-wash this election".

The Alliance accuses the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of violating the constitution and the Electoral Act by refusing to give the opposition information on the printing of the ballot papers, and by not taking action against biased state media among other issues.

David Coltart

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