Top Africa stories: Namibia's land issue, Trump on Buhari

'It's true that whites stole our land, but they're also Namibians,' says President Geingob

Namibia's President Hage Geingob on Sunday urged citizens to take part in the debate over mooted land reforms, including the expropriation of land, in order to avoid chaos.

The southern African country will hold a "national land conference" from October 1-5, for discussion of policies that will accelerate the land reform programme.

"I believe that we should have difficult conversations, as Namibians, with the aim of finding peaceful and sustainable solutions to the challenges of inequality, landlessness and outstanding pains of genocide," Geingob said during Sunday's heroes day commemorations in northern Namibia.

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Grace Mugabe ill, in Singapore, ex-president reveals

Grace Mugabe is ill and is in Singapore, former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has revealed.

In a surprise letter of congratulations to Emmerson Mnangagwa on his inauguration as president on Sunday, Mugabe admitted that he too was unwell and could not attend the ceremony.

“Your Excellency, thank you for your invitation to me and my wife to attend the inauguration ceremony. My wife is not well in Singapore and also I am not well,” the letter said.

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Trump says Nigerian President Buhari is 'lifeless' - report

US President Donald Trump reportedly told his aides he never wanted to meet someone as "lifeless" as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari again.

Trump's remarks came after Buhari’s visit to the White House earlier this year, said a BBC report quoting Financial Times 

"Trump likes chemistry. Africa has never been high on his radar but if the big guy likes you he'll find a way to make things work," an unnamed source reportedly told the Financial Times ahead of a meeting between Trump and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday.

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WATCH: Ugandan pop star, government critic Bobi Wine free on bail

Ugandan pop star-turned-government critic Bobi Wine has been freed on bail.

The 36-year-old lawmaker, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has been in detention since August 14.

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Ssentamu was released by a judge in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu on Monday. He was freed alongside others who are similarly charged with treason for their alleged roles in an incident in which the presidential motorcade was pelted with stones.

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'This is a different Zim,' says Mnangagwa as he vows post-vote violence probe

Zimbabwe's newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed on Sunday to open a probe into violence which followed the country's first election since strongman Robert Mugabe was ousted from power.

"To put closure and finality to the matter, I will soon be announcing members of the commission of inquiry into the said violence who will, upon completion, publish their findings," he said shortly after being sworn in.

"This is a different Zimbabwe, the dawn of the second republic of our Zimbabwe."

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Zim ruling Zanu-PF party to hit Chamisa with '$3 million' legal bill

imbabwe’s ruling party says it plans to claim up to $3 million for legal costs incurred in the just-ended presidential petition, which the struggling MDC Alliance has been ordered to pay.

The nine-member Constitutional Court on Friday ruled that MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa failed to substantiate his claims of vote rigging, and dismissed the application “with costs”, according to AFP.

The court ruling paved the way for Emmerson Mnangagwa’s inauguration on Sunday.

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