Top Africa stories: White farmers 'return to Zim', Chiwenga motorcade

Change of Zim government 'inspires some whites to return to the land'

The change in government in Zimbabwe is inspiring hope among some white farmers, nearly two decades after the start of the sometimes-violent land reform programme, a news report says.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has ruled out reversing land reform, but has vowed to put an end to land invasions and to give white farmers 99-year leases like their black counterparts.

'Right direction'

Farming couple John and Marie Osborne told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that they see a future for the first time in two decades.

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Man who crashed into Zim VP's motorcade 'may face assassination attempt charge' – report

A 30-year-old unlicenced taxi driver who allegedly crashed into Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s motorcade over the weekend is reportedly likely going to face a serious charge of attempted assassination.

According to NewsDay, Silent Hungwe, appeared at the Harare magistrate’s court facing charges of contravening the road traffic act early this week. 

He was remanded in custody pending a high court bail application.

Hungwe was expected back in court on September 4.

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Zanu-PF seeks to raise presidential age limit… says 'immature' Chamisa failing to handle defeat

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party is reportedly seeking to raise the presidential age limit "to ensure only mature people contest for the highest office in the land".

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, the party said this, as it claimed that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa, aged 40, "had proved to be highly immature in his handling of defeat".

Zimbabwe's constitution currently allowed people aged 40 and over to stand for the office of the president.

Nelson Chamisa

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Zim leader re-appoints ex-military commander Chiwenga a VP

Harare - Zimbabwe's president has re-appointed as one of his vice presidents a former military general who helped him take power.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Constantino Chiwenga, who led the defence forces when the military rolled into the capital in November to pressure longtime leader Robert Mugabe to resign.

Chiwenga later left the military with several other generals to take up leadership positions in the government and ruling party.

Constantino Chiwenga

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PICS: British Prime Minister May in Kenya to boost economic ties

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday became the first UK leader to visit Kenya in 30 years, bringing security and development funding to East Africa's commercial hub and neighbouring Somalia as Britain seeks to boost economic ties ahead of a bumpy exit from the EU in March.

May received a 21-gun salute upon her arrival for talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta on the last stop of her three-country Africa tour, which also included South Africa and Nigeria, the continent's top economies. The prime minister is travelling with a large business delegation.

Kenyatta & May

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