Top Africa stories: Zanu-PF on MDC court challenge, hippo kills tourist

'People behind Zim bombing incident now known and to be dealt with soon,' says Mnangagwa

Suspects behind a bombing incident at a Zanu-PF rally in Bulawayo in June are now known and would be dealt with after the country's election period is concluded, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly said.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa said this while addressing a Zanu-PF gathering in Harare last week.

He said he was happy that at least two of the party's senior leaders who were injured in the blast were recovering.


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Chinese tourist dies from 'serious' injuries after hippo bites on his chest in Kenya

A Chinese tourist died after he was attacked by a hippo when he was taking pictures on the shore of Lake Naivasha in the Rift Valley, just hours after a hippo killed a local fisherman in the same area, Kenya's wildlife authority said Sunday.

A second Chinese tourist was injured in the incident on Saturday night and received treatment in the local hospital in Naivasha, 91km southeast of Nairobi, the Kenya Wildlife Service said in a statement.

In the same area, a fisherman was attacked by another hippo a few kilometers from the scene of the first incident where the Chinese died, a police official said.

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Mnangagwa says disputed Zimbabwe election 'behind us'

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday called for the country to move on from its disputed election, despite his victory being challenged in court over alleged fraud and his inauguration delayed.

The country's first election since the fall of Robert Mugabe was mired by the army opening fire on protesters, allegations of vote-rigging and a crackdown on opposition activists.

Mnangagwa, who narrowly won the July 30 vote, took power last year when military generals ousted Mugabe after 37 years in office.

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Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF tells supporters to 'ignore' MDC's court challenge – report

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has urged its supporters to ignore an ongoing election results court challenge by the country's main opposition the Movement for Democratic (MDC) Alliance.

The MDC party on Friday lodged a Constitutional Court appeal against the election result, forcing president elect Emmerson Mnangagwa's inauguration, which had been due on Sunday, to be postponed, Associated Press reported.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission had declared that Mnangagwa and the ruling Zanu-PF party won the election, with the president receiving 50.8% of the vote.

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'Court must dismiss Chamisa's election petition': Zanu-PF lawyers

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF lawyers have reportedly claimed that the country's main opposition party missed the deadline to submit its petition over the country's recently held elections.

According to The Sunday Mail, the lawyers said that the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)'s court application should, therefore, be dismissed.

Lawyers for the MDC arrived at court less than an hour before the deadline on Friday - to submit papers alleging the July 30 vote was rigged.

They were accompanied by Jameson Timba, the chief election agent for the party led by Nelson Chamisa, reported the Associated Press.


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Zim Congress of Trade Unions presses charges against army

A Zimbabwean trade union has reportedly filed a police report after suspected soldiers fired live ammunition at its building during deadly protest in Harare two weeks ago.

At least six people died after troops in the capital Harare opened fire at protests against alleged election fraud, sparking an international outcry and raising grim memories of the Robert Mugabe era, reported AP.

The deadly post-election crackdown raised questions over who could have ordered the army on to the streets and who was really running the government as the country held what has been described as its most important election in decades.

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