Top Africa stories: Zim's worst economic crisis in a decade, Kenya bus accident

PICS: Zimbabwe faces worst economic crisis in a decade

As Zimbabwe plunges into its worst economic crisis in a decade, gas lines are snaking for hours, prices are spiking and residents goggle as the new government insists that the country — somehow — has risen to middle-income status.

After ousting the repressive Robert Mugabe almost a year ago following more than three decades in power, and peacefully electing President Emmerson Mnangagwa in July, many hoped the country would emerge from turmoil and return to prosperity.

Instead, it appears to be imploding in the days since the new finance minister announced a "stabilisation programme". Over the weekend long lines for fuel reappeared, sometimes stretching for several kilometres.

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'Stop panic buying… govt is on top of the situation,' Mnangagwa's aide tells Zimbabweans

The Zimbabwean government has reportedly urged the public to stop the "madness of bulk buying", saying that there are enough basic commodities in the country.

This came amid reports that the southern African country was now grappling with "panic buying", as locals feared the return of the 2008 commodity shortages that left many shops without basic goods.

New Zimbabwe.com report said over the weekend that shoppers were stocking up on essential goods such as beef, bread, cooking oil, and other essentials in anticipation of a looming disaster.

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MDC 'won't stop people from protesting', Chamisa says as Zim economy collapses

Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader, Nelson Chamisa, has reportedly said that his party "will not stop people from exercising their constitutional right to protest against the collapse of the economy".

According to News Day, Chamisa said this while addressing MDC parliamentarians in Harare on Tuesday.

"We have noted the total collapse of the economy in the hands of the Zanu-PF government and president Nelson Chamisa, through engagements with the people, had seen it reasonable to allow the people to express themselves through protests," MDC Alliance spokesperson Jacob Mafume was quoted as saying.

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Zim's reassigned ex-minister off to China to learn how political parties relate to govts – report

Zimbabwe's former cabinet ministers, who were reassigned to the ruling Zanu-PF party's headquarters last month, are reportedly set to undergo training in China and the sub-region to learn how other political parties relate to government.

According to Daily News, Zanu-PF’s secretary for information and publicity Simon Khaya Moyo confirmed the development, saying that the Zanu-PF party stalwarts were expected to exchange notes with other fraternal movements, which included the ANC.

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Kenya bus accident kills more than 40

More than 40 people have been killed in a bus accident in western Kenya early Wednesday, police said.

"Reports reaching me are that more than 40 people died on the spot but it could be more because the roof of the bus was ripped off," Rift Valley Provincial Traffic Officer Zero Arome told AFP.

Another traffic police officer who spoke from the scene, in western Kericho county, placed the number at 42.

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Mozambique peace process under scrutiny in local polls

Mozambique held local elections on Wednesday that could expose cracks in the country's peace process after the ruling Frelimo party was accused of violence and intimidation during the run-up to the vote.

The 13-day election campaign, which ended at the weekend, was marked by several clashes between rival party supporters.

"The elections are happening and they are the result of the sacrifices of all the Mozambican people," President Filipe Nyusi told reporters after voting in the capital Maputo.

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