Top African stories: War vets slam Mugabe, Namibian land issue

Zim war vets slam Mugabe over 'innocent' daughter Bona

Zimbabwean war veterans have denounced former president Robert Mugabe for sending his “innocent” daughter Bona to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s inauguration on Sunday, says a report.

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

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'Failed, frustrated politicians want to take advantage of land issue,' says Namibian leader Geingob

Namibian President Hage Geingob has reportedly warned politicians in the southern African country to guard against using the land issue for political gains.

According to The Namibian newspaper, Geingob said this during the opening of the Swapo central committee meeting over the weekend.

The paper quoted sources as saying that Geingob also spoke against "ancestral land claims, and the proposal to expropriate land without compensation".

Geingob said he did not support ancestral land claims, adding that "failed and frustrated politicians" wanted to take advantage of the emotive topic.

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Post-election violence probe: SA says ready to assist Zim President Mnangagwa

South Africa would be ready to assist Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa with a commission of inquiry into the post-election shootings of protesters if needed, international relations minister Lindiwe Sisulu has said.

Responding to questions at her monthly briefing to journalists on Monday, Sisulu said South Africa “normally gets requests from [the Southern African Development Community] when judges are required” to be part of a commission of inquiry, but there “hasn’t been any formal request” from Zimbabwe as yet.

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Youths held over 'black chicken gift' to prime minister – report

Three Guineans were reportedly arrested over the weekend after they tried to give Prime Minister Kassory Fofana a live black cock.

The incident happened as Fofana was addressing supporters at a youth centre in the eastern town of Kankan in Guinea, according to BBC.

The three youths have since been released from police custody.

The arrests were no surprise to authorities as many Guineans regarded black cocks as a bad omen and saw the gift as malicious intent.

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'We're not interested in any coalition talks with MDC,' says Zanu-PF official

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has reportedly said that it is "not interested in any coalition talks" with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance as "it has total control of Parliament" and "President Emmerson Mnangagwa's legitimacy is not under any threat".

According to The Standard newspaper, Zanu-PF secretary for legal affairs, Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, said there was no need for Zanu-PF to negotiate with the MDC leader Nelson Chamisa for any role in government because the ruling party had a clear mandate.

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May vows post-Brexit UK will be leading investor in Africa

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday pledged to prioritise investment in Africa as she started a visit to the continent to seek new trade deals during preparations to leave the European Union.

"By 2022, I want the UK to be the G7's number one investor in Africa, with Britain's private sector companies taking the lead," May told business leaders in Cape Town, South Africa.

The G7 groups major industrialised nations, but does not include China.

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