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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has flown to Singapore, likely to pick up his wife Grace and newlyborn grandson, ruling Zanu PF sources told NewZimbabwe.com on Friday.

Last weekend, the veteran leader took his Zim One Air Zimbabwe plane to attend the inauguration of Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni.

THE decision by President John Magufuli to sack the Minister for Home Affairs, Charles Kitwanga, is in accordance with public service regulations that prohibit drinking while on duty, the Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, has explained.

Moise Katumbi, the opposition presidential hopeful in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has flown to South Africa for medical treatment, his lawyer says, a day after authorities issued an arrest warrant for him.
He was accused of hiring foreign mercenaries in an alleged plot against the state, which he denies.

The Zika virus strain responsible for the outbreaks in Brazil has been detected in Africa for the first time, the World Health Organization says.
The WHO said it was concerned that the latest strain was spreading and was "on the doorstep of Africa".

A second schoolgirl from the more than 200 seized in the Nigerian town of Chibok has been found, the army says.
Spokesman Col Sani Usman said Serah Luka was among 97 women and children rescued by troops in operations in the north-eastern Borno State.

Democratic Republic of Congo opposition presidential hopeful Moise Katumbi has been charged with hiring foreign mercenaries.
A government spokesman said he was plotting against President Joseph Kabila, Reuters reports.

Friday, 20 May 2016 07:52

Uganda bans smoking in public places

Tough new laws on smoking and tobacco sales have come into force in Uganda.
People lighting up in bars, restaurants or hotels now face being fined $60 (£41) or jailed for up to two months.

A leading rights group has accused Kenyan police of using "gruesome violence" to break up an opposition protest in the capital on Monday.

Tanzania has removed more than 10,000 "ghost workers" from its public sector payroll in a crackdown on corruption.
Payments to the non-existent employees had been costing the government more than $2m (£1.4m) a month, according to the prime minister's office.

A brawl broke out in the South African parliament on Tuesday as security officers were ordered to forcibly remove opposition MPs.

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