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Zim President Mnangagwa ‘in SA for medical checks‘ – report

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly left the country for “medical checks” in South Africa.

A  report quoted government sources as saying that Mnangagwa had travelled for what had become “regular checks” since his alleged poisoning last year.

One of the sources said, however, that the president was “not in danger”.

“He will go to South Africa on Sunday and is back in the country on Monday for medical check-ups. After the poisoning last year, his doctors advised he should continue to be checked regularly until he is in the clear. It’s not that he is in any danger but they want to continue checking for traces of the poison,” said a high level source.

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‘Be thankful they left you alive‘: E Guinea president tells Mugabe

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema reportedly told his former Zimbabwe counterpart Robert Mugabe he should count himself lucky he’s still alive after last year’s military operation that saw him forced out.

Obiang, who has been in power since 1979, was in Zimbabwe for a two-day state visit during which he paid a visit to Mugabe, 94, at his Harare mansion.

‘I will die here‘

“You must be thankful my brother that these people left you alive and you are still at your home,” a source quoted Obiang as telling Mugabe, according to the private 

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WATCH: Zimbabwe is the new Guinness world record holder for the biggest marimba ensemble

Zimbabwe is now reportedly the Guinness world record holder for the biggest ensemble of marimba players.

According to , the record was broken at the ZiMarimba Fest on May 25 at Prince Edward School in Harare.

“Two hundred and twenty-two students played the popular marimba song, Manhanga Kutapira, on the marimba for 5 minutes, earning Zimbabwe the record,” the report said.

The participants played together in the largest marimba ensemble and surpassed Australian record of 108 participants playing together in November 2016,  reported. 

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Zim opposition parties ‘set to join Chamisa‘s grand coalition‘ – report

Several Zimbabwean opposition parties are reportedly lining up to join the Nelson Chamisa led coalition that would take on President Emmerson Mnangagwa‘s Zanu-PF in the forthcoming elections.

According to , among the opposition parties that are set to join Chamisa are former president Joice Mujuru who leads the National People‘s Party (NPP), Dumiso Dabengwa (Zapu),  and Ambrose Mutinhiri‘s from the National Patriotic Front (NPF).

The Mujuru led party secretary general Gift Nyandoro said that the party would only decide the way forward after the wrangle between Chamisa and his rival Thokozani Khupe over use of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party symbols has been resolved.

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Zimbabwe prison officer charged over president tweet

Zimbabwe prison authorities have charged an officer with undermining President Emmerson Mnangagwa after he posted on social media comments calling the main opposition leader “my president”, lawyers said on Monday.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), a legal rights group, criticised the move as a “fresh clampdown on dissent” ahead of elections expected in July.

The Prisons and Correctional Services authorities summoned John Mahlabera, 36, an officer at Chiredzi prison in the southern province of Masvingo, to appear before a disciplinary hearing on June 18.

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EU to observe Zimbabwe polls for first time in 16 years

The European Union will deploy observers to Zimbabwe‘s general election expected in July, the first time in 16 years the bloc will monitor polls in the southern African country.

The EU and Zimbabwe‘s government signed a memorandum on Monday outlining guidelines for election monitors.

Zimbabwe formally invited the EU in March to send an election observation mission.

The elections will be the first since long-time ruler Robert Mugabe was removed from power last November following a brief military take-over.

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‘We don‘t need Mugabe‘s help to win elections,‘ says Zanu-PF

Zimbabwe‘s ruling Zanu-PF party has reportedly said that it does not need the help of former president Robert Mugabe, 94, to win the forthcoming elections, as he “has done enough for the party in the past”.

Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, stepped down from power following a military intervention that targeted “criminals around him” last year.

The nonagenarian‘s authoritarian reign left the southern African country in dire economic decline, triggering mass emigration and widespread collapse of public services, according to .

The privately-owned  newspaper reported over the weekend that Zanu-PF‘s chairperson Oppah Muchinguri, who also doubles as Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, said that the party would not seek Mugabe‘s help, as he was very old and needed to rest.

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UPDATE: At least 32 dead in Ethiopia landslides: official

Landslides caused by heavy rain killed at least 32 people in southern Ethiopia over the weekend, the government said on Monday.

The Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) said nine people died in the Gamo Gofa zone, with 17 injured.

The state-affiliated Fana Broadcast Corporate on Sunday reported that 23 people were killed in a landslide in the Sidama zone.

Six people were badly injured, Fana reported.

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