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Top Africa stories: Beauty queen sentenced to death, Mnangagwa's medication at rally

21 July 2018 5:22 AM
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Top Africa stories: Beauty queen sentenced to death, Mnangagwa's medication at rally

A Kenyan court has sentenced a 24-year-old beauty queen to death for murdering her boyfriend by stabbing him 25 times, drawing criticism from rights groups who called the punishment "inhumane".

Ruth Kamande, who won a prison beauty pageant while awaiting trial, slashed her partner Farid Mohammed, 24, to death in 2015 and was convicted in May.

"I want young people to know that it is not cool to kill your boyfriend or girlfriend even where you feel disappointed or frustrated - don't do it," said High Court judge Jessie Lesiit passing sentence on Thursday.

A picture of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa taking medication in front of his Zanu-PF supporters at a rally has kept social media abuzz.

In the picture, Mnangagwa is seen taking tablets for an undisclosed medical condition at a rally in Mashonaland West.

According to New, the 75-year-old leader has no ailment known to the public although unconfirmed reports have linked him to regular hospital visits.

A crack in the desert in east Africa is expected to become the world's next ocean.

But don't grab your surfboard yet, the whole process will take at least one million years.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitator to Lesotho, is expected to meet with a high level mediation team at his official home in Pretoria on Friday.

The SADC mediation facilitation team would be led by former deputy chief justice, Judge Dikgang Moseneke, who was appointed by Ramaphosa early this year following an endorsement by the SADC Double Troika in Luanda, Angola.

The SADC Double Troika recommended that Ramaphosa appoints high level personalities to support him as regional mediator in the mountain kingdom.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has only a narrow lead over opposition leader Nelson Chamisa ahead of Zimbabwe's landmark elections on July 30, according to a poll released on Friday.

The Afrobarometer poll put Mnangagwa on 40% and Chamisa on 37% and said there was now a "reasonable possibility" the opposition champion could win after a spurt in popularity.

Mnangagwa's advantage narrowed to 3 percentage points from 11 points in early May.

With less than two weeks to go before Zimbabwe's first elections since the ouster of Robert Mugabe, about a fifth of voters still are undecided, the poll said.


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