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Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Kenya, Nigeria

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Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Kenya, Nigeria

AfriForum says it won't be deterred in its case against Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, and riots have broken out in Kenya's opposition stronghold of Kisumu city.

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Grace Mugabe's assault case: 'We won't be deterred,' AfriForum maintains

Cape Town – AfriForum has reportedly said that it won’t be deterred in its case against Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe after she maintained in court papers that the young South African model Gabriella Engels who accused her of assault was the actual aggressor.

According to SABC, AfriForum spokesperson Willie Spies said that it was typical of a criminal to blame the victim for their crime.

"I was not surprised to read that she wrote the statement. And it doesn't change our case at all; for that very reason we believe it is so important that this matter should not be left to politicians to decide, should not be left to her friends to grant her immunity. It should be left to the courts to determine the truth and to make sure that the true events of that evening are determined and that justice runs its course," Spies was quoted as saying.

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WATCH: Fears over Mugabe govt plan for new cyber laws

Harare - Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabehas opened parliament for the final time before he seeks re-election next year.

Before the next vote, members of his ruling party are hoping to introduce a law to increase cyber security.

Mugabe's opponents and human rights groups fear it will be used to restrict freedom of speech.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaks at the par

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'Magufuli's govt played a role in gun attack of critic', Tanzania opposition claims

Nairobi - Tanzania's main opposition party claimed Tuesday that the government of President John Magufuli played a role in the gun attack last week that wounded an outspoken politician and shocked the country.

The lawmaker, Tundu Lissu, has had a series of run-ins with the government and has been arrested at least six times this year, accused of insulting the president and disturbing public order, among other charges.

John Magufuli

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Opposition 'takes Mugabe to court' – report

Harare – Zimbabwe's main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai, has launched a court challenge against President Robert Mugabe's recent declaration of voter registration dates, says a report.

President Mugabe last week declared that the country's voter registration exercise would begin on September 14, 2017 and end on January 15, 2018.

He said that after the four months registration period, he would then announce the election dates.

Robert Mugabe

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Curfew in SE Nigeria after pro-Biafra, army clashes

Lagos - A three-day dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in southeast Nigeria due to mounting tensions between pro-Biafra supporters and the military.

The curfew, which will run from 18:00 to 06:00, was announced by the Abia state governor late on Tuesday, who told residents to remain at home and avoid any form of confrontation with the security forces or military.

It will be in force until Friday.

Recent days have seen clashes between supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which wants independence for the dominant Igbo ethnic group, and the military.

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Riots in Kenya city after rumor about alleged election fraud

Nairobi  - Riots broke out in Kenya's opposition stronghold of Kisumu city after a rumor spread about alleged efforts to rig next month's presidential election, a police official said Wednesday.

Several people were injured as police engaged youth who blocked roads in the southwestern city and threw stones, Nyanza regional police boss Leonard Katana said. Police used tear gas to disperse them, he said.

The Kenya Television Network reported that youth stormed a meeting of women from various religious groups at a local hotel as they discussed how to ensure a peaceful election. The women told KTN that the youth beat them up and stole their phones before police intervened.

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