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Poles apart? A tale of two African strongmen

Zimbabwe’s governing Zanu-PF party has confirmed President Robert Mugabe as its candidate for the 2018 polls. President Mugabe who will be 94 in 2018 has showed no signs of relinquishing power and naming a successor. Conversely, reports that Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos will step down before the country’s 2017 elections have raised a few eyebrows. The reports of dos Santos’ retirement come amidst numerous cases across the continent where leaders continue to cling on to power, in some cases against the wishes of the electorate.

Samora Machel in 1977 Photo: Olle Lindeborg
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Legacy of Samora Machel in quotes

Today the people of Mozambique commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of founding President Samora Machel. Africa pays tribute to Machel on the anniversary of his death. To celebrate the legacy of President Samora, we remember Machel through quotes about what he stood and fought for.

Air Zimbabwe Boeing 737-200; Z-WPB, November 1997. Photo: Flickr/Aero Icarus
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Zimbabwe: President Mugabe’s son-in-law appointed Air Zimbabwe Chief Operating Officer

President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law, Simba Chikore, has been appointed Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) Chief Operating Officer (COO), an appointment which has caused a storm on social media, perceived as a classic case of nepotism and favouritism. Officials says Chikore’s appointment is above board and he was appointed solely based on his qualifications not political bias.

Miss M Chifamba (18) BAcc (Hons) (UZ) Photo: Maud Chifamba/Facebook
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Zimbabwe: 18 year-old makes history after graduating with B Accounting (Hons) degree from UZ

History has been made, Zimbabwe’s youngest college student Maud Chifamba, who was enrolled at the country’s top college, the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) has graduated from the institution with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting (Hons), aged 18. Chifamba becomes the youngest graduate from the university, and her outstanding accomplishment is being hailed by many on social media.

Long time supporters of Mugabe, the war vets have now removed their support. Photo: Kremlin.ru/ Wikimedia commons
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THINK AGAIN: Zimbabwe’s war veterans flee Mugabe’s sinking ship

8 August is Heroes’ Day in Zimbabwe. The annual holiday celebrates the men and women who fought on the winning side in Zimbabwe’s brutal war of independence, and is synonymous with parades, pageantry and pro-government propaganda. But this year, the heroes themselves didn’t show up. Despite being among Robert Mugabe’s loudest cheerleaders over the past few decades, Zimbabwe’s surviving war veterans have made a decisive break with the nonagenarian president.