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Summary

  1. South African model alleges she was assaulted by Zimbabwe's first lady
  2. Police minister says she is due in court
  3. Zanu-PF says first lady was 'attacked'
  4. Sierra Leone 'gripped by grief' after mudslide
  5. Main morgue 'overcrowded' with corpses
  6. Search for survivors continues
  7. President pleads for international aid
  8. Burkina Faso mourns after restaurant attack
  9. Cambridge University student among the dead

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By Paul Bakibinga and Farouk Chothia

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Keep up to date with what's happening in Sierra Leone and elsewhere on the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

A reminder of today's African proverb:

The child knows how to run but not how to hide."

A Kissi proverb sent by Nyuma Allieu in Magburaka in Sierra Leone

And we leave you with this photo of two Kenyan students, seemingly deep in thought, from the #EverydayAfrica Instagram account:

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The saga of Zimbabwe's First Lady

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News

This file photo taken on June 02, 2017 shows Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe addressing the crowd during a Zimbabwe ruling party Zimbabwe African National Union
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Mrs Mugabe is being investigated for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm

Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe has not been officially charged over the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model in a hotel in Johannesburg's upmarket suburb of Sandton.

According to police, she was expected to present herself for questioning, but this has not yet happened.

The authorities will want to play this one carefully. Mrs Mugabe is not an ordinary person. They will need to determine whether as Zimbabwe's first lady, she travelled to South Africa on a diplomatic passport.

We understand Mrs Mugabe’s lawyers and South African authorities are in negotiations on how to proceed.

Mrs Mugabe's whereabouts are unclear and there are unconfirmed reports that she returned to Zimbabwe earlier this afternoon.

It is important to note that at this stage her movement is not restricted.

Nevertheless, authorities in South Africa will be keen to hear her version of events. Prosecutors say investigations are at an “advanced stage” but they cannot act until the docket is finalised.

See earlier post for more details

Kenya's opposition delay 'major announcment'

Wanyama wa Chebusiri

BBC Africa

The much-anticipated announcement by defeated Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga on his next course of action, after rejecting the results of last week's presidential poll, has been postponed. The official results put the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner with just over 54% of the vote.

A senior official of the opposition Nasa alliance, Musalia Mudavadi, told the BBC that the “major announcement” will now be made on Wednesday.

Mr Mudavadi said the opposition leaders were currently engaged in intense closed-door consultations with a view to reaching an amicable agreement on the way forward for the alliance.

Opposition candidate Raila Odinga walks to address his supporters in the Kibera slum on August 13, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya
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Raila Odinga (C) lost last week's presidential election

Algeria's PM sacked after three months

BBC World Service

Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune unveiled the main lines of the government's action plan to members of the National People's Congress (NPC) on June 20, 2017 in Algiers.
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President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria has sacked Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who had been in the job for less than three months.

No reason was given for the dismissal. But it came just days after the president sent Mr Tebboune a strongly worded letter demanding changes in policy.

The new prime minister has been named as Ahmed Ouyahia, who has served as the president's chief of staff.

Analysts say he is likely to be seen as a steadying influence as Algeria tries to adjust to lower oil prices.

Kenya athletics team gets heroes' welcome

Sammy Maina

BBC Monitoring

Relatives, friends and journalists braved the morning cold to welcome home Kenya’s athletics team from the World Championships in London.

Marathon runner Geoffrey Kirui and 1500m runner Elijah Manangoi - two of the five gold medalists - were among the athletes greeted to the sounds of drumming and dancing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Tuesday morning.

Kenya finished second in the standings with 11 medals compared with their finishing first in Beijing two years ago when they won a total of 16 medals, seven of which were gold.

This time Kenya won five gold, two silver and four bronze medals in recently concluded Championships.

"We were not able to defend our title but we are proud of our performances and thank God for the chance," Head Coach Julius Kirwa told privately-owned Daily Nation newspaper He called the London event “one of the toughest” for the high-performing Kenyan team.

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Freetown: A city built in the hills

View of Freetown
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There are about 60 informal settlements in Freetown

Freetown is a city squeezing itself into the small space between the mountains and the sea, in a country with one of the highest levels annual rainfall in Africa.

In August - the height of the rainy season - an average of 539.9mm falls on Sierra Leone's capital.

So it comes as no surprise that Freetown is a city used to flooding.

But Monday's rain brought with it a disaster which left hundreds dead, and will no doubt be followed by finger-pointing and blame shifting.

Was it simply the effects of climate change and geography, or something more avoidable?

Find out by reading this BBC article

Kenyan baby 'injured by police' dies

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A six-month-old baby, who who was injured during a police raid after the announcement of disputed election results in Kenya, has died, her family has said.

Samantha Pendo had been in a coma since Friday after sustaining head injuries when police stormed homes in a slum in western Kisumu city.

Her father, Mr Joseph Abanja, told Kenya's privately pwned Daily Nation newspaper:

I demand justice for my daughter. She was not protesting, her father was not protesting. Her mother was not protesting. Yet they killed her.

I did as I had been told; to vote and go home. They followed us there and hit us."

At least 24 people were killed in violence which broke out after the 8 August election, according to a Kenyan human rights group.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga said the poll was rigged to give President Uhuru Kenyatta victory.

Foreign observers said the poll was credible.

Freetown: 'I've never such rains before'

A mass burial is being planned for the victims of the mudslide which has claimed the lives of more than 300 people near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.

BBC Minute has been looking into the living conditions there:

What's it like in Freetown?

Tributes to student killed in terror attack

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Colleagues and friends have been paying tribute to an "extraordinarily kind and caring" Cambridge University PhD student shot dead in a terror attack in Africa.

Tammy Chen, 34, died when suspected jihadist gunmen opened fire at a cafe in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, on Sunday evening.

Tammy Chen
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Her college, Gonville and Caius, said the Canadian national was "an exceptional woman, very active in the Caius graduate community and passionate about her research and helping people".

"All of Tammy's friends echo that she was extraordinarily kind and caring, that she was the sort of person that the world sorely needs in times such as these, who would have made a real difference in this world, and whose loss will be sorely felt," colleague Hugo Larose said.

Terror attack in Burkina Faso
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She worked "tirelessly in the some of the poorest parts of the world" and was the "heart and soul" of the college, he added.

"She had many close friends here at Caius. We are all in shock."

Terror attack in Burkina Faso
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Ms Chen was working in Burkina Faso as part of her International Development studies at Cambridge, focusing on poverty, gender and women's empowerment.

It is understood she got married to Mehsen Fenaiche just last month and was six months pregnant when she was shot dead.

Tammy Chen (r) and husband Mehsen Fenaiche
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At least 18 people, including eight foreigners were killed in the attack at the Aziz Istanbul cafe, the government said.

Two of the gunmen, thought to be jihadists, were killed in the attack.

Tammy Chen (r) and husband Mehsen Fenaiche
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The shooting began shortly after 21:00 at the cafe, popular with expatriates, on Ouagadougou's busy Kwame Nkrumah Avenue.

Security forces launched a counter-assault at 22:15 and the shooting ended at about 05:00 on Monday.

Map of West Africa
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Gonville and Caius is flying its college flag is flying at half-mast to mark Ms Chen's death and has announced it is setting up a studentship in her name.

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'We've broken the ceiling for girls'

Kenya's historic elections saw the country elect its first female governors and its youngest MP.

Video journalists: Anthony Irungu and Elaine Okyere

ANC to discipline anti-Zuma MPs

Jacob Zuma celebrates with his supporters after he survived a no-confidence motion in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, August 8, 2017
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Mr Zuma sang and danced with his supporters after he survived the no-confidence vote

South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) will discipline party members who publicly stated that they voted with the opposition in the failed bid to oust President Jacob Zuma, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has said.

However, the ANC will not embark on a "witch-hunt" to identify MPs who voted against the president in the secret ballot, Mr Mantashe said.

He added:

At least three MPs have confirmed that they voted with the opposition. We’ll have to deal with that situation because if we don’t, we’ll be destroying the essence of being an organisation.”

The 8 August no-confidence motion in the scandal-hit Mr Zuma was defeated by 198 votes to 177 in parliament.

About 30 ANC MPs defied a three-line whip, instructing them to vote for Mr Zuma, according to South African media.

The opposition called for his removal from power atfer accusing him of being corrupt, and of wrecking the economy. The ANC said the no-confidence motion was an attempt by the opposition to usurp power.

Mr Zuma has found himself embroiled in a number of scandals since taking office in 2009, including using taxpayer money for upgrades on his private home, and becoming too close to the wealthy Gupta family, who are accused of trying to influence decisions in his government.

Both Mr Zuma and the Gupta family deny wrongdoing.

Premier league is 25 today!

The English Premier League is 25 years old today. But did you know that Peter Ndlovu of Zimbabwe was the first African to play in the English Premier League?

Yes - he joined on 19 August 1992. Happy birthday EPL!

7 Nov 1998: Peter Ndlovu of Birmingham City celebrates during the Nationwide Division 1 match against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in Birmingham, England
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Peter Ndlovu with Birmingham City in 1998

HIV testing 'compulsory' in Zambia

Kennedy Gondwe

BBC World Service, Lusaka

Zambian President Edgar Lungu attends the inauguration day of the Agriculture and Commercial fair on August 5, 2017 in Lusaka
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President Lungu calls for compulsory HIV testing

Testing for HIV is now compulsory in Zambia, President Edgar Lungu has said.

Zambia has one of the highest prevalence rates in southern Africa with 11.6% of Zambian adults aged 15 to 49 years being HIV positive, according to the National HIV Council.

Mr Lungu said that, as part of efforts to make Zambia Aids-free by 2030, counselling and treatment is no longer voluntary.

He did not say who will have to undergo compulsory testing, and by when.

Mr Lungu made the announcement when launching the inaugural national HIV and Aids Counselling, Testing and Treatment day in the capital, Lusaka.

He said that the matter had been discussed in the cabinet:

I must admit that there were some colleagues who felt that this policy would infringe on human rights but the no-one has the right take away somebody’s life.

Just the same way we don’t consult you for consent when we are testing for malaria, we will go ahead and test you for HIV and we will counsel you and if you are positive, we will commence you on treatment.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS are in favour of voluntary counselling and testing.

Grace Mugabe 'never surrendered'

A South African police spokesman has said that a suspect - believed to be Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe - has not handed herself in yet following allegations that she assaulted a 20-year-old woman, reports the BBC's Karen Schoonbee from Johannesburg.

They were in negotiations with her to hand herself in but that has not materialised, the spokesman added.

He says the police have not yet finalized their investigation so they won't be making arrests yet.

Earlier, South Africa's Police Mnster Fikile Mbalula said Mrs Mugabe had handed herself over to police, and was due to appear in court.

"The minister learned later that it just didn't materalise as it was supposed to," a police spokesman was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.

Fikile Mbalula gestures as he helds a press conference addressing FIFA allegations that South Africans were involved in a massive bribery scandal on March 17, 2016 at the South African parliament in Cape Town
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Mr Mbalula has not commented on Mrs Mugabe's non-appearance in court

Grace Mugabe case: 'There was blood everywhere'

Photo posted by Gabriella Engels
Gabriella Engels

South African model Gabriella Engels, 20, has described to local media how Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe, 52, allegedly assaulted her at a hotel on Sunday.

In a phone interview for South Africa's News24 news site, she said:

When Grace entered I had no idea who she was. She walked in with an extension cord and just started beating me with it.

She flipped and just kept beating me with the plug. Over and over. I had no idea what was going on. I was surprised… I needed to crawl out of the room before I could run away.

Her 10 bodyguards just stood there watching, no-one did anything, no-one tried to help me.

There was blood everywhere. Over my arms, in my hair, everywhere."

Call to investigate al-Shabab defector for abuses

A leading rights group has called on Somalia's authorities to investigate an al-Shabab defector for the "grave abuses" carried out by the militant Islamists

Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, a former deputy leader of al-Shabab, defected to the government at the weekend.

In a statement, Human Rights Watch's Horn of Africa specialist Laetitia Bader said:

International law prohibits amnesties for those responsible for grave abuses. Sheikh Mukhtar Robow had a leadership role in al-Shabab at a time when we documented indiscriminate attacks on civilians, forced recruitment of children, and other abuses against residents under the group’s control.

Somalia’s government needs to investigate Robow’s role and ensure that those responsible for the worst abuses aren’t able to escape just punishment.”

Somalia's Islamic group al-Shabab spokesman, Sheik Muktar Robow Abu Mansur (C), addresses a news conference on December 14, 2008
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Sheikh Mukhtar Robow (C) was an al-Shabab spokesman in 2008

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Grace Mugabe: A waiting game

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace attend a rally in Marondera, Zimbabwe, June 2, 2017.
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Mrs Mugabe (R) was in South Africa for medical treatment

"Will Grace Mugabe appear in court?", that's a headline in South Africa's News 24 website.

Zimbabwe's first lady was due to appear at 12GMT at a court in a suburb of South Africa's main city, Johannesburg - that's what South Africa's Police Minister Fikule Mbalula told the media.

However, there are still no reports that she has appeared in connection with the case of assault opened against her.

A model has alleged that Mrs Mugabe hit her with an extension cord at a hotel in Johannesburg's upmarket suburb of Sandton on Sunday.

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party says she was "attacked".

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Disease outbreak fears in Sierra Leone

Aid workers are concerned that cholera and typhoid could break out in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, following mudslides and flooding which has left more than 300 people dead, Reuters news agency reports.

It quoted Sierra Leone's Red Cross Society spokesman Abu Bakarr Tarawallie as saying:

We estimate that at least 3,000 people are homeless ... they need shelter, medical assistance and food.

We are also fearful of outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and typhoid. We can only hope that this does not happen."

People walk under rain along a street in Freetown, Sierra Leone August 14, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media.
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Drainage in Freetown is poor

Foreigner killed in Mauritius

Yasine Mohabuth

Port Louis, Mauritius

A 32-year-old woman of dual South African and Swiss nationality has been raped and killed at the popular tourist resort of Grand Baie in northern Mauritius, police say.

She was found yesterday evening in a room with a deep cut to her neck‚ police added.

A man has been provisionally charged, but he has denied involvement in murder.

Sierra Leone's president in plea for aid

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma fought back tears as he said the devastation caused by mudslides and flooding in the capital, Freetown, "was overwhelming us", AFP news agency reports.

Speaking to journalists at the Regent hilltop community of Freetown, one of the areas worst-affected by a mudslide, Mr Koroma said Sierra Leone needed "urgent support now" to cope with the disaster.

Israel and the UK said they were sending aid as quickly as possible to the country, AFP reports.

A general view of damage to homes due to a mudslide in the suburb of Regent behind Guma reservoir near the capital Freetown, Sierra Leone, 14 August 2017. A
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Many people were asleep when a mountain collapsed

'More bodies' retrieved in Sierra Leone

Rescue workers have been retrieving more bodies from destroyed houses and muddy pools in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, following yesterday's mudslide, AFP news agency reports.

However, rescue efforts have been hampered by a lack of equipment, it adds.

Interior Minister Paolo Conteh told Sierra Leone's state broadcaster that thousands of people were still missing.

Emergency services work at the scene of a mudslide in the suburb of Regent behind Guma reservoir, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 14 August 2017.
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Sierra Leone is one of the poorest states in Africa

New inexpensive polio vaccine produced

Plants have been "hijacked" to produce a new polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists.

The team at the John Innes Centre in the UK says the process is cheap, easy and quick.

The synthetic vaccine was grown in the leaves of a close relative of the tobacco plant, tricking its immune system into a response. The polio vaccine was then extracted from the leaves, and in tests it gave animals immunity against the disease.

As well as helping eliminate polio, the scientists believe their approach could help the world react to unexpected threats such as Zika virus or Ebola.

Experts said the achievement was both impressive and important.

For more read:Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine

Tobacco relative
John Innes Centre
A close relative of tobacco has been turned into a polio vaccine "factory"

Grace Mugabe investigation at 'advanced stage'

A 20-year-old South African woman registered a case of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm against a "prominent woman" after 14:00 GMT yesterday, South African police say.

The "prominent woman" is believed to be Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe, but the police statement does not name her.

The statement adds:

The investigation into this case has already reached an advanced stage.

The suspect in this matter cannot be named because she has not as yet appeared in court.

We request that the SAPS [South African Police Service] be allowed to conduct a thorough investigation and to follow due process."

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (L) and his wife Grace stand by the monument of the Unknown Soldier during Heroes Day commemorations in Harare on August 10, 2015
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Mrs Mugabe is touted as a possible successor to President Mugabe

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Cambridge University student killed in attack

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A Cambridge University student has been shot dead in a terror attack in Burkina Faso, her college has confirmed.

Canadian national Tammy Chen was among at least 18 people killed at a cafe in the centre of of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, on Sunday evening.

She had recently got married and was expecting a baby, Gonville and Caius College said.

Terror attack in Burkina Faso
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The Master of Caius, Professor Sir Alan Fersht, described Ms Chen as "an exceptional woman".

Two of the gunmen, thought to be jihadists, were killed in the attack.

At least eight foreigners and seven locals were among those killed at the Aziz Istanbul cafe, the government added.

The gunmen fired on customers on the terrace before making their way inside.

Terror attack in Burkina Faso
AFP

Cambridge student Ms Chen was finishing a PhD in International Development, focusing on poverty, gender and women's empowerment, her college said.

In 2011 she co-founded and ran a Canadian registered charity called Bright Futures of Burkina Faso, which sought to extend both education and micro-credits to women in some of the poorest parts of the world.

"She had so much to offer the world and it is a tragedy for her to be lost so young," Prof Sir Fersht added.

Media waits for Grace Mugabe outside court

Pumza Fihlani

BBC News

Journalists
BBC

Local and international media are camped outside a courthouse in South Africa's main city, Johannesburg, awaiting the appearance of Zimbabwe's First Lady, Grace Mugabe.

Mrs Mugabe allegedly attacked a model with an extension cord after finding her with her two sons in a hotel room in Sandton, a plush suburb north of Johannesburg.

Pictures of the model, have been circulating on social media - they show a gash on her forehead and a number of bruises on her body.

President Robert Mugabe kisses his wife and first lady Grace Mugabe during during the country's 37th Independence Day celebrations at the National Sports Stadium in Harare April 18, 2017.
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Mrs Mugabe is an influential political figure in Zimbabwe

In a statement, Gauteng province police minister Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said she was “appalled and devastated” by the allegations.

It's not clear what charges Mrs Mugabe will face but a case of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm is being investigated.

Mrs Mugabe has not commented.

Al-Shabab defector denounces group

Ahmed Adan

BBC Africa, Nairobi

former al Shabaab Deputy leader  Sheik Mulhtar Robow
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The former al-Shabab deputy leader is no longer on a US terror list

Abu Mansur Robow, the former al-Shabaab deputy leader, has formally renounced links with the militant Islamist group.

Mr Robow, also known as Abu Mansur, was speaking at a press confrence in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

Two days ago, he defected to the government.

Abu Mansur Robow was one of the founders of al-Shabab, along with other more radical leaders following the defeat of the Islamic Courts Union in late 2006.

He quickly rose in the group's ranks to become its official spokesman and a deputy leader.

He, however, fell out with the al-Qaeda-linked group’s leadership in 2013, and remained a fugitive in the remote areas of south-western Somalia until his surrender.

In June, the US State Department withdrew Mr Robow from its terror list and lifted the $5m (£3.8m) reward for information leading to his capture

Burkina Faso mourns after restaurant attack

Burkina Faso is observing three days of national mourning for the 18 people killed in the attack on Sunday on a restaurant in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Security forces stand outside the Aziz Istanbul restaurant after an overnight raid in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso August 14, 2017.
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The restaurant is popular with expatriates

No group has yet said it carried out the assault, which the Burkinabe president branded the work of "cowards" and "terrorists".

Witnesses say the gunmen were speaking a foreign language, possibly Arabic.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb said it was responsible for the last such attack on Ouagadougou in January last year.

Most of the 22 people wounded in the incident have now been released from hospital.

SA minister: Police had to act against Mrs Mugabe

South African police had to act in the interest of the victim who opened the case against Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has said.

A South African radio station has posted a video of his comments ahead of Mrs Mugabe's appearance in court following allegations that she assaulted a woman in a hotel in Johannesburg's Sandton suburb:

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SA minister: Mrs Mugabe 'must answer allegations of assault'

South Africa's Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has said that he could not go to Zimbabwe, beat someone up and expect the matter to be swept under the carpet.

Mrs Mugabe would have to answer allegations by a woman that she assaulted her, he told journalists.

A model claims Mrs Mugabe hit her in the face at a Johannesburg hotel on Sunday.

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has said Mrs Mugabe was the victim in the alleged assault.

President Robert Mugabe"s wife Grace addresses a rally of the ruling ZANU (PF) in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, July 29, 2017
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Mrs Mugabe heads the women's wing of Zimbabwe's ruling party

More reports of Mrs Mugabe surrendering to police

AFP news agency is also quoting South Africa's Police Minister Fikile Mbalula as saying that Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe has handed herself over to police following allegations that she assaulted a young woman at a hotel in Johannesburg's Sandton suburb.

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Grace Mugabe 'surrenders' to SA police

Grace Mugabe addressing her maiden political rally in Chinhoyi October 2, 2014,
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Mrs Mugabe went to South Africa for medical treatment

South Africa's Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has confirmed that Zimbabwe's First lady Grace Mugabe has handed herself over to police following allegations that she assaulted a woman at a hotel on Sunday, the Johannesburg-based ENCA news site reports.

Other reports say she is due to appear in court in Johannesburg's Wynberg suburb:

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Zanu-PF: Grace Mugabe was 'attacked'

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF has tweeted that First Lady Grace Mugabe was "attacked", but she was "safe and fine".

It did not give details, but appeared to be responding to allegations that Mrs Mugabe assaulted a model in South Africa.

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The party has also tweeted that Mrs Mugabe is recovering after travelling to South Africa to be treated for an ankle injury:

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Minister in South Africa condemns Mrs Mugabe over alleged assault

President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace attend a rally of his ruling ZANU (PF) in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, July 29, 2017.
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Grace Mugabe (R) is alleged to have hit the woman with an extension cord

South Africa's law-enforcement agencies have been ordered to investigate allegations that Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe assaulted a woman at a hotel in Johannesburg's Sandton suburb, the police minister of South Africa's Gauteng province has said.

Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said that people of Mrs Mugabe's calibre were supposed to lead an exemplary life, and she wanted to "ensure that justice is served".

In a statement, her office said:

According to reports, Grace attacked the woman with an extension cord after finding her with her two sons. The woman suffered head injuries and bruises on her body. Grace came to South Africa to seek medical attention."

The statement quoted Ms Nkosi-Malobane as saying:

"I am deeply appalled and devastated by the allegations of assault on a young woman by Grace Mugabe. It is worrying especially since the assault happened during the month when we commemorate women for their role in the liberation struggle.

Also, it is aggravated by the fact that the [alleged] incident has been committed by someone with a high social standing in society."

No-one has a right to abuse women irrespective of situations they find themselves in. People of Grace’s calibre was supposed to live an exemplary life and be a role model to aspiring young women.

I have instructed the Law Enforcement Agencies to investigate this case accordingly and ensure that justice is served."

Mrs Mugabe has not yet commented.

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US congratulates Uhuru Kenyatta on re-election

The United States has congratulated President Uhuru Kenyatta on his re-election, despite opposition claims of massive fraud in the 8 August poll:

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Kenyan Somali woman makes history

Bashkas Jugsodaay

BBC News, Nairobi

Kenya's general election results may still be disputed but some would argue that they have already been historic. This follows not only the election of some youthful politicians but the election of female governors and senators for the first time as well.

Sophia Abdi Noor made history by becoming the first Somali woman from North Eastern Province to be elected to parliament. She will represent the Ijara constituency.

Ms Noor has been a nominated member of parliament since 2008 but this was the first time she was elected on her own steam.

She credits her success to her track record. Having founded and run an NGO for more than 20 years which, according to her, has delivered education, health and water programmes. She was also involved in the implementation of women and youth employment programmes.

Her goal?

"I want to be the best servant leader of Ijara." she says.

Sofia Abdi Noor the first Somali woman to be elected to parliament from North Eastern Province
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Sofia Abdi Noot first elected Somali female parliamentarian from North Eastern Province

Sierra Leone mudslide: '270 bodies retrieved'

Rescue workers have so far recovered 270 bodies from the mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, the mayor has said, Reuters news agency reports.

Rescue operations were continuing, Sam Gibson added.

A digger clears debris from damage to property caused by a mudslide in the suburb of Regent behind Guma reservoir, Freetown, Sierra Leone
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Houses were submerged when the hillside collapsed on Monday

Sierra Leone 'gripped by grief'

Residents view damage caused by a mudslide in the suburb of Regent behind Guma reservoir, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 14 August 2017.
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The mudslide destroyed homes on the foot of Sugar Loaf mountain

Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma has addressed the nation following the devastating mudslide which has claimed more than 300 lives in the capital, Freetown.

In the televised address, he said:

Our nation has once again been gripped by grief. Many of our compatriots have lost their lives, many more have been gravely injured and billions of Leones' worth of property destroyed in the flooding and landslides that swept across some parts of our city.

Every single family, every single ethnic group, every single region is either directly or indirectly affected by this disaster.

Fellow civilians, this tragedy of great magnitude has once again challenged us to come together, to stand by each other and to help one another.

Sierra Leone mudslide: Morgue 'overcrowded with corpses'

An ambulance arrives at Connaught Hospital Mortuary following a mudslide in the suburb of Regent behind Guma reservoir, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 14 August 2017.
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After stopping during the hours of darkness, rescue and recovery efforts are resuming in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, following a devastating mudslide and floods which killed more than 300 people.

Sia Lajaku Williams is head of programmes in Sierra Leone for the charity Street Child which is trying to provide support for the survivors.

Speaking to the BBC, she said people were still in shock and trying to find their loved ones:

Right now, some are trying to go the national stadium; others are at the response centre that the government has set up and the government is encouraging people to go to this centre.

Some people are not even thinking of where to go. They're just looking for their loved ones and crying and wailing. And there was a huge crowd at the main government hospital morgue which was also overcrowded with corpses."

Grace Mugabe accused of assaulting woman

The police minister of South Africa's Gauteng province has urged Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe to hand herself over to police - or face arrest - over allegations that she assaulted a young woman during a visit to South Africa, Johannesburg-based Eyewitness News has reported.

The woman, described by South African media as a 21-year-old model, is alleged to have sustained injuries to the face after being assaulted at a hotel in the posh suburb of Sandton near Johannesburg on Sunday night.

Gauteng police minister Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane was quoted by privately owned Eyewitness News as saying:

We are now requesting that the first lady come forward. If not, police will ensure that she’s arrested and goes to court like any other person. We are also looking for her two sons.”

Mrs Mugabe has not yet commented. Her two sons live in South Africa.

Zimbabwe's Information Minister Christopher Mushowe told BBC Africa Live that he was unaware of the alleged assault:

This is news to me. I haven't heard of it."

President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace attend a rally of his ruling ZANU (PF) in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, July 29, 2017.
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Two sons of President Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe live in South Africa

Mrs Mugabe was in South Africa to be treated for an ankle injury during a freak road accident last month when the alleged assault took place, according to Zimbabwean media.

It is unclear what prompted the alleged assault.

Desperate dig for mudslide survivors

Sierra Leone military view damage caused by a mudslide in the suburb of Regent behind Guma reservoir, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 14 August 2017.
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Some 3,000 people are estimated to have lost their homes

The desperate dig for survivors was due to resume at first light in Sierra Leone's capital, after mudslides and floods claimed the lives of more than 300 people.

Their homes in Freetown were engulfed after part of Sugar Loaf mountain collapsed following heavy rain early on Monday morning.

Many of the victims were still asleep in their beds when disaster struck.

Vice-President Victor Foh has warned the final death toll may be far higher.