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Zimbabwe leader vows to 'flush out bad apples'

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa
President Mnangagwa blamed Western nations for fomenting instability

Zimbabwean's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has given a stark warning to opposition figures and human rights campaigners amid growing uproar over corruption and economic mismanagement.

In a televised address on Tuesday, the president condemned the "machinations of destructive, terrorist opposition groupings".

"Those who promote hate and disharmony will never win. The bad apples that have attempted to divide our people and to weaken our systems will be flushed out. Good shall triumph over evil," he said.

Opposition supporters and activists had last week called for anti-government protests, but security agencies ordered people to stay indoors. Some activists including Booker-longlisted author Tsitsi Dangarembga were arrested and later released on bail.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights say more than 60 people have been detained.

Mr Mnangagwa in his speech said "security services will continue to carry out their duties with appropriate astuteness and resolve".

"We shall overcome attempts at destabilisation of our society by the few rogue Zimbabweans acting in league with foreign detractors," he said.

Here is a video clip of President Mnangagwa's speech:

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Africans online stand with #ZimbabweanLivesMatter

Social media users across the continent have joined the #ZimbabweanLivesMatter campaign to condemn the military-led crackdown and arrests of opposition politicians and journalists in Zimbabwe.

They are calling for Zimbabwe's government to respect the rights of those protesting against alleged human rights abuses and corruption.

The campaign started in Zimbabwe where activists told their stories of incarceration.

Many in the continent have urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government to dialogue with its critics as opposed to arresting them.

South Africa's opposition figure Julius Malema also joined the campaign:

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UN plane hard landing injures 11 in Mali

Eleven people, including United Nations employees, sustained injuries after a UN aircraft made a hard landing at an airport in Mali's eastern city of Gao, the UN Mission in Mali (Minusma) said.

The plane left the capital, Bamako, Monday morning and had four UN personnel and seven crew members.

It suffered extensive damage during the incident, the mission said in a statement.

An investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the accident, it said.

Jacdec, which monitors aviation safety, tweeted photos of the plane:

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Joy as woman delivers quintuplets in Mogadishu

A hospital in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, is celebrating the birth of quintuplets.

The Mogadishu Somali Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan Training and Research Hospital said the mother and her five babies were healthy.

The hospital tweeted that the mother and babies were being monitored by the doctors.

A photo of the team who delivered the babies inside the theatre was shared by the hospital:

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Muslim leader's supporters raid Senegal newspaper

BBC World Service

The offices of a Senegalese newspaper have been ransacked after it reported that a religious and political leader had been admitted to hospital with the coronavirus.

Supporters of Serigne Moustapha Sy said it was a lie and issued a veiled threat.

An official at the newspaper, Les Echos, said seven computers and other equipment had been damaged.

Moustapha Sy is the leader of the Tijaniyya brotherhood and of the PUR party, whose presidential candidate won 4% of the votes in last year’s election.

Dozens arrested in Zimbabwe clampdown on dissent

Will Ross

Africa editor, BBC World Service

Police officers aboard a truck patrolling in the township of Mbare, Harare, Zimbabwe,31 July 2020
The arrests started last week after the opposition called for protests

Rights groups in Zimbabwe say the military and police have continued to arrest dozens of opposition supporters and activists in what appears to be a concerted effort to silence criticism of the government.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights say more than 60 people have been detained and the opposition MDC says dozens of its members have been arrested or have gone into hiding.

There is also growing anger outside Zimbabwe at the human rights abuses.

More than 100 prominent African writers have signed a petition calling for Zimbabwe to be suspended from the African Union and the Southern African regional bloc.

Algeria plans gradual reopening of mosques

A volunteer sprays disinfectant at a mosque in Algiers
The country closed its places of worship when the virus hit in March

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has tasked his prime minister to look into the gradual reopening of mosques.

The president, during a meeting of the High Security Council, instructed Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad to start by focusing on large mosques that have a capacity of 1,000 people.

He said the large mosques will "be able to allow the essential physical distancing with the imperative wearing of masks by all".

The prime minister will also oversee gradual reopening of public spaces, including beaches and parks, for recreation and relaxation.

Mosques, beaches and parks were closed in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Algeria has reported approximately 30,000 cases of coronavirus.

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Shot Tanzanian politician wins presidential nomination

Athuman Mtulya

BBC News, Dar es Salaam

Tundu Lissu with supporters at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on July 27, 2020
Tundu Lissu was shot 16 times outside his home in a 2017 attack

Prominent Tanzanian opposition figure Tundu Lissu has been nominated to run for the presidency in October's general elections by his Chadema party.

He fled the country after narrowly surviving an assassination attempt in the capital, Dodoma, in September 2017. He survived the attack with life-changing injuries after receiving treatment in Belgium and returned last week.

He will now challenge incumbent President John Magufuli.

The nomination was a test for Mr Lissu who had to prove to opponents that he's still a force to be reckoned with. He got 405 votes out of 442 cast by members of the party's national council.

His closest challenger, former Tourism Minister Lazaro Nyalandu, got 36 votes.

Mr Lissu has been a fierce critic of President Magufuli over the last four years.

He seems to have now marshalled support, which many describe as a hurricane, towards the 28 October elections. But questions linger about whether it will be enough to unseat the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) which has dominated Tanzania's politics since independence.

Mr Lissu's nomination will be approved by the party's national congress on Tuesday.

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