Grace Mugabe fails to appear at leaders summit in SA

The wife of the Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe, has failed to appear at the start of a regional leaders summit in South Africa.

Grace Mugabe, 52, is claiming diplomatic immunity after she was accused of assaulting a model last week.

She had been due to take part in the first ladies’ programme at the summit.

The authorities say she remains in South Africa and her request for immunity is under consideration.

Police want to interview Mrs Mugabe about an alleged assault at a hotel in Johannesburg.

She is accused of hitting a 20-year-old woman over the head with an extension cord.

Police expected her to turn herself in on Tuesday, but she failed to show up.

They set up a “red alert” at the country’s borders to try to ensure she does not flee the country.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said: “We, in terms of South African police, [have] already put tabs on the borders in relation to her leaving the country, so there is no question about that.

“So tabs have been put, a red alert has been put, so she is not somebody who has been running away.”

Diplomatic immunity

South African Airways, which is owned by the South African government, says its flight from Zimbabwe’s capital to Johannesburg was unable to take off as scheduled on Saturday morning.

The airline says Zimbabwean authorities are demanding a “foreign operators permit” to allow them to operate in Zimbabwe, despite the fact the route has operated for more than 20 years without one.

The restrictions come as South Africa’s government considers whether to grant diplomatic immunity to Mrs Mugabe.

The first lady’s whereabouts are not known but she is believed to still be in South Africa.

Mrs Mugabe has not commented on the allegation.

Culled from;  BBC News Africa


Finally, Buhari arrives Nigeria after 103 days in London

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Nigeria Saturday, after nearly four months in the United Kingdom where he received medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

The Nigerian Airforce plane carrying Mr. Buhari landed at the Abuja international airport at exactly 4.36 p.m. Nigerian time.

Dozens of state officials were at the airport to receive the president.

The governors at the airport included governors of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, Muhammed Abubakar of Bauchi, Abubakar Bello of Niger, Nyeson Wike of Rivers, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Deputy governor of Kaduna state, Barnabas Bala.

Among those at the airport to welcome the president included members of the National Assembly, service chiefs, Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, as well as other presidential aides.

Others at the airports are the National Security Adviser to the President (NSA), Babagana Monguno; the Director-General, State Security Service, SSS, Lawal Daura, and other dignitaries.

The president took a national salute from the Presidential Guards Brigade while cultural groups sang and danced to welcome him back home.

Mr. Buhari, who appeared in traditional attires with a cap, later rode in a motorcade to the presidential villa.

He is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast on Monday at 7 a.m.

President Buhari left Nigeria on May 7, for the second round of his medical treatment in London.

Culled from Premium Times