Morning Digest: Obasanjo’s son to Buhari: Don’t mind my dad; Ramaphosa takes aim at corruption

1.Obasanjo’s son to Buhari: Don’t mind my dad

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s son, Olujonwo met President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and pledged to campaign for his re-election.

The younger Obasanjo, son of Mrs Taiwo Obasanjo, has already identified with the campaign team.

The 34 year-old only visited today to meet the President and pledge his support, contrary to the position of his father, who is vehemently against Buhari.

2. Ramaphosa takes aim at corruption

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has lashed out at the corruption that infected the country before his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, was ousted as head of state earlier this year.

He said corruption was now being tackled, but people still needed to see senior government officials tried and sent to prison.

Mr Ramaphosa acknowledged that because he was deputy president during the darkest period he too must give evidence to a judicial corruption enquiry.

Later in the day, the president confirmed the sacking of the head of the country’s tax authority, Tom Moyane.

He had been under suspension since March over a string of controversies, including missing revenue.

3. Key DR Congo Catholic figure retires

One of the dominant opposition figures in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cardinal Laurent Mosengwo, has stepped down as head of the Catholic Church in the country.

The Vatican said Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of the 79-year-old as Archbishop of Kinshasa.

The move comes just weeks before key elections to replace President Joseph Kabila.

For many years, the Church led by Archbishop Mosengwo was a thorn in the side of the Kabila government, which it accused of corruption and fomenting conflict that killed millions and ensured mass poverty.

Two decades ago, he played a key role in the transition process that followed the collapse of President Mobutu’s tyrannical rule.

4. Zimbabwe ‘discovers oil’

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced the discovery of oil in Muzarabani in the north of the country, the ministry of information has tweeted.

The president said that the oil exploration project is in partnership with Australian energy company Invictus:

The statement from the president says that these are still early days and an exploration well will be sunk in 2020 and only after that will commercial drilling be considered.

5. Sierra Leone captain: “We’re the ones suffering”

Sierra Leone captain Umaru Bangura says the players are the ones suffering because of his country’s current ban from international football.

The suspension was imposed by world football’s governing body, Fifa, because of third party interference in the running of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).

It led to Sierra Leone’s Africa Cup of Nations back-to-back qualifiers with Ghana in October being cancelled.

“This isn’t good for us. We feel disappointed because we know it has a negative effect on our football careers,” the FC Zurich player told BBC Sport.

“Some foreign players including me were already in camp in Freetown when we heard the sad news about the suspension. We didn’t feel good,” he explained.

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