The Africa Report: 22 August

EWN’s Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

Former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak. Picture: Sean Gallup / Getty Images

HOSNI MUBARAK DUE TO BE RELEASED

Egypt's former President, Hosni Mubarak, is expected to be released from prison on Thursday and put under military-monitored house arrest.

Mubarak was initially sentenced to life in jail but following a retrial, a court ordered the release of the 85 year-old whose health has rapidly deteriorated since the 2011 Arab Spring where he was overthrown by the country's powerful military.

However, Mubarak will still face charges of corruption and negligence for his complicity in the killings of protestors during the 2011 uprisings.

Whilst he is due for release, the Muslim Brotherhood seems to be going underground.

The repression by the state against the Brotherhood is possibly far worse than that imposed by Mubarak, comparable only to the days when Gama Abdel Nasser was in power in the 1950s.

The Brotherhood has allegedly named an interim supreme guide in the absence after the arrest of Mohammed Badie on Tuesday, but will not disclose the name for fear of further arrests.

Badie joins a list of Brotherhood leaders held in military custody.

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SWEDISH POLITICIAN WOUNDED AND TWO LOCALS KILLED IN MOGADISHU AMBUSH

In the ensuing violence seen in Somalia's capital city, Mogadishu, a Swedish politician and two local men were attacked, leaving the men dead and the Swede wounded.

Ann-Margarethe Livh, a member of the Swedish Left Party, was delivering a lecture on democracy at the Mogadishu university.

Making her way back to her hotel with two locals believed to be her bodyguards, gunmen opened fire on their vehicle, killing the local men and wounding Livh with a chest shot.

Sweden is in the process of transporting Livh back home.

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ROBERT MUGABE IS SWORN IN TODAY BUT MORGAN TSVANGIRAI'S LEGAL WOES CONTINUE

Veteran Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, will be sworn in for a seventh term on Thursday, extending his 33-year rule for another five years.

Meanwhile, Mugabe's arch rival, the Movement for Democratic Change's Morgan Tsvangirai's star continues to wane as he faces a charge of contempt of court.

Tsvangirai, who withdrew his case claiming the electoral commission was not providing him with the evidence and documentation he needed for a proper case, has been accused of being disparaging toward the judiciary.

Whilst this could be the beginning of the end for Tsvangirai's political career, Mugabe has refuted analyst's claims of "Last Supper celebrations", saying he will rule until he is 100 years old.

The 89-year-old president has also managed to get back into southern African leaders' good books, having been elected the next Southern African Development Community (SADC) leader.