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  • Mugabe Unable to Walk

    11/24/2018 10:48:15 AM PST · by Kriggerel · 42 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/24/2018 | BBC
    Zimbabwe's former President Mugabe, 94, is unable to walk because of ill health, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said...
  • Zimbabwe's Coup Did Not Create Democracy from Dictatorship

    10/23/2018 4:39:55 AM PDT · by piasa · 4 replies
    The Convrsation ^ | August 16, 2018 6.36am EDT | Steven Feldstein
    ...Mnangagwa struck a conciliatory tone in the months leading up to the election. Declaring that Zimbabwe was “open for business,” he amended a law requiring local ownership of diamond and platinum mines. He signaled his intent to end farm seizures and vowed to sell off failing state enterprises. He even wrote a New York Times op-ed calling for democracy and equal rights for all citizens. But Mnangagwa is tied to numerous human rights abuses, including overseeing a series of government-ordered massacres between 1982 and 1986 known as the “Gukurahundi.” An estimated 20,000 civilians from Zimbabwe’s Ndebele ethnic group were killed....
  • Zimbabwe Parliamentary Committee to Engage US Congress on Sanctions

    10/23/2018 4:10:35 AM PDT · by piasa · 8 replies
    Bulawayo 24 News ^ | October 22, 2018 | Staff
    THE Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade is planning to meet members of the United States Congress and the European Union to discuss the removal of sanctions as part of its re-engagement drive. In an interview yesterday, committee chairperson, Kindness Paradza said the committee's major thrust is re-engagement and international trade. "Foreign Affairs is the face of Zimbabwe and we have been given an additional mandate which is international trade. So, what we are going to do this session is to assist the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in re-engagement programmes, as well as bringing in foreign direct investment...
  • New Zimbabwe Documentary on Massacres Takes Aim at President

    10/23/2018 3:47:58 AM PDT · by piasa · 3 replies
    AP via WRAL.com ^ | October 19, 2018 | FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press
    HARARE, Zimbabwe — A new documentary on massacres by Zimbabwe's military … The screening in the capital, Harare, would have been almost impossible under former leader Robert Mugabe, who led the country for 37 years and resigned following military intervention in November. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a longtime Mugabe loyalist and enforcer who succeeded him, has tolerated documentaries and plays critical of the government amid promises of a "flowering of democracy." But none has taken such direct aim at Mnangagwa as the new documentary on the army operation he supported as state security minister between 1983 and 1987. "Gukurahundi genocide: 36...
  • Here's How China Matters in Zimbabwe's Elections

    10/23/2018 3:32:34 AM PDT · by piasa · 6 replies
    The National Interest ^ | July 30, 2018 | Richard Aidoo
    China offers development assistance but not everyone is happy about it. The people of Zimbabwe head to the polls today on July 30, 2018, to cast their votes in the first election after the abrupt end to the almost forty-year rule of Robert Mugabe, the country's only ruler since independence in 1980. The two major candidates to watch are Mugabe's former vice president and now leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) Emerson Mnangagwa, the replacement for the late opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and the candidate for the Movement for Democratic Change—Tsvangirai (MDC-T), Nelson Chamisa. The drama that...
  • Obama says world should resist cynicism over rise of strongmen

    07/17/2018 10:41:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | July 17, 2018 12:59 PM | Alexander Winning
    Barack Obama said on Tuesday the world should resist cynicism over the rise of strongmen, in an apparent reference to populist leaders who hold power in a number of countries. […] “Just as people spoke about the triumph of democracy in the 90s, people now are talking about the triumph of tribalism and the strong man. But we need to resist that cynicism,” Obama said in a speech in Johannesburg to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. Some of Obama’s language echoed that of Trump’s critics. “Too much of politics today seems to reject the very...
  • Roy Bennett Gone But The Spirit of “Pachedu” Lives On

    01/22/2018 11:51:14 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/22/18 | Judi McLeod
    Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone's life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance Without his likely ever realizing it, Canada Free Press commenter Fred Niziol brought me solace today just as I learned about the tragic deaths of prominent Zimbabwean freedom warrior Roy Bennett, his wife, Heather and Charles Burnett III. Niziol posted these inspiring words to Facebook: “Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.” —Roy...
  • Zimbabwe court frees American accused of 'insulting' Mugabe

    01/05/2018 6:03:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    AfricaNews ^ | 1/4/2018 | Daniel Mumbere
    A Zimbabwean court has freed an American journalist who was charged with attempting to overthrow the government, after police accused her of insulting then-president Robert Mugabe. Martha O’donovan who works for Harare based Magamba TV had her case dismissed by court for a ‘patent absence of facts’. She was arrested in November in a dawn raid on her home in the capital after allegedly calling Mugabe, who was ousted in a bloodless coup a few weeks later, a ‘goblin whose wife and step-son bought a Rolls Royce’, on Twitter. It all depends on what they gather but for now the...
  • Obama’s monsters ball: doors to some of Africa’s most evil dictators

    08/06/2014 1:29:29 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 12 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 6 August 2014 | Corey Charlton and Ted Thornhill
    "President Barack Obama drew the diplomatic line somewhere at the first ever U.S-Africa summit at the White House this week by not inviting Zimbabwe’s brutal dictator Robert Mugabe. But the guest list still included several other African leaders with only slightly better human rights records. The White House promoted the summit as the largest-ever gathering of African leaders in the United States, with more than 50 countries represented. The red carpet was rolled out for Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who shot or jailed virtually all his political opponents, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, who threatened to ‘cut off the head’...
  • Zimbabwe -- Villagers flee Zanu PF terror

    03/11/2003 4:15:06 AM PST · by Clive · 12 replies · 180+ views
    Daily News (Zim) ^ | March 11, 2003 | Precious Shumba
    NATIONAL NEWS Tuesday 11 , March Villagers flee Zanu PF terror ABOUT 10 villagers from Buhera South fled their homes following Zanu PF incited violence. They have since sought refuge at the ZimRights offices in Harare where they are seeking legal assistance. Zanu PF youths allegedly mounted attacks on the villagers from their bases. Arnold Tsunga, the ZimRights chairman, confirmed yesterday they had received victims of political violence from Buhera and Cashel Valley in Chimanimani. He said the victims had sought refuge in Harare. Tsunga said in Cashel Valley, about 53 people, 21 of them school children were displaced by...
  • Zimbabwe Returns Land To White Farmer Evicted By Mugabe Regime

    12/22/2017 1:23:46 PM PST · by paltz · 104 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/22/17 | Kerry Picket
    A white Zimbabwean farmer previously kicked off his land by the former Robert Mugabe regime received a hero’s welcome from his community Thursday following the new government’s return of his land, the Associated Press reported. Guided by military escort, Robert Smart became the first white farmer who came back to the land he once owned before it was seized nearly two decades ago by Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party. In 2000, Mugabe ordered land seizures and evictions of white farmers and their families. According to the Telegraph, of the estimated 4,500 white farmers prior the seizures, only several hundred remain. Zimbabwe’s...
  • The Young American Woman Trapped by Mugabe Even as He Falls

    11/21/2017 8:22:18 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 3 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Nov. 21, 2017
    KAMPALA, Uganda—There is a terrible but revealing irony about the arrest and detention in Zimbabwe of 25-year-old American Martha O’Donovan. Over the weekend, tens of thousands of the country’s citizens took to the streets of the capital, Harare, many of them brandishing placards denouncing 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. His army is in revolt, his wife and chosen successor, 52-year-old Grace Mugabe, is no longer seen in public, and even though he’s trying to hold on, his party and countless citizens of the country that he’s ruled for 37 years clearly want the president gone, gone, gone. Back on Nov. 3,...
  • Robert Mugabe Resigns as Zimbabwe’s President, Ending 37-Year Rule

    11/21/2017 8:13:15 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 72 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 21, 2017 | Norimitsu Onishi and Jeffrey Moyo
    By Norimitsu Onishi and Jeffrey Moyo Nov. 21, 2017 HARARE, Zimbabwe — Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, resigned as president on Tuesday shortly after lawmakers began impeachment proceedings against him, according to the speaker of Parliament. The speaker of Parliament read out a letter in which Mr. Mugabe said he was stepping down “with immediate effect” for “the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and the need for a peaceful transfer of power.” Parliament erupted into cheers and jubilant residents poured into the streets of Harare, the capital. It seemed to be an abrupt capitulation...
  • 'This is a great day': Zimbabweans revel in Mugabe's ruin

    11/18/2017 9:01:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 11/18/17 | Reagan MASHAVAVE/afp
    Harare (AFP) - President Robert Mugabe clings to office, the military is in power and the much-feared ZANU-PF party still rules -- but Zimbabweans put such issues aside Saturday to happily embrace what they hope is a new era for the country. Many protesters welcomed the army's takeover this week that has brought 93-year-old Mugabe's previously impregnable reign to the brink of collapse. "Just look at the crowds here... Finally we can hope to have jobs when I finish university," Tafadzwa Musarurwa, a 22-year-old social studies student at the University of Zimbabwe, who marched in the central business district, told...
  • Zimbabwe crisis: Did China give nod to army takeover?

    11/15/2017 9:53:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 15 November 2017 • 8:25PM | Adrian Blomfield
    The general behind Zimbabwe’s coup may have sought Chinese approval days before the army launched its takeover of Robert Mugabe’s government, it emerged on Wednesday. Mr. Mugabe remained under house arrest, still president of Zimbabwe if in name alone, a prisoner of once slavishly loyal generals who now hold the country’s fate in their hands. As the former British colony faced a deeply uncertain future under military tutelage, a trip to Beijing by General Constantine Chiwenga, the head of the armed forces, last week has reignited concerns about rising Chinese influence in Africa. The general held high-level meetings with officials...
  • Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe confined to home as army takes control

    11/15/2017 1:25:05 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wed 11/15/2017 | Claire Phipps and Kevin Rawlinson
    The Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, is being confined to his house by soldiers who surrounded his official and private residences, as well as other government buildings. Sources suggest Grace Mugabe, who was being positioned to eventually take over from her husband, has left Zimbabwe for Namibia. The sacked vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was reported to have returned to Zimbabwe on Wednesday morning from South Africa, where he fled after being stripped of his office. The president of neighbouring South Africa, Jacob Zuma, said he had spoken to Mugabe, who was “fine” and that he was sending special envoys to meet...
  • ‘Statement from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces’

    11/14/2017 11:25:28 PM PST · by aquila48 · 61 replies
    GOOD MORNING/AFTERNOON Fellow Zimbabweans, following the address we made on 13 November 2017 which we believe our main broadcaster, ZBC and The Herald were directed not to publicise, the situation in our country has moved to another level. Firstly, we wish to assure the nation that His Excellency, The President, of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Head of State and Government and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde R.G Mugabe and his fa,ily are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed. We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and...
  • Zimbabwe police arrest U.S. citizen over Mugabe "Goblin" Tweet – Nehanda Radio

    11/03/2017 11:05:08 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 25 replies
    Nehanda Radio ^ | Nov. 3, 2017 | None attributed
    Zimbabwean police detained a U.S. citizen and seized her laptop on Friday on suspicion of calling President Robert Mugabe a “Goblin” on Twitter, the first arrest since the creation of a Ministry of Cyber Security last month, her lawyers said. US citizen Martha O'Donovan has been arrested in Zimbabwe for allegedly insulting President Robert Mugabe on Twitter. In a tweet, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) group said Ms O’Donovan – the manager of Magamba TV, an online-based satirical video outlet – was the first person to be arrested on such grounds since the ministry was formed. Police arrested...
  • WHO chief reverses Mugabe ambassador appointment

    10/22/2017 8:03:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    AFP via TheLocal.ch ^ | 22 October 2017 15:33 CEST+02:00
    The head of the World Health Organization on Sunday reversed his decision to name Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, following widespread uproar. “Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for (Non-communicable diseases) in Africa. As a result, I have decided to rescind the appointment,” the head of the UN agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in a statement. […] Tedros had announced the appointment earlier this week during a speech in Uruguay, where he praised Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and...
  • WHO Changes Their Mind on Mugabe Goodwill Ambassador Role

    10/22/2017 7:09:10 AM PDT · by Kriggerel · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | Oct 22 2017 | BBC
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has revoked its recent appointment of Robert Mugabe as goodwill ambassador