Zimbabwe

Harare (AFP) Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe, accused of assault in South Africa where she is seeking diplomatic immunity, returned home from a visit there on Sunday, public broadcaster ZBC reported. Mugabe, who is being sought by police after allegedly attacking a 20-year-old model at a Johannesburg hotel last weekend, flew home with her husband in the early hours of Sunday morning. “President Robert Mugabe, accompanied by the first lady … arrived on an Air Zimbabwe flight in Harare very early, the broadcaster said. The president had flown to SouthRead More
Harare (AFP) Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe flew home from South Africa on Sunday, state media said, ending a week of confusion over her whereabouts after she allegedly assaulted a model. Mugabe, who had been sought by police for allegedly attacking the 20-year-old model at a Johannesburg hotel, was granted diplomatic immunity in the case by South Africa’s foreign minister on Saturday. “The minister has made the determination that the conferring of diplomatic immunity is warranted in this particular instance,” the ministry said Sunday, citing a need “to maintain goodRead More
Harare (AFP) Zimbabwe’s vice president has returned home from neighbouring South Africa where he was flown for emergency medical care for suspected food poisoning, a privately-owned newspaper reported Sunday. Emmerson Mnangagwa, 74, who is seen as a favourite to succeed President Robert Mugabe, fell ill at a rally where the president was speaking on August 12, suffering from what appeared to be severe food poisoning. Citing unnamed sources, The Standard newspaper said Mnangagwa underwent surgery on Wednesday “to treat the alleged poisoning”. State media did not report on his return.Read More
Harare (AFP) Zimbabwe has declared President Robert Mugabe’s birthday on February 21 a national holiday, a state daily reported Saturday, honouring the veteran politician in power since 1980 who opponents accuse of brutal repression and devastating the economy. The declaration of the Robert Mugabe National Youth Day came after lobbying by the ruling ZANU-PF party’s youth league. “In declaring this day, we would like to highlight to our youths the values and principles so brilliantly displayed by President R.G. Mugabe which have resulted in an exemplary life that our youthsRead More
Harare (AFP) Former Barcelona stars Patrick Kluivert and Edgar Davids joined Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on stage at a weekend political rally, drawing sharp criticism from government opponents. Davids and Kluivert were pictured on Saturday alongside Mugabe, 93, at a youth rally for the ruling ZANU-PF party in the southern town of Gwanda, in what local media described as a “surprise appearance”. Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, and he is often criticised for brutal repression of his opponents, election rigging and his country’s economic collapse.Read More
Harare (AFP) Cash-strapped Zimbabwe announced Wednesday that it plans to build a $1 billion university to honour Robert Mugabe, the 93-year-old president accused of brutal repression and bringing the country to economic ruin. The university joins other facilities named after Mugabe including the government’s school of intelligence, a main street in the capital Harare and the highway to his rural home. “Cabinet has approved the establishment of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University,” Jonathan Moyo, minister of tertiary education, told a news conference. “There can be no better recognition of PresidentRead More
Harare (AFP) Zimbabwean security forces confirmed Friday that soldiers and police fought on the streets of Harare earlier this week, as nationwide tensions grow under 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. Witnesses told local media about a hundred uniformed soldiers wielding batons and whips charged into a bus terminus on Tuesday night and beat up police officers, leaving many prostrate on the ground. The violence, which underscores friction between the police and army, was reportedly triggered by police using spikes to deflate the tyres of a military vehicle after an alleged trafficRead More
Harare (AFP) Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, declaring “I am not dying,” sought Saturday to brush aside growing concerns about his health after his wife urged him to name a successor. Mugabe’s medical trips to Singapore have become frequent in recent years, fuelling questions about his health. His last visit was early this month for what was described as a “routine medical check-up”. “There is the issue that the president is going. I am not going. That the president is dying. I am not dying,” Mugabe told thousands of supportersRead More
Harare (AFP) President Robert Mugabe’s wife Thursday urged her 93-year-old husband to name his chosen successor, fuelling renewed speculation about the race to take over from the world’s oldest national leader. Mugabe has always refused to publicly reveal his favoured heir, but Grace Mugabe — who is seen by some as a potential candidate — called for an end to the uncertainty. “President, don’t be afraid. Tell us who is your choice, which horse we should back,” she told a meeting of the women’s league of the ruling ZANU-PF party.Read More
Harare (AFP) A bill allowing President Robert Mugabe to appoint senior judges sparked outrage Wednesday from Zimbabwean opposition and activists who said it marked a new power-grab by the authoritarian government. The law, which was passed by the lower house on Tuesday, is the first amendment to the 2013 constitution, adopted four years ago by popular vote. “It’s a frontal attack on the rule of law,” opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) legislator and constitutional law expert Jessie Majome told AFP. “You can’t have a bill to concentrate power withRead More