Zimbabwe

Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) (AFP) Opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scored with 86 as the West Indies extended their lead beyond 300 on the third afternoon of the first Test against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club on Monday. Although Brathwaite was one of four wickets to fall in the second session, his knock set the West Indies on their way to a tea-time total of 244 for six in their second innings, which gave the tourists an overall lead of 304 runs. The West Indies began the third day on 88 for one, withRead More
Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) (AFP) Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo pricked Zimbabwe’s bubble of optimism on Sunday as his five-wicket haul put the West Indies in charge of the first Test at Queens Sports Club. Zimbabwe came into the two-match series in a buoyant mood following the return of Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis to their ranks, and carried it through the opening day when they dismissed the West Indies for 219. But Bishoo’s 5 for 79 on the second day was like a bucket of cold water on Zimbabwe’s spirits as they wereRead More
Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) (AFP) Half-centuries from Kieran Powell and Shai Hope kept West Indies ticking along on a slow first day of the opening Test against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club on Saturday. Powell scored 56 before he fell to Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer in the second session, while Hope was unbeaten on the same total when West Indies reached tea on 154 for three. The visiting side’s sluggish progress after winning the toss was due to the slow surface, but also some combative bowling from Zimbabwe. Fast bowler Kyle JarvisRead More
Harare (AFP) The United Nations faced criticism Friday after naming Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe a “goodwill ambassador” to promote health causes, despite the country’s dire health crisis under his rule. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) asked Mugabe to serve in the role to help tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart attacks, strokes and asthma across Africa. Mugabe, 93, was in Uruguay for the announcement by WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who said he was “honoured to announce that President Mugabe has agreed to serve as a goodwill ambassadorRead More
Harare (AFP) The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has sued a Lebanese businessman for failing to deliver a $1.35-million diamond ring she ordered for her wedding anniversary, state media reported Wednesday. “First lady Dr Grace Mugabe is suing fugitive businessman Mr Jamal Joseph Ahmed for $1.23 million (1.05 million euros) over a diamond ring deal that went sour last year,” The Herald newspaper said. “In breach of the agreement, Mr Ahmed failed to deliver the ring, triggering a legal wrangle.” In 2015, Grace Mugabe placed an order for aRead More
Harare (AFP) Zimbabwe has banned the importation of fruit and vegetables to save scarce foreign currency in the face of a worsening economic crisis, state media reported Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Joseph Made told The Herald that President Robert Mugabe had directed that the importation of horticultural products be stopped “as they waste much-needed foreign currency”. “This means that the importation of fruit and vegetables will be stopped immediately.” “The foreign currency being wasted on the importation of carrots and grapes will now be utilised towards the purchase of more fertilisersRead More
Harare (AFP) Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s cabinet reshuffle quashed opposition within his government, state media said Tuesday, as the 93-year-old leader prepares to stand again in elections next year. Mugabe stripped Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa of his role as justice minister, reassigned the finance minister and created a new cyber-security ministry in a major reshuffle late Monday. Mnangagwa is one of the top candidates likely to succeed Mugabe, but has recently been accused by undermining the president over claims that Mnangagwa was poisoned at a party rally. The state-run HeraldRead More
Harare (AFP) Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on Monday stripped one of the top candidates to succeed him of a cabinet post, as the battle to replace the long-ruling leader intensifies. Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who also doubled as minister of justice, was replaced by ruling ZANU-PF party loyalist Happyton Bonyongwe. Mnangagwa will stay on as one of Mugabe’s two vice presidents. Mugabe, 93, has tried to enforce strict discipline in his ruling ZANU-PF party for decades and avoided naming a successor even as concerns have grown over his advanced ageRead More
Harare (AFP) Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Saturday warned some ministers will be axed in a shake-up of his cabinet amid deepening infighting in his Zanu-PF party over who succeeds him. “I do my own review to assess who have not pulled up or lived up to expectations in government. In the process some will fall,” he told youth league members at a meeting at the party’s headquarters. “So, that exercise I will be doing early next week.” Mugabe’s announcement came amid escalating tension between rival factions jostling to succeedRead More
Harare (AFP) Zimbabwe has been gripped by an escalating spat between the president’s wife and his senior vice-president over a bizarre poisoning incident that has laid bare the pair’s ambitions to succeed President Robert Mugabe. Though Mugabe has repeatedly condemned factionalism and refused to discuss his successor, his declining health and the looming 2018 elections have led to unprecedented jockeying for the top job. The latest controversy erupted publicly when vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa — widely known as “the crocodile”– was hospitalised in Johannesburg in August alleging he had been poisoned.Read More