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  • Grace Mugabe denies plotting to poison rival for Zimbabwe presidency

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/10/09 Wife of president Robert Mugabe says suspicions following illness of vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa are nonsensical. The wife of Robert Mugabe, the 93-year-old president of Zimbabwe, has publicly denied that she was behind the attempted poisoning of her biggest rival to succeed her husband. In remarks broadcast on national TV on Friday, Grace Mugabe, 53, said the charge was “nonsensical”. Her remarks – described as “extraordinary” by observers – followed the claim a day before by one of Zimbabwe’s vice-presidents, Emmerson Mnangagwa, that he had been poisoned at the same time as he fell ill at a rally in August and had to be airlifted to hospital in South Africa.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • President Robert Mugabe's sons were evicted from a luxury apartment block in Johannesburg's

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/07/16 President Robert Mugabe's sons were evicted from a luxury apartment block in Johannesburg's affluent Sandton area because of their "unacceptable behaviour", a newspaper claimed on Friday. The details come next Mugabe said last month his wife had made an "emergency" trip to South Africa to find " fasten accommodation" for their two sons.
  • Zimbabwe protest movements team up against Mugabe

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/05/03 At the same time as a disgruntled Pastor Mawarire took to social media and urged people to rise up against their government, the overwhelming reaction to his call shook the country. Presently he has formed a coalition with other activists. The economy is in the mind of each Zimbabwean. Hope was what a lot of said kept them above water, but that is presently running thin. Amid a continued decline in the socioeconomic status of the southern African country, tempers have begun to flare.
  • Zimbabwe: WFP - 80,000 Children Hit By Severe Hunger

    ZIMBABWE, 2016/10/19 AT least 80,000 school-going children in three drought-hit provinces risk losing out on education because of hunger which has reached alarming levels, the World Food Programme (WFP) has announced. WFP said the affected provinces include Matebeleland North, Midlands and Mashonaland Central. The country is experiencing a critical shortage of cereals owing to the El Nino induced drought which affected most parts of the Southern African region in the 2015-2016 farming season.
  • In Zimbabwe, spring is in the air

    ZIMBABWE, 2016/08/29 On Friday night, next the dust from that afternoon’s ‘mega demonstration’ had settled – next the fires were put out, and the injured admitted to hospital – Robert Mugabe was in defiant mood. Speaking of the growing opposition to his regime, the Zimbabwean president said: “They are thinking that what happened in the Arab Spring is going to happen in this country, but we tell them that it is not going to happen here.” History is on Mugabe’s side. The increasingly doddery nonagenarian has been in charge of Zimbabwe for a scarcely credible 36 years, and in that time has defeated each enemy that dared to challenge his authority. This is his twisted genius: that he hangs on to power better than anyone else in the world.
  • Mugabe takes swipe at South Africa's whites

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2015/08/18 Zimbabawe’s President Robert Mugabe on Monday used his farewell speech, as outgoing chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to remind Botswana’s President Ian Khama that relations between their two nations- presently rather strained – were once close. He as well used the podium at the opening of the annual SADC summit here on Monday, to take an extra stab at South Africa’s white people. Speaking at the International Convention Centre in Gabarone, Mugabe recalled how Botswana helped him travel to the founding summit of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), presently the African Union, in Ethiopia in 1963.
  • President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday blamed unemployment in South Africa

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2015/05/24 Admitting he was spewing "poison", President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday blamed unemployment in South Africa for the vicious xenophobic attacks against foreigners there, inclunding Zimbabweans. Clearly revelling in his role as Africa's political grandee and elder statesman, Mugabe claimed that Africa's second biggest economy needed help from its poorer neighbours. "We must help them; they need an extra liberation," said the veteran leader who, at 91, is old enough to be the father of most SADC leaders.
  • Zimbabwe: Sanctions Case to Cost Zim U.S. $10

    ZIMBABWE, 2015/05/02 THE dismissal of an appeal by Zimbabwe's Prosecutor-General Johannes Tomana and 122 other people, inclunding top police and army officers inclunding 11 companies "with costs", could cost the country over US$10 million. In dismissing the case, the General Court, second only to the European Court of Justice, said the appellants were correctly identified as being close to President Robert Mugabe's government and its "critical infringement of human rights". Government hired two London barristers, one of them being David Vaughan QC (Queen's Counsel) and an extra, Sarah Lee. QCs are top barristers who can charge on average £5 000 (US$7 500) per hour in legal fees. The Zimbabweans were being instructed by top lawyer Michael O'Kane of Peters and Peters Solicitors LLP.
  • Oxfam Study Finds Richest 1% Is Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016

    AFGHANISTAN, 2015/01/20 The richest 1 % are likely to control additional than half of the globe’s total wealth by next year, the charity Oxfam reported in a study released on Monday. The warning about deepening world inequality comes just as the world’s business elite prepare to meet this week at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 80 wealthiest people in the world all own $1.9 trillion, the statement found, nearly the same all shared by the 3.5 billion people who occupy the bottom half of the world’s gain scale. (Last year, it took 85 billionaires to equal that figure.) And the richest 1 % of the people, who number in the millions, control nearly half of the world’s total wealth, a share that is as well increasing.