Government in Zimbabwe

  • Mugabe Reveals Why He Will Not Resign As Zimbabwean President

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/10/04 Long-serving Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe has likened members of his party demanding for his resignation to biblical Judas Iscariot. It is alleged that members of Mugabe’s party, the ZANU-PF, have privately been pushing for the retirement of Mugabe, who has been in power since the country gained independence in 1980. Speaking during the burial of a member of the party, the 93-year-old insisted he would remain as President.
  • Behind the scenes, Zimbabwe politicians plot post-Mugabe reforms

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/09/06 In January, a photograph appeared in Zimbabwe’s media showing Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa enjoying drinks with a friend. In his hand was a large novelty mug emblazoned with the words: “I‘M THE BOSS.” To supporters of President Robert Mugabe, the inscription bordered on treason. They suspected that Mnangagwa, nicknamed The Crocodile, by presently saw himself in the shoes of Mugabe, 93 years old, increasingly frail and the only leader the southern African country has known since it gained independence from Britain in 1980. Those Mugabe supporters are not alone. According to politicians, diplomats and a trove of hundreds of documents from inside Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organization (CIO) reviewed by Reuters, Mnangagwa and other political players have been positioning themselves for the day Mugabe either steps down or dies.
  • Zimbabwe: 'Dark and Tormented History' - Zimbabweans Slam Vote for Mugabe to Change Constitution

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/07/28 Prominent Zimbabweans Wednesday took to social media to slam a vote by MPs from President Robert Mugabe's party to change the constitution, just four years next the country adopted the new charter. The Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.1) Bill, which gives the president the power to handpick top judges, is seen as a blow to the independence of the judiciary.
  • Cash-strapped Zimbabwe needs $274 million for 2018 election

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/07/18 Zimbabwe's election agency said on Tuesday it needs $274 million to finance next year's presidential and parliamentary elections, in which President Robert Mugabe plans to contest aged 94. Zimbabwe is suffering severe cash shortages and Mugabe's government is struggling to pay its workers on time while a lot of businesses can't fund the imports they need.
  • Hope for Zimbabwe But Big Changes Needed

    ZIMBABWE, 2016/10/19 Harare — "It always seems impossible until it's done" said Nelson Mandela. He wasn't, but he could have been talking about the road to reform and recovery in Zimbabwe. As a foreigner here, you can truly feel the potential of Zimbabwe: its location, its natural assets, its climate and, above all, its smart, hard-working, and endlessly resilient people. Nothing would make me happier than for that potential to be fully realised. I remain optimistic about this country's long-term next. But like a lot of Zimbabweans I am worried about the short-term next, given the deteriorating economic situation and the lack of political will and space to have a critical, inclusive conversation about the reform that is necessary for recovery.
  • Mnangagwa and Mphoko New VP, Khaya Moyo Demoted in Zimbabwe

    ZIMBABWE, 2014/12/11 President Robert Mugabe has named Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko as his deputies with the post of national chairman scrapped meaning the demotion of Simon Khaya Moyo who becomes party spokesperson. Mnangagwa and Mphoko are expected to be sworn in as State vice presidents on Friday with Mugabe saying he will announced his new cabinet either Thursday or Friday.
  • MDC-T Battles to Meet Congress Deadline Zimbabwe

    ZIMBABWE, 2014/09/10 THE MDC-T party led by former premier Morgan Tsvangirai could fail to hold its much awaited elective congress in October as the party is battling to meet deadlines it set for its district congresses, can reveal. While the party has admitted to facing critical cash squeeze that may hamper preparations for the congress, acrimonious fights for control of the party have as well slowed down party processes. Proposed constitutional changes have as well affected preparations for the elective congress as party heavyweights seek to position their people ahead of the congress. However, MDC-T organising secretary, Nelson Chamisa, was putting up a brave face at the same time as asked in an interview declaring that "all ducks are in a row".
  • PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has again jetted off to Singapore,

    ZIMBABWE, 2014/05/18 PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has again jetted off to Singapore, in a trip that will likely spark renewed speculation about his health. According to a statement released Wednesday by presidential spokesperson, George Charamba, Mugabe will be in Singapore for a week. "President Robert Mugabe left for Singapore this afternoon for a week long private visit to that country. During his visit the President will undergo a routine eye check-up following a recent procedure on the same," said Charamba. Speculation continues to swirl around Mugabe's health next an extra visit to Singapore in February this year and a litany of cabinet conference postponements in the completed few months.
  • President Robert Mugabe unveils his new Cabinet

    ZIMBABWE, 2013/09/11 Live updates from National Home in Harare as President Robert Mugabe unveils his new Cabinet: 17:47: A bit of reaction to the new Cabinet. Former Education, Sport and Culture Minister David Coltart says on Twitter: "I suppose it's appropriate that ZBC is showing a 60-year-old cartoon re-run at the same time the new cabinet is being announced at National Home." Coltart however pleased that his former deputy, Lazarus Dokora, will take over the Education portfolio next the ministry was split, with Andrew Langa presently taking over Sport and Culture. Coltart says juggling Education and the other elements was "a lot of work".
  • African governments review growing energy and food subsidies

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/20 African government deficits, while low by historical standards, has been creeping up as aid and remittances dip, and counter-cyclical interventions rack up in response to the effects of the financial crisis. Combined with a rising food and fuel import bill, governments are presently looking for savings. Energy and food subsidies are increasingly being reviewed.