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  • 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.
  • Zimbabwe Election Commission keen to avoid Kenyan situation

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/09/10 Zimbabwe’s election commission says it is keen to avoid a repeat scenario of what happened in Kenya where the presidential polls were nullified last week. Speaking through its chairperson Justice Rita Makarau, the election body said it will conduct next year’s elections in accordance with the country’s electoral laws.
  • 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.
  • Jacob Zuma under new pressure to quit over alleged links to tycoons

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/07/02 Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s embattled president, faces renewed pressure to step down this weekend next a series of media reports detailed links between elected officials and a family of tycoons accused of holding undue sway over his government. Additional than 100,000 documents and emails leaked to reporters in recent weeks appear to detail improper dealings in lucrative government contracts made with the Gupta family - secretive and immensely wealthy businessmen of Indian origin who have lived in South Africa for decades. Authorities have launched an investigation into several allies of Zuma who have been linked to corruption at three national-owned companies. One of the allegations involves suspected kickbacks worth $411m (£316m). The Gupta family and Zuma have consistently denied any wrongdoing.
  • 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.
  • Zuma, economy in focus as South Africa holds local elections

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2016/08/03
  • South African parliament to debate Zuma impeachment motion

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2016/04/04 South Africa's parliament will debate on Tuesday a motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete said, next a top court ruled the president had violated the constitution. South Africa's constitutional court ruled on Thursday that Zuma had failed to uphold the constitution by ignoring orders from the public protector that he repay some of the $16 million in national funds spent to renovate his private residence at Nkandla. Since Thursday's ruling, opposition party leaders, ordinary South Africans and even an anti-apartheid activist jailed alongside Nelson Mandela have called on Zuma to step down.
  • Africa's election year 2015: A long way to democracy?

    AFRICA, 2016/01/07 For the initial time in Nigeria's history, a sitting president was defeated and accepted the outcome of the election. He later willingly handed over power to his major rival. In this case it was Goodluck Jonathan handing over power to Muhammadu Buhari. Six months later it was Burkina Faso's turn to elect its new leader. Voters endured long queues at polling stations to elect a new leader, knowing that this time their vote counted, unlike in the completed three decades under Blaise Compaore's policy at the same time as the results were long certain.