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  • Mugabe wept after 'chameleons' forced him to resign

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/11/27 Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe cried and lamented “betrayal by his lieutenants” at the same time as he agreed to step down last week under pressure from the military and his party next 37 years in power, the Standard newspaper said in its Sunday edition. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe loyalist, was sworn in on Friday and attention is focused on whether he will name a broad-based government or select figures from Mugabe’s era.
  • How Mugabe's wife became the reason for his downfall

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/11/22 President Robert Mugabe's breakdown was caused by the ambitions of his combative wife Grace, whose emergence as his likely successor proved a step too far for Zimbabwe's military, analysts say. Grace Mugabe -- 41 years younger than her husband -- was once dismissed as a lightweight shopping addict.
  • Mugabe Makes First Public Appearance Since Military Action

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/11/18 President Robert Mugabe was Friday officiating at the Zimbabwe Open University graduation ceremony in Harare despite reportedly being under home arrest. Missing from the event however, was higher education minister Jonathan Moyo who is usually by the president's side at such events. In place of Moyo, who is believed to be one of the officials wanted by the military, was deputy higher education minister Godfrey Gandawa.
  • Mugabe Meets Army Boss, Envoys Amid Calls for His Resignation

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/11/18 MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai says President Robert Mugabe must step down instantly to pave way for a transitional mechanism to take Zimbabwe to a new dispensation. He was speaking during a press conference held in Harare Thursday, a day next he returned from South Africa where he was being treated for cancer. Tsvangirai condemned President Mugabe for refusing to relinquish power next having presided over violent and rigged elections for almost four decades saying regional bodies have tolerated him for too long.
  • 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.