Monday 18 December 2017
(AFP (eng) 11/21/17)
Zimbabwe's parliament opened a session on Tuesday to begin the process of impeaching President Robert Mugabe, which could lead to him being stripped of office, an AFP correspondent saw. Parliament speaker Jacob Mubenda gave permission for a joint session of the House of Assembly and the Senate to debate a motion that would trigger impeachment proceedings against Mugabe. "This motion is unprecedented in the history of post-independence Zimbabwe," Mubenda declared. Lawmakers from across the political spectrum have called on Mugabe to quit after the military seized power and tens of thousands of citizens took to the streets to demand the 93-year-old's resignation.
(AFP (eng) 11/21/17)
Angolan President Joao Lourenco said he and South African President Jacob Zuma would fly to Zimbabwe on Wednesday following talks between regional leaders on the crisis engulfing the country. "(South African) President Jacob Zuma and I have agreed to visit Harare tomorrow," Angolan President Joao Lourenco told journalists Tuesday after a meeting of the southern African regional bloc in Luanda. The two leaders will represent the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc of which their countries are the leading members.
(AFP (eng) 11/21/17)
Most Zimbabwean ministers stayed away from a cabinet meeting on Tuesday called by embattled President Robert Mugabe, who is facing impeachment proceedings, state media reported. "Cabinet meeting called this morning by President Mugabe failed to take off after Ministers snubbed the sitting," the state-run Herald news site reported. Lawmakers of Mugabe's once-loyal ZANU-PF party were to meet parliamentarians from other parties at 1215 GMT to trigger proceedings that could see the president stripped of office.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/21/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s longstanding government and ruling party mouthpiece, The Herald newspaper, has abruptly changed its tune on President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace, confirmation of her political downfall. The Herald often takes its marching orders from the information ministry. And it has always reported from the point of view of the winning faction in the ruling ZANU-PF, making it a reliable barometer of someone’s political standing. In August, the paper ran a typically fawning portrait of Grace under the headline “A Loving Mother of the Nation.” “Loving mother, compassionate philanthropist, astute businesswoman, perceptive politician, remarkable patriot, these are all adjectives that can be used to describe the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe,” The Herald gushed. Less than three months...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/17)
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe came under increasing pressure to quit Monday as his ruling party said it would move to impeach him and the army revealed his likely successor would soon return to the country. In a televised address late Sunday, the 93-year-old president had flouted expectations he would step down after the military's takeover, pitching the country into a second week of political crisis. Lawmakers from his ruling ZANU-PF party said that they would take the first steps on Tuesday to force Mugabe from office after he ignored their ultimatum to resign. "We want to get rid of this animal called Mugabe. We have the numbers, the opposition is also going to support us,"...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/17)
Zimbabwe's influential war veterans on Tuesday called for immediate protests against President Robert Mugabe as parliament moved to impeach the veteran leader. "All the people must leave what they are doing, come to Harare... we just want to see the back of Mugabe immediately. The protests must begin now, we cannot have another hour of Mugabe," said Zimbabwe War Veterans' Association chairman Chris Mutsvangwa. The group urged people to march to Mugabe's private residence, known as the Blue Roof, to ensure the increasingly isolated leader "leaves office immediately". Lawmakers from Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party are due to take the first steps on Tuesday to force Mugabe...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/17)
Zimbabwe's parliament prepared to start impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe Tuesday, as ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who could be the country's next leader, told him to step down. Further street protests have been called in Harare, raising fears that the political turmoil could spill into violence. Mnangagwa, seen as the preferred candidate of the military chiefs who took power last week, said he would only return to Zimbabwe when he his safety was guaranteed and he would not face arrest. Mnangagwa's intervention -- his first since the army seized control -- comes as lawmakers of Mugabe's once loyal ZANU-PF party were to meet in parliament at 1215 GMT to trigger proceedings that could see the president stripped of...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/17)
Thirty-seven years ago, Robert Mugabe was feted as a titan who had won Africa's last great war against colonialism. Today, in the twilight of his life, Mugabe finds himself loathed by millions of his citizens for a rule tarnished by despotism, cronyism, corruption and economic ruin. Deserted by the forces that propped up his power for decades, Mugabe now faces the humiliation of impeachment proceedings launched by the ZANU-PF -- the party he had forged into a tool of unquestioning loyalty. Mugabe was born on February 21, 1924, into a Catholic family at the Kutama Mission, northwest of Harare -- a city then called Salisbury, capital of the white-ruled British colony of Rhodesia. As a child, Mugabe was a loner...
(AfricaNews 11/21/17)
The African Union has called for an investigation on the Libyan authorities regarding the ‘slave markets’ of African migrants in the conflict torn nation. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Professor Alpha Conde, strongly condemned the despicable acts which are at odds with the ideals of the Founding Fathers of the Organization and relevant African and international instruments, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He calls for an immediate end to these practices and other criminal acts of human trafficking. He calls for a swift action to be taken and identify all perpetrators and accomplices, with the view of bringing the criminals to justice. This comes following the release of shocking images showing the sale of...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party will launch the parliamentary process on Tuesday for impeaching President Robert Mugabe, a government lawmaker told AFP. The decision on Monday came after Mugabe missed a deadline to resign given to him by his party over the weekend. Once a simple majority of parliamentarians vote for impeachment, an investigative committee is formed by lawmakers, who report back to both houses of parliament. Each house must then vote by a two-thirds majority for him to be stripped of office. "We are expecting the motion to be over (Tuesday)," said ZANU-PF lawmaker Paul Mangwana, referring to the initial procedure to commence impeachment proceedings.
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
Branding President Robert Mugabe a dark force who threatened their future, several hundred Zimbabwean students on Monday added their voices to the clamour for the 93-year-old autocrat to quit. Classes at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare were cancelled and examinations postponed as students raged over Mugabe's insistence on staying in office, defying opposition from the military, his party and the public. Mugabe's critics blame him for the country's decades-long economic collapse, widespread state-sponsored rights abuses and the crumbling education system. But emotions are spilling over after a weekend of officially-encouraged protests stoked hopes he would quit -- which were then dashed by his TV address on Sunday that simply ignored the resignation demands. "Mugabe must pave the way for...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/20/17)
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF will discuss the impeachment of President Robert Mugabe on Monday, its chief whip said, after a noon deadline expired for the 93-year-old to resign and bring the curtain down on nearly four decades in power. Impeachment could see Mugabe kicked out by a vote in parliament in under a day and would represent an ignominious end to the career of the “Grand Old Man” of African politics, who was once lauded across the continent as an anti-colonial hero. Chief whip Lovemore Matuke told Reuters ZANU-PF members of parliament would meet at 1230 GMT to start mapping out Mugabe’s impeachment. In the draft motion, the party accused Mugabe of being a “source of instability”, flouting...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
Robert Mugabe faced the threat of impeachment by his own party Monday, after his shock insistence he still holds power despite a military takeover and a noon deadline to end his 37-year autocratic rule. In a televised address late Sunday, the 93-year-old defied expectations that he would bring the curtain down on his reign, pitching the country into a second week of political crisis. The speech provoked anger and disbelief among crowds who had gathered in bars and cafes to watch, and raised concerns that Zimbabwe could be at risk of a violent reaction to the political tensions.
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
Robert Mugabe clung on as Zimbabwe's president Sunday, using national TV to insist he still holds power despite a military takeover and mounting pressure for his autocratic 37-year rule to end. Crowds who gathered in bars and cafes in Harare to watch the address, which was widely expected would end in the 93-year-old's resignation, were left stunned and disconsolate. Some wept openly. "The (ruling ZANU-PF) party congress is due in a few weeks and I will preside over its processes," Mugabe said. His words pitched the country into deep uncertainty, as they imply he will seek to stay in office until at least mid-December. It was widely thought that Mugabe would have no choice but to go after the army...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
Robert Mugabe has "lost the support of the people and of his party", Britain said Monday after the Zimbabwean president insisted he still holds power despite a military takeover and demands to quit. "As last night's events showed, we don't yet know how developments in Zimbabwe are going to play out," Prime Minister Theresa May's official spokesman said. "But what does appear clear is that Mugabe has lost the support of the people and of his party. "We would say that while the situation remains uncertain, we would appeal for everyone to refrain from violence. We hope to see a peaceful and swift resolution to the situation." In a televised address late Sunday, Mugabe defied expectations he would quit, pitching...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has defied expectations by not resigning, but the 93-year-old veteran leader could now face an impeachment process initiated by his own party. Following the army's seizure of power last week, the ruling ZANU-PF party sacked him as its leader over the weekend and the influential veterans' association has called for further mass demonstrations. Here are some of the possible routes by which Mugabe could leave power: - Resignation - Article 96 of Zimbabwe's constitution says that the president can resign if he submits a letter to the parliament speaker who must publicly announce it within 24 hours. Resignation would be the fastest, simplest and least risky way for Mugabe to leave power -- but that looks...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
He is 93, in failing health and has enemies on almost every side, but President Robert Mugabe used his TV address Sunday to display the survival skills of one of the world's wiliest politicians. With the generals who threaten his grip on power sitting to his side, Mugabe blithely ignored demands he quit -- and even declared he would preside next month over his party's congress, despite the fact it had just sacked him. From vanquishing domestic political rivals after independence to weathering international sanctions over his ruinous policy of seizing land from white farmers, the president has a long history of defying pressure. Analysts gave quiet respect for Mugabe's tactical skills, even if they worry his latest manoeuvres have...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
srael's cabinet voted on Sunday to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally. Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot centre in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries. "The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country," the public security ministry said in a statement. Israeli official figures from June 30 show a total of 38,043 African migrants in the country. They include 27,494 Eritreans and 7,869 Sudanese, and their presence in south Tel Aviv has raised discontent among Israelis there and elsewhere. Speaking...
(AFP (eng) 11/19/17)
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule appeared at an end Sunday after a source confirmed he had agreed to resign and was preparing to address the nation. Mugabe's grip on power was broken last week when the military took over, angered at his wife Grace's emergence as the leading candidate to succeed the 93-year-old president. "Yes he has agreed to resign," a source close to the presidency told AFP after Mugabe's expected television address to the nation was delayed. At a ruling ZANU-PF party meeting earlier in the day, delegates cheered wildly as a party official announced that Mugabe had been ousted as party chief. He was replaced by former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been Grace Mugabe's chief...
(AFP (eng) 11/19/17)
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe was on Sunday facing the end of his 37-year rule, as he prepared to address the nation after the ZANU-PF party sacked him as its leader and told him to resign as head of state. Mugabe's grip on power was broken last week when the military took over, angered at his wife Grace's emergence as the leading candidate to succeed the 93-year-old president. Expectation was mounting that he would resign on Sunday night after Zimbabwe state TV said he would "address the nation live from State House". At a ruling ZANU-PF party meeting earlier in the day, delegates cheered wildly as a party official announced that Mugabe had been ousted as party chief. He was replaced...

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