Wednesday 18 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
At least 50 people want to become Zimbabwe's hangman, a job that fell vacant over a decade ago, officials said Tuesday, stressing that applicants were "very interested" in the role. The country, which has an unemployment rate of more than 90 percent by some measures, last executed a prisoner in 2005, after which the serving hangman retired. "The response has been overwhelming and the applications have been from both men and women," justice ministry secretary Virginia Mabhiza told the NewsDay newspaper. "We have received over 50 applications in the past few months. People are very interested." After a long search, a new hangman was reported to have been appointed in 2012 but the chosen candidate...
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace is set to become the country's second female vice president after the ruling Zanu-PF party's 10 provinces agreed to have an extra-ordinary congress to amend the constitution. Provincial leaders who spoke to The Herald over the weekend said apart from reaffirming Mugabe's position as the party's sole presidential candidate in the 2018 elections, they also wanted to have the constitution amended to set aside a vice presidential slot to women. Spokesperson for Harare province Abicia Ushewokunze said the provincial executive committee had resolved to amend the 2014 party constitution to accommodate "issues to do with youth and women's leagues" and to establish a female vice presidency. "We resolved that the constitution be amended as...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Harare (Zimbabwe) - Zimbabwe’s governing ZANU PF is set to hold an extraordinary congress in Harare in December in a development likely to pave the way for First Lady Grace Mugabe to be ascend to the country’s vice presidency, APA learnt here on Monday. According to the state media, all the 10 ZANU PF provincial structures endorsed at the weekend a decision to convene a special congress that “will put the succession issue to rest”. The congress replaces a party...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/17)
A Zimbabwean activist has been arrested after calling 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe "a dead man walking", lawyers said Wednesday, in the latest case of authorities cracking down on dissent. Sten Zvorwadza, the leader of a street vendor's union, was charged with insulting or undermining the president in a press interview where he was also quoted as saying that Mugabe was "old" and "day-dreaming". Zvorwadza is a prominent anti-Mugabe campaigner who has led several demonstrations calling on the veteran leader to step down. Zimbabwe's worsening economy has seen many people resorting to informal street vending due to massive unemployment. Zvorwadza is yet to appear in court, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's cabinet reshuffle quashed opposition within his government, state media said Tuesday, as the 93-year-old leader prepares to stand again in elections next year. Mugabe stripped Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa of his role as justice minister, reassigned the finance minister and created a new cyber-security ministry in the major reshuffle late Monday. Mnangagwa is one of the top candidates likely to succeed Mugabe, but has recently been accused by undermining the president over claims that Mnangagwa was poisoned at a party rally. The state-run Herald -- seen as the government's official voice -- on Tuesday hailed the reshuffle as "a welcome move that would...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/10/17)
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe moved Patrick Chinamasa from the finance ministry on Monday to lead a new cyber security ministry that will focus on crimes on social media and other websites ahead of an election due next year. Chinamasa will be replaced at the treasury by Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo in a cabinet reshuffle that also diminished the role of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, seen as a potential successor to Mugabe. Chombo’s move, announced in a...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Monday stripped one of the top candidates to succeed him of a cabinet post, as the battle to replace the long-ruling leader intensifies. Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who also doubled as minister of justice, was replaced by ruling ZANU-PF party loyalist Happyton Bonyongwe. Mnangagwa will stay on as one of Mugabe's two vice presidents. Mugabe, 93, has tried to enforce strict discipline in his ruling ZANU-PF party for decades and avoided naming a successor even as concerns have grown over his advanced age and failing health. But the shake-up comes as infighting deepens in the ZANU-PF over who will take over from Mugabe, including allegations from Mnangagwa he was poisoned.
(The Associated Press 10/10/17)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has sworn in new ministers, a day after a Cabinet reshuffle in which he stripped the justice ministry from a vice president accused of harboring presidential ambitions. The eight new ministers who took office on Tuesday include Happyton Bonyongwe, the former intelligence chief who is now justice minister. He replaced Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was once viewed a front-runner to succeed 93-year-old Mugabe but has been harshly criticized recently by the president and his wife...
(AFP (eng) 10/06/17)
Zimbabwe has been gripped by an escalating spat between the president's wife and his senior vice-president over a bizarre poisoning incident that has laid bare the pair's ambitions to succeed President Robert Mugabe. Though Mugabe has repeatedly condemned factionalism and refused to discuss his successor, his declining health and the looming 2018 elections have led to unprecedented jockeying for the top job. The latest controversy erupted publicly when vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa -- widely known as "the crocodile"-- was hospitalised in...
(AFP (eng) 10/06/17)
Zimbabwe's vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday fought back against allegations by hos co-deputy that he lied about being poisoned, in a row that displays the growing political in-fighting ahead of next year's election. Mnangagwa has been accused by fellow vice-president Phelekezela Mphoko of undermining President Robert Mugabe by claiming to have been poisoned during a ruling ZANU-PF rally in August. "I never said I was poisoned in Gwanda but that I fell ill," he said accusing Mphoko of "subjective falsehoods and mischievous perceptions". "My commitment to national unity, peace and stability is undoubted and unquestionable," he added. dismissing Mphoko's...
(APA 10/06/17)
APA-Harare (Zimbabwe) - The political star of Zimbabwe’s feared Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa appears to be losing its shine amid uncharacteristic criticism and outright derision by his opponents who are seeking to oust him from the governing ZANU PF party. The under-fire vice president, for long seen as President Robert Mugabe’s heir apparent, does not appear to be invincible or to be an enigma any more. What started as cheap shots by junior party officials in February 2016 when he...
(Reuters 10/06/17)
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa said late on Thursday he had been hospitalised in South Africa in August because he had been poisoned, escalating confrontation in the country during a fight to succeed 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa, a former intelligence chief nicknamed “the Crocodile”, is the leading candidate to succeed Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe has known since independence in 1980. He did not say who he believed was responsible for trying to kill him, but his...
(AFP (eng) 10/05/17)
One of Zimbabwe's vice presidents on Wednesday accused the other of "using lies" over an allegation of poisoning, fuelling political tensions ahead of next year's elections. Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko said his counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa had undermined President Robert Mugabe when Mnangagwa claimed to have been poisoned at a rally in August. Mugabe, 93, has maintained strict discipline over his government for decades, but the public dispute comes amid growing in-fighting over who will eventually succeed him. Mugabe has said that Mnangagwa was not poisoned, apparently to dispel rumours of an assassination attempt. Mphoko accused Mnangagwa of making...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Harare (Zimbabwe) - Zimbabwean police have allegedly barred the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) from holding a voter mobilisation rally that was billed to be addressed by the party’s vice president Nelson Chamisa at the weekend. In a letter to the MDC, the police said it was impossible for the party to proceed with the rally that was scheduled for Hurungwe, about 140km northwest of the capital Harare on Saturday but they did not give the reasons. The...
(BBC 10/04/17)
Zimbabwe’s Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko has launched an unprecedented attack on the country’s other Vice-President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, accusing him of undermining President Robert Mugabe by alleging he was poisoned at a political rally in August. Mr Mnangagwa's claim was a "calculated" challenge to Mr Mugabe's "public account that Mnangagwa’s medical doctor ruled out poisoning" as the cause of his "traumatising vomiting and diarrhoea" experience at the 12 August rally, Mr Mphoko said. "There’s now little doubt, if there ever was any,...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has been discharged from a South African hospital were he had been receiving medical treatment, his spokesman said Tuesday. "He was discharged last week (on) Monday. He is now fine, he is out of danger," Luke Tamborinyoka told AFP. Tamborinyoka declined to reveal when the former prime minister would return to Zimbabwe, saying only, "he will be back home soon." Tsvangirai, 65, was airlifted to South Africa two weeks ago after falling ill. The...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned to South Africa on Tuesday for the first time since his wife claimed diplomatic immunity over allegedly assaulting a model in a Johannesburg hotel room. Mugabe, 93, was not accompanied by his wife Grace as he met President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria, six weeks after the alleged attack sparked diplomatic tension between the two neighbours. Mugabe used his opening remarks at the talks to stress the close relations between Zimbabwe and South Africa, but did not mention the incident. "Had we had a say in the choice of a neighbour, we would have chosen you," he said, to laughter from ministers on both sides.
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Zimbabwean police in the capital Harare on Friday fired teargas to break up protests against the country's worsening economic crisis as rising prices fuel opposition to President Robert Mugabe's regime. Demonstrators led by the anti-government pressure group Tajamuka (We Are Agitated) demanded the resignation of central bank chief John Mangudya over severe cash shortages. Shops in the city centre pulled down their shutters and currency traders fled their pavement stalls as dozens of anti-riot police patrolled the streets, AFP witnessed. "We demonstrated against the worsening economic and fiscal crisis in the country," Promise Mkwananzi, spokesman for Tajamuka, told AFP by telephone.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/28/17)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Thursday accused unnamed officials of his own party of trying to push him into retiring and likened them to the biblical betrayer Judas. The 93-year-old Mugabe, one of the world’s oldest leaders, has been in power since Zimbabwe, then called Rhodesia, gained independence from Britain in 1980. He intends to seek another five-year term at elections due next year. In public, his party, ZANU-PF, has rallied behind its aging leader. But in private its members...

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