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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: President Robert Mugabe Appears in Public After Military Coup

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: President Robert Mugabe Appears in Public After Military Coup

Zimbabwe’s military is “currently engaging with the Commander-in-Chief President Robert Mugabe on the way forward and will advise the nation of the outcome as soon as possible,” the statement said.

“Significant progress has been made in their operation to weed out criminals around President Mugabe,” it said, adding that the military had already arrested some although others remained at large. Those sought had been “committing crimes that were causing social and economic suffering in Zimbabwe.”

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: New Photos: Mugabe Meets ZDF Commander and SA Envoys at State House

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: New Photos: Mugabe Meets ZDF Commander and SA Envoys at State House

Here are the latest photos of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe with army officers and others during negotiation after the coup plot.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: President Robert Mugabe Rejects Mediation, Insists He’s Zimbabwe’s Only Legitimate Ruler

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: President Robert Mugabe Rejects Mediation, Insists He’s Zimbabwe’s Only Legitimate Ruler

The priest, Fidelis Mukonori, who has been mediating between Mugabe and the generals who seized power on Wednesday in a targeted operation against “criminals” in his entourage, had also made little headway, a senior political source told Reuters.

The army appears to want Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, to go quietly and allow a smooth and bloodless transition to former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe ‘Flees to Namibia’

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe ‘Flees to Namibia’

The army said the security of Mr Mugabe and his wife “is guaranteed”.

“We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover,” the military said in a statement.

“We are only targeting criminals around (Mugabe) who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.”

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: ‘This is Not Military Takeover of Government’: Major General S.B. Moyo Said

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: ‘This is Not Military Takeover of Government’: Major General S.B. Moyo Said

“Zimbabwe has not had a coup. There has been a decision to intervene because our constitution had been undermined, in the interim Comrade E Mnagngawa will be president of ZANU PF as per the constitution of our revolutionary organization,” it said in one tweet, referring to Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe sacked as his vice president earlier in the week.

“Last night the first family was detained and are safe, both for the constitution and the sanity of the nation this was necessary. Neither Zimbabwe nor ZANU are owned by Mugabe and his wife,” it said in another.

“To both our people and the world beyond our borders, we wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of government,” said Major General S.B. Moyo.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: WHO Overturns Controversial Decision Appointing Mugabe As UN Goodwill Envoy to Africa

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: WHO Overturns Controversial Decision Appointing Mugabe As UN Goodwill Envoy to Africa

“Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment,” Tedros said in a statement published on the WHO official website.

“I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns, and heard the different issues that they have raised. I have also consulted with the Government of Zimbabwe and we have concluded that this decision is in the best interests of the World Health Organization,” further said Tedros, whose election as the first African leader of the UN organization was billed as a pivotal moment for the continent, where much of the organization’s work is based.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: President Robert Mugabe Readies for Grace Takeover

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: President Robert Mugabe Readies for Grace Takeover

Robert Mugabe might be hatching a plan to step-down as national president and remaining party leader. That way he would become president emeritus allowing him to secure his family interests,” Rusero said.

Grace Mugabe, in the past few weeks, has turned on the heat on Mnangagwa demanding that he be fired for leading a faction in the party.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Cabinet Reshuffle! Mugabe Appoints Patrick Chinamasa to Lead New Cyber Ministry

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Cabinet Reshuffle! Mugabe Appoints Patrick Chinamasa to Lead New Cyber Ministry

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the former British colony since independence in 1980, has said he plans to run for another 5-year term next year, his last under the constitution, when he will be 94.

In total, 10 cabinet ministers changed posts while two were dropped entirely.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Emmerson Mnangagwa Possible Mugabe Successor

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Emmerson Mnangagwa Possible Mugabe Successor

Emmerson Mnangagwa was airlifted to Johannesburg after falling ill in August. At a news conference late on Thursday open only to state media, he said doctors had concluded that poisoning was to blame for his illness, and not inadvertent food poisoning.

“The medical doctors who attended to me ruled out food poisoning but confirmed that indeed poisoning had occurred and investigations were in progress,” Emmerson Mnangagwa said, reading from a statement. He provided no further details or proof.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Evan Mawarire Acquitted

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Evan Mawarire Acquitted

Magistrate Tilda Mazhande said state prosecutors had failed to establish a case against Evan Mawarire.

Mawarire’s High Court trial on subversion charges came to a close on Friday after eight state witnesses testified. His lawyer Harrison Nkomo said he would apply to the judge to have the case dismissed.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Mugabe Warns Trump, ‘No Nation Should Be Allowed to Bully Others’

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Mugabe Warns Trump, ‘No Nation Should Be Allowed to Bully Others’

“Some of us were,” Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said, pausing for emphasis, “embarrassed, if not frightened, by what appeared to be the return of the biblical Giant Gold Goliath”.

“Are we having a return of Goliath to our midst, who threatens the extinction of other countries?” he asked, triggering applause in the hall as two junior US diplomats listened expressionless. And may I say to the United States president, Mr Trump, please blow your trumpet – blow your trumpet in a musical way towards the values of unity, peace, co-operation, togetherness, dialogue, which we have always stood for and which are well-writ in our very sacred document, the Charter of the United Nations.”

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Pastor Evan Mawarire Arrested for Criticising Mugabe

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Pastor Evan Mawarire Arrested for Criticising Mugabe

Activist pastor Evan Mawarire was already due to face trial of subversion over the 2016 protests at a High Court trial on Monday.

“He is due to appear in court tomorrow on subversion charges emanating from last year. So we really don’t know how the state will proceed,” said lawyer Harrison Nkomo.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Tsvangirai Airlifted from Harare to Johannesburg Hospital

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Tsvangirai Airlifted from Harare to Johannesburg Hospital

Tsvangirai, who leads a broad coalition of opposition parties, is due to challenge his long-time political foe President Robert Mugabe at an election next year.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Lavished! Here’s Grace Mugabe $8m Rented Property

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Lavished! Here’s Grace Mugabe $8m Rented Property

In Harare, Robert Mugabe’s wife has also acquired another property in the plush suburb of Hellensvale for $4,5 million. The real-estate deal between Grace’s family and a local resident Jan Teede and his wife Fiona Campbell has been finalised. It is unclear where Grace Robert and her family are getting such large sums of money. Their known loss-making businesses and meagre official incomes are unlikely to fund this. President Robert Mugabe says he earns $12 000 per month, a salary which makes him “the poorest president in the world”, according to Grace. Grace Mugabe has been splurging millions of dollars despite the fact that her family’s only known business, a dairy company, has been loss-making since 2013.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: South Africa to Grant Grace Mugabe Diplomatic Immunity: Government Source

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: South Africa to Grant Grace Mugabe Diplomatic Immunity: Government Source

Other countries in southern Africa that supported South Africa’s ruling ANC in the long struggle against apartheid would also see Grace Mugabe’s prosecution as a betrayal, the source said.

“There would obviously be implications for our relations with Zimbabwe. Sadly the other countries in the region are watching us and how we are going to act,” the source said, asking not to be named. “What is likely to happen is that she will be allowed to go back home, and then we announce that we’ve granted diplomatic immunity and wait for somebody to challenge us.”

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe to Be Charged With Assault in South Africa: Minister

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe to Be Charged With Assault in South Africa: Minister

Fikile Mbalula earlier told reporters that 52-year-old Grace Mugabe, a possible successor to her husband, 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, had cooperated with police. A Zimbabwean intelligence source said Grace Mugabe had been traveling on an ordinary non-diplomatic passport. “She was here on business,” the source told Reuters.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe Seeks Medical Treatment in South Africa

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Grace Mugabe Seeks Medical Treatment in South Africa

“I am alone not that I am not married. She is still in pain from the time she got injured by a car that is why she is not here.” President Robert Mugabe says. Mugabe Grace’s leg was reportedly injured as she was about to enter President Mugabe’s chauffer driven limousine when the first family was arriving from Singapore at the Harare International airport.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: ‘Name Your Successor’: Grace Mugabe to Robert Mugabe

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: ‘Name Your Successor’: Grace Mugabe to Robert Mugabe

Mugabe is ZANU-PF’s presidential candidate for 2018 election, his last under the constitution. He will be 99 years if he wins and completes five-year term.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Evicted White Farmers Dispute Government Compensation Claims

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Evicted White Farmers Dispute Government Compensation Claims

Zimbabwe grabbed world headlines in 2000 when supporters of 93-year-old Mugabe invaded white-owned farms and evicted their owners, often violently.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Mugabe Admitted in Singapore Hospital

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Mugabe Admitted in Singapore Hospital

Africa’s oldest ruler at 93, Zimbabwean President Mugabe was last in Singapore in May for what his spokesman Charamba said was treatment for eye problems.

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