Mugabe appeals for $100m as floods wreak havoc in Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe had earlier in the week declared southern Zimbabwe disaster areas after villagers were left marooned as major rivers burst their banks.

“It is apparent that extraordinary response measures to alleviate suffering of citizens of this country in communal, resettlement and urban areas have to be intensified,” Mr Kasukuwere said.

“I am therefore appealing to the development partners, private sector and general public, inclusive of those in the Diaspora, to rally with the government to support the emergency relief programmes in line with policy which requires that every citizen has a responsibility to avert and/or limit the effects of a disaster.”

Zimbabwe was emerging from a prolonged drought that left four million people in need of food aid last year.

The rains associated with the la Nina weather phenomenon, have left 74 schools damaged while 70 dams burst throughout the country, Mr Kasukuwere said.

Transport Minister Joram Gumbo said the government was mobilising funds to repair five bridges on major highways that were swept away by the floods.

“Our roads have deteriorated to the extent that some sections of the national road network have become impassable,” the minister said.

President Mugabe recently declared roads in Harare a state of disaster after incessant rains caused potholes.

Zimbabwe has over the years relied on donors to feed the majority of its population because of the poor performance of the economy.

The country’s once thriving agriculture industry collapsed a decade ago after President Mugabe embarked on a controversial land reform programme that displaced close to 4,000 white commercial farmers.

 

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Mugabe Fit to Rule at 93, Court Rules

Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court has dismissed a case that sought to question the capacity of 93-year-old president, Robert Mugabe.

The court however said the plaintiff could appeal the decision within 30 days. The dismissal centred largely on the premise that due court processes were not followed.

An activist with the Takamuka social movement, Promise Mkwananzi, went to court to seek to prove that Mugabe – who turns 93 this February, was unfit to hold office given his advanced age.

This is just a convenient excuse for the Constitutional Court to bite the bullet, so we are saying that we are going to reapply within 30 days as prescribed by the rule of the constitutional court and relaunch this issue.
Even though most political watchers said they case was bound to fail, he has affirmed that he will appeal today’s ruling.

‘‘This is just a convenient excuse for the Constitutional Court to bite the bullet, so we are saying that we are going to reapply within 30 days as prescribed by the rule of the constitutional court and relaunch this issue,’‘ he said.

He says there was enough grounds to prove that the President lacked the capacity to occupy the office, citing statements that the president had made. Statements he describes as ‘‘clearly not in the spirit of the constitution.’‘

Mugabe is the only man to hold the office of president in the southern Africa country since its independence from the British. The country heads into elections next year and the ruling party wants him to run. The country has been hit by political protests which peaked last year.

A drought in the region has been worsened by a crippling economy which is suffering from acute currency crisis.

 

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Zimbabweans to donate 150 cows for Mugabe’s birthday celebration

Citizens of Southern African nation, Zimbabwe have reportedly been asked to make provision of at least 150 cattle towards the celebration of president Robert Mugabe’s coming birthday as he turns 93 on February 21.

Mugabe has been in power since 1980 when the country gained independence from Britain.

He is also known for extravagant birthday party, which usually would run into millions of dollars.

The state-owned Herald newspaper revealed that this year’s birthday bash organisers said they aimed at realizing at least 150 heads of cattle to serve about 100 000 guests at the occasion.

A Zanu-PF lawmaker, identified as Never Khanye, pointed out that the donations were voluntary, but added that large-scale farmers in Matabeleland South, the venue of the birthday party, must donate a cow each to appreciate the president.

He told the newspaper, “We have set a target to raise 150 cattle for the event. We are appealing to well-wishers to do so willingly and not to come again tomorrow and say we were forced.

“All A2 farmers who got offer letters must donate a beast each for this event and those that will fail we will take it that they don’t appreciate what the president has done for them.”
Youth league of the ruling Zanu-PF said last month that Mugabe’s birthday should be celebrated like that of Christ.

National youth leader of the party, Kudzai Chipanga insisted that the veteran leader’s birthday should not be seen as an “ordinary day.”

He said, “To us, February 21 is not just a day. To us, it is a special day we treat in the same manner Christians treat December 25, the birthday of Jesus Christ.

“I don’t want to be blasphemous, but in my humble view, President Mugabe is second to Jesus Christ. He is our saviour, so his birthday means a lot for us the youths of Zimbabwe.”

Zimbabwean Pastor arrested after prophesying Robert Mugabe’s death

A prominent pastor in Zimbabwe, Patrick Mugadza, was arrested on Monday after prophesying that President Robert Mugabe, 92, will die on October 17, 2017, police and the pastor’s lawyer said.

 

Mr. Mugadza, from the Remnant Pentecostal Church based in the northern town of Kariba, had become famous by holding a one-man demonstration in 2015 against Mugabe, whom he accused of being incompetent.

 

The Southern African country has seen growing protests against its leader of 37 years, whom critics accuse of ruining the economy, but who nevertheless intends to seek re-election in 2018, when he will be 94 years old.

 

Mr. Mugadza said in December that Mr. Mugabe would die on October 17 and urged him to pray hard if he wanted to avoid that fate.

 

Mr. Mugadza was arrested in Harare on charges of undermining the authority of the president, but the charge was then changed to criminal nuisance, his lawyer Gift Mtisi said.

 

Police spokesperson Charity Charamba confirmed the arrest.

 

Mr. Mugadza is not admitting to the charge against him, “as he is arguing that what he said was given to him by God during a prayer,” Mr. Mtisi said.

 

Local Government Minister Savior Kasukuwere said the authorities would clamp down on priests raising alarm.

 

“These prophets are becoming reckless and careless, they need to be put on a leash,” he said.

 

Last year, another pastor, Evan Mawarire, launched a protest movement against Mr. Mugabe on social media.

 

Mr. Mugadza’s arrest came as the ruling party prepares to throw a huge party to celebrate Mugabe’s 93rd birthday on February 21.

 

The pastor is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

Robert Mugabe’s wife loses $1.3m to fraudsters

Suspected fraudsters have duped Grace Mugabe, wife of the president of Zimbabwe, $1.3 million in a diamond ring deal.

According to Africa Review, last year, Zimbabwe’s first lady said she ordered a diamond ring for her 20th wedding anniversary.

She made the admission in an affidavit filed at the high court in Harare, capital of Zimbabwe, where she is challenging an order for her to return houses she allegedly seized from Jamal Ahmed after the diamond ring deal went sour last December.

In April, Mugabe, often mocked in Zimbabwe for her penchant for expensive tastes, said she was linked to Ahmed by Zaine, the businessman’s wife, during a visit to Dubai.

She said she subsequently tasked the businessman to get her a 10, 07 carat diamond that would have been used to manufacture the ring for her 20th wedding anniversary with the soon to be 93 year-old ruler.

Mugabe transferred $1.3 million to Ahmed’s account but he allegedly failed to deliver the diamond or the ring in time for the anniversary on August 17 last year.

Mugabe’s wife said she demanded her money back after it became clear that she had been duped.

The businessman took the First Lady court in December, accusing her of seizing his property in Harare and threatening to harm him.

However, Mugabe denied seizing the property saying Ahmed was being investigated by the police for his alleged international crimes. She said she was only trying to recover her money.

“This was hard earned money saved over the years for this 20th anniversary. I cannot keep quiet,” she said.

“It’s a lot of sacrifice that my husband made from (our) farming and dairy business.”

She claimed that the businessman had promised to pay back the money and was surprised when he turned to the courts.

“The truth is that he spent the money,” she said in the court papers. “If he were honest, he should have refunded money rather than demonise me and my family.”

Mugabe said Ahmed had already paid back $120,000.

Mugabe Appeals For Calm Amid Economic Crisis

  • Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has appealed for calm as his government battles to contain a debilitating economic crisis.

The 92-year-old president appeared frail but jovial, struggling with his lines a bit as he delivered a 30-minute State of the Nation address on Tuesday.

He praised the country’s security forces for maintaining order, although critics accuse them of using violence to stifle dissent.

This once prosperous but now economically struggling southern African country is battling cash shortages, high unemployment and company closures.

A new local currency, introduced last week, has failed to end cash shortages, with many people still sleeping outside banks to access their money. The cash crunch has meant that Mugabe’s government has failed to pay its workers on time since June.

Mugabe did not mention these issues in his speech, resulting in murmurs of protest from opposition members of parliament.

He chuckled when one opposition representative asked him to make sure he was reading the correct speech. This followed last year’s embarrassing incident when for his State of the Nation speech Mugabe read the same speech he had delivered just a few weeks before.

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It is time for Mugabe to step down – Malema

Although the EFF loves Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, it’s time for the long-serving president to go, its leader Julius Malema says.

“We love Robert Mugabe for who he is, although we accept it’s time for him to step down,” Malema told crowds gathered in Soweto on Wednesday.

The EFF held a memorial service in honour of Cuban leader Fidel Castro who died on Friday at the age of 90.

The red berets’ commander-in-chief said he would constantly raise the Cuban issue as they believed the suppression of people on the island state by outside forces was unjust.

The United States imposed a financial, economic and commercial embargo on Cuba in 1962.

This was due to fear that the region would become a Soviet Union base and that Cuba would try to spread communism throughout the region.

The two countries last year reopened embassies in each others’ capitals. Americans can also now travel more freely to Cuba and bring back limited amounts of consumer goods such as cigars and rum.

‘Friends tell each other the truth’

“Like [Nelson] Mandela, like [Mangaliso Robert] Sobukwe, like [Chris] Hani. Castro to us was like [Steve] Biko, like Winnie Mandela. Castro to us is like Robert Mugabe,” said Malema.

When people are friends they tell each other the truth, he added.

Malema said Mugabe had to step aside in order to save the Zimbabwean revolution.

“Like Castro did, handing over power to his brother, President Mugabe must do the same.”

Zimbabwe needs a new progressive leader who will continue the legacy of Mugabe.

“We are not ashamed of Robert Mugabe’s legacy. The legacy of taking the land,” said Malema.

He said the land repossessed by Mugabe’s government from white farmers in Zimbabwe belonged to the people of Zimbabwe, “in the same way the land belongs to the indigenous people of South Africa”.

EFF leader to attend funeral

“We are inspired by Fidel Castro, we are inspired by anyone who can say to imperialism ‘go [away], this will not happen in my country’.”

He saluted President Evo Morales of Bolivia who he said had banned the “Rothschild bank” and McDonald’s from the country.

“How can McDonald’s be a human right? Unhealthy food like Coke?” he asked.

Malema said his party commended all those who were not afraid of white people.

“So if you are sitting there and you are not scared of a white man, we salute you.”

The EFF leader will travel to Cuba to join the nation as it bids farewell to its “El comandante”.

Castro’s funeral is set to take place on Sunday.

Why should I die if the Lord hasn’t called me? – Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly accused some senior Zanu-PF officials of wishing him dead, adding that some are even trying to “bewitch” him so that they can take over his position.

According to The Standard, Mugabe said this while addressing war collaborators, ex-detainees and restrictees, widows of war veterans and non-combat cadres at the City Sports Centre in Harare over the weekend.

“I know that there are those sitting down and discussing my succession…They are unhappy that I am not dying, saying to themselves but why is he not dying. Why should I die, if the Lord has not called me?,” Mugabe was quoted as saying.

The veteran leader accused his rivals within the ruling party of trying to “bewitch him so that they could take over”, a BBC report said.

‘We are in a critical time’

The report said that infighting within Zanu-PF party factions to succeed Mugabe, 92, had intensified as he appeared “increasingly frail”.

Reports on Monday said the nonagenarian had, at the same ever, indicated on his retirement, while admitting that the country’s economy was crumbling.

Mugabe said that if he were to retire, he would do so “properly”.

It was, however, not clear what he meant by “properly”.

He said that he had used his time in office to “fend off the West’s spirited machinations to destroy Zanu-PF and the ideals it stands for”.

Mugabe said he believed he had now “defeated… the British and Americans…”, adding that he understood that times were difficult in Zimbabwe, a report by eNCA said.

“We are in a critical time… for regime change,” Mugabe was quoted as saying.

Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Announces Retirement

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe , has finally announced his retirement. The Zimbabwean president has always maintained that he would die in office.

Speaking to a group of war veterans at the weekend, Mugabe admitted that the country’s economy is crumbling and said he would retire.

The Southern African country’s currency is in poor shape and banks running out of cash, the country is also feeling the pinch of a crippling drought.

However, the ruling party, ZanuPF said Mugabe will still be contesting in the country’s next election in 2018 and if he is re-elected, he will only retire in 2023, when he turns 99.

He told “war collaborators” that he believes he had now “defeated the British and Americans and that he understood times were difficult in Zimbabwe.

Mugabe had dismissed demands by once stalwart war veteran supporters to quit, saying he was in power by popular vote and accusing critics of plotting his ouster with longtime Western opponents.

The 92-year-old Mugabe, the only President Zimbabwe has had in 36 years of independence, was addressing thousands of Zimbabweans who rallied to support him, a few days after veterans called him a corrupt dictator.

“As long as the party says continue, I continue…If I still have the energy, I still have the life, the blessings of God, I will continue,” Mugabe said in a 50-minute address.

“There was a time, some years ago, when Zimbabwe seemed important, that it could be a powerhouse in the region, but that moment has long gone, and now it is hard to find anyone who can forecast how it can repay its debts even with a new leadership, let alone attract foreign investment,” said a Harare-based financial analyst.

Mugabe also acknowledged that there were factions within ZanuPF but that they would come together ahead of the next elections.

Veteran Zimbabwe political analyst Brian Raftopoulos says chances that the fractured opposition could win the next elections are “bleak.”

I’ll retire ‘properly’ – Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 91, has, for the first time, hinted on his retirement, while also admitting that the country’s economy is crumbling, reports said on Monday.

 

According to the State-owned Sunday Mail newspaper, the nonagenarian said that he had used his time in office to “fend off the West’s spirited machinations to destroy Zanu-PF and the ideals the party stands for”.

 

Mugabe said that if he were to retire, he would do so “properly”.

 

It was however, not clear what he meant by “properly”.

 

Mugabe said this during a meeting with war collaborators in Harare over the weekend.

 

The veteran leader said he believed he had now “defeated… the British and Americans…”, adding that he understood times were difficult in Zimbabwe, a report by eNCA said.

 

“We are in a critical time… for regime change”, Mugabe was quoted as saying.

 

Meanwhile, the state broadcaster, ZBC, reported on Monday that several Zanu-PF provinces had endorsed Mugabe as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2018 elections.

 

Mashonaland West, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West and Matabeleland South provinces “all passed a confidence vote to Mugabe’s leadership”, the report said.

 

If Mugabe is re-elected, he will only retire in 2023, when he turns 99.

Zimbabwe student fined $50 for demanding Jobs from Mugabe.

A Zimbabwean student who demanded jobs from President Robert Mugabe during a graduation ceremony last week at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) has been sentenced to two weeks behind bars or pay a $50 fine.

According to New Zimbabwe .com, student activist Advance Musoki pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal nuisance in contravention of section 46 of the criminal law.

Musoki appeared at the Bulawayo magistrates court on Tuesday.

Musoki was arrested last Friday at NUST in Bulawayo for “raising a placard as students fight for their future, with bleak employment opportunities”.

Pleading for lenience, Musoki’s lawyer Mehluli Dube from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said that his client was unemployed and had no savings in his bank account.

“Your worship, the offender is unemployed and has no savings in the bank. He did not waste the courts time in denying the charge,” Dube was quoted as saying.

Discontent is rising in Zimbabwe amid cash shortages, massive unemployment and the Mugabe government’s resolute refusal to back down on bond notes, a surrogate currency that many fear will bring back the hyperinflation and shortages last seen in the pre-2008 crisis.

In September, another student Tonderai Dombo was arrested at a graduation ceremony at the main University of Zimbabwe in Harare for holding up a placard demanding jobs.

He was later released – but then summoned to a disciplinary hearing by the university.

We are happy you are still in one piece – Mugabe tells Zuma.

A clearly-shaky President Robert Mugabe has told President Jacob Zuma: “We are happy you are still in one piece in spite of what the papers are writing every day.”

Speaking at the opening of a Bi-National Commission in Harare on Thursday, the 92-year old leader told his South African counterpart: “Comrade president, we need each other even more now than before.”

Both leaders are facing growing calls for them to step down, Mugabe from #ThisFlag protesters and Zuma in the wake of the #StateCaptureReport.

Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, said Zimbabwe and South Africa “face renewed assaults on our independence and sovereignty”.

The Zimbabwe president spoke in a much weaker voice than normal and hesitated at times during his speech. There have been concerns over his health for a long time.

Following a couple of embarrassing stumbles in public in recent months, cameras from the state broadcaster resolutely refuse to focus on the nonagenarian as he walks to a podium to give a speech. Thursday was no different, with the cameras fixed on the seated audience.

Mugabe uses special powers to introduce unpopular new bank notes.

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe has used his presidential powers to push through shock regulations declaring bond notes legal tender in an apparent bid to block court challenges to the controversial new banknotes.

Analysts immediately said the move was unconstitutional.

Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said in a statement: “It has been decided that the legality of bond notes as legal tender in Zimbabwe should be put beyond any measure of doubt.”

“It is to this effect that the president has today gazetted statutory instrument 133 of 2016 Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Amendment of Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act in issue of bond notes regulations 2016.

“The measures that have been gazetted under presidential powers regulations will fortify and underpin the existing legal framework for the issuance of bond notes,” said the statement.

The bond notes are officially being introduced to promote exports, but likely too to plug chronic shortages of US dollars.

Stop terrorising Zimbabweans or we’ll impeach you – Church leaders tell Mugabe

He’s not as well-known as protest pastor Evan Mawarire. But this Zimbabwe church leader’s brave plea to President Robert Mugabe to stop terrorising protesters or face impeachment may attract the attention of the authorities.

Already questioned by police and arrested at least once during the past few months, Bishop Ancelimo Magaya is one of five Zimbabwe church men who this weekend penned an open letter to the 92-year-old Mugabe asking him to “stop unleashing terror on citizens for expressing genuine grievances.”

Mugabe’s government has attempted to stamp out a growing wave of on-and now off-line protests that began in April with frustrated social media posts by #ThisFlag pastor Mawarire. He is now in exile.

But activists and now church leaders have taken up Mawarire’s baton, finding ways round a police ban on demonstrations in central Harare and most recently, an attempt to limit the use of the national flag as a symbol of opposition to Mugabe.

Magaya (not to be confused with the more famous Zimbabwe “prophet” Walter Magaya) and the heads of four other smaller Christian groups including the Zimbabwe Christian Alliance and the Zimbabwe Pastors’ Fellowship said they were “disturbed by the increasingly restive populace and the brutal show of force by state machinery.”

Mugabe’s heartlessness

They said they wanted Mugabe to admit the country was heading for “total collapse” and be willing to engage in talks. “If you fail to address these issues by September 28, we will be forced to exercise our democratic right to petition parliament to impeach you,” their statement reads.

Magaya, who heads the Divine Destiny Network and has spoken out against Mugabe’s “heartlessness” before, was reportedly arrested last month as he tried to take part in an anti-government demonstration in Harare.

In January he was questioned by police over his attempts to make churches and opposition parties speak with one voice on injustice.

The statement does not have the backing of bigger Christian groups in Zimbabwe like the Apostolic sects and the prosperity gospel churches of popular prophets like Emmanuel Makandiwa.

Commenting on the statement on website NewZimbabwe.com, one reader described Magaya and his colleagues as “useless clowns”.

Zimbabwe’s police force shows no sign of toning down its often-harsh clampdown on protesters despite an outcry over recently-circulated pictures of the lacerated buttocks of two female protesters who were allegedly beaten by police.

National police chief Augustine Chihuri was quoted by the privately-owned Newsday on Monday as saying that criminals would never “thank the police for thwarting their criminal intents”.

“It would be analogous to a rat thanking the cat for patrolling its home,” Chihuri said.

Khama should ‘go hang’ for telling Mugabe to step down – Minister

Ian Khama’s call for President Robert Mugabe to step down hasn’t gone down too well with the Zimbabwe government: the Botswana president should just “go hang” Mugabe’s former spin-doctor says.

Or he should concentrate on Botswana’s desert, Jonathan Moyo says witheringly in an article for a private weekly in Zimbabwe.

Khama’s call on his ageing neighbour to step down after 36 years in power was greeted thankfully by many Zimbabweans on social media, where the current wave of protests against the 92-year-old leader started five months ago.

“They [Zimbabweans] have got plenty of good people there who have got good leadership qualities who could take over,” Khama was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

Strained relations

The pro-Mugabe Herald said in an editorial on Friday that it hoped Khama had been “misquoted”.Khama should ‘go hang’ for telling Mugabe to step down – Minister

Jonathan Moyo, who is now higher education minister, went much further, calling Khama “an overgrown delinquent juvenile” in an opinion editorial in the Zimbabwe Independent.

“Let Khama mind the desert that is Botswana’s business while we mind our own challenges,” Moyo said.

This is not the first time Khama has called out Mugabe: the two have had strained relations for years. But among SADC leaders, the Botswana leader and the late Zambian leader Levy Mwanawasa have been in the last few years the only loud critics of their Zimbabwean counterpart.

Piers Pigou of the International Crisis Group tweeted Friday: “Mugabe should have gone years ago! Khama likely to remain a lone voice on this issue.”

Zimbabwen Sculptor Denies Mocking Mugabe

A famous Zimbabwean sculptor has insisted his statue of Robert Mugabe was not intended to mock the president.

It was widely criticised on social media as a caricature after it was unveiled at his official residence State House on Friday.

Dominic Benhura told the state-run Herald newspaper that “honestly, no-one would abuse such an opportunity”.

Mr Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, has vowed to crack down on protests against his rule.

Tweeters questioned the sculptors motives, with some suggesting it was a reaction to being forced to make the statue.

The sculptor Mr Benhura, who has exhibited his work across the world, denied he was making fun of the president and said that people don’t understand his art.

“That sculpture was never meant to look exactly as the president’s image. I do not do exact figures.”

“This is the style I have mastered. My collectors can identify my pieces when they see them anywhere in the world because I chose to be different and that is my signature.”

Mr Mugabe also praised the statue.

He was quoted in the Herald as saying that he was so grateful that the statue stimulated “a kind of wonder, a kind of love, a kind of appreciation and satisfaction”.

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Robert Mugabe Orders The Arrest Of Zimbabwean Olympic Team For Not Winning Any Medal

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe has instructed the Commissioner General of Zimbabwe Police Republic, Augustine Chihuri to arrest and detain the whole Zimbabwean Olympic Team members immediately the arrive at the Harare International Airport on Tuesday, August 23.

Zimbabwe which is one of the countries in the Olympics without a medal presented a team of 31 athletes. The closest any of the athletes came to win a contest was at the 8th position.

Mr. Mugabe who is incensed with the team’s performance told the Police Chief to arrest all the team members and detain them. “We have wasted the country’s money on these rats we call athletes. If you are not ready to sacrifice and win even copper or brass medals (referring the 4th and 5th positions) as our neighbors Botswana did, then why do you go to waste our money” he said

 

We have wasted money – Mugabe orders the arrest of Zimbabwean Olympic Team for not winning a Medal

Protests Don’t Pay, Mugabe Warns Citizens

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Monday warned that protests against his rule “don’t pay”, after a string of public strikes across the country were quelled by police.

“Things like protests don’t pay because usually they end up being violent protests,” Mugabe said while addressing hundreds gathered to commemorate Heroes Day in the capital Harare.

The day is marked to remember fallen heroes of the liberation war of the 1970s.

“What does it help to go in the streets with the intention to show that you are able to throw stones? To throw stones, to hit the police with stones — we do not want that.”

The 92-year-old leader’s comments come after a series of street protests erupted in past weeks, sparked by Zimbabwe’s faltering economy.

Last week riot police used tear gas and water cannons to break up a protest by several hundred demonstrators in the capital.

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92-Year-Old Zimbabwean President, Mugabe Refuses To Relinquish Power, Says Until He Dies

he 92-year-old Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, on Thursday in Harare maintained that even though is party would choose a successor, he planned to contest the next election in 2018.
Mugabe, who would be 94 by 2018, insisted that he would still seek his last five-year term under a new constitution that would see him through to 99 years old.

The 92-year-old Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, on Thursday in Harare maintained that even though is party would choose a successor, he planned to contest the next election in 2018.

He said with reference to the UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon statement calling on African leaders not to
cling to power, Mugabe responded that he would continue “until God says ‘come’’.

Mugabe, who turned 92 on Sunday, said he had no intention of stepping down in spite being Africa’s oldest leader and the only president Zimbabwe has known since independence in 1980.

He said as the president he still remained in charge of day-to-day running of his government.
Grace, his wife, a powerful figure in ZANU-PF in her own right, told party supporters that he was the only one who could keep Zimbabwe “intact and peaceful”.

She added that she would push him in a wheelbarrow to work if he was unable to walk.
Eldred Masunungure, a political science lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, noted that from analysing the political situation, his political speeches, his political actions, it is increasingly becoming clear that he is gunning to be there for as long as he lives.

He said in spite his old age, Mugabe remained the glue holding together his fractious ZANU-PF, which dominates the political scene.
Masunungure said the president enjoyed support from the military, an institution that has been a major pillar of his long rule.
Meanwhile, many Zimbabweans followed his health with keen interest, especially after assertions by Wikileaks that he might have prostate cancer, which he denied.

They said with Mugabe having ruled for 36 years, some people fear the government could be paralysed and the country riven by instability, should he die without resolving the succession issue.

Zimbabweans recalled that in 2015 he read out the wrong speech in parliament, which the opposition seized upon to question whether he was still of sound mind, though the president’s spokesman blamed his aides.
They noted that his life presidency aspirations could frustrate the feuding big-hitters of his ruling ZANU-PF party, who have been trying for years to position themselves for a post-Mugabe political era.

Critics blame Mugabe for many of the problems facing the country.
They said his policies, including the seizures and redistribution of white-owned commercial farms, drove one of Africa’s most promising economies into nearly a decade of deep recession until 2008 that cut its output almost in half.

Source: Vanguard

White Zimbabwean family driven off their land to make way for black doctor

A family of white Zimbabwean farmers have been evicted from their land after it was handed over to a British doctor who runs a weightloss clinic in Nottingham.

The Rankin family, who have farmed tobacco in Zimbabwe for decades, were handcuffed by police and dragged off their land so it could be claimed by Sylvester Nyatsuro..Mailonline reports.

Dr Nyatsuro, 45, is originally from the African country but has lived in Britain for at least 15 years,
and is now in charge of his own GP practice.
He and his wife Veronica were allocated the Rankins’ farm under Robert Mugabe’s controversial land seizure laws which allow the state to take the property of white people and hand it over to ‘indigenous’ black Africans.

Dr Nyatsuro, who is linked to the Mugabes, apparently turned up at Kingston Deverill in September with a government document saying that he was now the rightful owner of the land.

The Rankins refused to leave without being compensated for their property, having recently planted a £300,000 tobacco crop, but two dozen settlers moved into an empty cottage nearby and a warrant was issued for Phillip’s arrest.

In the early hours of Friday morning, 20 police officers dug under the fence surrounding the family’s home and knocked on the door before carting away most of their belongings.

They then handcuffed Mr Rankin and took him to a police station before later releasing him to stay with relatives.

His son Barry, speaking from his new home in the capital Harare, today described how the family thought they had ‘survived’ after they held onto their land in the initial wave of confiscations by the Mugabe regime.

The 33-year-old father of three hit out against the eviction, saying it ‘doesn’t make sense’ that a wealthy professional who lives in the West should be given property by the government.

‘As a family we are absolutely gutted,’ Mr Rankin told MailOnline. ‘We have been turfed off of our land and there’s nothing we can do about it. We are devastated.

‘It was our business – but more important than that, it was our home. We have never owned anything other than the farm and that’s gone in one weekend.My parents have been working on the farm for 35 years. I grew up there. Those years have not all been hunky dory, we have had our ups and downs like any family, but we thought the farm would always be there.

‘We have had 16 years of land acquisition in Zimbabwe and we thought we’d survived – we didn’t see this coming. We thought we had ridden our way through it, we thought we would be alright.’I don’t know what we are going to do. I can’t even think beyond tonight.’

 Slamming the decision to give his land to Dr Nyatsuro, he added:

 ‘It doesn’t make sense to me, how a doctor who lives in the UK can come and take our land.’Land requisition was supposed to be for the landless, for the people who didn’t have anything. I thought it was for the people of Zimbawe with nothing, not for wealthy British doctors who do not live here.’But what do I know? I don’t know the law, I’m just a simple farmer. My parents have farmed tobacco over four decades, it is all we ever knew.

‘It is every family’s dream to pass on their property onto their children. My parents were going to give it to me, and I was going to pass it on to my children and their children after that.’

Zimbabwe’s First Lady To Get Wheelchair For Mugabe To Continue Governing

Zimbabwe’s first lady says she plans to get a “special” wheelchair for her 91-year-old husband so can continue to rule.

Speaking at a political rally on Saturday, Grace Mugabe told supporters that she would get a wheelchair for her husband, President Robert Mugabe, to use.

In the televised speech, Mugabe, 50, vowed to push the wheelchair herself, taking a swipe at critics who say her husband is too old to govern.

Mugabe told supporters she would ensure her husband remains in power as long as he can still speak.

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“I Don’t Plan To Succeed My Husband As President” – Robert Mugabe’s Wife

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s wife Thursday denied harbouring ambitions to succeed her husband, pledging instead to support the 91-year-old’s next presidential bid.

“I am standing here as the wife of the president as well as the person you chose to lead the women’s league. It ends there,” she told ruling party supporters at a rally in the capital.

“I do not need any other position.”

Grace Mugabe, 50, said her focus is on leading the ZANU-PF women’s wing and that she would support Mugabe when he seeks re-election, even if he is wheelchair-bound by then.

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“Some have laughed at me saying Mugabe’s wife must be mad. I said we will put Mr Mugabe in a wheelchair and go for elections,” she told a crowd of about 5,000 supporters.

Zimbabwe’s next presidential election will be held in 2018.

Mugabe is Africa’s oldest leader, and has been in power since independence in 1980.

Speculation is rife over his health with doubts as to whether he would be fit enough to campaign for re-election.

Grace has become increasingly powerful since her elevation last year to lead the ZANU-PF women’s wing.

Late last year she led a campaign to expel former vice-president Joice Mujuru who had been seen as Mugabe’s heir.

Many saw her as aiming to succeed Mugabe when she went on a series of rallies, and in one of her speeches said she had the right like any Zimbabwean to contest for any political position.

She bemoaned factionalism within ZANU-PF, saying it threatened to tear the party apart.

“Stop factionalism because factionalism is dividing the party.”

“You can only silence me by shooting me and killing me, you are not going to silence me. I am not going to be gagged, I am not going to be intimidated,” she said.

ZANU-PF has been riven by factionalism over Mugabe’s succession for years, with the veteran ruler avoiding naming a successor.

Dangote Meets Mugabe On Investment Approval

Alhaji Aliko Dangote has met with the Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on the need to speed up the necessary approval for his investment in power, mining and cement industries in the southern African country.

Dangote who paid a courtesy call on President Mugabe reminded the President at his state House yesterday that he was awaiting the relevant approvals to set up the group’s investments.

He said, “We have already decided on multimillion investments in Zimbabwe in three sectors which are power, cement and coal mining. As soon as we get permits, we will hit the ground running.”

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Mugabe Booed In Parliament Over Economic Crisis

Zimbabwe’s veteran President Robert Mugabe was booed and heckled by opposition lawmakers over the deteriorating economy as he gave his state of the nation address to parliament.

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) lawmakers questioned his economic policies, jeering as the 91-year-old delivered a policy speech which lasted less than half an hour.

He spoke as the UN confirmed earlier estimates that around 1.5 million Zimbabweans or 16 percent of the country’s population will face hunger later this year and need food aid.

When Mugabe — who has been in power since Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain in 1980 — outlined his government’s plan to improve the economy, one lawmaker yelled at him to admit that “you can’t do much about it”.

Mugabe presented a 10-point plan which included boosting agricultural growth, encouraging private sector investment and fighting graft.

“What about job creation?” one opposition member shouted while another accused Mugabe’s government of “corruption”.

Another parliamentarian shouted “if wishes were horses” while his other opposition legislator screamed “you have utterly failed”.

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Mugabe Rages Against Killing Of Cecil The Lion

President Robert Mugabe on Monday criticized the killing of Cecil the Lion, saying the animal was a key part of the country’s heritage.

“Our wildlife, all our animals, belong to us. They should not be shot with a gun or with an arrow,” Mugabe told thousands who gathered at a shrine on the outskirts of the capital Harare to commemorate Heroes’ Day.

“Even Cecil the lion is yours. He is dead. He was yours to protect and he [was] there to protect you,” said the ageing president, who is often the target of condemnation over the country’s human rights record.

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“Even Satan Wasn’t Gay” – President Mugabe Allegedly Says

Following the legalization of gay marriage across America by the Supreme Court last week, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, who is known for his extreme anti-gay views has been making headlines. Earlier this week was a marriage proposal to president Obama and yesterday, he allegedly said what you see below during another interview;

“Even satan wasn’t Gay, he chose to approach naked Eve instead of naked Adam.” – President, Mugabe on homo sexuality.

Adeola Of Sahara TV Brings ‘Keeping It Real’ Web TV series To An End After President Mugabe Encounter

Adeola Fayehun of Sahara Reporters have been forced to bring her popular weekly show Keeping It Real, to an abrupt end after the backlash she received all over Africa after her encounter with Mugabe during the May 29th Presidential inauguration.

I confess, I will really miss her show even though I hated the way she attacked GEJ in some of her episodes, but It’s still a good show and I have learned a lot about what goes on in some African countries and the world in general.

Wishing her success in her next project. Watch her last episode Below

Telegraph UK Praises Sahara Reporter’s Journalist For Thrashing President Mugabe

Compared to the BBC’s John Simpson or CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Adeola Fayehun from Nigeria is not exactly a global name in the world of television reporting. This week, though, she made broadcasting history as she did something that all few African reporters have ever dared do: ask one their ageing dictators when the hell he is going to quit.

As this video from Ms Fayehun’s TV channel shows, the feisty reportress ambushed Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe during a visit to Nigeria last weekend, asking the 91-year-old: “Are you going to step down?”

To the fury of his assorted security goons, she then refused to go away as they tried to push past her, repeating the onslaught like an African Jeremy Paxman. “Mr president, don’t you think that it’s time
you step down sir, so you can rest? When will there be change in Zimbabwe, sir? Is there democracy in Zimbabwe?”

Footage of her grilling of Mr Mugabe has now become a viral hit on among internet users in Africa, for whom it’s all too rare to see a leader publicly challenged in such fashion.

Yet while it may seem like nothing more than a piece of entertaining televisual theatre, take it from me, this kind of buttonholing takes quite a bit of guts. Waylaying any head of state is a nerve wracking enough experience at the best of times, and when it’s someone like Mugabe, there is every chance of a roughing up if he doesn’t like the drift of the questions (remember the vicious beating that his bodyguards once gave to the gay rights activist Peter Tatchell).

Not only that, in many parts of Africa, reporters can also find themselves arrested if they pull stunts like the ones Ms Fayehun did, especially if their target is a visiting heads of state. It hopefully says much about press freedoms in Nigeria these days that the Nigerian police did not apparently see fit to intervene – and that they let reporters near Mr Mugabe in the first place.

Indeed, at the risk of perhaps reading too much into it, this little episode says much about the changing politics of Africa in the 21st century. On the one hand you have countries like Nigeria, which despite its many problems, has just completed yet another relatively peaceful election, where the outgoing president has handed power without a fuss to his successor, Muhammadu Buhari. And on the other, there are still Cold War era gerontocrats like Mugabe clinging to power in the likes of Zimbabwe.

Women Trust Mugabe More Than Men- Survey

About 63% of Zimbabweans say they trust long-time President Robert Mugabe, a new national survey showed on Wednesday.

In results likely to be feted by Mugabe’s government and greeted with some dismay by his critics, the survey showed that 70% of Zimbabweans living in rural areas say that they trust the 91-year-old leader “somewhat” or even “a lot” – despite the worsening economic situation.

The figure remains high at 50% in urban areas, which have traditionally been strongholds of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Significantly, opposition parties like the MDC currently enjoy much lower levels of trust. “Only a third of the population trusts them”, the findings say.

The survey was carried out by researchers Afrobarometer in partnership with Zimbabwe’s Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI), which correctly predicted that Mugabe would win the 2013 presidential polls.

Afrobarometer said 2 400 adults were polled last November. Women had slightly more trust in Mugabe than men, at 64% compared to 62%.

Lawyer Alex Magaisa said the results showed Mugabe had maintained his support base following the 2013 elections, which came after a four-year-long coalition government.

But he warned that those in Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party hoping to push him out of power in the next elections in 2018 would likely now be disappointed.

“This survey result will be used as confirmation that President Mugabe is still popular and remains the right man for the job,” Magaisa said in a blog post at newzimbabweconstitution.wordpress.com.

Magaisa is a former advisor to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who served as prime minister in the coalition. Once the hope of around half of Zimbabwe’s voting population, the MDC is seen by many as a shadow of its former self.

It has been weakened by splits, corruption allegations and, two and a half years ago, revelations about Tsvangirai’s messy private life.

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Mugabe Blasts West On Visit To S.A

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday launched a wide-ranging attack on Western colonization in Africa and recent intervention in the Arab world, as he made his first state visit to South Africa in 21 years.

 The veteran leader, 91, seized the opportunity of a televised press conference with President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria to lambast the United Nations Security Council, the United States and former colonial power Britain. “We want a political environment in which we are not interfered with by outsiders and we become masters of ourselves in Africa,” Mugabe told reporters. We don’t think we are getting a fair deal at the United Nations. The five countries there who are permanent members… control the entire system.”

Mugabe said the developing world should stand together against the US, France and Britain, who make up three of five permanent members of the UN security council.

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Nigerian Witch Doctors Planned To Kill Me- President Mugabe

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has alleged that his former Vice President and other top officials in his ruling Zanu-PF sought the services of Nigerian witch doctors in a bid to kill him.

According to the Africa Review, President Mugabe made the bizarre claims last weekend as he celebrated his 91st birthday at a lavish party hosted by the party’s communist-styled 21st February movement. The veteran ruler, in power since Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, claims he was ordained by God to rule forever, according to the report. He told party supporters at the celebrations that sacked Vice-President Joice Mujuru used two Nigerian witch doctors in her alleged plot to have him killed.

President Mugabe said Ms Mujuru was now too desperate to push him out of power even after he won an election in 2013. “We managed to know what (Ms) Mujuru was doing at her house, even consulting witchdoctors,” he claimed.

Recently she invited two Nigerian witchdoctors. We heard that they were specialists in the field of witchcraft. They were specialists, yes, but specialists in robbing people, foolish people.”

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Guards Suspended After Mugabe’s Fall

Up to 27 members of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s security team have reportedly been suspended after failing to help him as he fell at Harare’s main airport.

Sources told The Standard newspaper that the guards were handed their suspension letters on Friday, two days after Mugabe’s tumble, which resulted in a series of memes.

However, a spokesperson in the presidency denied the reports about the suspensions. An official told the newspaper Mugabe’s fall was a serious incident and many departments are being investigated.

The Zimbabwe government has tried to downplay the incident, insisting that Mugabe managed to break his fall and blaming the slip-up on a hump in the carpet, Sapa reported.

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#PhotoNews: President Mugabe Trips & Fall Off Podium

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 90, fell down steps from a podium after speaking to supporters upon his return from Ethiopia, say witnesses.

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Mugabe appeared to miss a step and toppled when he left the raised lectern at the airport Wednesday afternoon, according to several witnesses, who insisted on anonymity because of security concerns. His aides quickly helped him up and escorted him to his limousine which sped away, they said.

“He addressed supporters who welcomed him … He missed a step as he walked down from the podium and immediately fell down,” said a witness.

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Mugabe Fires More Cabinet Ministers

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has fired two cabinet ministers and five deputy ministers, the presidency announced late Sunday, in an apparent purge targeting allies of his former deputy Joice Mujuru. The move came after months of political upheaval in Zimbabwe over the succession to 90-year-old Mugabe when he dies or steps down.

Mugabe, who is currently holidaying in Asia, dismissed Flora Buka, minister of state for presidential affairs and Sylvester Nguni, minister of state in the office of the vice president, saying “their conduct and performance were below expected standards”, according to a presidency statement.

The two were seen as allies of former vice president Mujuru, who was dismissed two weeks ago along with seven cabinet ministers and a deputy minister.

Five deputy ministers — for health, justice, rural affairs, work and transport — were also dismissed on Sunday. Once seen as favourite to step into Mugabe’s shoes, Mujuru has since come under constant attack, notably from Mugabe’s increasingly powerful wife Grace.

Mujuru has been accused of plotting to assassinate the president, fomenting factional divisions in the ruling party, and of dodgy business dealings. Mujuru was replaced as vice president by Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, a long-time ally of Mugabe.

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Mugabes Wife In Power Tussle With Vice President

President Robert Mugabe’s increasingly powerful wife Grace has threatened Zimbabwe’s vice president with expulsion from the ruling party, throwing a fierce succession battle into the open.

But the first lady said she is not angling for Vice-President and one-time Mugabe heir apparent Joice Mujuru’s post although she used the war “war” in a rally.

“I told the President that if you don’t dump that faction leader we will dump her ourselves,” Grace Mugabe said on the campaign trail, referring to Mujuru.

Mujuru and powerful Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa — who in the past controlled the secret police and military — are seen as the leading contenders to replace 90-year-old Mugabe when he steps down or dies.

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