Zimbabwe

United States | The United States Calls for Zimbabwe To End the Excessive Use of Force by Government Forces and Embrace National Dialogue

United States – The United States remains seriously concerned about the excessive use of force by Government of Zimbabwe security forces since January 14, which has resulted in at least 13 deaths, 600 victims of violence, torture or rape, and more than 1,000 arrests. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of those … Continue reading United States | The United States Calls for Zimbabwe To End the Excessive Use of Force by Government Forces and Embrace National Dialogue

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe in ‘total internet shutdown’ amid deadly crackdown

HARARE, Zimbabwe —Jan 18, 2019—Zimbabwe imposed a “total internet shutdown” for most of Friday in what critics called an attempt to hide growing reports of a violent crackdown on protests against a dramatic fuel price increase. Badly injured people streamed into a hospital in the capital, and rights groups said at least 12 people have … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe in ‘total internet shutdown’ amid deadly crackdown

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabweans protest ‘cocktail of lies’ amid economic decline

HARARE, Zimbabwe  — Zimbabweans are gathering for a nationwide protest over the country’s economic collapse and what the opposition calls the new government’s “cocktail of lies.” President Emmerson Mnangagwa‘s administration is under growing pressure one year after taking office following the removal of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. Tensions remain high after July’s disputed election that … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabweans protest ‘cocktail of lies’ amid economic decline

HARARE, Zimbabwe | More than 40 killed in bus accident in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe— Police in Zimbabwe say more than 40 people have been killed in a bus accident. Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba says at least 20 more were injured, some with severe burns, in the accident on Thursday night. Charamba says she does not have details about the cause of the accident. Photos posted on Twitter … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | More than 40 killed in bus accident in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Collision between 2 buses kills 50 in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe — A collision between two buses has killed 50 people in Zimbabwe, where road accidents are common due to poor roads and bad driving. Two long distance buses going opposite directions collided near Rusape, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) east of the capital Harare on Wednesday evening, said police spokesman Paul Nyathi. The … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Collision between 2 buses kills 50 in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s leader says he offers Trump land for golf course

HARARE, Zimbabwe— Zimbabwe’s leader says he is willing to offer land to President Donald Trump to build a golf course in a national park teeming with wildlife. President Emmerson Mnangagwa was speaking to a New York investors’ forum ahead of his first address to a United Nations annual gathering of world leaders this week. Mnangagwa … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s leader says he offers Trump land for golf course

HARARE, Zimbabwe | A subdued Zimbabwe inaugurates Mnangagwa again after vote

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe on Sunday inaugurated a president for the second time in nine months as a country recently jubilant over the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe is now largely subdued by renewed harassment of the opposition and a bitterly disputed election. The military-backed President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who again took the oath of … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | A subdued Zimbabwe inaugurates Mnangagwa again after vote

HARARE, Zimbabwe | The Latest: Zimbabwe president’s inauguration set for Sunday

HARARE, Zimbabwe— The Latest on Zimbabwe’s disputed presidential election (all times local): 6 p.m. A spokesman for Zimbabwe’s ruling party says the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be on Sunday after the constitutional court upheld his election win. Paul Mangwana says the daylong event at the National Sports Stadium in the capital, Harare, will … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | The Latest: Zimbabwe president’s inauguration set for Sunday

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe court unanimously upholds president’s election win

HARARE, Zimbabwe  — Zimbabwe’s constitutional court on Friday unanimously upheld President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s narrow victory in last month’s historic election after the opposition alleged vote-rigging, saying “sufficient and credible evidence” had not been produced. That means the inauguration will be held within 48 hours as Zimbabwe moves into a new era after Robert Mugabe’s 37-year … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe court unanimously upholds president’s election win

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe court to rule Friday on opposition’s vote challenge

HARARE, Zimbabwe  — Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court said it will rule on Friday after hearing the main opposition party’s challenge to the results of last month’s presidential election, the first without longtime leader Robert Mugabe on the ballot. Police barricaded streets in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday amid high tensions over the case which will decide … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe court to rule Friday on opposition’s vote challenge

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s opposition challenges election results in court

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s main opposition party on Friday was filing a legal challenge to the results of the country’s first election without Robert Mugabe on the ballot. Lawyers for the Movement for Democratic Change party arrived at court less than an hour before the deadline to submit papers alleging the July 30 vote was … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s opposition challenges election results in court

U.S. Department of State News: Recent Events in Zimbabwe

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State released the following statement: The United States government is gravely concerned by credible reports of numerous detentions, beatings, and other abuses of Zimbabweans over the past week, particularly targeting opposition activists.  There should be no role for violence, intimidation, or harassment in the new Zimbabwe. We are also deeply … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Recent Events in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe opposition leader charged after asylum bid fails

HARARE, Zimbabwe— Senior Zimbabwean opposition figure Tendai Biti on Thursday was charged with inciting public violence and declaring unofficial election results as fears grew about a government crackdown following the disputed July 30 election. The court appearance followed dramatic events in which Biti fled to Zambia, was denied asylum and was handed over to Zimbabwean … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe opposition leader charged after asylum bid fails

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe opposition leader detained after asylum bid fails

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Senior Zimbabwean opposition figure Tendai Biti was in police custody on Thursday after Zambia rejected his asylum bid and deported him, as fears grew about a government crackdown following Zimbabwe’s disputed election. “We will keep on fighting,” Biti said as he arrived at court in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe opposition leader detained after asylum bid fails

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwean opposition leader Biti held by police in Harare

HARARE, Zimbabwe— Senior Zimbabwean opposition figure Tendai Biti was in police custody on Thursday after Zambia rejected his asylum bid and deported him, as fears grew about a government crackdown following Zimbabwe’s disputed election. Biti was at Harare Central Police Station, where lawyers representing him were in discussion with police, said Roselyn Hanzi of Zimbabwe … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwean opposition leader Biti held by police in Harare

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwean opposition official Biti deported from Zambia

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Senior Zimbabwean opposition official Tendai Biti has been deported from Zambia in defiance of a court order after being refused asylum, his Zambian lawyer said Thursday, as fears grew about a government crackdown after Zimbabwe’s disputed election. Zambian border guards handed Biti to Zimbabwean authorities on Thursday morning despite the Zambian court … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwean opposition official Biti deported from Zambia

HARARE, Zimbabwe | The Latest: US Africa envoy ‘deeply troubled’ by Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe — The Latest on Zimbabwe’s disputed election (all times local): 1:15 a.m. The United States’ top diplomat for Africa says he is “deeply troubled by credible reports that opposition supporters are being targeted by members of the Zimbabwean security forces” and that senior opposition official Tendai Biti has fled the country. Tibor Nagy, … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | The Latest: US Africa envoy ‘deeply troubled’ by Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwean opposition readies legal challenge to election

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s main opposition party will make a statement on Tuesday about its plans to challenge the country’s election results in the courts, though it believes the judicial system is biased against it, a party spokesman said. Nkululeko Sibanda, an official in the Movement for Democratic Change party, also charged Monday that security … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwean opposition readies legal challenge to election

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Election violence in Zimbabwe didn’t faze tennis teens

HARARE, Zimbabwe  — As Zimbabwean soldiers opened fire on rioters, protesters and bystanders after a disputed election, teenagers in an International Tennis Federation tournament were playing each other on hard courts a few kilometers (miles) from the deadly violence. On Monday, junior tennis players from countries including South Africa, Egypt, Denmark, Thailand and the United … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Election violence in Zimbabwe didn’t faze tennis teens

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe opposition says soldiers search for its supporters

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s main opposition party says soldiers in the capital have been searching for opposition supporters to detain after the disputed election. There is no independent confirmation of the allegation. President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said he wants to work with the opposition to rebuild the country after decades of repression under his former … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe opposition says soldiers search for its supporters

U.S. Department of State News: Zimbabwe’s Elections

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: Zimbabwe’s July 30 elections presented the country with an historic chance to move beyond the political and economic crises of the past and toward profound democratic change.  The Zimbabwean people turned out massively to cast their votes, underscoring their aspirations for a better future, … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Zimbabwe’s Elections

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwean president talks unity; challenger alleges fraud

HARARE, Zimbabwe— The two news conferences embodied Zimbabwe’s bitter political divisions: Riot police unsuccessfully tried to scuttle an appearance in a hotel garden by the opposition leader who said the country’s election was a fraud, while the president spoke about a “flowering” of freedom and bipartisan unity from a red carpet in an elegant State … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwean president talks unity; challenger alleges fraud

HARARE, Zimbabwe | The Latest: Zimbabwe’s president welcomes court challenge

HARARE, Zimbabwe— The Latest on Zimbabwe’s election (all times local): 6 p.m. Zimbabwe president says people are free to approach the courts if they have issues with the results of Monday’s election, which he carried with just over 50 percent of the vote. President Emmerson Mnangagwa spoke to journalists shortly after opposition leader Nelson Chamisa … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | The Latest: Zimbabwe’s president welcomes court challenge

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa wins 1st post-Mugabe election

HARARE, Zimbabwe  — Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa won election Friday with just over 50 percent of the ballots as the ruling party maintained control of the government in the first vote since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa received 50.8 percent of the vote while main opposition challenger Nelson Chamisa received 44.3 percent. … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa wins 1st post-Mugabe election

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa takes lead in presidential election

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa took a strong lead in the presidential election late Thursday, with nine of the country’s 10 provinces declared. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission requested a break of one hour before announcing the final province, Mashonaland West, considered a stronghold of the ruling ZANU-PF party. Mnangagwa led with 2.1 million … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa takes lead in presidential election

HARARE, Zimbabwe | The Latest: Britain, US express concern over Zimbabwe chaos

HARARE, Zimbabwe — The Latest on Zimbabwe’s election (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Britain’s minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, says she is “deeply concerned” about the deadly violence in Zimbabwe’s capital and she calls on political leaders to ensure calm and restraint “at this critical moment.” Her statement on Twitter also urges British citizens in … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | The Latest: Britain, US express concern over Zimbabwe chaos