This file photo taken on November 24, 2017 shows Zimbabwean new interim President Emmerson Mnangagwa receiving the chain and sash of office from the Chief judge of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Luke Malaba as he is officially sworn-in during a ceremony in Harare.<br />Mnangagwa unveils on December 1, 2017 his first cabinet, drawing criticism for recycling the old guard and rewarding cronies who helped propel him to power following a military takeover and mass street protests. / AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBAZimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday called for the removal of Western sanctions on his government during a speech to ruling party officials and said elections due in 2018 were nearer than “you expect”.Continue Reading
Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured that his safety will be protected in his home country under a deal that led to his resignation, sources close to the negotiations said on Thursday.Continue Reading
President Robert Mugabe: New ultimatum says he must resign by noon on MondayZimbabwe’s ruling party has given its 93-year-old leader, Robert Mugabe, less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment.This came after he was sacked as the leader of the party. His powerful wife, Grace was similarly dismissed.Mugabe, the only leader the southern African nation has known since independence from Britain in 1980, was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month in a move that triggered Tuesday’s intervention by the army.In scenes unthinkable just a week ago, the announcement was met by cheers from the 200 delegates packed into ZANU-PF’s Harare headquarters to seal the fate of Mugabe, whose support has crumbled in the four days since the army seized power.Power-drunk Mugabe was given until noon (1000 GMT) on Monday to resign or face impeachment, an ignominious end to the career of the “Grand Old Man” of African politics who was once feted across the continent as an anti-colonial liberation hero.Even in the West, he was renowned in his early years as the “Thinking Man’s Guerrilla”, an ironic nickname for a man who would later proudly declare he held a “degree in violence”.As the economy crumbled and political opposition to his rule grew in the late 1990s, Mugabe showed his true colours, seizing thousands of white-owned farms, detaining opponents and unleashing security forces to crush dissent.As the vote was announced, war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa, who has spearheaded an 18-month campaign to remove a man he openly described as a “dictator”, embraced colleagues and shouted: “The President is gone. Long live the new President.”Mugabe’s 52-year-old wife Grace, who had harboured ambitions of succeeding her husband, was also expelled from the party, along with at least three cabinet ministers who had formed the backbone of her ‘G40’ political faction.Speaking before the meeting, Mutsvangwa said Mugabe, who has so far resisted calls to quit, was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.“He’s trying to bargain for a dignified exit,” he stated.If Mugabe refused to go, “We will bring back the crowds and they will do their business,” Mutsvangwa told reporters.Mnangagwa, a former state security chief known as “The Crocodile,” is expected to head an interim post-Mugabe unity government that will focus on rebuilding ties with the outside world and stabilising an economy in freefall.On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Harare, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an outpouring of elation at Mugabe’s expected overthrow.Continue Reading
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President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party claimed a landslide victory on Thursday in Zimbabwe’s elections, but its rival, Prime Minster Morgan Tsvangira’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), stated.there had been “monumental fraud”.Wednesday’s voting was peaceful across the southern African nation, but the early conflicting claims from the two sides heralded an acrimonious dispute over the outcome and raised fears of a repeat of violence that marred a 2008 election.Releasing unofficial results early in Zimbabwe is illegal, and police have stated.they will arrest anybody who makes premature claims about the result. Election authorities were due to announce results within five days from Wednesday. But a senior source in Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party, who asked not to be named, stated.the outcome was already clear.”We’ve taken this election. We’ve buried the MDC. We never had any doubt that we were going to win,” the source stated.on Thursday.Riot police took up positions outside the party’s headquarters in central Harare and other key locations in the capital. MDC offices appeared to be almost deserted.An independent election monitor in Zimbabwe, who also could not be named for fear of arrest, stated.early results were looking like a “disaster” for Tsvangirai, who was making his third bid to unseat the 89-year-old Mugabe.Responding to the ZANU-PF claim, a high-ranking source in Tsvangirai’s MDC party described the election as “a monumental fraud”:
“Zimbabweans have been taken for a ride by ZANU-PF and Mugabe. We do not accept it,” the source, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.The MDC was to hold an emergency meeting later on Thursday.Several political sources stated.key MDC members had lost their seats. even in the capital, Tsvangirai’s main support base since he burst onto the political scene 15 years ago.