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Zimbabwe’s anti-sanctions campaign divides opinions

Zimbabwe’s government has launched a campaign to make unpopular what it considers foreign sanctions that have crippled the economy. Government officials and the ruling party, the Zanu-PF leaders have been projecting messages across all major media platforms including social media about the impact of these sanctions. They insist that sanctions particularly from the United States of America have made it impossible for any major progress to be achieved in growing and rebuilding the Zimbabwean economy. This has been the mantra under the late Robert Mugabe who attacked the West of…

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Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe’s economy is “dead”

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has described his country’s economy as “dead” as he promises to bring it back to life. On Tuesday Mnangagwa told the country’s parliament that Zimbabweans will have to be patient with him whiles he works hard to bring the economy back from the “dead”. Zimbabwe is facing serious economic challenges with surging inflation and lack of physical cash for business transactions. After taking over from the late Robert Mugabe in 2017, many had hoped for better economy and significant transformation. But it has been tough moments…

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Zimbabwe: Doctors on strike over the abduction of union leader

Doctors in Zimbabwe are on strike demanding the release of an abducted union leader. Peter Magombeyi who heads a doctor’s union disappeared on Saturday. His colleague doctors and other union officials fear that he could have been abducted by the security forces. Dr. Magombeyi has not been heard from since after sending a message on Saturday to his girlfriend saying he had been kidnapped by three men. Magombeyi reportedly organized a doctors’ strike demanding better working conditions. He had said the worsening economic conditions in Zimbabwe made it impossible for…

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Mugabe’s family fights government over funeral plans

The family of Robert Mugabe is fighting the government over ongoing arrangements for his funeral. The Mugabe family has expressed shocked at not being involved in the preparations for the funeral of the former Zimbabwean president. Mugabe’s body arrived back in Zimbabwe on Wednesday after dying last week in Singapore while undergoing a medical treatment. The funeral ceremony of Mugabe who died aged 95 will take place at a football stadium in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare on Saturday. Although the family and the government had initially disagreed on his burial place,…

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Zimbabwe to hold state funeral for Mugabe on Sept. 14

The Zimbabwean government has signaled plans to hold a state funeral for former president Robert Mugabe on Saturday September 14. Reuters reported that the government has sent out a memo to embassies on Sunday stating that the funeral will take place in the National Sports Stadium in Harare. The government also said a burial ceremony is planned for the day after the state funeral, but exactly where he would be buried is unclear. Some members of Mugabe’s family say he didn’t want to be buried at the National Heroes Acre…

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Robert Mugabe gets national hero status after death

Former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has been declared a “national hero” by his ruling Zanu-PF party. This declaration is coming following the death of Mr. Mugabe whose last days were in conflict with a party he helped founded. Mr Mugabe led Zimbabwe to independence and ruled until he resigned from power after a military coup in 2017. His party removed him as leader during the military takeover forcing him to resign as President. Mugabe was succeeded by current president and then deputy president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. “Zanu-PF, which the late…

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Zimbabwe: Workers union rejects pay offer from government

Zimbabwe’s main public sector union has rejected a pay offer from the government. The rejection of the offer on Saturday could compound the worsening economic situation in that country. The government now risks forcing the workers into embarking on strikes if it fails to reach a new agreement with them. The Union had said that the proposal from the government to boost salaries by 76 percent was not enough to meet workers demands. Zimbabwe’s government was offering to the lowest-paid worker a US$97 a month, up from the current US$55.…

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Zimbabwe: Police fire tear gas and beat protesters in Harare

Zimbabwe police on Friday fired tear gas and beat many opposition supporters who gathered in central Harare for a protest march. The government had banned an anti-government protest although the country’s high court upheld it. Protesters largely members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) defied the ban. In an attempt to prevent the protest from taking place, police officers clashed with protesters. Police had to fire tear gas and water cannon and in some instances chased protesters from one of the city’s main squares with batons. There were reinforcements…

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe hospitalized in Singapore

Former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has been hospitalized in a Singapore Hospital, local media reported. According to sources in Zimbabwe and those close to the former leader, he has been hospitalized since April this year. He is however reported to be in a stable condition and will remain at the hospital for a while on the advice of his physicians. This is the first time in months that details about Mugabe’s where about has been disclosed. Current President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a statement on Monday evening said “Former President and…

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