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Zimbabwe arrests couple for claiming Mnangagwa died of Covid-19

– – Authorities in Zimbabwe have arrested and detained a Zimbabwean couple reported to have sent a message on WhatsApp claiming that President Emmerson Mnangagwa had died from Covid-19. Devine Panashe Maregere (20) and wife Vongai Nomatter Chiminya (20) were arrested and detained as part of a crackdown by the government. The two were arraigned with the court denying them bail before remanding them in custody to March 5. According to prosecutors the couple from Beitbridge, a town on the border with South Africa, sent a message to WhatsApp groups…

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Zimbabwe’s President questions US democratic credentials after riots

– – Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has questioned the democratic credentials of the US following the violent protests which killed at least four people. The riots occurred after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol Building which is the seat of the legislature. They were acting on the advice of Mr Trump to scuttle a process to confirm the election of President-elect Joe Biden. Four people died in the attack with several others sustaining injuries. President Mnangagwa tweeted that the US “has no moral right to punish other nations under the…

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Zimbabwe: Renaming of streets after Mnangagwa sparks outrage

Zimbabwe has announced plans to rename some streets across the country after President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The said plan was approved by the country’s cabinet and forms part of proposed new names for streets and buildings. The Herald reports that the new names will affect “roads, places and Government buildings in Harare, Bulawayo and other towns across the country. It further reported that it is part of a “deliberate effort to foster unity, while reflecting on the country’s history and identity.” Other people to be honoured include Botswana’s former President Sir…

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Zimbabwe sacks hundreds of doctors over strike action

Zimbabwe has sacked over 200 out of the 1,601 of doctors who work in public health institutions. A third of its workforce of doctors who provide health care in public hospitals are currently facing the sack. The decision to sack these doctors is based on their refusal to call off their strike and return to work. Doctors have been on strike for months now demanding better working conditions. But the government continues to hold disciplinary hearings for the doctors who defied a Labour Court ruling to return to work. So…

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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa ally arrested over $3.7m corrupt deal

An ally of Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been arrested for criminal abuse of office. Officials of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) have confirmed the arrest Joram Gumbo who is a former Transport Minister. Spokesperson for the anti-corruption commission,  Commissioner John Makamure told the Herald Newspaper that “I can confirm he has been arrested. He is facing criminal abuse of office.” Gumbo is facing charges relating to the Zimbabwe Airways deal which resulted in the government losing millions of dollars. His action relating to the Zimbabwe Airways deal was carried out…

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Zimbabweans march to demand end to foreign sanctions

Zimbabweans led by their president, Emmerson Mnangagwa marched on Friday across major cities to demand an end to foreign sanctions. The government a few months ago launched a campaign to make unpopular what it considers foreign sanctions that have crippled the economy. Government officials including the President 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. For over two decades Zimbabwe has struggled to rebuild its economy and sanctions have been…

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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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