Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa drops hint military chief set for vice presidency

By Emelia Sithole-Matarise HARARE, Dec 19 : Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa gave his clearest signal yet on Tuesday that he would appoint as vice president the military leader who led the de facto coup that ousted former leader Robert Mugabe last month. At a ceremony marking Constantino Chiwenga’s retirement and handover of the military reins […]

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe flies to Singapore, first trip since ouster

By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE, Dec 12 : Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, his first foreign travel since the army forced him from office last month, a state security official said on Tuesday. The 93-year-old, who ruled the southern African nation for 37 years, resigned after the […]

Zimbabwean pastor found not guilty of subversion

By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE, Nov 29 : A Zimbabwean court found a pastor not guilty on Wednesday of attempting to subvert the government in a case seen as a barometer of judicial independence under new President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Evan Mawarire was a strident critic of former President Robert Mugabe who resigned last week after 37 […]

Zimbabwe cabinet pick to show if Mnangagwa is breaking with the past

By Emelia Sithole-Matarise HARARE, Nov 27 : – New Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to form a new cabinet this week, with all eyes on whether he breaks with the past and names a broad-based government or selects old guard figures from Robert Mugabe’s era. Of particular interest is his choice of finance minister […]

Mnangagwa the “Crocodile” to be sworn in as Zimbabwe’s president

By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE, Nov 24 : Emmerson Mnangagwa will cap a stunning political comeback when he is sworn in as Zimbabwe’s president on Friday, bringing the final curtain down on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe. Mugabe, 93, who had led Zimbabwe from independence in 1980, stepped down on Tuesday after the army seized […]

After Mugabe, African leaders wonder what next

By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI, Nov 22 : Hours after Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe was forced out after 37 years in power, Uganda’s president, another former guerrilla in office for more than three decades, was tweeting about pay rises for civil servants and bright prospects for his army tank crews. Supporters of long-serving African leaders dismiss parallels […]