Tag Archives: Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe resigns

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has resigned, parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda says. The surprise announcement came as lawmakers debated an impeachment motion against the 93-year-old leader in a joint sitting of parliament. Lawmakers roared in jubilation and people have begun celebrating in the streets. Mr. Mugabe had previously refused to resign despite last week’s military takeover and days of protests. REUTERS: Celebrations ...

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Robert Mugabe vows to stay as president despite pressure

Zimbabwe’s embattled leader Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay in power for several weeks, despite intensifying pressure on him to stand down. In a live TV address, Mr Mugabe said he would preside over the ruling party’s congress in December. The Zanu-PF earlier sacked him as party leader, and gave him less than 24 hours to resign as president or ...

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Thousands celebrate ‘end of Mugabe era’ in Zimbabwe

Jubilant scenes are unfolding on the streets of Zimbabwean cities, as protests demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe have turned into a celebration of the army’s role in ending his grip on power. BBC correspondents say protesters in the capital, Harare, are hugging and cheering soldiers in the crowd. One demonstrator told the BBC the day was “about a ...

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Zimbabwe awaits next steps after military takeover

Zimbabweans are waiting to see what steps the military will take next after seizing control of the country. President Robert Mugabe is said to be confined to his home in Harare but unconfirmed reports says his wife Grace, who was bidding to succeed him as president, has fled to Namibia. The military’s action followed the sacking of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, ...

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Zimbabwe crisis: Army says it is ‘targeting criminals’, not Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s military has read out a statement after taking over the national broadcaster, ZBC, saying it has taken action to “target criminals”. However, it said this was not “a military takeover of government” and President Robert Mugabe was safe. Heavy gunfire and artillery were heard in northern suburbs of the capital, Harare, early on Wednesday. Zimbabwe’s envoy to South Africa, ...

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Zimbabwe military chief Chiwenga in Zanu-PF purge warning

Zimbabwe’s army chief has warned those responsible for “purging” the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party to stop, or the military will step in. The rare intervention comes just a week after President Robert Mugabe sacked his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa. General Constantino Chiwenga, who appeared at a news conference with another 90 senior army officers, did not refer to anyone by name. ...

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WHO cancels Robert Mugabe goodwill ambassador role

The World Health Organization has revoked the appointment of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following a widespread outcry. “I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns,” WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. He had previously praised Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health. But critics pointed out that Zimbabwe’s healthcare system had collapsed under ...

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Zimbabwe turns Mugabe’s birthday into a public holiday

Zimbabwe has declared President Robert Mugabe’s birthday on February 21 a national holiday, a state daily reported on Saturday, honouring the veteran politician in power since 1980 who opponents accuse of brutal repression and devastating the economy. The declaration of the Robert Mugabe National Youth Day came after lobbying by the ruling ZANU-PF party’s youth league. “In declaring this day, ...

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Mugabe, other leaders attend Ghana@60 parade

Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, is among the many African leaders who are in Accra to partake in Ghana’s 60th Independence Day anniversary parade. Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Ivory Coast’s Alhassane Outtara, are also expected at the event later today [6th March 2017]. The others include Vice President of Zambia, Inonge Wina; and Togo’s president, Faure Gnassingbé. Zimbabwe’s Presidential spokesperson ...

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Zimbabwean pastor arrested for prophesying Mugabe’s death

Police in Zimbabwe have arrested a church pastor for announcing a prophecy that President Robert Mugabe would die this year in October. Patrick Mugadza is facing charges of undermining the authority of the president for making the claim. Mugadza’s lawyer says his client doesn’t believe what he said was an offence. The pastor last week held a press conference, at ...

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