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Zimbabwe will use fingerprint ID technology for its 2018 general elections

Zimbabwe’s government has announced that it has awarded and signed the contract for the supply of the fingerprint biometric identity solution with American company, Ipsidy. The de-duplication hardware and software solution to be supplied by Ipsidy will include an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (“AFIS”) which will be used in Zimbabwe’s upcoming 2018 general elections. Ipsidy was selected following an international tender ...

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Zimbabwe to hold elections in July – Mnangagwa

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe’s first presidential and parliamentary elections since the end of former strongman Robert Mugabe’s long rule will take place in July, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Saturday. The polls will be the first major test of the new leader, who took power in November after a de facto military coup forced the 94-year-old Mugabe to resign. They will also be ...

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Kenya allows opposition figures to fly to Zimbabwe

Kenyan officials have allowed two opposition supporters to fly to Zimbabwe after detaining them at an airport overnight. Senator James Orengo and financier Jimi Wanjigi planned to attend opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s burial. But officials said the pair failed to present a court order overturning an existing suspension of their passports. Both men support Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, who ...

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Zimbabweans mourn Morgan Tsvangirai

Zimbabwe’s president has called on all citizens to unite to mourn opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who died of colon cancer last week. A memorial service for Tsvangirai was held in a packed church in the capital Harare, while outside hundreds of supporters of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) gathered. Tsvangirai died in hospital in South Africa on 15 February ...

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Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai ‘critically ill’

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is critically ill in a South African hospital, reports say. Local media quoted family sources as saying the 65-year-old former prime minister – who is being treated for colon cancer – is suffering from weight loss, exhaustion and muscle thinning. During his political struggle against ex-President Robert Mugabe, he has been beaten and imprisoned ...

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Zimbabwe’s leader promotes ex-army chief

Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed as one of his deputies in the ruling party the leader of the military takeover that led to ex-president Robert Mugabe’s overthrow. Constantino Chiwenga recently retired as army chief, prompting speculation that he would receive a political post. The appointment is seen as a first step towards becoming vice-president. Mr Chiwenga retired this ...

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Zimbabwe court postpones former finance minister’s bail hearing again

A Zimbabwean court has postponed to Thursday the bail hearing of former finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who is facing charges of corruption dating back two decades. Chombo, who did not appear at the court on Wednesday, was detained after the military seized power in “Operation Restore Legacy” mid-November, which it said was meant to remove “criminals” around former President Robert ...

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Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa replaces ministers after outcry

Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has replaced two ministers, two days after announcing his cabinet. Critics said the original line-up showed Mr Mnangagwa had no plans to bring real change to the country despite hailing a “new democracy”. The education and labour ministers have now been replaced, ostensibly to comply with a constitutional provision. But military chiefs remain in charge ...

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Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa gives key cabinet jobs to military figures

Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa has named his cabinet, appointing senior military figures to high-profile positions. Mr Mnangagwa has made Sibusiso Moyo, the general who appeared on state TV after the recent military takeover, the new foreign minister. The head of Zimbabwe’s air force, Perence Shiri, was named the minister of agriculture and land affairs. Mr Mnangagwa was sworn in ...

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Zimbabwe officially declares Mugabe national holiday

Zimbabwe has officially declared 21 February to be Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day, thereby making the former president’s birthday a public holiday, the Herald newspaper reports. New President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to form a cabinet this week. Mr Mugabe resigned last week after a military intervention and days of mass protests. The police and army are to stage ...

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