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Zimbabwe army warned Mugabe faced being ‘lynched’: aide

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | An aide to former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has revealed how generals warned him to step aside as protests against him grew, or face being “lynched” like Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi. Massive street protests against 93-year-old Mugabe erupted after the military briefly took power in November …

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Zimbabwe graft watchdog probes Grace Mugabe’s suspect PhD

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP |  Zimbabwean anti-corruption investigators said Monday they are probing whether former first lady Grace Mugabe fraudulently obtained a doctorate that she apparently received within months and the dissertation for which remains unpublished. Grace, whose apparent desire to succeed her 93-year-old husband prompted the army takeover that …

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Zimbabwe drops case against US journalist on Mugabe tweet

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | A Zimbabwean court on Thursday set aside a case against an American journalist who was charged with insulting then-president Robert Mugabe on Twitter. Martha O’Donovan was charged with subversion and undermining or insulting Mugabe in an alleged tweet in October that described the ageing leader …

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Zimbabwe unveils generous Mugabe retirement package

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP |  Zimbabwe’s ousted president Robert Mugabe will get a residence, a car fleet and private air travel as part of a new government-funded retirement package for former leaders, state media reported Thursday. Mugabe will also be entitled to at least 20 staffers including six personal security …

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Zimbabwe ex-army chief who helped oust Mugabe sworn in as VP

  Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwe’s former army commander who led a military takeover that helped end Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule was Thursday sworn in as one of the country’s two vice presidents. Dressed in a black suit, General Constantino Chiwenga, 61, took the oath of office in Harare, pledging …

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Zimbabwe ex-military chief named ruling party VP

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday named the former army chief who led a coup that ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, as one of his two deputies in the ruling party, his office said. Retired general Constantino Chiwenga was appointed “with immediate effect” as …

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Evicted Zimbabwe white farmer handed back his land

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | A white Zimbabwean farmer forced from his land as part of controversial mass evictions became this week the first to return to his property under a new government bid to reverse illegal land seizures. Robert Smart, 71, was thrown off his tobacco and corn farm …

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Zimbabwe leader woos fled nationals to return in S.Africa speech

Pretoria, South Africa | AFP | Zimbabwe’s new leader on Thursday appealed to millions of nationals who fled economic decline and political turmoil to return home and help rebuild the nation following the fall of Robert Mugabe. Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, took over from the long-time leader who resigned on November 21 …

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Zimbabwe army chief Chiwenga tipped for vice-presidency job

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwe on Monday announced the retirement of army chief Constantino Chiwenga, who led a coup that ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, in a move seen as paving way for his elevation to vice-presidency. “General Constantino Guvheya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga is set to retire, pending redeployment,” said …

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