HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — With Zimbabwe's economy in shambles and political tensions rising, leaving the country seems the best option for many who are desperate for jobs. But those dreams often end...
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's government has promised to exhume and rebury the bodies of thousands of people killed during a 1980s military campaign aimed at crushing dissidents, state media...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on Cyclone Idai and the flooding damage to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi (all times local):
South Africa’s president endorses Zimbabwe leader
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — South Africa's president endorsed Zimbabwe's government Tuesday, ignoring reports of human right abuses by the military to crush persistent dissent in the neighboring...
Zimbabwe’s youngest lawmaker faces subversion charge
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's youngest lawmaker faces a subversion charge for allegedly asking constituents to support anti-government protests crushed by the military in...
Zimbabwe’s president skips 1st rally since deadly unrest
MT. DARWIN, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president has skipped his first political rally since last month's deadly military crackdown on protests so he could explain the unrest to fellow African leaders, a spokesman said Saturday.
Zimbabwe’s teachers unions to strike next week over pay
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's teachers unions say they will strike for better salaries starting on Tuesday after plans for a collective action by all civil servants failed.
The strike by some 100,000 teachers presents a fresh headache for President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose deployment of soldiers to crack down on protests over a dramatic fuel price hike has received global condemnation.
Zimbabwe pastor freed on bail says hundreds in jail need aid
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwe pastor and activist charged with subversion was released on bail after more than a week on Wednesday and said he needs a doctor — as do hundreds of people still in jail with wounds from beatings by security forces.
Evan Mawarire was freed after nightfall, one of more than 1,000 people arrested in a government crackdown on protests over the country's shattered economy. He faces 20 years in prison if convicted.
Zimbabwe leader angered by video of security forces’ abuse
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president Monday said he was "appalled" by a televised report showing abuses by security forces in a continuing crackdown.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, on his official Twitter account, said was unhappy at the video, broadcast by Sky News, showing security forces hitting a man who had been arrested. Mnangagwa said he "instructed that the individuals behind this be arrested."
Zimbabwe’s violent crackdown continues with reports of rapes
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A violent crackdown continued Friday in Zimbabwe as rights groups alleged that women had been raped during house-to-house searches, while the government criticized a report by its own rights commission that said security forces had used "systematic torture."
Zimbabwean music star Mtukudzi declared a national hero
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president on Thursday declared the late Oliver Mtukudzi, one Africa's most iconic musicians, a national hero — an award historically reserved only for the ruling party elite.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa spoke as the country facing bitter political divisions united in grief after the singer's death on Wednesday at age 66. The president, who visited Mtukudzi's home, has called the singer a patriot who has "given us comfort during difficult times."
Zimbabwe’s civil servants to strike on Friday over salaries
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe faces a new wave of unrest as the group representing government workers announced on Wednesday that roughly 500,000 civil servants across the country will go on strike after salary negotiations failed.
David Dzatsunga, secretary of the Civil Service Apex Council, said the strike will begin on Friday as the southern African nation's economic collapse deepens and frustration with President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government grows.
Zimbabwe leader: Violence by security forces ‘unacceptable’
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president on Tuesday said "unacceptable" violence by security forces will be investigated after a days-long crackdown on economic unrest, while a doctor said the 12 documented deaths and more than 300 people wounded are likely "are just a fraction of the actual victims."
The Latest: Zimbabwe troops assaulting people in capital
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's deadly unrest (all times local):
Witnesses say Zimbabwean soldiers are still roaming the streets of the capital and assaulting people, even after the president denounced violence by security forces as "unacceptable."
Soldiers in two army trucks appeared to be targeting street vendors as they cruised Harare's streets at nightfall.
Zimbabwe’s president returns amid economic crisis, crackdown
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived in Harare late Monday after cutting short his fund-raising trip in order to address the country's economic crisis and crackdown.
The Latest: Zimbabwe president returns to address crisis
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's ongoing protests and turmoil. (all times local):
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived in Harare late Monday after cutting short his fund-raising trip in order to address the country's economic crisis and crackdown.
Zimbabwe president to return home after deadly turmoil
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president announced on Sunday that he will return home and skip the World Economic Forum after a week of turmoil in which activists have said at least a dozen people have been killed in a government crackdown.
Zimbabwe in ‘total internet shutdown’ amid deadly crackdown
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe imposed a "total internet shutdown" for most of Friday in what critics called an attempt to hide growing reports of a violent crackdown on protests against a dramatic fuel price increase. Badly injured people streamed into a hospital in the capital, and rights groups said at least 12 people have been killed this week.
Zimbabwe police arrest 600 in harsh crackdown on protests
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police armed with AK-47 rifles detained a prominent activist and pastor on Wednesday, part of more than 600 arrests, in a harsh crackdown over protests against dramatic fuel price hikes in the economically shattered country. A doctors' group said it had treated more than 60 gunshot wounds in a "human rights crisis."
Zimbabwe’s president in Russia to meet Putin and seek loans
MOSCOW (AP) — The president of Zimbabwe, whose country is facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, is visiting Russia in hopes of securing long-term loans.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday amid turmoil in Zimbabwe caused by the severe economic downturn and protests against fuel hikes in which five people were killed. This is Zimbabwe's worst unrest since deadly post-election violence in August.
AP Explains: Why Zimbabwe’s military supports Mnangagwa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Zimbabwe's military deployed in several areas of the capital, Harare, Monday, to put down anti-government demonstrations against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government.
This is the second time that the military has been called in to put down protests since Mnangagwa came to power in late 2017. Both times the military opened fire and wounded civilian bystanders.
Zimbabwe president doubles price of gas as fuel crisis bites
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president has more than doubled the price of gasoline, hoping the increase will end severe shortages that are fueling public anger even as he departs on a foreign trip to Russia and other countries in search of investment.
AP PHOTOS: Happy holidays? Not in Zimbabwe’s economic crisis
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Christmas lights are up in Zimbabwe's capital but the mood is less than festive as the country grapples with an economic crisis that prevents many families from enjoying the holiday season.
Some people sleep in their cars in long lines for fuel because of a shortage of gasoline and diesel. Others get up before dawn to wait at banks to withdraw small amounts of cash.
Zimbabwe inquiry finds army, police killed 6 during protest
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean soldiers and police used "unjustified and disproportionate" force to kill 6 people during election protests in August, according to an official report released Tuesday.
The report was widely seen as a test of whether the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa would disown the kind of harsh action by security forces that was associated with the long rule of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe.
Zimbabwe’s ruling party OKs president as its 2023 candidate
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's ruling party on Saturday approved President Emmerson Mnangagwa as its candidate in 2023, just five months after a bitterly disputed election.
The ZANU-PF at its party conference passed a resolution making its preference for the 76-year-old Mnangagwa official. In a speech that didn't mention the endorsement, the president called on the party for unity, loyalty and discipline.
In Zimbabwe’s crisis, ‘we cannot talk of Christmas anymore’
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Dressed as Father Christmas, a man dozes off while sitting in a supermarket in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare. No one seems to care.
The holiday mood is not catching on in a country where a currency crisis has forced people to risk jail time to buy basics such as medicine and food. Many Zimbabweans navigate from one currency to another, often tapping the black market, while the government issues salaries in forms of payment it later refuses to accept.
Zimbabweans protest ‘cocktail of lies’ amid economic decline
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Thousands of exasperated Zimbabweans gathered Thursday in a nationwide protest over the country's economic collapse and what the opposition calls the new government's "cocktail of lies." Some cheered the protesters from kilometers-long lines at gas stations that still have fuel.
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe no longer able to walk, president says
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's 94-year-old former president Robert Mugabe is no longer able to walk as his health declines, his successor said Saturday.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa told ruling party supporters that Mugabe has been in a hospital in Singapore for the past two months.
"He can no longer walk but we will continue to take care of him," said Mnangagwa, who took over from his former mentor a year ago after Mugabe stepped down under military pressure.
Scuffle as opposition MPs removed from Zimbabwe’s parliament
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Police in Zimbabwe have forcibly removed some opposition members of parliament after they refused to stand up for President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Parliamentary speaker Jacob Mudenda on Thursday asked the opposition members to leave the chamber, accusing them of disrespect. When they refused, he called in the police and scuffles ensued.
Opposition MDC party spokesman Jacob Mafume says two female members of parliament were injured and taken to a hospital.
Passengers in Zimbabwe caught in bus fire; 40 killed
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Fire swept through a passenger bus in Zimbabwe, killing more than 40 people and injuring at least 20, some of whom suffered severe burns, authorities said Friday.
A photograph posted on Twitter by the Zimbabwe Red Cross shows the remains of the bus that was completely incinerated late Thursday. The Red Cross said its teams responded to a "horrific accident" involving a bus heading to neighboring South Africa at around midnight.
Zimbabwean generals deny troops shot and killed 6 protesters
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabweans have reacted with stunned disbelief to the testimony by two generals who denied troops killed six people in August when the military was called in to crush protests following the country's disputed elections.
The generals suggested that Zimbabwe's opposition was responsible for the killings.
Zimbabweans and opposition leaders on Tuesday expressed outrage at the denials and the lack of a serious investigation by police into the killings.
1 year after Mugabe fall, Zimbabwe asks ‘what has changed?’
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — One year ago the unthinkable happened in Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe fell from power.
Tanks rolled in the streets of the capital, Harare, on Nov. 14, 2017, and the military put Mugabe under house arrest, in reaction to Mugabe's firing of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Zimbabwe opposition leader seeks dialogue on economic crisis
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's opposition leader on Tuesday called for the creation of a "national transitional authority" to deal with a worsening economic crisis amid shortages of basic items such as drugs and fuel.
Nelson Chamisa, who narrowly lost July's election, accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government of excessive borrowing and lacking ideas to solve Zimbabwe's biggest crisis in a decade.
New Zimbabwe documentary on massacres takes aim at president
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A new documentary on massacres by Zimbabwe's military has led to harsh exchanges as the 1980s killings challenge a new president who preaches unity but refuses to apologize for his alleged role in one of the country's deepest wounds.
The screening in the capital, Harare, would have been almost impossible under former leader Robert Mugabe, who led the country for 37 years and resigned following military intervention in November.
Zimbabwe faces its worst economic crisis in a decade
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — As Zimbabwe plunges into its worst economic crisis in a decade, gas lines are snaking for hours, prices are spiking and residents goggle as the new government insists that the country — somehow — has risen to middle-income status.
After ousting the repressive Robert Mugabe almost a year ago following more than three decades in power, and peacefully electing President Emmerson Mnangagwa in July, many hoped the country would emerge from turmoil and return to prosperity.
Zimbabwe in huge cholera vaccination drive after 49 deaths
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has embarked on a massive vaccination drive as it battles a cholera outbreak that has killed at least 49 people.
Health Minister Obadiah Moyo says the vaccination campaign, with help from the World Health Organization, is targeting more than 500,000 people between Wednesday and Sunday. Moyo says close to 1 million more people will be vaccinated starting next week.
Zimbabwe’s leader says he offers Trump land for golf course
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's leader says he is willing to offer land to President Donald Trump to build a golf course in a national park teeming with wildlife.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa was speaking to a New York investors' forum ahead of his first address to a United Nations annual gathering of world leaders this week.
Raw sewage in streets: Cholera is Zimbabwe’s latest crisis
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Raw sewage flows freely in some streets of Zimbabwe's capital, posing a deadly challenge to the recently elected president who has promised the troubled country a new dawn.
A cholera outbreak has killed more than 30 people and sickened more than 7,000 as it spreads beyond Harare, posing the latest crisis for a government that pledges, somehow, to turn a collapsed economy into a middle-class one by 2030.
Zimbabwe inquiry into post-election killings begins
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president has sworn in members of a commission of inquiry into the killing of six people following military intervention after the disputed election.
The commission led by former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe is expected to finish its work in three months.
The killings in the capital shocked Zimbabwe two days after a largely peaceful vote, the first after the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.
Zimbabwe’s opposition walks out during president’s speech
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's opposition has walked out of parliament during President Emmerson Mnangagwa's state of the nation address as politics remain tense after a disputed election.
MDC party lawmakers say the president was not legitimately elected on July 30.
Tuesday's speech was Mnangagwa's first to parliament since the election many hoped would set the impoverished southern African nation on a new course after the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.
Olympic swimmer Coventry new minister of sport in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Kirsty Coventry, a former Olympic champion swimmer and a current member of the IOC's executive board, was appointed minister of sport in Zimbabwe on Friday.
The 34-year-old Coventry was vice president of the Zimbabwe Olympic committee. She also chairs the IOC's athletes' commission.
Zimbabwe’s president and former leader Mugabe reconcile
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's former leader Robert Mugabe has reconciled with the man who replaced him.
The 94-year-old Mugabe had refused to recognize the rule of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and said before the July 30 election that he wouldn't vote for the ruling party. But Mugabe on Thursday said he accepted Mnangagwa's leadership because the election results legitimized his authority.
Mugabe said that "we have accepted the result" and "we will continue respecting the will of the people."
Zimbabwe’s leader names ex-military commander as a VP
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president has re-appointed as one of his vice presidents a former military general who helped him take power.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Constantino Chiwenga, who led the defense forces when the military rolled into the capital in November to pressure longtime leader Robert Mugabe to resign.
Chiwenga later left the military with several other generals to take up leadership positions in the government and ruling party.
Zimbabwe’s leader names inquiry into post-election killings
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president on Wednesday set up a commission of inquiry into the killing of six people following military intervention in the capital two days after the election.
The seven members include British lawyer Rodney Dixon, counsel for Kenya's government at the International Criminal Court as it tried to avoid charges against now-President Uhuru Kenyatta related to post-2007 election violence.
A subdued Zimbabwe inaugurates Mnangagwa after disputed vote
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe on Sunday inaugurated a president for the second time in nine months as the country once jubilant over the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe is now largely subdued by renewed harassment of the opposition and a bitterly disputed election.
The military-backed President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who again took the oath of office, faces the mammoth task of rebuilding a worsening economy and uniting a nation divided by a vote that many hoped would deliver change.
The Latest: Zimbabwe leader to launch inquiry into violence
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's presidential election (all times local):
Zimbabwe's president after taking the oath of office says he will soon appoint a commission of inquiry to look into the "isolated and unfortunate" post-election violence in which six people were killed when the military dispersed opposition protesters in the capital.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the commission of inquiry will make its findings public.
Zimbabwe opposition rejects ruling and ‘false’ inauguration
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's main opposition leader said Saturday he respectfully rejects the court ruling upholding the president's narrow election win and called the inauguration set for Sunday "false," while U.S.-based election observers said the country does not yet have a "tolerant, democratic" voting culture.
Zimbabwe court unanimously upholds president’s election win
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's top court Friday upheld the narrow and disputed election victory by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, clearing the way for his inauguration as the country remained deeply divided in the post-Robert Mugabe era.
Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe enforcer who has tried to restyle himself as a reformer, will be sworn in on Sunday. He appealed for calm and told opposition challenger Nelson Chamisa "my door is open and my arms are outstretched."
The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition now rejects election ruling
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's disputed presidential election (all times local):
An angry new statement from Zimbabwe's main opposition rejects the court ruling that upholds President Emmerson Mnangagwa's narrow and disputed election win.
The opposition earlier Friday said it would respect the unanimous ruling by the constitutional court. The new statement now says the decision entrenches "an illegitimate regime."