Zimbabwe opposition lawmakers walk out of president’s speech
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's opposition lawmakers walked out of Parliament on Tuesday as President Emmerson Mnangagwa presented his state of the nation address, a sign of the political...
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe now expected to be buried on Saturday
ZVIMBA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's longtime leader Robert Mugabe is expected to be buried on Saturday, a family spokesman said Friday, after three weeks of drama over the former strongman's final...
Zimbabwe drama around Mugabe’s burial place continues
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe now will be buried at his rural home, a government spokesman said Thursday, the latest twist in the drama around the...
Zimbabwe’s leader calls for end to US, EU sanctions
NEW YORK (AP) — Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa appealed for patience Wednesday for his efforts to pull his country out of an economic collapse and called on the U.S. and Europe to lift...
Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe regains prominence for husband
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The controversy swirling around the burial of Zimbabwe's founding leader, Robert Mugabe, centers on his widow, Grace, who has remained dramatically cloaked behind a heavy...
Few turn out as Mugabe is returned to a Zimbabwe in crisis
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's founding leader Robert Mugabe made his final journey back to the country Wednesday, his body flown into the capital amid the contradictions of his long,...
Mugabe’s body heading home to Zimbabwe for mourning, burial
SINGAPORE (AP) — The body of Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe was being returned to his homeland Wednesday to lie in state before his burial in the African nation he ruled for...
State media: Mugabe to be buried next Sunday
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is expected to be buried next Sunday, state media reported.
Mugabe, an ex-guerrilla leader who became the southern African...
Zimbabwe court bans anti-government protest in Bulawayo
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's courts upheld a police order banning an anti-government demonstration Monday in Bulawayo, the country's second largest city.
Police patrol Zimbabwe capital before anti-government demos
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a show of force to discourage anti-government protests, Zimbabwe police with water cannons patrolled the capital's streets and warned residents "you will rot in jail" if...
Zimbabwe’s opposition vows protests over economic crisis
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's main opposition Wednesday said it will roll out protests starting this week to try to force President Emmerson Mnangagwa to set up a transitional authority, even...
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe in Singapore hospital for extended stay
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's former longtime ruler Robert Mugabe, 95, has been in a Singapore hospital for the past three months and his condition "is remarkably stable for his age," the...
US sanctions Zimbabwean official over post-election killings
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The United States on Thursday placed on its sanctions list a former Zimbabwean army general who commanded troops accused of killing six civilians a year ago after a...
Zimbabwe’s tourism minister in court on graft charges
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's tourism and environment minister on Friday was charged with criminal abuse of duty in the first corruption case against a sitting Cabinet minister since...
Zimbabwe president praises re-introduction of local currency
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday praised the re-introduction of the Zimbabwe dollar as the sole legal tender in the troubled country as a "return to...
‘We are trapped’: Zimbabwe’s economic crunch hits passports
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...
Zimbabwe to exhume, rebury thousands from 1980s mass killing
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.