Zimbabwe says ‘no need’ to extradite former first lady
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Zimbabwean government says there is "no need" to extradite Grace Mugabe, the wife of the country's former leader, to neighboring South Africa after police there issued a warrant for her arrest.
Energy Mutodi, Zimbabwe's deputy minister of information, said Thursday that the government objects to the move by South African law enforcement against Mugabe, who is accused of assaulting a woman in Johannesburg last year.
South African police issue arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African authorities issued an arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwe's former leader who was accused of assaulting a woman in Johannesburg last year, South African police said Wednesday.
The warrant follows a long legal process during which a South African court this year ruled that the government acted illegally in granting diplomatic immunity to Mugabe when the alleged attack was first reported.
HWANGE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's president (all times local):
Zimbabwe's president has backed out of his first campaign rally since a deadly attack on Saturday that state media called an assassination attempt.
An official has announced to a packed stadium in Hwange that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is no longer attending, without giving details.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Laughter has replaced fear in Zimbabwe as the dramatic events leading to the resignation of former leader Robert Mugabe are already playing out on stage.
Crowds last week packed a theater in the capital, Harare, as Mugabe and his wife were openly mocked.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Police in Zimbabwe are investigating a case of alleged ivory smuggling linked to the wife of former leader Robert Mugabe, a police spokeswoman said Monday.
Authorities opened an investigation after a whistleblower came forward with information and no one has yet been charged, according to spokeswoman Charity Charamba.
Zimbabwe arrests university chief over Grace Mugabe’s degree
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The vice chancellor of Zimbabwe's oldest university has been arrested over the controversial awarding of a doctorate to former first lady Grace Mugabe.
Anti-Corruption Commission spokeswoman Phyllis Chikundura says Levi Nyagura of the University of Zimbabwe was arrested Friday. He appears in court Saturday on abuse of office charges.
Zimbabwe investigates former first lady Mugabe’s doctorate
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's anti-corruption commission says it is probing the circumstances surrounding the controversial awarding of a doctorate to former first lady Grace Mugabe.
Mugabe, whose husband resigned in November under pressure from the military and ruling party, received a doctorate from the University of Zimbabwe in 2014 amid allegations she did not study for it. Former president Robert Mugabe was chancellor of the university.
The new president of Zimbabwe is called “The Crocodile.” Crocodiles are feared and respected in Africa, where the reptile patiently waits for its prey, half-hidden in the brown waters of the bushveld. An impala, a zebra or even a massive kudu knows that when they come to drink at a waterhole, the “garwe” might pounce. The crocodile, like Emmerson Mnangagwa, bides his time and is swift in his execution.
Ruling party assured Mugabe he wouldn’t face prosecution
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's ruling party assured Robert Mugabe that he wouldn't be prosecuted if he resigned, a party official said Thursday, as the fate of the 93-year-old became clearer and the country prepared to move on.
"Prosecuting him was never part of the plan," ZANU-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke told The Associated Press. "He is safe, his family is safe and his status as a hero of his country is assured. All we were saying is resign or face impeachment."
On disputed land, Zimbabweans see hope after Mugabe’s exit
MAZOWE, Zimbabwe (AP) — For years, a group of Zimbabwean villagers resisted efforts by the wife of former President Robert Mugabe to force them off a farm near the capital, enduring police raids and the demolition of their homes. Now that Mugabe has resigned, the farmers say they are able to move more freely in a blow to Grace Mugabe's efforts to expand her landholdings.
Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe seemed invincible but era ends
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe seemed almost untouchable for much of his nearly four-decade rule. Shrewd and ruthless, he stayed in power despite advancing age, growing opposition, international sanctions and the dissolving economy of a once-prosperous nation.
Now that it seems to finally be here, the abrupt end of the Mugabe era is launching Zimbabwe into the unknown.
Who’s in charge in Zimbabwe? Here are the leading players
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Who's in charge in Zimbabwe? What just happened? Here's a look at the players in a fast-moving political drama that has President Robert Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, in military custody.
4 arrested in Zimbabwe, accused of booing Mugabe’s wife
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwe state-run newspaper says four people have been arrested and accused of booing the first lady, who this week moved closer to succeeding her husband as president.
The Zimbabwe Herald reports that three men and a woman from Bulawayo are accused of booing Grace Mugabe at a ruling party rally over the weekend attended by President Robert Mugabe.
The report says they face charges of undermining the authority of the president.
5 things to know about Zimbabwe’s 1st lady, likely successor
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's first lady has moved a dramatic step closer to succeeding her husband as leader. President Robert Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, this week fired longtime deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, removing the man long seen as the front-runner to take power when the 93-year-old Mugabe moves on.
Zimbabwe VP is fired, opening way for Grace Mugabe
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Monday fired a vice president who had previously been seen as a likely successor, removing an obstacle to the presidential ambitions of Mugabe's wife.
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was removed from office "with immediate effect," the government said, opening the way to the possible appointment of Grace Mugabe to the post.
Grace Mugabe goes to court over diamond ring
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has gone to court in an attempt to seize assets of a Lebanese businessman who allegedly failed to deliver to her a diamond ring worth more than $1.35 million dollars.
Zimbabwe police hold reporter for story on Grace Mugabe
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Police in Zimbabwe detained a journalist for reporting that President Robert Mugabe's wife allegedly donated used underwear and women's nightgowns to ruling party supporters, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.
Kenneth Nyangani, a reporter with the NewsDay newspaper, was detained on Monday in the eastern city of Mutare after the story was published but police have not formally charged him, lawyer Passmore Nyakureba said.
Zimbabwe’s first lady denies assault, says she was attacked
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Representatives of Zimbabwe's first lady say a young woman who accused her of assault was the actual aggressor, allegedly attacking Grace Mugabe with a knife while drunk, according to a court document filed in South Africa.
Zimbabwe’s 1st lady speaks out, but not on assault claim
GWERU, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's first lady made her first public statement Friday since being accused of assaulting a young model in neighboring South Africa, but she steered clear of the incident in her comments.
Grace Mugabe appeared with her 93-year-old husband at a political rally ahead of next year's elections.
Zimbabwe group criticizes evictions linked to first lady
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's human rights commission is criticizing the eviction of families from a farm linked to President Robert Mugabe's wife, calling it "unlawful and inhuman."
The statutory body is tasked with investigating human rights abuses. Its report says police pulled down the homes of more than 100 families.
Mugabe’s wife makes 1st public appearance after scandal
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's first lady has made her first public appearance since leaving South Africa following allegations that she assaulted a young model at a Johannesburg hotel.
Grace Mugabe appeared cheerful on Friday as she toured exhibition stands at an agricultural show in the capital, Harare. The show is set to be officially opened by President Robert Mugabe, who returned to Zimbabwe with his wife last weekend after South Africa granted her diplomatic immunity.
Zimbabwe’s 1st lady was combative long before assault case
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Accused of assaulting a young model in a Johannesburg hotel, the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is a fiery character with political ambitions who describes herself as the "mother of the nation" and whose scoldings of top figures in her husband's government earned her the nickname "Dr. Stop It."
South African minister faces inquiry in Grace Mugabe scandal
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African parliamentary committee will summon the foreign minister to explain the decision to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady, who is accused of assaulting a young model at a Johannesburg hotel, South Africa's main opposition party said Wednesday.
Grace Mugabe gets diplomatic immunity, returns to Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa, the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home from Johannesburg on Sunday despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel there.
The Latest: South Africa grants immunity to Zim first lady
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Grace Mugabe returning to Zimbabwe (all times local):
South Africa granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady, who was accused of assaulting a woman in a Johannesburg hotel a week ago.
A look at Zimbabwe’s first lady, who is accused of assault
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African model's claims of assault have drawn attention to Zimbabwe's increasingly outspoken first lady Grace Mugabe, who has been viewed as a possible successor to her 93-year-old husband. Grace Mugabe and President Robert Mugabe returned to Zimbabwe Sunday, despite calls by a South African legal group and protesters for the Zimbabwean first lady to be denied diplomatic immunity.
South Africa mulls fate of Mugabe’s wife after assault claim
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a tit-for-tat dispute, Zimbabwe blocked flights by South Africa's government-owned airline on Saturday amid tensions over allegations that Zimbabwe's first lady assaulted a young model at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg.
Zimbabwe’s first lady remains quiet amid assault claims
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Zimbabwe's first lady remained out of sight Friday, several days after a young model claimed Grace Mugabe whipped her with an extension cord in a luxury hotel in South Africa.
South African authorities are weighing a request by Zimbabwe's government for diplomatic immunity for the first lady, who has not commented since the alleged assault Sunday night.
A look at Zimbabwe’s first lady, who is accused of assault
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African model's claims of assault have drawn attention to Zimbabwe's increasingly outspoken first lady Grace Mugabe, who is a possible successor to her 93-year-old husband. As President Robert Mugabe flew to neighboring South Africa in part to deal with the crisis, Zimbabwe's government requested diplomatic immunity for the first lady and South African police issued a "red alert" to prevent her from leaving.
‘Red alert’ over Zimbabwe first lady, accused of assault
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lawyers for the young model who claims she was assaulted by Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe in a Johannesburg hotel said Thursday that her family had been approached with an offer of money to drop the allegation.
South African police issued a "red alert" to prevent Mugabe from leaving the country after Zimbabwe's government requested diplomatic immunity.
Zimbabwe’s First Lady Accused of Assault
The Latest: Lawyers for South Africa model consider court
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on the assault allegation against Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe (all times local):
A group assisting the young model who claims she was assaulted by Zimbabwe's first lady in South Africa says it would consider an urgent application to the high court if Grace Mugabe is granted diplomatic immunity.
South Africa debates immunity for Zimbabwe first lady
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African officials are debating whether to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe, who is accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model in Johannesburg this week.
Mugabe remains in South Africa after a day of intense speculation over her whereabouts, South African police said in a Wednesday statement.
Zimbabwe’s first lady accused of assault in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The wife of Zimbabwe's president has been accused of assaulting a young woman at an upscale hotel in South Africa, though she did not show up for court Tuesday as police had indicated.
Zimbabwe vice president in South African hospital
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe says one of his deputies is in a South African hospital, as local media reported he was poisoned at a political rally.
Mugabe did not address the poisoning claims Monday. He told thousands at a national ceremony to honor independence heroes that Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is in a hospital in Johannesburg.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife once said the 93-year-old leader should run "as a corpse" in the 2018 elections if he dies before the vote. Now politically ambitious Grace Mugabe is positioning herself as a possible successor, saying one of the ruling party's two vice presidents should be a woman.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's first lady on Thursday publicly urged her 93-year-old husband to name a successor, wading into a subject that President Robert Mugabe has regarded as taboo.
Grace Mugabe, whose political influence has been growing, previously said the world's oldest head of state could rule from the grave. "If God decides to take him, then we would rather field him as a corpse" in the 2018 election, she said early this year.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has suffered minor injuries in an accident involving the presidential motorcade after the 93-year-old leader's return from a trip for medical treatment.
State broadcaster ZBC reported that Grace Mugabe was taken to a hospital on Saturday to be treated for bruises on her right ankle following a "freak car incident," and was later discharged.
MATOPO HILLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe plucked her from the secretarial pool decades ago to become his wife. Now Grace Mugabe is stirring speculation that she wants to succeed her 93-year-old husband as leader.
Mugabe’s wife says he could run in election ‘as a corpse’
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe should run "as a corpse" in next year's election if he dies before the vote, his wife said Friday.
Grace Mugabe accused some ruling ZANU-PF party officials of plotting to take over from her husband and said that even if he dies, supporters should put his name on the ballot to show their love for him.
In Zimbabwe, comedy thrives as country slowly falls apart
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's economy is falling apart, and police are cracking down on growing anti-government protests. But the country's comedy scene is booming. No subject seems taboo.
Even 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe, widely accused of muzzling free speech, is a target.
Insulting the president can bring a one-year jail term in this southern African country. Nonetheless, the comedians carry on, becoming bolder as fears of speaking out begin to erode.