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 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 pastor faces subversion charge amid economic unrest
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A prominent Zimbabwe pastor and activist who faces a possible 20 years in prison on a subversion charge said Thursday it is "heartbreaking" to see the new government acting like that of former leader Robert Mugabe, as alarm grew about a violent crackdown on people protesting a dramatic rise in fuel prices.
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.
Bare-handed surgeries as Zimbabwe’s health system collapses
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A doctors' strike in Zimbabwe has crippled a health system that was already in intensive care from neglect. It mirrors the state of affairs in a country that was full of promise a year ago with the departure of longtime leader Robert Mugabe but now faces economic collapse.
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 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.
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.
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.
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’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.
Zimbabwe opposition postpones ‘inauguration’ over cholera
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's main opposition says it has postponed an event to affirm its leader as the country's "duly elected president" because of a deadly cholera outbreak in the capital.
The announcement by the Movement for Democratic Change party comes after the government banned "public gatherings" in Harare to help curb the outbreak.
Zimbabwe opposition leader plans ‘inauguration’
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa plans his own "inauguration" on Saturday after losing disputed elections, the latest in a series of African politicians to hold a ceremony of defiance while claiming the presidency.
The rally at a stadium in the capital, Harare, will affirm Chamisa as the "duly elected president," spokesman Nkululeko Sibanda told The Associated Press.
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."
Zimbabwe court to rule Friday on opposition’s vote challenge
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court said it will rule on Friday after hearing the main opposition party's challenge to the results of last month's presidential election, the first without longtime leader Robert Mugabe on the ballot.
Zimbabwe court to hear opposition election challenge Aug. 22
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's ruling party and opposition say the Constitutional Court will hear the opposition's challenge to the presidential election results on Aug. 22.
Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa narrowly lost to President Emmerson Mnangagwa but Chamisa's party alleges "gross mathematical errors." It seeks a fresh election or a declaration of Chamisa as the winner of the July 30 vote.
Zimbabwe president urges court to toss opposition challenge
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Lawyers representing Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa have filed papers urging the country's Constitutional Court to throw out an opposition challenge to his election.
New Amnesty International leader’s 1st move targets Zimbabwe
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Amnesty International's new leader said Wednesday his first act is writing to Zimbabwe's next president about the disappearance of activist Itai Dzamara: "Whoever leads the new government must move to undo the injustices of the past."
Zimbabwe’s opposition challenges election results in court
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's main opposition party on Friday filed a legal challenge to the results of the country's first election without Robert Mugabe on the ballot, alleging "gross mathematical errors" and calling for a fresh vote or a declaration that their candidate Nelson Chamisa was the winner.
The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition challenges election in court
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's election (all times local):
Zimbabwe's main opposition party has filed a legal challenge to the results of the country's first election without Robert Mugabe on the ballot, alleging the vote was not properly conducted.
Lawyers for the Movement for Democratic Change party seek either a new election or a declaration that party candidate Nelson Chamisa won the July 30 vote.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean security forces and unidentified gunmen have beaten and harassed dozens of people in a crackdown on the political opposition following a disputed election, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, while a joint statement by the United States, European Union and others condemned the "eruption of violence."
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — As Zimbabwe's president preaches democratic reform in a country emerging from decades of repression, the scenes of soldiers dispersing opposition protesters after a disputed election have cast a shadow on promises of a new era.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The two news conferences embodied Zimbabwe's bitter political divisions: Riot police unsuccessfully tried to scuttle an appearance in a hotel garden by the opposition leader who said the country's election was a fraud, while the president spoke about a "flowering" of freedom and bipartisan unity from a red carpet in an elegant State House building.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — He's known as "the Crocodile," named after a small band of guerrillas battling white minority rule in the land once known as Rhodesia.
Now the 75-year-old Emmerson Mnangagwa has another big challenge as the new president of Zimbabwe: reviving its formerly prosperous economy, reining in the military and bridging the country's deep political divide resulting from a disputed election.
Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa wins 1st post-Mugabe election
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa won election Friday with just over 50 percent of the ballots as the ruling party maintained control of the government in the first vote since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.
Mnangagwa received 50.8 percent of the vote while main opposition challenger Nelson Chamisa received 44.3 percent. The opposition is almost certain to challenge the results in the courts or in the streets.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Soldiers and police fired live rounds, water cannons and tear gas at furious protesters who threw rocks and burned vehicles Wednesday in Zimbabwe's capital, dashing the optimism of an election that the country hoped would set it on a new course after decades of Robert Mugabe's rule. At least three people were reported killed.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — It's a close race for the presidency in Zimbabwe as the country goes to the polls. Here's a look at the two main candidates vying to lead the once-prosperous southern African nation out of the shadow of former leader Robert Mugabe, who stepped down in November under military pressure.