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Zimbabwe’s parliament drops Mugabe’s $15 billion diamond probe

Zimbabwe’s parliament on Monday backed down from its decision to demand former president Robert Mugabe to answer questions related to the looting and loss of diamond revenue amounting to $15 billion. Temba Mliswa, the Zimbabwean lawmaker leading the inquiry made the announcement without further details. According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, the 94-year-old former president […]

ZANU-PF will remain in power—Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa to investors

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday told foreign investors that his ruling ZANU-PF party would still be in power after the July elections. General elections are scheduled to be held in Zimbabwe on 30 July 2018 to elect the President and members of both houses of Parliament. The vote is seen is a major test […]

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Single African Air Transport Market agreement signed by 26 countries

Twenty-six African countries out of the 55 members of the African Union have committed to the establishment of the concept of a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), the African Union Commission chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat said on Monday during a meeting of the working group in the Togolese capital, Lome. According to the list […]

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Ethiopia to adopt visa-free policy for all African visitors—PM

Ethiopia will soon allow all Africans to visit the country without visas, according to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The announcement follows Rwanda’s decision allowing Africans to enter the country without visas. The issuance of visa-on-arrival for all countries was widely applauded by many across the continent. Speaking during a state banquet for Paul Kagame last […]

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Zimbabwe: Civil servants reject salary increase

Zimbabwe’s public sector staffs have rejected a salary increment of 15 percent proposed by the government. The main public sector union on Tuesday said it wants wages for the lowest paid employees to more than double. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government on Monday increased the pay offer to civil servants from 10 to 15 percent as […]

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Zimbabwe: several Zanu-PF bigwigs lose in party primaries

In Zimbabwe, several Zanu-PF bigwigs, mostly politburo members and Cabinet ministers and allies of President Emmerson Mnangagwa were defeated in primary elections of the ruling ZANU-PF, results showed on Thursday. It is the first elections of the party following last November’s resignation of the long-ruling 94-year-old Robert Mugabe. Voting in the primaries, which took place […]

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Britain greenlights Zimbabwe’s return to Commonwealth

Britain said it strongly supports Zimbabwe’s re-entry to the Commonwealth, but expects the new leader of the southern African nation to deliver free and fair elections in July. The former colonial master has praised President Emmerson Mnangagwa for impressive progress since Robert Mugabe was toppled. President Mnangagwa earlier this year said he wants to return […]

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Zimbabwe sacks over 16,000 striking nurses

Zimbabwe’s government sacked this week more than 16,000 nurses who went on strike to protest, amongst other reasons, poor working conditions and low salaries. According to Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, the nurses had refused to return to work after $17m was released to increase their pay. He described the nurses’ strike as “deplorable and reprehensible.” Chiwenga, […]

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Zimbabwe: Observers from 46 countries to monitor polls for first time since 2002

The Zimbabwean government will for the first time since 2002 allow Western poll observers to monitor its national elections, local media reports. General elections are scheduled to be held in Zimbabwe in July 2018 to elect the President and members of both houses of Parliament. The vote will be a major test for President Emmerson […]

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Botswana’s new President visits Zimbabwe to warm-up strained ties

Botswana’s new President Mokgweetsi Masisi is expected in Zimbabwe on a working visit, local media reports. According to Zimbabwe’s state-owned Herald newspaper, President Masisi is expected to hold talks with his Zimbabwean counterpart President Emmerson Mnangagwa. President Masisi took over from President Seretse Ian Khama, who stepped down after completing his 10-year term. Botswana’s ministry […]

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