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Zimbabwe Announces $1 Billion To Construct Robert Mugabe University

Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe has announced grant of $1 billion for the construction of a university and it would be named as Robert Mugabe University. Robert Mugabe, 93, has been President of Zimbabwe since 1987. He was born as Robert Gabriel Mugabe and is a revolutionary and politician. Between 1980 and 1987 he served as the Prime Minister of the country, and between ...

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Should Zimbabwean Replace Nonagenarian President In 2018 Amid Shrinking Economy

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is 93. He celebrated his birthday bash last month and seems retirement is not in his mind now even though he didn’t serve guests elephant meat compared to what he did on his 91st birthday. He had ordered a 200-pound cake bearing a shape of Mercedes Limousine. He was photographed enjoying American potato chips. The president ...

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Flies To Singapore For Medical Review

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has flown to Singapore Wednesday citing scheduled medical checkup amid two-week strike in the country by nurses at public hospitals and many major doctors demanding the pay the 2016 bonuses that was due in December. The president celebrated his 93rd birthday very recently. He is now frail and hardly walks confidently. His speeches are now meandering ...

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Membe reiterates need for peace in Zimbabwe

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Bernard Membe, returned to the country on Saturday after two weeks in Harare where he led the Southern African Development Community (SADC) observer ...

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Mugabe’s Zanu-PF wins Zimbabwe parliament majority

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s party has won a two-thirds majority in parliament in this week’s elections, officials say. President Robert Mugabe The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said that Zanu-PF had won 142 seats in the 210-seat chamber. Analysts say the result is enough for Zanu-PF to change the constitution. Results in the presidential race have yet to be announced. Mr Mugabe’s main rival has already dismissed the election as “a sham”. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who heads the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and is running for president against Mr Mugabe, said the vote had been a “huge farce”. A local monitoring group has also said that the poll was “seriously compromised”. However, the two main observer groups have broadly endorsed the election, saying it was free and peaceful. Uneasy coalition African Union (AU) mission head Olusegun Obasanjo dismissed complaints of fraud, saying the election was fair and free “from the campaigning point of view”. Monitors from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) described the elections as “free and peaceful” but said it was too early to call them fair. “In democracy we not only vote, not only campaign, but accept the hard facts, particularly the outcome,” said SADC mission head Bernard Membe. The AU assessment sharply contrasted to that of the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) – the largest group of domestic monitors with some 7,000 people on the ground. It said on Thursday that the elections were “seriously compromised”, with as many as one million people unable to cast their ballots. The ZESN said potential voters were much more likely to be turned away from polling stations in urban areas, where support for Mr Tsvangirai is strong, than in President Mugabe’s rural strongholds. The group also alleged significant irregularities before the poll. It said that 99.7% of rural voters were registered on the electoral roll in June compared with only 67.9% of urban voters. Zanu-PF and the MDC have formed an uneasy coalition government since 2009. That deal ended deadly violence that erupted after a disputed presidential poll the previous year. Before the latest results were announced, Zanu-PF spokesman Rugaro Gumbo predicted that Mr Mugabe, 89 – who is running for a seventh term – would get at least 70% of the vote in the presidential poll. “We are expecting a landslide victory,” he was quoted as saying in Zimbabwe’s state-run Herald newspaper. The BBC’s Andrew Harding in Johannesburg says some strong legal challenges are likely, with perhaps a few results overturned. Agencies

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Mugabe vows to step down if defeated

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has said he will quit after 33 years in power if he loses Wednesday’s election. President Robert Mugabe has said he is confident of victory “If you lose you must surrender,” the Zanu-PF party leader said. His remarks came as Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party accused Zanu-PF of doctoring the voters’ roll. Zanu-PF denied the accusation, saying it was the responsibility of the electoral commission, which released the roll only on the eve of polls. The BBC’s Farayi Mungazi in the capital, Harare, has seen the document and says it features the names of thousands of dead people. Some names also appear twice or three times with variations to their ID numbers or home address. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has not commented on the allegations. ‘Sharing tea’ Mr Mugabe, 89, will be facing Mr Tsvangirai, 61, in the presidential ballot. The two long-time rivals have been sharing power since 2009, under a deal brokered by the regional bloc to end conflict that marred elections in 2008. At a press conference at State House in the capital, Harare, Mr Mugabe told journalists that he and Mr Tsvangirai had learnt to work together and could even share a pot of tea. Responding to a question from the BBC, the president, who was in a jovial mood, said he would step down if he lost and insisted that there had been “no cheating”. But the MDC has said the electoral roll released on Tuesday by Zec dates back to 1985 and is full of anomalies. “You cannot have a voters’ roll given to you less than 24 hours before an election,” Jameson Timba of the MDC told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme. “The voters’ roll in itself is in total shambles. We’ve got a good number of duplicate names,” he said. “You’ll find that a person is registered twice – same name, same date of birth, same physical address and a slight change is made to that person’s ID number.” Zanu-PF’s Bright Matonga denied allegations of vote-rigging, saying the MDC had played a part in the compilation of the electoral roll. “Zec is comprised of political appointees from both political parties,” he told the BBC. Exile returning He accused Finance Minister Tendai Biti, who is also the MDC’s secretary-general, of not properly funding the electoral commission. “There’s no document that you can say is clean or very accurate. It will have anomalies. So if you don’t release funds on time then you can’t blame anyone except yourself,” he said. Last week, Mr Biti accused diamond companies, some of them government-owned, of failing to remit dividends to the treasury, which has been a long-standing complaint of his during his tenure as finance minister. Three other candidates are also standing for president and voters will also be electing news members of parliament

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Zimbabweans Start Voting To Adopt New Constitution

Zimbabweans began voting on Saturday in a referendum expected to adopt a new constitution that would clip presidential powers and lead to an election that will decide whether Robert Mugabe extends his three-decade rule. Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) of his rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai are supporting the draft charter, making the vote almost a rubber stamp exercise. Polling stations opened shortly after 0500 GMT. In Mbare, the oldest township in the capital that has witnessed clashes between ZANU-PF and MDC supporters in the past, more than 100 people filed patiently into a polling station. Results are expected within five days. A new constitution is a prerequisite for the next presidential and parliamentary elections, expected later this year under a power-sharing deal signed by Mugabe and Tsvangirai in 2008 after violent and disputed elections. The run-up to the referendum has so far been peaceful but the vote is seen as a dry run for the general elections later this year, where ZANU-PF is expected to face a stiff challenge from the MDC, although there are no reliable polls.

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