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CIVICUS, others condemn Zimbabwe continued crackdown on critics

Zimbabwe’s military and police continue the arrests of scores of critics/opposition figures after last week's aborted anti-government protest, according to reports.Global civil society alliance CIVICUS has condemned the action of the government, describing it as barbaric, the group also...

South Africa anti-corruption watchdog probes Covid-19 tenders

South Africa’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Monday it was investigating irregularities in government tenders during the coronavirus crisis.The inquiries by the Public Protector come after the Special Investigating Unit launched a separate probe into tenders for personal protective equipment...

Zimbabwe police intensifies crackdown on journalists, opposition, scores arrested

Zimbabwean police has intensified crackdown on opposing voices in the wake of opposition defiance to embark on protest over corruptions in the President Mnangagwa led Zanu-PF government.Scores of protesters were arrested Friday including the award-winning Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga...

Zimbabwe businesses closed, streets deserted on day of protests

Zimbabwe’s businesses were shut and streets deserted in the capital Harare early on Friday as security forces increased patrols to stop anti-government protests called by activists over corruption and economic hardship.President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is under pressure to revive...

A day before planned protest, Zimbabwe shutdown streets, shops

Zimbabwe’s security forces on Thursday cleared people off streets of the capital Harare and forced shops to close, a day before planned anti-government protests during the worst economic crisis in nearly a decade.President Emmerson Mnangagwa has struggled to keep...

Zimbabwe agrees to pay $3.5b compensation to white farmers

Zimbabwe agreed on Wednesday to pay $3.5 billion in compensation to white farmers whose land was expropriated by the government to resettle black families, moving a step closer to resolving one the most divisive policies of the Robert Mugabe...

Zimbabwe general, who helped plot Mugabe ouster, dies at 65

Zimbabwe’s agriculture minister Perrance Shiri, a retired general who helped plot the ouster of Robert Mugabe in a 2017 coup, has died, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday.Shiri, who commanded the air force for 25 years until he joined...

ZANU-PF calls US ambassador a ‘thug’, threaten to expel him

Zimbabwe’s ruling party has threatened the United States ambassador with expulsion, calling him a “thug” and accusing him of funding organizers of anti-government protests planned for Friday.Zimbabwe’s government in recent weeks has increasingly accused the U.S. Embassy of supporting...

Zimbabwe intensifies crackdown on critics, issues warrant for 14

Zimbabwe police on Monday launched a hunt for opposition and union activists, days after a prominent journalist was held for encouraging mass anti-corruption protests.The police appealed in a statement for information on the whereabouts of 14 well-known government critics...

Zimbabwe politician denied bail in anti-government protests case

A Zimbabwean court on Thursday denied bail to an opposition politician who called for protests against government corruption and rolled over a similar case against a journalist to Friday.Jacob Ngarivhume, who called for the 31 July street demonstrations with...
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