Africa

  • Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa appointed retired army boss Constantino Chiwenga as party VP
    Zimbabwe's_mnangagwa_appointed_retired_army_boss_constantino_chiwenga_as_party_vp 2017-12-23 20:52:38 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed retired army boss Constantino Chiwenga and veteran politician Kembo Mohadi as the ruling party’s vice presidents, a spokesperson said on Saturday. The appointments paved the way for the two to ascend to similar positions in g...

  • Cyril Ramaphosa elected as new leader of the South Africa's ruling party ANC
    Cyril_ramaphosa_elected_as_new_leader_of_the_south_africa's_ruling_party_anc 2017-12-18 18:02:56 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected leader of the African National Congress on Monday in a close-run vote that will set the direction for the country and the scandal-plagued party that has ruled since the end of apartheid. Ramaphosa, a 65-year-ol...

  • No Future For Grace Mugabe After Her Husband Dies
    No_future_for_grace_mugabe_after_her_husband_dies 2017-12-17 07:07:38 UTC
    <blockquote>The Catholic priest who negotiated former president Robert Mugabe’s exit had no kind words for his wife Grace and blamed her for Mugabe’s demise. Father Fidelis Mukonori told the Jesuit Review that Grace Mugabe’s greed for power was a serious contributor to her husband’s political ...

  • South Africa raises subsidies to universities to 1% of GDP
    South_africa_will_raise_subsidies_to_universities_to_1_percent_of_gdp 2017-12-16 16:46:53 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will raise subsidies to universities to 1 percent of gross domestic product over the next five years from nearly 0.7 percent at present as recommended by a commission on higher education funding, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday. “As a result of this ...

  • Mnangagwa: ZANU-PF should aim to hold free and fair election
    Mnangagwa-_zanu_pf_should_aim_to_hold_free_and_fair_elections_always 2017-12-15 17:49:27 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday the ruling ZANU-PF should aim to hold free and fair elections always, while his party endorsed him as its leader and official candidate for the top job when the vote comes. The international community will be closely wat...

  • Zimbabwe May Recoup Millions of Dollars in Diamonds Kept in Britain
    Zimbabwe_may_recoup_millions_of_dollars_in_diamonds_kept_in_britain 2017-12-10 21:43:02 UTC
    President Emmerson Mnangagwa could recoup millions of dollars in diamond proceeds that were siphoned to London if he mends Zimbabwe’s relations with Britain. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said Mnangagwa would spearhead the mending of political relations with the regional and international...

  • South African's Zodwa Wabantu not feeling secure in Zimbabwe
    South_african's_zodwa_wabantu_not_feeling_secure_in_zimbabwe 2017-12-14 16:50:30 UTC
    HARARE — South African entertainer Zodwa Wabantu's latest snub of Zimbabwe for the third time in a row has shown that she no longer feels secure in the country and is clearly not interested in performing here. The entertainer was supposed to perform at Club Connect yesterday and Private Lounge...

  • Zimbabwe's government will Extend Amnesty on Outstanding Taxes
    Zimbabwe's_government_will_extend_amnesty_on_outstanding_taxes 2017-12-08 07:04:50 UTC
    HARARE — Zimbabwe's Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa proposed an amnesty for interest and penalties on outstanding taxes accrued prior to December 1, 2017 for taxpayers who come forward and settle their obligations within the period ending June 30, 2018. He said the ...

  • Mnangagwa swore in his cabinet giving top posts to generals
    Mnangagwa_swore_in_his_cabinet_giving_top_posts_to_generals 2017-12-04 17:28:20 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa swore in his cabinet on Monday, with allies defending him against criticism for giving top posts to the generals who helped his rise to power. Sworn in as president on Nov. 24 after 93-year-old Robert Mugabe quit following a de fac...

  • Mugabe's finance minister Chombo faces corruption charges
    Mugabe's_finance_minister_chombo_faces_corruption_charges 2017-11-25 21:44:10 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, among those detained by the military before Robert Mugabe resigned as president, was charged on Saturday with corruption, including trying to defraud the central bank in 2004. The court appearance was the first time Chombo ha...

  • South Africa’s Supreme Court increased Oscar Pistorius’ murder sentence to 13 years and five months
    South_africa%e2%80%99s_supreme_court_increased_oscar_pistorius%e2%80%99_murder_sentence_to_13_years_and_five_months 2017-11-24 08:58:28 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s Supreme Court increased Oscar Pistorius’ murder sentence on Friday to 13 years and five months after the state argued that his original sentence of six years was “shockingly lenient”. Pistorius was imprisoned in July last year after being found guilty on...

  • Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa Told Mugabe He Will Be Safe
    Zimbabwe's_mnangagwa_told_mugabe_he_will_be_safe 2017-11-24 12:00:12 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Incoming Zimbabwe leader Emmerson Mnangagwa assured former president Robert Mugabe he and his family would be safe in the country when the two men spoke for the first time since Mnangagwa returned home this week, state media said on Friday. The State-owned The Herald newspap...

  • African leaders wonder who is next after Zimbabwe’s Mugabe was forced out
    African_leaders_wonder_who_is_next_after_zimbabwe%e2%80%99s_mugabe_was_forced_out 2017-11-22 18:39:59 UTC
    NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hours after Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe was forced out after 37 years in power, Uganda’s president, another former guerrilla in office for more than three decades, was tweeting about pay rises for civil servants and bright prospects for his army tank crews. Supporters of long-...

  • Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's interim president
    Mnangagwa_to_be_sworn_in_as_zimbabwe's_interim_president 2017-11-22 06:40:28 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is expected to be sworn in as president following the resignation of Robert Mugabe, will return home on Wednesday, a ruling party ZANU-PF official said. Mnangagwa, whose sacking this month prompted the military takeov...

  • Robert Mugabe Resigns as Zimbabwe’s President
    Robert_mugabe_resigns_as_zimbabwe%e2%80%99s_president 2017-11-21 18:07:12 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday a week after the army and his former political allies moved against him, ending four decades of rule by a man who turned from independence hero to archetypal African strongman. The 93-year-old had clung on for a week ...

  • Zimbabwe’s Ruling 'ZANU-PF' to Discuss Mugabe's Impeachment
    Zimbabwe%e2%80%99s_ruling_zanu-pf_to_discuss_impeaching_mugabe 2017-11-20 20:20:15 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF will discuss the impeachment of President Robert Mugabe on Monday, its chief whip said, after a noon deadline expired for the 93-year-old to resign and bring the curtain down on nearly four decades in power. Impeachment could see Mugabe kicked out b...

  • Mugabe Agrees to Stand Down as He Faces Impeachment
    Mugabe_agrees_to_stand_down_as_he_faces_impeachment 2017-11-21 17:54:29 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday a week after the army and his former political allies moved against him, ending four decades of rule by a man who turned from independence hero to archetypal African strongman. The 93-year-old had clung on for a week ...

  • Mugabe and his wife “ready to die rather than step down”
    Mugabe_and_his_wife_were_%e2%80%9cready_to_die_rather_than_step_down%22 2017-11-18 19:03:21 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party will meet on Sunday to dismiss President Robert Mugabe and reinstate the vice-president he dismissed, Emmerson Mnangagwa, two party sources told Reuters on Saturday. The sources said a party central committee meeting scheduled for 10:30 a.m....

  • Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe’s Fate Hung in the Balance
    Robert_mugabe%e2%80%99s_fate_hung_in_the_balance 2017-11-17 04:19:43 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s fate hung in the balance on Friday as he apparently resisted efforts to make him step down following a seizure of power by the army, until this week a key pillar of his 37-year-rule. The United States, a longtime critic of Mugabe over all...

  • Zimbabwe: Military appears to prevent Mugabe’s wife from succeeding him
    Zimbabwe-_military_appears_to_prevent_mugabe%e2%80%99s_wife_from_succeeding_him 2017-11-15 18:50:18 UTC
    ZIMBABWE/ HARARE (Reuters) — Military seized the state broadcaster and a general appeared on television to announce the takeover. But it has avoided calling the move a coup. Armored vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and the courts in central Harare, while taxis ...

  • Zimbabwe military seized power, Robert Mugabe Arrested
    Zimbabwe_military_seized_power__robert_mugabe_arrested 2017-11-15 19:18:51 UTC
    ZIMBABWE/ HARARE (Reuters) — Zimbabwe’s military said it had seized power in a targeted assault on “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe who were causing social and economic suffering, but gave assurances the 93-year-old leader and his family were “safe and sound”. Zimbabwean soldiers and...

  • Mugabe’s wife sued a man for not delivering a $1.35 million wedding anniversary ring
    Mugabe%e2%80%99s_wife_sued_a_man_for_not_delivering_a__1.35_million_wedding_anniversary_ring 2017-10-18 16:52:27 UTC
    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace has sued a Belgium-based businessman for failing to deliver a $1.35 million ring she ordered for a wedding anniversary, state media reported on Wednesday. Grace, 52, an influential figure in Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party and se...

  • Chad, a U.S. Counterterrorism Ally, Included in Travel Ban
    Chad_counterterrorism 2017-09-27 04:15:49 UTC
    Is Chad “an important and valuable counterterrorism partner of the United States” or is it a nation that “does not adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information”? Both, according to the White House proclamation that listed the central African country among seven nations [whose ...

  • Kenyan President Calls For Peace
    Kenya_president_calls_for_peace 2017-09-01 16:52:58 UTC
    NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday he disagreed with a Supreme Court ruling that nullified his win in last month’s presidential election, but that he would respect the decision and urged citizens to do the same. “The court has made its decision. We respect it. ...

  • Court Nullifies Kenya Presidental Vote: Kenyatta Respects Decision
    Uhuru-kenyatta 2017-09-01 15:33:26 UTC
    NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s Supreme Court on Friday nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election win citing irregularities and ordered a new poll within 60 days, a rare move in Africa where judicial power is often seen as an extension of government. The ruling, broadcast to a stunned nation o...