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But they tagged along aboard Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s plane, rather than travelling privately.

South Africa minister reprimanded for party’s trip on airforce jet

South Africa’s defence minister has been reprimanded and will lose three months of salary after ruling party officials took an air force plane to Zimbabwe earlier this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday.
Zimbabwe authorities have maintained a heavy police presence to thwart any possible anti-government protests during the mandated COVID 19 lockdown, in Harare, July 22, 2020.

Diplomats warn Zimbabwe against using coronavirus to restrict citizen rights

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ruling party has dismissed as “rubbish” a statement by Western diplomats warning Zimbabwe’s government not to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext to stifle citizens' rights. The statement was delivered while more than a dozen citizens are in hiding for fear of persecution or prosecution for organizing an anti-government protest.
A police officer checks a vehicle ahead of planned anti-government protests during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 31, 2020. REUTERS-Philimon Bulawayo

Security forces head off anti-government protests in Zimbabwe

Streets were deserted and businesses shut in Zimbabwe’s two main cities on Friday after security forces were deployed to prevent anti-government marches called by activists over corruption and economic hardship.
Zimbabwean police on Monday arrested an investigative journalist who exposed alleged corruption in the procurement of Covid-19 medical supplies, a matter that involves the first family.

Zimbabwe journalist arrested amid storm over $60m Covid-19 supplies scandal

Zimbabwean police on Monday arrested an investigative journalist who exposed alleged corruption in the procurement of Covid-19 medical supplies, a matter that involves the first family.
A man reads a message on data bundles from mobile telecoms operator Econet Wireless on his mobile phone in Harare, Zimbabwe, January 13, 2017. REUTERS-Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe accuses mobile phone operator Econet of money laundering

Zimbabwean police have issued a warrant against the largest mobile phone operator Econet Wireless to hand over a list of its mobile money transactions and subscribers because authorities suspect it of involvement in money laundering, according to the warrant.
As the inks flow in tributes to Abba Kyari by those who loved and despised him, let us not forget that Abba was much misunderstood and often maligned.

Notable African figures who have died of novel coronavirus complications

Africa, the continent that was last to confirm cases of coronavirus now has more than 20,000 cases. As of Tuesday, according to Worldometer, the continent has 24,501 confirmed cases, 1,167 deaths, and 6,531 recoveries.
Zimbabwe has announced that former president Robert Mugabe would be buried at his home village in Zvimba as requested by his family, after three weeks of public debates over his final resting place.

‘Battle for the corpse of Mugabe’ – Former Zimbabwean leader laid to rest in...

After weeks of delays, Zimbabwe's former ruler Robert Mugabe was finally buried over the weekend, closing a battle between the state and his family over the fate of his remains.
Priests stand near a portrait of Robert Mugabe during the burial of the former Zimbabwe leader at his home village in Kutama, on September 28, 2019. The remains of former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe were taken to his village for a wake on September 16. Mugabe died a week ago aged 95 in Singapore, nearly two years after he was ousted in a 2017 coup that ended nearly four decades of increasingly autocratic rule. Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe laid to rest in his rural village

The body of Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe was buried on Saturday in a low-key ceremony in his home village after weeks of wrangling over his final resting place.
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Zimbabwe ex-tourism minister facing graft charges freed on bail

A Zimbabwean former tourism minister was released on bail on Friday after spending two months in jail over the disappearance of $94m from the country's pension fund, the state broadcaster reported.
An attendee at the memorial service held by South African political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in honour of the late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe takes pictures with a wax model of the former president in Soweto, Johannesburg on September 12, 2019. GULSHAN KHAN | AFP

Robert Mugabe’s funeral fuels tensions due to traditional beliefs, rituals

As public wakes for late Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe have drawn to a close, traditional chiefs are demanding the body be buried according to spiritual traditions.
An attendee at the memorial service held by South African political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in honour of the late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe takes pictures with a wax model of the former president in Soweto, Johannesburg on September 12, 2019. GULSHAN KHAN | AFP

African leaders to pay tribute at Robert Mugabe state funeral

Former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe will be given a state funeral on Saturday with a dozen African leaders expected to pay tribute to a man lauded as a colonial-era liberation hero.
An attendee at the memorial service held by South African political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in honour of the late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe takes pictures with a wax model of the former president in Soweto, Johannesburg on September 12, 2019. GULSHAN KHAN | AFP

Confusion as Robert Mugabe’s family, government squabble over burial site

Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe's family and the government squabbled over his burial on Thursday, with the place – and even its date – still unclear after relatives snubbed a plan for him to be entombed at a national monument.
The responses to the announcement were immediate and widely varied. Some hailed former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe a liberation hero. Others dismissed him as a monster.

Zimbabwe government to prevent foreign leaders from attending Robert Mugabe’s burial

In a letter forwarded to foreign embassies to brief them on the itinerary of Mugabe’s burial, the Zimbabwean foreign ministry stated all foreign dignitaries are expected to depart the country immediately after the ‘State Funeral Service’,

Robert Mugabe’s family pushes back against government burial plan

The family of Zimbabwe founder Robert Mugabe is pushing back against the government`s plan to bury him at the National Heroes Acre monument in Harare and wants him to be buried in his home village instead, three relatives told Reuters.
A vendor continues with his business on the second day after the death of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in the density suburb Mbare, Harare, Zimbabwe, 07 September 2019. Robert Mugabe, who had been receiving treatment in Singapore since April this year, died on 06 September aged 95. Mugabe became prime minister of Zimbabwe in 1980 after the country's independence from Britain and served as president from 1987 until his ouster in 2017. Zimbabwe's current leader and Mugabe's former deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has declared Mugabe a 'national hero'. - EPA/AARON UFUMELI

Zimbabweans choose work over mourning Robert Mugabe

A day after ex-strongman and founding leader Robert Mugabe died, the only clear sign that Zimbabwe was in mourning were flags flying at half mast.

Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa, others pay tribute to Robert Mugabe

Mugabe – the oldest African leader when he was removed from power in November 2017 – died of an undisclosed illness in a hospital in Singapore on Sept. 6.

Four notorious chapters of Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule

Robert Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe from its independence in 1980 after British colonial rule until 2017.
The responses to the announcement were immediate and widely varied. Some hailed former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe a liberation hero. Others dismissed him as a monster.

Robert Mugabe as divisive in death as he was in life

The responses to the announcement were immediate and widely varied. Some hailed former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe a liberation hero. Others dismissed him as a "monster". This suggests that Mugabe will be as divisive a figure in death as he was in life, writes Roger Southall.

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