Zimbabwe

Country Zimbabwe
Capital Harare
Continent Africa
Currency United States dollar(USD)
Languages Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda & Xhosa

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The UK annexed Southern Rhodesia from the [British] South Africa Company in 1923. A 1961 constitution was formulated that favored whites in power. In 1965 the government unilaterally declared its independence, but the UK did not recognize the act and demanded more complete voting rights for the black African majority in the country (then called Rhodesia). UN sanctions and a guerrilla uprising finally led to free elections in 1979 and independence (as Zimbabwe) in 1980. Robert MUGABE, the nation's first prime minister, has been the country's only ruler (as president since 1987) and has dominated the country's political system since independence. His chaotic land redistribution campaign, which began in 2000, caused an exodus of white farmers, crippled the economy, and ushered in widespread shortages of basic commodities. Ignoring international condemnation, MUGABE rigged the 2002 presidential election to ensure his reelection. The ruling ZANU-PF party used fraud and intimidation to win a two-thirds majority in the March 2005 parliamentary election, allowing it to amend the constitution at will and recreate the Senate, which had been abolished in the late 1980s. In April 2005, Harare embarked on Operation Restore Order, ostensibly an urban rationalization program, which resulted in the destruction of the homes or businesses of 700,000 mostly poor supporters of the opposition. President MUGABE in June 2007 instituted price controls on all basic commodities causing panic buying and leaving store shelves empty for months. General elections held in March 2008 contained irregularities but still amounted to a censure of the ZANU-PF-led government with the opposition winning a majority of seats in parliament. MDC opposition leader Morgan TSVANGIRAI won the most votes in the presidential polls, but not enough to win outright. In the lead up to a run-off election in late June 2008, considerable violence enacted against opposition party members led to the withdrawal of TSVANGIRAI from the ballot. Extensive evidence of vote tampering and ballot-box stuffing resulted in international condemnation of the process. Difficult negotiations over a power-sharing government, in which MUGABE remained president and TSVANGIRAI became prime minister, were finally settled in February 2009, although the leaders have yet failed to agree upon many key outstanding governmental issues.

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Zimbabwe applies to rejoin Commonwealth - Aljazeera.com

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Zimbabwe applies to rejoin Commonwealth
Aljazeera.com
Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth and has invited the bloc of former British colonies to send observers to its general elections set for this year. Robert Mugabe, who was pushed out of office last year, pulled Zimbabwe out of the ...
Zimbabwe to rejoin CommonwealthMail & Guardian
Zimbabwe sets new date for Mugabe hearing, doubts over his appearanceTimes LIVE
Zimbabwe Parliament Wants to Conduct $15 Billion Diamond 'Theft' Hearing At Mugabe's MansionVOA Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa applies to re-join ... - CNN

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Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa applies to re-join ...
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Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) Zimbabwe has applied to re-join the Commonwealth after the country withdrew its membership 15 years ago under former President ...
Zimbabwe applies to rejoin Commonwealth 15 years after it leftFinancial Times
Zimbabwe formally applies to re-join Commonwealth after 15-year absenceNew Zimbabwe.com
Zimbabwe applies to rejoin Commonwealth, invites poll observersEyewitness News
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Radebe pulls out of Zimbabwe squad after Chiefs tell him to rest his ankle - Times LIVE

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Radebe pulls out of Zimbabwe squad after Chiefs tell him to rest his ankle
Times LIVE
Kaizer Chiefs defender Teenage Hadebe is to rest his ankle in the coming weeks after pulling out of Zimbabwe's provisional squad for the COSAFA Cup tournament that gets under way in Polokwane this weekend. Hadebe would likely have been a key part of ...
Kaizer Chiefs prompt Teenage Hadebe's COSAFA Cup absence for ZimbabweKickOff.com

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Golix Exchange Files Lawsuit Against Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe's Cryptocurrency Ban - Bitcoin News (press release)

Bitcoin News (press release)

Golix Exchange Files Lawsuit Against Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe's Cryptocurrency Ban
Bitcoin News (press release)
On May 13 2018, the Reserve Bank Of Zimbabwe (RBZ) issued guidelines in a circular that detailed cryptocurrency activities taking place within the country are now banned. The RBZ further stated that domestic digital currency operations had sixty days ...



Fixing Zimbabwe's 'fantasy economics' - Business Day

Business Day

Fixing Zimbabwe's 'fantasy economics'
Business Day
Examples in recent history are many but notable ones would include Cuba, the Soviet Union and its European eastern bloc, pre-reform China, Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Syria and, at this very moment, Venezuela. What should not have to happen often does as ...



12 years without an execution: Is Zimbabwe ready to abolish the death penalty? - New Zimbabwe.com

New Zimbabwe.com

12 years without an execution: Is Zimbabwe ready to abolish the death penalty?
New Zimbabwe.com
The change of power is also significant for those interested in Zimbabwe's death penalty policy. Mugabe, around the time of his departure from office, had plans to resume executions. Advertisements were placed to recruit a hangman – a position that had ...

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What's Been Going On in Zimbabwe? - NowThis News

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What's Been Going On in Zimbabwe?
NowThis News
For the past 37 years Zimbabwe has been run under the dictatorship of President Robert Mugabe but as of the fall of 2017, that's all changed. Now, just months after deposing former president Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's current president, Emmerson ...



Zimbabwe 'needs to rebuild trust to realise cashless society ambition' - Public Finance International

Public Finance International

Zimbabwe 'needs to rebuild trust to realise cashless society ambition'
Public Finance International
The Zimbabwean government needs to regain the trust of the people to achieve its aim of creating a 'cashless society', an Overseas Development Institute research fellow has told PF International. It also needs to improve the public's faith in the ...



Zimbabwe Panel Wants to Ask Mugabe About Missing Funds - Voice of America

Voice of America

Zimbabwe Panel Wants to Ask Mugabe About Missing Funds
Voice of America
Zimbabwe's parliamentary committee on mines on Wednesday is expected to press former President Robert Mugabe to give evidence about the disappearance of diamond revenues amounting to $15 billion during his rule. The mines committee, led by ...
Breaking: Kasukuwere returns from exile amid demonstrationNewsDay
Kasukuwere retires from politics, Praises Mnangagwa govtZwNews.com

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FSG questioned over $69m fertiliser deal - NewsDay

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FSG questioned over $69m fertiliser deal
NewsDay
“We submitted a proposal to supply the presidential input scheme with fertiliser to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe [RBZ], and we were identified by the RBZ because we are a fertiliser company and they were looking for fertiliser,” Morland said. “I was ...