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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6 killed in plane crash near Zimbabwe-Mozambique border - News24

News24

6 killed in plane crash near Zimbabwe-Mozambique border
News24
Harare - A small plane crashed on Monday near the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique, killing all six people on board. A Mozambican district police commander, Gelindo Vumbuca, said the crash occurred in the Machipanda mountain range, the ...
Zimbabwe plane crash kills sixNEWS.com.au
At least five feared dead in Zimbabwe plane crashVanguard
Six feared dead in Mozambique plane crash at Zimbabwe borderZitamar News (subscription)
Bulawayo24 News (press release) (blog)
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'If you see a 100 US note in Zimbabwe, it's been sneaked in': central bank - News24

News24

'If you see a 100 US note in Zimbabwe, it's been sneaked in': central bank
News24
With some banks now only giving customers their money in 'bond notes', the special-to-Zimbabwe paper bills introduced last November, the deputy governor of the central bank Kupukile Mlambo has told the Sunday Mail that "no-one is importing the 100 US ...

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Mugabe's Zimbabwe gets busy creating "fiction money" - The Star, Kenya

The Star, Kenya

Mugabe's Zimbabwe gets busy creating "fiction money"
The Star, Kenya
When President Robert Mugabe scrapped the Zimbabwe dollar in 2009, most of his people thought this meant the end of runaway money-printing and hyperinflation that had rendered the currency worthless. They may have been wrong. Adoption of the US ...
Op-Ed: Why another 'massive' Zimbabwean opposition rally floppedDaily Maverick
Zim crying for new leadershipNewsDay
Increasingly brave courts cheer activists, but risk Mugabe backlashNew Zimbabwe.com

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Malaria kills 150 in Zimbabwe - eNCA

eNCA

Malaria kills 150 in Zimbabwe
eNCA
HARARE - At least 150 people have died of malaria in Zimbabwe over the past two months, with nearly 90,000 infections recorded, a government official said on Monday. "We have seen increased cases of malaria due to the more rains received this year that ...
Zimbabwe floods 'cause spike in malaria cases'News24
Zimbabwe braces for malaria outbreak following deadly floodsInternational Business Times UK

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Neither up nor down – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary - The Zimbabwean - The Zimbabwean

The Zimbabwean

Neither up nor down – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary - The Zimbabwean
The Zimbabwean
Like the Grand Old Duke of York, Morgan Tsvangirai marched his men up to the top of the hill on Wednesday. And, as goes the English nursery rhyme, ...

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The financial meltdown in Zimbabwe and the impending crisis - News24

The financial meltdown in Zimbabwe and the impending crisis
News24
The banking system in Zimbabwe has been crippled by the worsening liquidity crises and cash shortages. Depositors are bearing the full rage of the crisis as they are not able to get cash on demand. A financial intermediary never holds sufficient ...



Court stops Zimbabwe first lady's eviction of villagers - eNCA

eNCA

Court stops Zimbabwe first lady's eviction of villagers
eNCA
HARARE – A high court judge has interdicted Zimbabwe government authorities from harassing villagers at a farm that powerful first lady Grace Mugabe wants to turn into a wildlife park. Justice Felistus Chatukuta ordered Lands and Resettlement Minister ...
Court stops Zimbabwe's First Lady's eviction of villagersSouth African Broadcasting Corporation
Court bars Zim authorities from harassing and evicting Mazowe villagersThe Zimbabwean

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Zimbabwe bans meat imports from Brazil - Namibian

Namibian

Zimbabwe bans meat imports from Brazil
Namibian
“Following reports that some Brazilian meat processors/packers have been selling and especially exporting rotten and substandard produce for several years, the government of Zimbabwe is suspending with immediate effect the importation of all meat and ...

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US, AU collaborate to boost Zim's anti- malaria efforts - The Zimbabwean

The Zimbabwean

US, AU collaborate to boost Zim's anti- malaria efforts
The Zimbabwean
“In 2015, following discussions with the Zimbabwe National Malaria Program, the United States President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) committed to support a laboratory to enhance Zimbabwe's capacity for entomologic surveillance and monitoring and ...



Govt struggles with social problems - NewsDay

NewsDay

Govt struggles with social problems
NewsDay
“Considering the increase in demand for social welfare services in Zimbabwe due to vulnerability which has been exacerbated by poverty and natural disasters, my ministry is advocating for more social workers to be employed by the government,” Mupfumira ...