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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'Fight For Rights Will Continue' In Zimbabwe, #ThisFlag Movement Pastor Vows - NPR

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'Fight For Rights Will Continue' In Zimbabwe, #ThisFlag Movement Pastor Vows
NPR
With Mnangagwa as the new president, the pastor and other rights campaigners warn that their fight for rights will continue. "It's important that we let the administration that is coming in right now know that if they do to us what Robert Mugabe's ...

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Zimbabwe: Victims of mass 1980s killings still wait for justice - Aljazeera.com

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Zimbabwe: Victims of mass 1980s killings still wait for justice
Aljazeera.com
Tsholotso, Zimbabwe - In a school yard in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland region, a group of children laugh as they throw themselves into the air on a rusty set of swings. It seems like a happy setting, but the children are playing in one of Zimbabwe's killing ...

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Nasama late goal rescues Zimbabwe - The Herald

Nasama late goal rescues Zimbabwe
The Herald
Zimbabwe begun their campaign with a disappointing performance in the goalless draw against Lesotho last week. Dynamos striker Nasama came off the bench to seal the win for Zimbabwe in the second minute of injury-time when it looked as though the tie ...

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Zimbabwe: Looking into the future - The Herald

The Herald

Zimbabwe: Looking into the future
The Herald
OUR past is rich in history; the sacred sacrifices made by the founding fathers of this nation alongside many sons and daughters who perished for our freedom can never be overlooked. From the early days of the Samukange nationalism in the 1930s, moving ...

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Timothy Stamps, Welsh doctor who became Zimbabwe's reforming health minister obituary - Telegraph.co.uk

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Timothy Stamps, Welsh doctor who became Zimbabwe's reforming health minister obituary
Telegraph.co.uk
Timothy Stamps, who has died aged 81, was a doctor from Wales who served as Zimbabwe's minister of health from 1990 (some sources say 1986) to 2002, for much of that time as the only white in Robert Mugabe's cabinet. As a public health expert and as a ...



White farmers get land back in Zimbabwe - Independent Online

Independent Online

White farmers get land back in Zimbabwe
Independent Online
One recently evicted, elderly white farmer in eastern Zimbabwe was told by a cabinet minister and a provincial governor this week that he and his family can return to his land, while another, in a different part of the country who had somehow survived ...
Zimbabwe unveils post-Mugabe economic orderAljazeera.com
Zimbabwe after the party The hangoverThe Zimbabwe Standard
Zimbabwe diaspora extends protest after Mugabe ousterNews24
The Zimbabwe Mail -Quartz -Business Day
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Zimbabwe names diplomat Isaac Moyo as top spy - EWN - Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News

Zimbabwe names diplomat Isaac Moyo as top spy - EWN
Eyewitness News
Isaac Moyo, who was serving as an ambassador to neighbouring South Africa and Lesotho, replaces retired army general Happyton Bonyongwe.
Zimbabwe a failed stateAlbuquerque Journal
Zimbabwe president names new head of state intelligence outfitNational Accord

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Journalists hoping for media freedom in Zimbabwe - eNCA

eNCA

Journalists hoping for media freedom in Zimbabwe
eNCA
Journalists hoping for media freedom in Zimbabwe. Africa; Sunday 10 December 2017 - 6:16am. Some of 50 Namibian journalists protest 18 January 2002 in Windhoek against Zimbabwe's clampdown on press freedom and human rights. Photo: SARAH TAYLOR / AFP ...



Zimbabwe soldiers in robbery spree - Bulawayo24 News (press release) (blog)

Bulawayo24 News (press release) (blog)

Zimbabwe soldiers in robbery spree
Bulawayo24 News (press release) (blog)
Zimbabwe soldiers in robbery spree. by Staff reporter. 12 hrs ago | Views. Two members of the elite forces who allegedly went on a one night robbing spree armed with illegally attained AK47 rifles have applied for bail at the High Court. Timothy Tshuma ...

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Robert Mugabe's 'spoilt' sons return home - Independent Online

Independent Online

Robert Mugabe's 'spoilt' sons return home
Independent Online
Former president Robert Mugabe's two sons have returned home to Harare after their hectic year in Johannesburg. Robert Jnr, 25, and Bellarmine Chatunga, 21, were reportedly reunited with their parents this week. Robert Mugabe, 93, was ousted from power ...

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