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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Grace Mugabe: Zimbabwe asks for diplomatic immunity after alleged assault - The Guardian

The Guardian

Grace Mugabe: Zimbabwe asks for diplomatic immunity after alleged assault
The Guardian
Zimbabwe has requested diplomatic immunity for the first lady, Grace Mugabe, after she was accused of assaulting a model at a hotel in Johannesburg, according to a statement from South Africa's police ministry. The suspect's lawyers “and her government ...
Zimbabwe first lady wants diplomatic immunity over assaultSacramento Bee
Zimbabwe's First Lady Allegedly Assaulted A Model Who Partied With Her SonsNDTV
Grace Mugabe an 'embarrassment' for SA and Zimbabwe: analystsTimes LIVE
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Zimbabwe's First Lady Said to Seek Diplomatic Immunity Over Assault Claim - New York Times

New York Times

Zimbabwe's First Lady Said to Seek Diplomatic Immunity Over Assault Claim
New York Times
HARARE, ZimbabweZimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, accused of attacking and injuring a young model she had found with her sons in a hotel room in South Africa, is seeking diplomatic immunity to fend off an assault charge, South African officials ...
Zimbabwe's first lady accused of attacking model, seeks diplomatic immunityGlobalnews.ca
South Africa debating immunity for Zimbabwe first ladyNews24
Mugabe blocks Grace SA arrestNewsDay
Channel NewsAsia
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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe: 'We Will Not Prosecute Killers of White Farmers' - Newsweek

Newsweek

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe: 'We Will Not Prosecute Killers of White Farmers'
Newsweek
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has said that people who murdered white farmers during a government-sanctioned purge in the 2000s will never be prosecuted. The 93-year-old president addressed a rally in Harare on Monday to mark Heroes' Day, ...
Zimbabwe spends $1 billion on Mugabe universityTimes Higher Education (THE)

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Irish friar posthumously awarded Zimbabwe's highest honour - Irish Times

Irish Times

Irish friar posthumously awarded Zimbabwe's highest honour
Irish Times
An Irish Franciscan friar has been posthumously awarded the highest honour the Zimbabwean government can bestow on a foreigner, The Royal Order of ...

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Annual inflation down to 0,14% in July - NewsDay

Bulawayo24 News (press release) (blog)

Annual inflation down to 0,14% in July
NewsDay
ZIMBABWE'S annual inflation shed 0,17 percentage points to 0,14% in July, the Zimbabwe National Statistical Agency (ZimStat) said yesterday. BY FIDELITY MHLANGA. This means that prices as measured by the all items consumer price index increased by ...
Zimbabwe inflation decreasesBulawayo24 News (press release) (blog)

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Sables lose Cup of Nations spot - NewsDay

NewsDay

Sables lose Cup of Nations spot
NewsDay
THE Zimbabwe senior national XVs rugby side have paid a heavy price for their poor run of form and gradual decline on the world rankings over the last two years, as they have lost their slot in the Cup of Nations tournament to be held in Hong Kong in ...

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Is data really that much more expensive in Zimbabwe? - Technology Zimbabwe

Technology Zimbabwe

Is data really that much more expensive in Zimbabwe?
Technology Zimbabwe
South Africa and Zimbabwe are different countries. South Africa is currently in a better position economically, by GDP they are the third largest economy in Africa and no, we are not first or second. The nominal GDP per capita is higher there as is the ...



The Zimbabwe dollar - Chronicle

Chronicle

The Zimbabwe dollar
Chronicle
THE year 1980 was a very good year indeed, not only for political reasons, but economic reasons as the Zimbabwe dollar was very strong against major currencies, even way stronger than regional currencies. Fast forward 2008, the local currency had ...



Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe still in South Africa: police - Reuters

Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe still in South Africa: police
Reuters
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's police ministry said on Wednesday that Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe was still in South Africa and had requested diplomatic immunity against accusations she assaulted a 20-year-old model in an upscale ...



Zimbabwe tobacco sales, earnings fall amid dollar crunch - Reuters

Zimbabwe tobacco sales, earnings fall amid dollar crunch
Reuters
HARARE, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's earnings from sales of tobacco, a major foreign currency earner, fell 7.35 percent to a below target $551 million this year, the domestic tobacco industry said on Wednesday. The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board ...

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