Global Witness report exposes diamond wealth among Zimbabwe elites

Global Witness report exposes diamond wealth among Zimbabwe elites

A report from the Global Witness organization finds that Zimbabwe’s military and intelligence personnel, along with political elites, are siphoning off the country’s diamond wealth and hiding it from a nation where three-fourths of the people live in poverty. The new “An Inside Job” report looked at five mining companies…

Benin reveals Talon had surgery during Paris stay

Benin reveals Talon had surgery during Paris stay

Officials in Benin said Monday that President Patrice Talon did in fact undergo two separate surgeries during a recent visit to Paris that sparked much speculation about the state of his health. On May 26, Talon received treatment for a prostate lesion, the statement released to media said. The minor…

Zimbabwe: Short Mugabe address skims State of the Nation surface

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe delivered his State of the Nation address Tuesday, in a short speech that skimmed atop the surface of the country’s spiraling economic and political challenges. In Harare, the 92-year-old Mugabe spoke for just 28 minutes while addressing parliament in a chamber that frequently burst into…

Uganda arrests Trump supporters at U.S. Embassy

Five opposition party supporters in Uganda marched on the U.S. Embassy in Kampala Tuesday, waving signs in support of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and asking Americans to vote for him. Two of the five members of the Uganda Young Democrats were arrested, local media reported. Party leadership later…

Mugabe returns

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has returned after a month-long holiday. On Friday Mugabe, who will turn 92 on February 21, came back after a holiday which spiked rumours that he had suffered a heart attack and collapsed. However, the presidency dismissed the idea. According to state media, rumours over…

Investment in Zimbabwe: what next?

ZIMBABWE’S veteran ruler, President Robert Mugabe is turning to Nigerian billionaire and Africa’s richest man,  Mr Aliko Dangote for elusive foreign direct investment, portraying him as the saviour for his country’s unforgiving economic woes. The wealthy Mr Dangote was in the Southern African country late August to scout for opportunities…

Bhejane Nqobile Bhebhe

Bhejane Nqobile Bhebhe is a Zimbabwe journalist based in the capital, Harare.

Mugabe threatens tougher media laws

Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, has threatened to introduce new harsher and more rigid media laws after he accused the press of lying and writing fiction about him, New Zimbabwe reported. The statement was made during Mugabe’s speech at the luncheon of the third session of the 8th Parliament on Thursday….

Mugabe reads wrong speech at the opening of parliament

President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, gave the wrong speech at the opening of parliament yesterday, his spokesman said. The mix-up was blamed on an office error. The Herald, the Zimbabwean state run newspaper, reported the mistake quoting the presidential spokesman George Charamba explaining the incident. “There has been a mix-up…

Robert Mugabe is again driving Zimbabwe over the cliff: Why Washington and the IMF shouldn’t go with them

Robert Mugabe wants your money again. After years of failing to repay Zimbabwe’s staggering debts, repeatedly blaming the United States for its problems, and shamelessly courting China, the nonagenarian president is now seeking a rapprochement. To be clear, this is the wrong time for Washington to embrace an aging dictator…

Todd Moss and Jeffrey Smith

Todd Moss is senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a former deputy assistant secretary of state for Africa. Jeffrey Smith is an Africa specialist at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights. Follow them on Twitter at @toddjmoss and @Smith_RFKennedy.

Zimbabwean minister accused of corruption

The Zimbabwean minister, Martin Dinha, the minister of state for Mashonaland Central province, has been accused of corruption. He is accused of extorting a white farmer in order to protect him from eviction. Dinha allegedly demanded US$60,000 from a tobacco farmer, Guy Frank Dollar. Dollar is one of the last…

Reforming the African Union

The African Union (AU) is plagued by allegations of its ineffectiveness. From its inability to act against the Ebola crisis to the migrant problem in the Mediterranean Sea, AU has been constantly criticized. One can say that the union’s hands are tied. Given its unsustainable and problematic funding, AU is…

Mugabe threatens to expel U.S. and British diplomats

Yesterday, Robert Mugabe, the serving President of Zimbabwe since 1987, threatened to expel U.S. and British diplomats from the country. Mugabe has accused the representatives of these two Western states of sponsoring vendors to resist their relocation from Harare city centre. The relocation is due to his plans to open…