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…

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…

Rio Tinto leaves Zimbabwe

Rio Tinto, the global mining giant, has left Zimbabwe after 60 years of business in the country. The decision came after they sold their 78% stake in Murowa Diamonds and 50% interest in Sengwa Coal to RioZim.  “Rio Tinto believes that the future of these assets can be best managed…