Zimbabwe: #ThisFlag founder Mawarire expected in court Friday

Zimbabwe: #ThisFlag founder Mawarire expected in court Friday

Pastor Evan Mawarire, founder of the #ThisFlag movement in Zimbabwe, is expected in court Friday after his arrest Wednesday at the Harare International Airport, where he was returning from a trip to the United States. Supporters of the human rights activist gathered to wait for Mawarire’s appearance on Thursday, but…

Zimbabwe police promise to crack down on tsikamutanda practices

Authorities in Zimbabwe say they plan to crack down on self-styled “witch hunters” who prey on people in traditional communities, essentially extorting their cash, livestock and other goods – and often doing so with the knowledge of complicit and corrupt local chiefs. Charity Charamba, the national spokeswoman for the Zimbabwe…

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…

Zambia, SADC launch food aid in drought-stricken south

The Zambian government began Wednesday to send food relief to neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe, in an effort to address food shortages in the drought-stricken nations of southern Africa. Shipment of the 48,000 metric tons of maize is part of a USD$2.4 billion humanitarian response coordinated through the Southern African Development…

Zimbabweans scoff at rash Mugabe declaration on U.N.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s proclamation that the country will next year leave the United Nations has been met with derision from Zimbabwe citizens, political leaders and agency heads. The statement, made to Zanu PF supporters over the weekend as Mugabe returned from the UGNA in New York, variously has been…

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…

Zimbabwe outlaws child marriage

The Zimbabwean Constitutional Court has outlawed child marriage in the country, ruling that marriage before the age of 18 is now illegal. Judge Vernanda Ziyambi stated that the ruling is effective immediately and applies to both boys and girls under the age of 18 regardless of whether they are “unregistered,…