Facing international isolation, Mnangagwa gives up Davos plan to return home

Facing international isolation, Mnangagwa gives up Davos plan to return home 1

HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa will avoid a public humiliation on the world stage after announcing he was cancelling a planned trip to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, to return home where the military is laying siege on a restive population. Mnangagwa lit the fuse on a powder keg of national discontent on January 12 when he announced a shock 150 increase in the price of fuel, before flying off to Eastern Europe where he remained on Sunday. In his absence, trade unions shut down the country…

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ED faces uphill task to re-engage world

ED faces uphill task to re-engage world 3

Zimbabwe’s chances of re-engaging with some of the world’s biggest economies are fast fading away after the latest wave of human rights abuses by government security organs which according to civil society organisations has left at least 12 people dead and dozens others injured. President Emmerson Mnangagwa Following the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe in 2017 after a soft coup led by the army, the world had given Zimbabwe under the leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa the benefit of doubt. Mugabe’s rule was characterised by repression and human rights…

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Security roadblocks marshalled everywhere

Security roadblocks marshalled everywhere 4

On Jan 20, 2019 64,552 0 State security agents have maintained a heavy presence on the country’s major roads following a three-day stay-away that took place early last week. Soldiers patrol as protestors gather during a demonstration over the hike in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. A Zimbabwean military helicopter on Tuesday fired tear gas at demonstrators blocking a road and burning tires in the capital on a second day of deadly protests after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in the economically…

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Zim at Crossroads as horror 2019 unfolds

Zim at Crossroads as horror 2019 unfolds 5

The palpable fear among many Zimbabweans that 2019 would become yet another “annus horribilis” — Latin for a horrible year — has become a harrowing reality, with the country’s political and economic situation declining ever more rapidly. Armed riot police secure the area as pastor and activist Evan Mawarire, arrives at the magistrates courts in Harare, Zimbabwe, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights have said in a statement that Mawarire who is among the more than 600 people arrested this week has been charged with subverting a…

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War veterans leader Mutsvangwa leads dramatic plot to oust Mnangagwa

War veterans leader Mutsvangwa leads dramatic plot to oust Mnangagwa 6

HARARE – Zanu PF rebels have initiated a process to recall President Emmerson Mnangagwa from the presidency, ZimLive can reveal. At least 35 Zanu PF MPs met at the party’s headquarters in Harare on Friday night, where war veterans’ leader Christopher Mutsvangwa laid out the plan, sources have said. The rebels are said to be considering a wildcard candidate to take over. Legally, Vice Presidents Constantino Chiwenga or Kembo Mohadi, the other Vice President, would assume the presidency on an acting basis until Zanu PF nominates a replacement, who could…

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Change is nigh, declares Chamisa as he buries victim of military killing

Change is nigh, declares Chamisa as he buries victim of military killing 8

CHITUNGWIZA – MDC leader Nelson Chamisa on Saturday attended the burial of Kelvin Tinashe Choto, a 22-year-old man shot by the military during fuel protests on January 14, before declaring: “Change is nigh!” Chamisa said President Emmerson Mnangagwa had “crossed the line” by deploying troops to quell protests over a 150 percent increase in the price of fuel which he decreed, before leaving on a five-nation trip to Eastern Europe. “We have lost a young and promising life. Kelvin was not a politician, he was not an activist, he was…

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‘I’ve been robbed by the state:’ Zimbabwe, in chaos, mourns

‘I’ve been robbed by the state:’ Zimbabwe, in chaos, mourns 10

By Farai Mutsaka | Associated Press | Before the family of Kelvin Tinashe Choto knew he had been killed, social media in Zimbabwe was circulating a photo of his battered body lying on the reception counter of a local police station. Angry protesters had left him there. A family member of Kelvin Tinashe Choto reacts, during his funeral in Chitungwiza, about 30 kilometres south east of the capital, Harare, Zimbabwe, Saturday, Jan, 19, 2019. Before the family of Kelvin Tinashe Choto knew he had been killed, social media in Zimbabwe…

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Plan to embarrass Mnangagwa in Switzerland

Plan to embarrass Mnangagwa in Switzerland 11

By Tendai Kamhungira Pressure is mounting on President Emmerson Mnangagwa regarding his planned trip to the World Economic Forum (Wef)’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, next week — amid Zimbabwe’s worsening political crisis, the Daily News can report. Emmerson Mnangagwa at the World Economic Forum in Davos This comes as plans are afoot by Mnangagwa’s seething opponents to confront and embarrass him when he appears at the meeting — as public anger over the cumulative events of the past few days mounts. Should the threatened demonstrations and public haranguing of Mnangagwa…

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US senators blast Zimbabwe govt

US senators blast Zimbabwe govt 12

By Blessings Mashaya United States senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons — who are both members of Washington’s influential Senate Foreign Relations Committee — have blasted the government over the heavy handedness of the security agents on protestors. United States senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons This comes after Zimbabweans heeded the call by the militant ZCTU to stay-away from work for three days in protest of current economic meltdown and the recent fuel price hikes however, the protest ended violently. Hundreds of people claimed both police and soldiers had launched…

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Soldiers leave ugly terror trail

Soldiers leave ugly terror trail 13

By Tendai Kamhungira and Jeffrey Muvundusi Horror stories are slowly emerging of how the country’s trigger-happy security forces brutalised ordinary Zimbabweans this week — shooting  68 people and leaving dozens others requiring life-saving surgeries nationally following deadly clashes between protesters and law enforcement agents over steep fuel price increases. Soldiers patrol as protestors gather during a demonstration over the hike in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. A Zimbabwean military helicopter on Tuesday fired tear gas at demonstrators blocking a road and burning tires in the capital on…

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