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Flood-hit Zimbabwe seeks $20 million in relief aid

Zimbabwean authorities on Tuesday launched an international appeal for $20 million to help some 20,000 people displaced by flooding in the south of the country following torrential rains. Villagers living in the basin of a huge dam project that is under construction in Masvingo province have been most affected.

Tsvangirai urged to quit as Zimbabwe opposition leader

By Cris Chinaka HARARE (Reuters) - Pressure on Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to quit rose on Friday as senior members of his party debated whether to call an early congress to decide on his future after losing three presidential elections. Tsvangirai, 61, has led the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) since it was formed in 1999 to challenge President Robert Mugabe - the sole ruler since the former Rhodesia gained independence from Britain in 1980 - and his ZANU-PF party.

Tsvangirai urged to quit as Zimbabwe opposition leader

By Cris Chinaka HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai faced more pressure to quit when party chiefs debated on Friday whether to call an early party congress to decide the future of a man who has lost three presidential polls. Tsvangirai, 61, has led the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) since it was formed in 1999 to challenge President Robert Mugabe, the sole ruler since the former Rhodesia gained independence from Britain in 1980, and his ZANU-PF party.

Zimbabweans round on 'fat cat' state executives

By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - It's not just Wall Street or London's Square Mile where "fat cat" salaries trigger banner headlines and howls of outrage from activists and lawmakers. In cash-strapped and deeply impoverished Zimbabwe, newspapers have kept their readers riveted for weeks with revelations about managers of state-owned firms pocketing millions of dollars in pay while the economy stagnates.

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Tsvangirai urged to resign

A senior member of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change has urged party leader Morgan Tsvangirai to step down, months after a crushing electoral defeat to President Robert Mugabe. "It is my humble submission that, at this juncture, it is time you consider leaving the office of the president of the movement," Elton Mangoma, MDC's deputy treasurer general wrote in a letter to Tsvangirai last week. "The party is in dire need for new ideas, new thinking, a new trajectory and new stimulus."

Zimbabwe's Mugabe says long life is 'God's will'

Africa's oldest leader and Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, whose state of health has sparked speculation in recent years, on Tuesday credited his longevity to "God's will". "I do not know how I have come to live this long. It is all God's will," Mugabe, who turns 90 on February 21, said at the burial of his younger sister Bridget.

Mugabe appears in public to mourn sister

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance this year, quashing speculation about his health as he mourns his sister's death. State television on Monday showed images of Mugabe greeting government officials and members of his ZANU-PF party at his official residence in the capital Harare. The veteran leader, who turns 90 next month, did not show signs of declining health as he greeted those paying their condolences at State House on Sunday, after his younger sister Bridget passed away in a Harare hospital.

Zimbabwe denies Mugabe illness

Zimbabwean authorities on Thursday denied reports that President Robert Mugabe has extended his annual leave due to ill health. "The President goes on leave every year in January," Mugabe's spokesman George Charamba told AFP. "He is still on leave and how can he be seeking an extension when we have not come to the end of January?" Charamba also denied reports that the veteran leader was unwell. "As far as I know, he is well and enjoying his rest."

Zimbabwe government workers reject double-digit pay rises

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe government employees have rejected pay increases of up to 27 percent as too small, a union leader said on Thursday, putting more pressure on President Robert Mugabe to deliver on election promises made last year of higher wages. Unions want a monthly minimum wage of $543 - equivalent to the poverty line - for Zimbabwe's 235,000 state employees, the bulk of whom are teachers.

Zimbabwe to introduce New Year ban on foreign owners

Zimbabwe will from New Year's Day ban foreigners from owning a majority stake in a host of businesses from bakeries to beauty salons, a cabinet minister said Tuesday. Foreigners will only be allowed to own minority stakes in the affected businesses if they have local partners, and will be given between four and five years to comply with the new law. "We are saying from January 1, 2014, we will not be issuing foreigners licences in areas reserved for locals," indigenisation minister Francis Nhema, told AFP.
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