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Zimbabwe opposition expels official who asked leader to quit

Zimbabwe's main opposition party on Thursday expelled a senior official who recently called on the party leader and former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai to step down. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) sacked Elton Mangoma, the party's deputy treasurer and a former energy minister, for "defying" the party. The MDC's top decision-making body "unanimously" resolved to dismiss Mangoma "for undermining the authority of the party," spokesman Douglas Mwonzora told AFP. Mangoma can appeal the decision to the same body.

Mugabe shuns EU-Africa talks after wife denied visa

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe will boycott next week's mammoth EU-Africa summit after his wife was denied a visa to enter Europe, a foreign ministry official said on Friday. "We are no longer going to the EU-Africa. We disagreed on the composition of our delegation," said a source at the ministry, who asked not to be named. Harare had earlier on Friday urged the African Union to shun the summit for failing to invite all the Africa bloc's leaders and lift a ban on Zimbabwe's first lady.

Zimbabwe opposition leader says party is united again

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Tuesday said there was renewed unity within the party following talks aimed at bringing an end to months of infighting. "We have discussed our issues and there is now unprecedented harmony and unity of purpose in the MDC cockpit," Tsvangirai told journalists in the capital Harare after a meeting of top officials of his Movement for Democratic Change. "The party is not in turmoil. Of course this was just a bleep in the struggle."

Mugabe vows crackdown on high-profile graft

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Friday vowed to crackdown on corruption involving high-profile officials at state institutions following recent damning exposures of graft, including at the national airline. "If there was any corruption, people will answer for it, I tell you," Mugabe said at a belated party hosted by civil servants and security forces to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Mugabe vows crackdown on high-profile graft

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Friday vowed to crackdown on corruption involving high-profile officials at state institutions following recent damning exposures of graft, including at the national airline. "If there was any corruption, people will answer for it, I tell you," Mugabe said at a belated party hosted by civil servants and security forces to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Zimbabwe opposition tries to allay split fears amid squabbling

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai sought Thursday to allay fears of an implosion of his party which has posed the most formidable challenge to veteran ruler Robert Mugabe's hold on power. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) of the ex-premier has recently been embroiled in quarrels which have at times degenerated into physical attacks. The bickering got worse after the party's deputy treasurer Elton Mangoma wrote to Tsvangirai suggesting he step down after the MDC's loss to Mugabe's ZANU-PF in elections last July.

Zimbabwe opposition leader tries to allay split fears

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai sought Thursday to allay fears of a split in his party after last week's suspension of a key senior official. "The party is alive," Tsvangirai told journalists, as opposing factions in the party fought over the removal of deputy treasurer Elton Mangoma. "There may appear to be a crisis in the cockpit, but the crisis in the cockpit will be sorted out."

Zimbabwe opposition suspends official who urged leader to quit

Zimbabwe's main opposition party on Friday suspended a top official after he publicly called on party leader and former premier Morgan Tsvangirai to resign over his defeat at the polls last year. Elton Mangoma, a former energy minister and deputy treasurer of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was suspended pending an appearance before a disciplinary tribunal.

Petrol bomb attack on home of top Zimbabwe opposition official

A petrol bomb hit the home of top Zimbabwe opposition official and former finance minister Tendai Biti Tuesday, a party spokesman said, the second such attack in three years. "Our secretary general, Tendai Biti told us that his house was attacked early this morning," Douglas Mwonzora, of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), told AFP, adding the explosion did not injure anyone. Mwonzora said the petrol bomb hit the security wall of the Harare house and was likely the work of long ruling President Robert Mugabe and his party.

Zimbabwe opposition official beaten after asking leader to resign

A senior official of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change who has urged its leader Morgan Tsvangirai to step down, said he was beaten up by party youths on Saturday. The party's deputy treasurer Elton Mangoma told AFP he was assaulted and slightly wounded after a meeting at the party's headquarters in central Harare and in the presence of Tsvangirai. "I was coming out of the meeting when I was attacked," he said in a telephone interview. "The youths at the gate beat me with clenched fists and booted feet."
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