Robert Mugabe http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26505/all en UPDATE 2-Mugabe deputy John Nkomo dies after cancer battle http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-2-mugabe-deputy-john-nkomo-dies-after-cancer-battle <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds Mugabe quotes)</p> <p>By Cris Chinaka</p> <p>HARARE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Zimbabwean Vice-President John Nkomo died on Thursday after treatment for cancer in South Africa, President Robert Mugabe said, removing a potential successor to the ageing leader who has his own health problems.</p> <p>Nkomo, 78, was nominated for the joint number two position alongside Joice Mujuru two years ago after a fractious meeting of the southern African nation's ruling ZANU-PF party.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-2-mugabe-deputy-john-nkomo-dies-after-cancer-battle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Politics of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Social Issues Zimbabwe Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:45:32 +0000 5735622 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe's Mugabe, Tsvangirai agree on new constitution http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/zimbabwes-mugabe-tsvangirai-agree-new-constitution <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Deal clears path for referendum, elections</p> <p>* Parties wrangled over presidential powers</p> <p>* Election in southern African state due in 2013</p> <p>By Nelson Banya</p> <p>HARARE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Zimbabwean leaders Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai said on Thursday they had resolved disputes over a proposed new constitution and would soon call a referendum on the charter, a key step before elections due this year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/zimbabwes-mugabe-tsvangirai-agree-new-constitution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Social Issues Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:00:43 +0000 5735728 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe groups condemn crackdown on Mugabe critics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/zimbabwe-groups-condemn-crackdown-mugabe-critics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>HARARE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Zimbabwean rights groups on Friday condemned what they called an escalating campaign against critics of veteran President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party ahead of elections expected this year.</p> <p>A group of 58 civic organisations, including church and legal groups, said in a statement there was a "well-calculated and intensified" assault on human rights activists, journalists and artists through slander, intimidation, raids, arrests, prosecutions and persecution.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/zimbabwe-groups-condemn-crackdown-mugabe-critics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Robert Mugabe Social Issues Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:15:40 +0000 5736286 at http://www.globalpost.com Mugabe buries deputy Nkomo, urges peaceful Zimbabwe poll http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/mugabe-buries-deputy-nkomo-urges-peaceful-zimbabwe-poll <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Mugabe: peace crucial for Zimbabwe's future</p> <p>* Zimbabwe leader avoids comments on own health</p> <p>By Cris Chinaka</p> <p>HARARE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Monday buried his deputy, John Nkomo, whose death from cancer has underscored concerns about the 88-year-old leader's own health problems and succession plans.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/mugabe-buries-deputy-nkomo-urges-peaceful-zimbabwe-poll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Robert Mugabe Social Issues Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:15:22 +0000 5737252 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe draft constitution curbs presidential powers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/zimbabwe-draft-constitution-curbs-presidential-powers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* President must share power with cabinet</p> <p>* Limited to two, five-year terms</p> <p>* Draft charter paves way for election this year</p> <p>By Nelson Banya</p> <p>HARARE, Jan 29 (Reuters) - A draft constitution in Zimbabwe that paves the way for an election this year curbs presidential powers and strengthens cabinet and parliament, which have been weakened under veteran President Robert Mugabe's rule.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/zimbabwe-draft-constitution-curbs-presidential-powers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Politics of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Social Issues Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:30:04 +0000 5741070 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe man jailed for Mugabe bar insult http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/zimbabwe-man-jailed-mugabe-bar-insult <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Zimbabwean man has been jailed for three months for comparing a fellow bar-goer to President Robert Mugabe's anus, his lawyer said Monday.</p> <p>Norman Mangena said his client Clemence Zikhali -- a cement factory worker from the south west of the country -- was convicted after being charged for behaviour likely to cause public disorder.</p> <p>"He mentioned the president in jest while referring to a fellow patron in a bar. It was not a direct insult to the president," Mangena told AFP.</p> <p>Zikhali reportedly told his fellow patron "You are Mugabe's arsehole."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/zimbabwe-man-jailed-mugabe-bar-insult" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Politics of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:16:31 +0000 5752632 at http://www.globalpost.com Mugabe suspends top officials over diamond graft http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/mugabe-suspends-top-officials-over-diamond-graft <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The party of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has suspended five senior officials on suspicion of fraud involving $700,000 (521,678 euros) of diamond proceeds, an official said Tuesday.</p> <p>In a rare disciplinary move, Mugabe's ZANU-PF party suspended a regional chairman and four others over allegations they had extorted money from foreign mining companies.</p> <p>"All we are going by is what has been alleged, that there are cases of fraud, dishonesty and embezzlement," party spokesman Rugare Gumbo told AFP, refusing to give further details.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/mugabe-suspends-top-officials-over-diamond-graft" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elections in Zimbabwe Politics Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:46:18 +0000 5753635 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe's Mugabe faces new political battle http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/zimbabwes-mugabe-faces-new-political-battle <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Veteran strongman Robert Mugabe once said, apparently in jest, that he would rule Zimbabwe until he turned 100.</p> <p>If Zimbabweans vote for a new constitution on March 16, he will not get the chance, but he may yet come very close.</p> <p>Wednesday's unveiling of dates for a constitutional referendum and July elections set Mugabe up for another decade in power. The new basic law would allow Zimbabwe's president to run for the office again, and at two terms of five years each he could stay on as president until 2023, when he would be 99.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/zimbabwes-mugabe-faces-new-political-battle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Robert Mugabe Social Issues Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:31:07 +0000 5754870 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Mugabe sets March 16 for vote on Zimbabwe constitution http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130215/update-1-mugabe-sets-march-16-vote-zimbabwe-constitution <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds details)</p> <p>HARARE, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has set March 16 as the date for a referendum on a proposed new constitution, a crucial step towards a general election late in the year to end a four-year coalition government.</p> <p>Adoption of a new constitution seems almost certain since both Mugabe's and rival Morgan Tsvangirai's parties have backed it. Once enacted, it will pave way for presidential and parliamentary elections that Tsvangirai said this week were expected in July.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130215/update-1-mugabe-sets-march-16-vote-zimbabwe-constitution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Robert Mugabe Social Issues Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election Thomson Reuters Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:45:30 +0000 5756605 at http://www.globalpost.com Mugabe confirms date for constitution vote http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/mugabe-confirms-date-constitution-vote <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Friday confirmed the holding of a referendum on a new constitution on March 16.</p> <p>"I consider it desirable to ascertain the views of voters on whether or not the draft constitution should be enacted as the constitution of Zimbabwe," Mugabe said in a notice in the official government gazette.</p> <p>"Now, therefore, I do, by this proclamation appoint Saturday the 16th March, 2013 as the day on which the referendum will be held."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/mugabe-confirms-date-constitution-vote" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 16:30:52 +0000 5756808 at http://www.globalpost.com Mugabe thanks God for long life ahead of birthday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/mugabe-thanks-god-long-life-ahead-birthday <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said Wednesday on the eve of his 89th birthday he owed his long life to God and revealed that he suffers loneliness from the loss of friends and relatives.</p> <p>"It's him, our creator, who is responsible for the fact that I am 89," Mugabe told guests at a party at state house hosted by his staff ahead of his birthday on Thursday.</p> <p>"When you get to that stage, you can't avoid that yesterday when I was younger we were many. All my friends have gone. Also, relatives are gone and I continue to linger on," he added.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/mugabe-thanks-god-long-life-ahead-birthday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nationalism Robert Mugabe Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe AFP Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:46:20 +0000 5761360 at http://www.globalpost.com Mugabe turns 89 "like good old wine" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/mugabe-turns-89-good-old-wine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Supporters of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe heaped praise on him as he turned 89 on Thursday with one newspaper gushing that he was "ripening" like good old wine.</p> <p>The state-controlled Herald newspaper dedicated a 16-page supplement filled with congratulatory messages from state corporations, private firms and individuals, for Africa's oldest leader.</p> <p>"Celebrating his 89th birthday today, President Mugabe is still going strong and is mentally and physically as fit as ever ripening with each passing day like good old wine," said an editorial in The Herald.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/mugabe-turns-89-good-old-wine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nationalism Politics Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:01:36 +0000 5762146 at http://www.globalpost.com REFILE-At 89, Mugabe sees 'divine' mission to rule Zimbabwe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130221/at-89-mugabe-sees-divine-mission-rule-zimbabwe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Removes extraneous words in 26th paragraph)</p> <p>* Mugabe speaks of solitude, hopes to extend 33-year rule</p> <p>* Supporters worry over Mugabe's health</p> <p>* Opponents say he will struggle to win youth vote</p> <p>By Cris Chinaka</p> <p>HARARE, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Robert Mugabe said he had a "divine task" to lead Zimbabwe, shrugging off concerns about his health and fitness for office as he prepares for what could be one the closest election battles since he came to power in 1980.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130221/at-89-mugabe-sees-divine-mission-rule-zimbabwe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Robert Mugabe Social Issues Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election Thomson Reuters Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:00:33 +0000 5762208 at http://www.globalpost.com Old age haunts Mugabe's political life as he turns 89 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/old-age-haunts-mugabes-political-life-he-turns-89 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe turned 89 on Thursday determined to extend his grip on power despite concerns over his health and advanced age.</p> <p>Africa's oldest leader and world's second oldest after Shimon Peres of Israel, Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.</p> <p>Despite speculation over his physical fitness Mugabe accepted nomination from his ZANU-PF party to stand for another five-year term in elections due in July.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/old-age-haunts-mugabes-political-life-he-turns-89" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election AFP Fri, 22 Feb 2013 04:30:36 +0000 5762932 at http://www.globalpost.com Thousands at Mugabe 89th birthday party http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/thousands-at-mugabe-89th-birthday-party <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader, treated 10,000 party faithful Saturday to a feast of music and poetry singing his praise to mark his 89th birthday.</p> <p>Mugabe, who turned 89 on February 21, sported a bright red cap with his year of birth in green numbers and looked jovial as he cut his birthday cakes during an event at a stadium in the northeastern mining town of Bindura.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/thousands-at-mugabe-89th-birthday-party" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest Politics Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 18:45:14 +0000 5771777 at http://www.globalpost.com