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Kofi Annan calls for elections with integrity in Zimbabwe

Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan has called for elections with integrity in Zimbabwe. “That vital goal will only be achieved by safeguarding the integrity of the electoral process,” Annan said. Last year Annan advised African leaders to handover power after serving mandated terms and warned that by clinging on and staying on for too long some leaders were “creating situations” which may bring back coups.

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Shade alert: Botswana leader Ian Khama to handover “baton of leadership” to his Deputy as Mugabe fires his VP

Botswana President Ian Khama has never been one to shy away from throwing shade, especially when it’s about his Zimbabwean counterpart President Robert Mugabe. Khama’s comment on social media saying he will pass the leadership baton to the country’s Vice President, ensuring a smooth transfer of power has set tongues wagging, seen as a jibe after Mugabe fired his deputy and long-time ally Mnangagwa.

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Cartoon: President Robert Mugabe threatens to fire his deputy Mnangagwa, as First Lady Grace Mugabe poised to replace embattled Vice President

President Robert Mugabe on Saturday threatened to fire Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa who leads a faction within Zanu PF called Team Lacoste. In a ZBC broadcast speaking in Shona Mugabe declared: “Did I make a mistake in appointing Mnangagwa as my vice president? If I appointing him was a mistake I will drop him by end of day tomorrow. If he [Mnangagwa] and his backers want to form their own party they can go ahead”. The country’s First Lady Grace Mugabe is reportedly poised to take over the Vice Presidency and she has been endorsed by the Youth League and Women’s League. The First Lady this week declared that VP Mnangagwa should be fired from both the government and Zanu-PF, before the ruling party’s extraordinary congress scheduled for December.

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Zimbabwe: Pres Mugabe should name successor, First Lady Grace Mugabe says

The succession debate in Zimbabwe’s governing party Zanu PF has reached a crescendo following recent revelations by the country’s First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe (52) that President Robert Mugabe should now name his successor and any discussion on the issue should involve Mugabe. Zanu PF has been rocked by factional fights as two opposing groups are angling to succeed the 93 year-old who has been at the helm since the country’s independence in 1980. One faction is widely thought to be led by Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa (74) and the rival group, G40 (Generation 40) is believed to enjoy the backing of the First Lady. Grace Mugabe has previously said Mugabe’s corpse could rule even from the grave. Elections are due in July next year.

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Zimbabwe at 37: Betrayed aspirations or ‘total emancipation in progress’?

On 18 April 2017, Zimbabwe celebrated Independence Day, marking 37 years of self-rule. Steady social and economic progress in the early years after independence was followed by challenges and setbacks, social and political instability, economic woes and corruption, which slowed down the development agenda. Malvern Mkudu reflects on the difficult road the country has travelled.