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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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End of an era: President Robert Mugabe on the verge of loosing power

Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe is on the verge of loosing power. All the 10 Zanu-PF party’s provinces have resolved that Mugabe should step down as President of Zimbabwe and President and First Secretary of the party. Zimbabweans are participating in a massive anti-Mugabe demonstration. While the future remains uncertain, what has galvanised Zimbabweans, and is being celebrated is the imminent fall of a many viewed as a dictator. This is certainly the dawn of a new era.

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Cartoon: Zimbabwe’s coup d’état that never was?

On the 15 of November the military in Zimbabwe took control of the country’s state broadcaster and also blocked off access to government offices, and parliament but denied it was taking over government. Military spokesperson, Major General S.B. Moyo made a televised statement saying the army is targeting “criminals around” President Robert Mugabe, who are “committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in order to bring them to justice”. Following the military takeover South Africa President Jacob Zuma sent special envoys to Zimbabwe to meet with President Mugabe and the Zimbabwean Defence Force but the political crisis is far from being resolved. Pres Mugabe appears to be still at the helm and in a surprising development he appeared in public for the first time since the coup to attend a graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe Open University in Harare. Mugabe’s future remains uncertain and Zimbabwe is on tenterhooks as the political drama unfolds.

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“Remove” Mugabe and “reclaim” your country Julius Malema tells Zimbabweans

South African opposition Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) Leader Julius Malema has once again criticised Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe for clinging on to power again stating that, “A good leader should have produced 2nd &; 3rd layer leadership to continue the good fight against imperialism.” “Zimbabweans should remove him & reclaim their country,” Malema said.

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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.