Mugabe rants againts white ‘non-racial’ liberals

Zimbabawe’s President Robert Mugabe on Monday used his farewell speech, as outgoing chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to rant against white liberals.

He used the podium at the opening of the annual SADC summit here on Monday, … Read the rest

Mugabe blames xenophobic violence on whites

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe laid the blame for xenophobic violence in South Africa on whites, because he said they still owned most of the land and had most of the opportunities.

“It is a matter of the whites keeping things … Read the rest

Lesotho’s opposition leader flees country

Lesotho’s opposition leader has fled the country for the second time in a year, claiming that he was at risk of assassination after being voted out of power.

Thomas Thabane, the former prime minister, travelled to Botswana on Tuesday night … Read the rest

SA, Zim cement defence and security

Ministers from South Africa and Zimbabwe have discussed mutual issues of defence and security.

They’ve pledged to strengthen the fight against cross-border crime, using intelligence agencies from both countries.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has been quick to dismiss claims that … Read the rest

Zuma: DRC rebels miss disarmament deadline

The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have missed the deadline set by the Southern African Development Community to voluntarily disarm themselves, it said on Saturday.

In spite of the presence of 20,000 UN peacekeepers, around 50 Congolese … Read the rest

SADC call on international community to end Zim sanctions

Joyce Banda
Joyce Banda

The SADC summit in Malawi has called on the international community to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe. The regional summit in Lilongwe says the July 31 elections in Zimbabwe were free and peaceful. SADC Chair Joyce Banda has commended … Read the rest

‘Congratulations to comrade Robert Mugabe’: SADC leaders

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe

Southern African leaders opened an annual summit Saturday endorsing disputed elections in Zimbabwe that extended President Robert Mugabe’s 33-year rule by another five years.

“Congratulations to comrade Robert Mugabe for conducting peaceful elections,” said the incoming head of … Read the rest

Cabinet congratulates Zim ahead of SADC meeting

Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Cabinet has congratulated the Zimbabwean government for their successful parliamentary and local elections, but would not make any early pronouncements on whether the elections were free and fair.

Zanu-PF’s long standing leader, Robert Mugabe, won the presidential poll … Read the rest

Mugabe does not care about Western criticism over elections

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe

by Susan Njanji

International unease mounted Sunday over the re-election of Africa’s oldest leader Robert Mugabe in polls denounced by Zimbabwe’s opposition as “stolen”.

Mugabe, 89, in power since 1980, trounced his long-standing rival Morgan Tsvangirai in Wednesday’s … Read the rest

Counting underway in knife-edge Zimbabwe election

Zimbabwe ballot paper
Zimbabwe ballot paper

Vote counting was underway in Zimbabwe’s tightly fought election Wednesday, amid high turnout and accusations of rigging by President Robert Mugabe’s allies who wish to extend his 33-year rule.

The 89-year-old Mugabe is Africa’s oldest leader and … Read the rest

Rising Africa, the hopeful continent

africacontinentIn May 2000, the respected international weekly magazine The Economist published a provocative lead article describing Africa as “the hopeless continent”.

To illustrate the hopelessness, the magazine picked several of Africa’s cities as case studies. Among those cities was Freetown, … Read the rest