At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the last two months in Zimbabwe’s biggest national park. The deaths come as a serious drought forced animals to stray into nearby communities in search of food and water. The drought is the worst in years in the southern African nation that is also reeling from its collapsed economy, resulting in massive food and water shortages.
African leaders praised Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe as a hero during a poorly-attended funeral at the country’s National Sports Stadium. More than 10 African leaders and several former presidents attended the service for Mugabe, who died last week in Singapore aged 95, but the crowd filled only about 30 percent of the 60,000 capacity stadium in Harare.
Robert Mugabe, the former president of Zimbabwe who became an African liberation hero after toppling white colonial rule but then led his country to economic collapse and the brink of starvation, has died at the age of 95. Mugabe was the world’s oldest ruler when he resigned as Zimbabwe’s president in November of 2017, following a military coup. He had ruled the country since 1980.
In his first interview since leaving his post, former president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe described his November departure as a ‘coup d’etat’ that ‘we must undo.’ Mugabe claims he was forced to accept his replacement by current President Emmanuel Mnangagwa to avoid widespread bloodshed. Mugabe said the transition was ‘truly a military takeover.’
Several people have been killed during protests in Zimbabwe after the government more than doubled the price of fuel overnight. Hundreds more were arrested as demonstrators took to the streets in the cities of Harare and Bulawayo. President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the fuel price rise is aimed at tackling shortages caused by an increase in fuel use and “rampant” illegal trading. Zimbabwe’s government is trying to resuscitate the country’s struggling economy. Inflation is running high while wages have stagnated.
Zimbabwe forces have engaged in “systematic torture” of protesters, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission has found. The torture, mostly consisting of “indiscriminate and severe beatings,” follows several days of looting, fires and street barricades by protesters angry over high fuel prices. The country has been mired in violent protests after President Emmerson Mnangagwa more than doubled fuel prices earlier this month. At least 12 people have been reported killed, while hundreds have been arrested and jailed.
Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF party became the official winner of the first elections since the ousting of authoritarian leader Robert Mugabe on Friday. Mnangagwa’s win continues nearly four decades of rule by the party. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) officials announced that Mnangagwa won 50.8% of votes. Mnangagwa called his win a ‘new beginning.’.
Three people were killed in Zimbabwe when soldiers were to deployed to handle opposition supporters accusing the ruling party of rigging Monday’s presidential election. The UN and UK expressed concern over the violence, calling for Zimbabwe’s politicians to ‘use restraint.’ The election results remain unknown, as EU monitors say the delay undermines the vote’s credibility.
Zimbabwe’s first elections since ex-President Robert Mugabe was ousted from office after nearly four decades is set to take place on Monday. Mugabe said he will not vote for successor and former ally Emmerson Mnangagwa of the Zanu-PF Party. Mnangagwa’s main challenger is Nelson Chamisa from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe defied expectations, Sunday, claiming he will remain in power despite pressure to resign. Following Mugabe’s house arrest induced by Zimbabwe’s military forces, the Zanu-PF party announced his dismissal as president Sunday, allowing 24 hours for formal resignation. The ruling party threatened impeachment by parliament Tuesday if Mugabe does not resign.