Zimbabwe – 19 August 2016

Opposition leaders vow to end reign of Mugabe’s Zanu-PF in historic show of unity

Leaders of Zimbabwe’s opposition have united as they denounced ageing President Robert Mugabe’s hold on power and called for citizens and political parties to join hands in ending the ruling Zanu-PF party’s alleged misrule. In a push to unseat Mugabe, five parties recently came together to create the Coalition of Democrats – dubbed Code – a coalition they hoped would challenge the head of state and his ruling Zanu-PF party in the 2018 general elections.

Mugabe has ruled with an iron fist, side-lining his rivals through a combination of shrewd politics and force. The nonagenarian has recently quashed any debate about his succession by stressing his intention to stand for re-election in 2018 when he is 94.

The International Business Times


Zimbabwe shifts all Beit Bridge police over suspected corruption

The Zimbabwe police headquarters has transferred all Beitbridge district police officers over suspicions they were engaged in corrupt activities.

In a shock move, police officers from the highest rank to the lowest were transferred from the border town to other parts of the country. The transfers were effected by a police radio communique.

The communique, gleaned by African News Agency (ANA), showed that more than 750 police officers were transferred from Beitbridge to other areas, while a corresponding number replaced them.