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Zimbabwe's president didn't get the welcome home he hoped for

Zimbabwe's president didn't get the welcome home he hoped for

World
By John Sparks, Africa correspondent, in Zimbabwe When the scarf-clad Zimbabwean president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, touched down at Harare's scruffy-looking airport, he did not get the sort of reception that I am sure he was hoping for.He had spent a week in Europe trying to drum up investment and loans to keep his bankrupt administration afloat but he came home with little in the way of financial support.What's more, he was going have to deal with the fact that tens of thousands of Zimbabweans had been protesting a whopping 150% rise in petrol and diesel.The protests have been met by a brutal police crackdown which saw 12 people killed and dozens injured.Mr Mnangagwa's trip, which was supposed to include a stop at the Davos Economic Forum, was always going t...
Raw sewage in streets: Cholera is Zimbabwe's latest crisis

Raw sewage in streets: Cholera is Zimbabwe's latest crisis

Health
Raw sewage flows freely in some streets of Zimbabwe's capital, posing a deadly challenge to the recently elected president who has promised the troubled country a new dawn. A cholera outbreak has killed more than 30 people and sickened more than 7,000 as it spreads beyond Harare, posing the latest crisis for a government that pledges, somehow, to turn a collapsed economy into a middle-class one by 2030. The signs are not encouraging. Inflation has spiked. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took office after the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe and for a while sent hopes soaring, now spends his time vowing to fight a "medieval" disease. As many residents of Harare hop-skip over fetid puddles, many are reminded of the outbreak a decade ago that killed over 4,000 people. Now water and s...
The huge challenges facing Zimbabwe's next leader

The huge challenges facing Zimbabwe's next leader

World
To get under the skin of the problems facing the incoming Zimbabwean president, you need to get out of the big cities and into rural areas where the bulk of the population live.Many eke out an existence in this economically crippled nation. People like Olivia Mshunga, who lives as the youngest of three generations on a small piece of land in Domboshava.Planting ground nuts in the sandy soil, she wants President-designate Emmerson Mnangagwa to lift her out of subsistence farming.She says: "We are struggling for a long time, no money, no jobs in Zimbabwe, so we want to change our life."Video:Mnangagwa promises 'new democracy'Her next door neighbour Viola Shamuyarira has similar hopes, while Ms Shamuyarira's 18-year-old daughter Yardley just wants a better wheelchair so she can get a job as a...
Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa to return as Mugabe's likely successor

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa to return as Mugabe's likely successor

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceZimbabwe's former vice-president, whose sacking led to the shock resignation of long-time leader Robert Mugabe, will be sworn in as the new president on Friday, the state broadcaster says.Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled to South Africa two weeks ago, would also fly home on Wednesday, it added.His dismissal led the ruling party and the military to intervene and force an end to Mr Mugabe's 37-year long rule.The news sparked wild celebrations across the country late into the night.The announcement that the 93-year-old was stepping down came in the form of a letter read out in parliament on Wednesday, abruptly halting impeachment proceedings against him.In it, Mr Mugabe said he was resigning to allow a smooth and peaceful transfer of power, and that his...