May 1, 1989
A founder of Zimbabwe's ruling party launched a new opposition political movement with the avowed aim of preventing a dictatorship. Edgar Tekere, 52, chairman of the new Zimbabwe Unity Movement, told a news conference the current leadership is "decayed." He vowed to challenge President Robert Mugabe in the next elections, which are due before April, 1990. Tekere, who helped Mugabe establish the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union party in 1963, was fired from his party posts in October after lashing out at high-level corruption.
April 20, 1989 |
As with so many good scandals, the one called "Willowgate" began unraveling with a misdirected letter. The letter and an enclosed check landed on the desk of a businessman here named Obert Mpofu. Mpofu was mystified as to why he would be entitled to a $1,900 rebate from the Zimbabwean government's Willowvale auto assembly plant for a car he had not ordered and would not be entitled to buy for many years. Then he noticed that both items were actually meant for one A. Mpofu.