February 24, 2011 |
Forty-five Zimbabwean activists who attended a meeting to discuss the successful uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia were charged Wednesday with treason, which could result in the death penalty, and subverting an elected government. Attorneys for the defendants were informed of the treason charges only 10 minutes before Wednesday's court hearing, and had no chance to discuss the charges with their clients, lawyer Marufu Mandevere said. After the hearing, the defendants were led out in leg irons and handcuffs, and prison authorities again denied lawyers access to their clients, Mandevere said.
May 11, 2010 |
Roy Bennett, a key ally of Zimbabwe's prime minister, was acquitted of terrorism charges Monday by a high court judge. The decision removes one source of friction within Zimbabwe's troubled unity government, which joins two longtime rivals: the ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change, or MDC. However, many other sources of tension remain between the two ruling parties....
August 12, 2009 |
Zimbabwean generals known as hard-line supporters of President Robert Mugabe saluted former opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, a gesture welcomed as a public boost for the country's struggling coalition government. During presidential campaigning last year, generals vowed never to salute Tsvangirai, saying their loyalty was to Mugabe. But they showed Tsvangirai that mark of respect as he attended his first Armed Forces Day ceremony as prime minister.
June 19, 2009 |
Amnesty International said Thursday that serious human rights abuses continue in Zimbabwe and criticized members of President Robert Mugabe's ruling party, saying they regard violence as a useful political tool. After a six-day trip to Zimbabwe, the group's chief, Irene Khan, dismissed the government's explanation that it lacked the funds to make improvements on human rights.
April 19, 2009 |
Zimbabweans on Saturday celebrated their first Independence Day under a coalition government, with President Robert Mugabe calling for national reconciliation as he shared the stage with his former political rival. As on previous anniversaries, the military paraded and fighter planes flew over a stadium in Harare, the capital. But this year's proceedings were "indeed unique," Mugabe told the crowd of about 40,000, "giving us the opportunity to celebrate as one family."