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November 20, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Dixon is a Times staff writer.
The man is nervous. He's from the "President's Office," and that doesn't mean serving tea to Robert Mugabe. It's Zimbabwe's version of the KGB: the Central Intelligence Organization. He says all his phones -- cell and land-line -- are bugged, so we're meeting in secret at a house belonging to a go-between in suburban Harare. His voice is barely audible, and he can't sit still. As loyalty to Mugabe wanes, disillusioned insiders like the CIO man are becoming more willing to speak out.
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August 22, 2013 | By Stephanie Findlay
PRETORIA -- Robert Mugabe was sworn in Thursday for another five-year term as the president of Zimbabwe, despite allegations from political opponents and Western states that the election was rigged. The 89-year-old, who has ruled the country since its independence in 1980, lashed out at Western critics in an inauguration speech, saying many countries in Africa and around the world "hailed our elections as free and fair and credible," with the exception of a "few dishonest Western countries.
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WORLD
April 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Opposition speakers withdrew under police orders from a pro-democracy prayer meeting in the western city of Bulawayo, organizers said. Pius Ncube, the local Roman Catholic archbishop and a government critic, spoke about deepening economic hardships blamed on corruption and the policies of President Robert Mugabe.
WORLD
August 12, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - It was vintage Robert Mugabe. The Zimbabwean president, famous for his acerbic tongue, told defeated election rivals on Monday to commit suicide, declaring that they could "go hang. " Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party won a controversial landslide vote in elections last month, though local observers declared the balloting seriously compromised and Western governments expressed concern about the many irregularities. Despite the doubts, rival Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change won little support around the region.
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August 18, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
President Robert Mugabe married his former secretary at a huge Roman Catholic wedding attended by about 15,000 people that brought sleekly suited African leaders together with barefoot villagers. Mugabe, 72, had previously married Grace Marufu, 31, in a 1992 tribal ceremony.
WORLD
March 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai left the hospital, pledging to "soldier on until Zimbabwe is free," but President Robert Mugabe said if opponents incited unrest, "we will bash them again," state radio reported. Tsvangirai, 54, was arrested Sunday after a prayer meeting organized by opposition, church, student and civic groups. Supporters said police smashed his head against a wall repeatedly.
WORLD
January 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Ruling party and opposition officials denied considering a deal to end Zimbabwe's political crisis by having President Robert Mugabe retire. Independent mediators and an opposition leader had said that under the deal, Mugabe would hand control to a power-sharing government. But armed forces chief Gen. Vitalis Zvinavashe, one of two key ruling party figures said to be working on the plan, dismissed the idea as "the work of enemies bent on destroying Zimbabwe."
WORLD
February 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The trial of Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on charges of plotting to kill President Robert Mugabe ended with defense lawyers calling the state's key witness a liar. Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change, denies planning to assassinate Mugabe and seize power ahead of presidential elections in 2002. He also faces separate treason charges linked to anti-government protests. He could be sentenced to death if convicted. No verdict is expected for several months.
WORLD
January 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
President Robert Mugabe would resign and hand authority to a power-sharing government under a deal discussed by Zimbabwe's ruling party and opposition officials, mediators said. The offer made by two of the ruling party's most powerful figures -- Parliament Speaker Emmerson Mnangagwa and armed forces commander Gen. Vitalis Zvinavashe -- was an effort to help Zimbabwe regain international legitimacy and renewed aid and investment. Ruling party officials were not immediately available for
WORLD
July 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
President Robert Mugabe has promised to print more money to fund municipal projects, a government newspaper reported. The pledge came despite hyperinflation that has created severe shortages of cornmeal, meat, milk and other staples. The printing of money is generally regarded as a recipe for inflation -- which is officially at 4,500% in Zimbabwe, though independent economists estimate it to be at least twice as high.
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August 3, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who at 89 has ruled the country for 33 years, was reelected president in an election declared a "farce" by rival Morgan Tsvangirai. Zimbabwe's electoral commission announced Saturday that Mugabe received 61% of the vote, compared with 34% for Tsvangirai, the current prime minister and leader of the Movement for Democratic Change. The vote has been condemned as seriously compromised by the largest local observer group, the Zimbabwe Electoral Support Network.
WORLD
July 31, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Zimbabweans voted Wednesday in an election that international critics say has no hope of being free or fair. President Robert Mugabe, the country's only leader in its 33-year history since independence from Britain, dismissed the fear that the country could once again be headed for a disputed result. "I'm sure that people will vote freely and fairly. There's no pressure being exerted on anyone," the 89-year-old Mugabe told reporters after casting his vote.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Mugabe and the White African," which makes its television premiere Tuesday night on the PBS series "POV," is a documentary film by Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson about Zimbabwean Mike Campbell, who took Robert Mugabe's government to court in an effort to save his family farm and to have Mugabe's "land reform" program declared officially illegal. Campbell, who died in April at age 78 from what his family described as the lingering effects of a beating by Mugabe loyalists, won that battle, though anyone with a lick of sense can see that he was bound to lose the war. The battle, however, is the subject of the film, which is cut to build toward a moment of triumph.
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April 8, 2011 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
Mike Campbell, the white Zimbabwean farmer who won a landmark case in southern Africa's highest court challenging the seizure of his farm by President Robert Mugabe's government, died Wednesday. He was 78. Campbell, whose family said he died of complications from a savage beating by Mugabe loyalists in 2008, called himself a white African. "We're not British or Scottish or anything. We're African," he said stoutly in a 2007 interviews with The Times. But he died homeless in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, after his farm was seized and his house burned down by thugs from the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front.
WORLD
June 19, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
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.
WORLD
April 19, 2009 | Associated Press
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."
NEWS
April 18, 1988
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, moving cautiously to implement a unity accord with the former chief opposition party, named opposition leader Joshua Nkomo to a top ruling party post. Nkomo was appointed interim second vice president. Mugabe and the opposition chief agreed last December to merge their two parties, which had been fierce rivals since independence in 1980. Mugabe also announced the formation of three committees to formally integrate his and Nkomo's party.
NEWS
December 31, 1987
Prime Minister Robert Mugabe was proclaimed Zimbabwe's first executive president at a short session of both houses of Parliament in Harare. Mugabe, 63, will be sworn in today, taking over from the titular president, Canaan Banana, who has been head of state for the past seven years. The powerful new presidency was created by a constitutional reform abolishing the post of prime minister and giving full powers to the head of state.
WORLD
March 10, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday sought to quash speculation among his supporters and others that a car accident that injured him and killed his wife was an assassination attempt. "In this case I want to say there is no foul play. It was an accident that unfortunately took away her life," he said, addressing supporters outside his home in Harare, the capital. Many opponents of President Robert Mugabe have been killed in suspicious car crashes.
WORLD
March 7, 2009 | Godwin Mangudya and Robyn Dixon
Zimbabwe's new prime minister was slightly injured and his wife killed Friday when their car collided with a truck on one of the nation's notoriously bad roads, officials with his party told reporters outside the Harare hospital where he was being treated. Morgan Tsvangirai, 56, was sworn in last month as prime minister of a unity government in the troubled southern African nation after years in opposition to the regime of President Robert Mugabe.
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