Zimbabwe parliament leader: Hey, I just got Mugabe’s resignation letter!

Mnangagwa had exiled himself to South Africa after Mugabe's wife Grace threatened to have him killed as Mugabe deposed his VP in her favor. … Just last night, the military offered Mugabe a "roadmap" for relinquishing power that would have left Mugabe with some maneuvering room over the next few days. … Mugabe had enough personal authority left that both the military and Mugabe's party offered him a number of options for relinquishing power, and even gave him an opportunity to leave custody for a personal appearance over the weekend…

Mugabe’s army getting antsy

It will mean a civil war, and Mugabe and his goons will be the first against the wall -- and Mugabe knows it. … Mugabe had the foresight to ensure payment to his officer corps, at least in the more senior positions, but the enlisted men and junior officers make up the bulk of the force. … Robert Mugabe owes his position and his life to his armed forces, which have not only kept the Zimbabwean dictator safe from overthrow but also suppressed his opposition…

Mugabe aiming for immunity?

That won't just be for the stability of the successor government, which would fear a Mugabe change of heart, but also for Mugabe's own safety. … If the opposition MDC will not agree, Mugabe will declare an emergency and order a rerun of the entire election … Robert Mugabe reportedly wants a deal for immunity in exchange for allowing a peaceful transition of power to Morgan Tsvangirai after losing the election last weekend, according to the Guardian…

South Africa to Mugabe: You’re over

Mugabe and his regime didn't expect this from the man who had been a reliable toady for years and who had run interference for the past few months while Mugabe stole another election. … The entire power structure of the Mugabe reign will have to be dismantled in order for Mugabe to avoid a call from South Africa for prosecution of Mugabe by the ICC. … Mbeki, who has done all he can to shield and support Mugabe for the past eight years, has come under overwhelming western pressure and has had to tell Mugabe that he could no longer protect him and his key cronies from being charged by the International Criminal Court (ICC)…

Mugabe goes Smoot-Hawley

He has turned Zimbabwe from a net exporter of agricultural and manufactured goods to a pauper nation where most farm land now stands unused, thanks to its control by Mugabe cronies and Mugabe himself. … Mugabe signed an indigenisation law that requires all businesses in Zimbabwe to have at least 51% ownership by black Zimbabweans … With his nation facing an economic collapse of massive proportions, one might think that Robert Mugabe would seek out all of the foreign investment he could find…

Mugabe to admit defeat?

Mugabe may have decided that conceding that he didn't beat Tsvangirai in the first round would force the MDC leader to accept a run-off, where Mugabe can play games to prevail against his opponent. … The 47%-44% lead to which Mugabe appears ready to admit seems designed to fit into margins of error in order to give Mugabe some benefit of the doubt. … The Zimbabwe election commission, controlled by Robert Mugabe, may announce today that Mugabe lost the presidential election held almost five weeks ago…

Mugabe mouthpiece: Poll results “dangerous”

The Movement for Democratic Change has gone to court to try to force out the result of the March 29 vote, saying its leader Morgan Tsvangirai has won and should be declared president, ending the 28-year rule of President Robert Mugabe... … According to the attorney from Mugabe's election commission, that secret could create dangerous "exigencies" that the government could not control. … Robert Mugabe has a secret, and he wants to protect his nation by keeping it to himself and his closest henchmen friends…

Zanu-PF: The Mugabe heave-ho will start tomorrow

Zimbabwe's ruling party says it has instructed its chief whip to move ahead with impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe. … Despite their best efforts to give the dictator a face-saving retirement after 37 years of dictatorial power, Mugabe double-crossed them in yesterday's speech. … The message from Robert Mugabe's own party seems to be ... No more Mr. Nice Guy…

Reports: Mugabe to resign

The people surrounding Mugabe now rigged the last election, and probably most of the elections since Mugabe took power in 1980, first as Prime Minister and then as President. … Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe is ready to step down after he accepted he failed to win the country's presidential election, a senior source in his ruling party and diplomats told AFP Tuesday. … Robert Mugabe appears to have reached that conclusion, according to sources for AFP…

Mugabe running the dictator’s playbook

Mugabe finds himself in a jam of his own making after the MDC managed to document the raw vote totals from each of the precincts. … Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he won the vote outright and has been traveling the region to try to persuade neighboring leaders to pressure President Robert Mugabe to step down. … Robert Mugabe continues to work right out of the dictator's playbook in the spiraling crisis in Zimbabwe…

Mugabe: Hey, guys, how about a do-over?

If Mugabe wanted to honor an election, he has the opportunity now by inviting the UN to review the raw vote totals and the MDC's photographs of the local precinct results that they took as a safeguard against Mugabe's election-rigging. … Zimbabwe's state-run press is floating the possibility that Robert Mugabe will annul last month's presidential election and call for a national unity government with himself as president while a new constitution is negotiated and a fresh ballot held. … Instead of actually releasing the real vote counts and treating it like a real election, dictator Robert Mugabe would offer to partner with Morgan Tsvangirai in a "national unity" government until another fresh election could be held…

Mugabe: Election loss a “coup”

The MDC waited for Mugabe's government to announce the results the last time elections were held and watched as Mugabe stole them. … While the opposition MDC celebrated sweeping victories all across the starving nation, Mugabe warned that any declarations of victory amounted to a "coup". … Robert Mugabe appears to have suffered a landslide loss in Zimbabwe, but that may not stop him from seizing his opponents and keeping his grip on power…

Mugabe “in shock” over scope of loss

A crisis meeting of Robert Mugabe's security cabinet decided to block the opposition from taking power after what appears to have been a comprehensive victory in Zimbabwe's elections but was divided between using a military takeover to annul the vote and falsifying the results. … Instead, his aides have convinced Mugabe to slowly roll out rigged numbers that appear at first to favor the opposition MDC but that later put Mugabe's ZanuPF in control. … The results of the election in Zimbabwe shocked dictator Robert Mugabe so badly that he opted not to declare outright victory for fear of a rebellion…

Mugabe to nationlize foreign firms in response to sanctions

Besides, Mugabe will retain actual control of the assets; any investor will only be putting their money into Mugabe's pocket for rent. … Mugabe wants investors from "friendly" nations to apply for the assets -- presumably buying them from Mugabe after a forcible seizure. … Robert Mugabe continues his efforts to render Zimbabwe destitute rather than leave office willingly after losing an election in March…

Pro-Mugabe bias at the BBC? Fantasy!

The report itself shows less bias than its headline, but it does curiously focus much more attention on Zanu-PF and Mugabe regime denials and countercharges than it does the MDC claims of violence. … Calling the MDC allegation a fantasy, without quotation marks, indicates the BBC takes the Mugabe line as fact. … This morning, they report on the accusation of Zimbabwe opposition party MDC that the regime of Robert Mugabe has plans to assassinate Morgan Tsvangirai before he can beat Mugabe in a run-off election now scheduled for the end of June…

Zimbabwe’s passive protest against Mugabe: low turnout

Zimbabwe's one-candidate election drew a low early turnout on Friday after President Robert Mugabe went ahead with the vote despite widespread international condemnation... … His electoral victory was assured when Tsvangirai refused this week to contest the election after an orgy of violence against his supporters and MDC leaders by the army and Mugabe's militias. … Robert Mugabe held the sham run-off election today despite the withdrawal of his rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, and the condemnation of the international community…

Mugabe: I’m not surrendering to a coup

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was shown meeting Thursday with the army commander who put him under house arrest, as negotiations with a South African delegation and a Catholic priest at the state house pushed for a resolution to the political turmoil and the likely end to Mugabe's decades-long rule. … Mugabe had tried to force out his vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in favor of Grace Mugabe and establish a familial dynasty. … A political source who spoke to senior allies holed up with Mugabe and his wife, Grace, in his lavish "Blue Roof" Harare compound said Mugabe had no plans to resign voluntarily ahead of elections scheduled for next year…

Mugabe rounding up poll workers

Zimbabwean police have arrested at least five officials for allegedly under-counting votes cast for President Robert Mugabe in last month's election. … His security forces have begun arresting poll workers for undercounting the votes Mugabe intended to overcount … Robert Mugabe apparently can't spin the poll data enough to convince anyone that he qualified for a run-off against the apparent winner of the presidential election, MDC challenger Morgan Tsvangirai…

Mugabe arrests Tsvingarai

The police and the Mugabe regime have mostly kept the MDC from holding rallies in this campaign, and managed to keep Tsvangirai from addressing the few the opposition party has held. … It follows the arrest of another MDC opponent whose crime was to write an op-ed piece critical of Mugabe … Robert Mugabe has demonstrated yet again his commitment to free and open elections by having his opponents arrested while campaigning against him…

Mugabe set up militias for political violence

The minutes prove beyond any doubt that the wave of political violence didn't come from the MDC as Mugabe alleges, nor as a grassroots movement from fringe Mugabe supporters, but as a deliberate campaign of mass murder and ruthless intimidation. … Mugabe and his henchmen wanted to avoid having the military attack civilians directly, and instead unleashed thugs in their stead … They start off by recounting a horrifying story of how the baby of an opposition leader got maimed by goons in the employ of Robert Mugabe, but wait until several paragraphs to report that minutes of high-level meetings show he was directly involved in the creation of militias to conduct this violence across the country…

Africa fails again on Mugabe

Mugabe has declared war on his own people; Mbeki refuses to recognize it. … Mugabe's goons have murdered scores of opposition leaders, displaced thousands, and plotted to drive two million people out of their homes. … South Africa's Thabo Mbeki leads once again in running interference for Robert Mugabe, arguing against international sanctions for Zimbabwe while he remains in power…

Coup coup ca choo: Army allows Mugabe to make a public appearance?

Chiwenga's attempts at finessing Mugabe out of power could still backfire on him and on Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice president whose ouster by Mugabe precipitated the coup. … Perhaps General Constantino Chiwenga hopes to get Mugabe's party, Zanu-PF, to play ball by treating Mugabe as an already retired elder statesman. … When the Zimbabwean military took control of the broadcast outlets in Harare and seized control of four-decade dictator Robert Mugabe, it appeared to follow the standard coup d'etat playbook…

Robert Mugabe: They’re going to need a bigger boat

Ahead of his meeting with army officials to discuss his exit, Mugabe was 'wailing profusely' and saying that he wished he could speak to his dead wife, Sally Mugabe, and his late son, Michael Nhamodzenyika, who died from cerebral malaria in 1966 at the age of three. … It was rumored Mugabe was going to resign on Sunday, but his speech didn't include the phrase, "I resign." … It appears Zimbabwe President (re: tyrannical dictator) Robert Mugabe is still holding onto power, like a lion clasping its jaws on a water buffalo's neck…

Mugabe nephew: Dictator “ready to die for what is correct”

General Constantino Chiwenga has tried sweet-talking Mugabe into an honorable retirement, but his nephew says neither his uncle or aunt would accept the coup … The four-decade dictator has mostly remained in his presidential compound since the military seized control of Harare after Mugabe tried sacking his vice president to hand control over to his wife. … Robert Mugabe better take care in offering his death as a bargaining position ... because a mob of Zimbabweans might be on their way to accept those terms…

Mugabe to Tsvangirai: Please, please don’t go

Mugabe wants Tsvangirai in the race for one reason: to give Mugabe cover for his brutal dictatorship. … They now want Tsvangirai to change his mind "for the good of the country", a week after Mugabe pledged never to allow power to leave his hands … The Robert Mugabe dictatorship has suddenly realized that the departure of Morgan Tsvangirai from the run-off election in Zimbabwe leaves Mugabe without a fig leaf of legitimacy…

Mugabe meltdown in Zimbabwe

"Mugabe has started a crackdown," Movement for Democratic Change secretary-general Tendai Biti told The Associated Press. … Raids on opposition party offices and the rounding up of foreign journalists are threatening to push Zimbabwe further toward confrontation between current President Robert Mugabe and the apparent winner of national elections. … Hopes for a peaceful and honest settlement of the elections in Zinbabwe faded this afternoon, as Robert Mugabe's security forces began raiding offices of the opposition MDC…

Mugabe: Yeah, OK, people are starving …

Responding to pleas at a campaign rally in Plumtree, in the province of Matabeleland South, from local officials of the ruling Zanu-PF party "to ensure the speedy distribution of food in the province as people were running out of supplies", Mugabe accepted there was a crisis. … Robert Mugabe has, for the first time, admitted that Zimbabwe faces a grave food crisis amid the collapse of the country's agriculture. … (You may have to pay 10 million in Zimbabwean dollars for shipping and handling.) Mugabe finally acknowledged the desperate straits of his nation, but somehow managed to blame everyone except the man who has run it for more than the last quarter-century…

Christiane Amanpour: Happy birthday, President Mugabe!

As for Mugabe's last presidential "election," he actually trailed opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai 48-43 percent in initial balloting, but because neither man won a majority vote, they were to go to a run-off. … She does not mention that Mugabe has stayed in power for 33 years through campaigns of state-sanctioned violence against political adversaries. … "Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, is 89 today, and celebrated modestly by his standards — with a cake and a gift of 89 cows, we're told…

SADC Enablers call “emergency summit” on Zimbabwe

When Mugabe falls through resignation or throuh violent overthrow, Zimbabweans will start asking very tough questions of those who enabled Mugabe's dictatorship to survive. … The gathering of the leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Zambia on Saturday is a sign that President Robert Mugabe's regional allies may fear that his conduct does not reflect well on them in the eyes of the international community. … Unfortunately, the SADC may have just as much credibility as Robert Mugabe in this crisis, considering their role in legitimizing the polling…

Mugabe militias burn women and children alive

The killing last Friday – one of the most grotesque atrocities committed by Robert Mugabe's regime since independence in 1980 – was carried out on a wave of worsening brutality before the run-off presidential elections in just over two weeks. … Armed thugs looking for the head of the MDC in Mhondoro satisfied themselves with mutilating and murdering his wife instead, and it wasn't the first such attack for Mugabe's goons … Militias associated with Robert Mugabe have begun burning family members of the political opposition alive…

Can Simba Makoni save Zimbabwe?

Simba Makoni wants to unseat him in Zimbabwe's upcoming elections, and even members of Mugabe's party have begun endorsing the challenger … Mugabe's most notable accomplishment of late is to push the inflation rate over 100,000% with his statist policies. … Robert Mugabe has driven Zimbabwe from a net-exporting agricultural and manufacturing nation to one of Africa's poorest countries…

Zimbabwe election results still baking

If that continues, Mugabe may face an uprising from Zimbabweans who clearly turned out in force to turn Mugabe out just short of force … The small number of official results show one of Mugabe's allies losing his parliamentary seat, but otherwise the vote totals released show Mugabe's Zanu-PF party keeping pace with the opposition MDC. … The government of Zimbabwe has yet to release most of the results from its weekend election, prompting most people to believe that Robert Mugabe is cooking the numbers…

Lines getting drawn in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe may be forced to face justice by a citizenry that has run out of patience with his regime's abuses, his main rival said in an interview Thursday. … Mugabe in return accused Tsvangirai of "treasonous" behavior and of attempting a British-led coup … Morgan Tsvangirai, the presumed winner of the presidential election, told an interviewer that Robert Mugabe could face justice after his removal from office…

Zimbabwe raids opposition, arrests “scores”

The president of South Africa publicly supported Mugabe, removing his lips from Mugabe's backside only long enough to proclaim that "no crisis" existed in Zimbabwe. … The blame for this violence, besides Mugabe himself and his security forces who committed it, belongs squarely on the SADC and Mugabe's chief toady, Thabo Mbeki. … Robert Mugabe apparently has tired of playing recount games…

Chinese send guns and ammo to Mugabe

Now they want to prop up Robert Mugabe while Zimbabwe melts from a self-sufficient nation to a failed state of starving masses. … A ship full of armaments bound for Mugabe arrived in Durban and set off a series of protests that highlighted Mbeki's decision to run interference for Mugabe … Just as Thabo Mbeki had begun to attract negative attention around the world for his apologetics for Robert Mugabe after the Zimbabwean dictator had stolen the last presidential election, along come the Chinese to make the situation even worse…

Bodies still piling up in Zimbabwe

The SADC should suspend Zimbabwe's membership and demand diplomatic and economic isolation of Mugabe from all SADC members, including and especially South Africa, which has played a dishonorable and despicable role in supporting Mugabe. … Now that the SADC has figured out that Mugabe is a thug propped up by murderous goons, they need to start taking steps to pressure Mugabe to leave Zimbabwe. … He propped up Mugabe in the global community while Mugabe tried to steal that election…

Zimbabwe power sharing agreement reached

The opposition had earlier insisted there would be no coalition until a dispute over how to fairly share Cabinet and other posts was resolved after Mugabe insisted on keeping the most powerful posts for his ZANU-PF party. … Mugabe still controls all the levers of power in Harare … Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC have agreed to join Robert Mugabe's dictatorship in order to form a unity government, under heavy pressure from international observers…

Mugabe docks salaries of civil servants … to pay for his birthday party

One of the capos in the secret police tells the Times he fears an anti-Mugabe "explosion." … Together with hundreds of Mr Mugabe's rich and powerful cronies, they are expected to hear a long address from the Most Consistent and Authentic Revolutionary Leader — his official title. … Police in Zimbabwe imposed a three-month ban on political rallies and demonstrations across large parts of Harare today as Robert Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, celebrated his 83rd birthday…

Tsvangirai withdraws after violence escalates

Under those circumstances, it makes little sense for Tsvangirai to continue in a process that would allow Mugabe to manipulate a vote to bolster his own credibility, especially when the military has itself embarked on a campaign of terror against Zimbabweans to ensure Mugabe's victory through intimidation. … After a crescendo of violence in Zimbabwe that culminated in "thousands" of pro-Mugabe militia members attacking an MDC rally today, Morgan Tsvangirai will withdraw from the June 27th election. … It looks like Robert Mugabe won't have to worry about rigging the run-off election after all…

Tsvangirai “shelters” in Dutch embassy

As international pressure mounted on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, with Britain and the United States raising the prospect of UN Security Council action, the Dutch foreign ministry said Tsvangirai spent the night in its mission in Zimbabwe's capital. … The Mugabe regime fended off an increasingly critical UN over the collapse of the run-off election it had hoped to rig to extend Mugabe's rule … Morgan Tsvangirai has decided to increase the pressure on Robert Mugabe by making a move that the international community cannot ignore…

UNSC takes watered-down action on Zimbabwe

The US, Britain, and France tried to put some teeth into the resolution by declaring Mugabe's rule illegitimate in light of the March election, and recognizing Morgan Tsvangirai as the elected president of Zimbabwe. … Outraged at the turmoil in Zimbabwe, the U.N. Security Council declared that a fair presidential vote is impossible because of the "campaign of violence" waged by President Robert Mugabe's government. … The UNSC met last night and condemned the Robert Mugabe regime for its campaign of violence, and declared that the Friday run-off election would be a travesty and unrecognized by the international community…