Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Violence follows disputed re-election of President Mnangagwa

By Chris Marsden, 6 August 2018

Mnangagwa, who came to power in a coup against President Robert Mugabe last November, advances himself as the strongman required to restore the order necessary for resumed investment by the major corporations.

Zimbabwe sacks 16,000 striking nurses, as Uganda nurses threaten strike

By Eddie Haywood, 23 April 2018

The Zimbabwean government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has faced growing popular opposition since coming to power after a military coup removed long-time president Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe graphite miners strike at former German-owned mine

By Dietmar Henning, 8 January 2018

More than 200 miners in northern Zimbabwe have been on strike since the end of December protesting the fact they have not received their wages for more than a year.

Zimbabwe government and opposition compete for imperialist backing

By Chris Marsden, 29 December 2017

To underscore President Mnangagwa’s commitment to free market economic reform, the first budget since the coup was framed as an appeal for investment, matched with pledges to curtail government spending.

IMF lays down the law for Zimbabwe post-Mugabe

By Chris Marsden, 27 November 2017

The International Monetary Fund is demanding that Zimbabwe curb “excessive government spending” and impose massive austerity cuts to “restore fiscal and debt sustainability.”

The way forward in Zimbabwe after Mugabe

By Chris Marsden, 24 November 2017

The goal of the new Zimbabwean president, Mnangagwa, is to impose an adrenalized version of the capitalist policies that have already created so much suffering.

Robert Mugabe resigns as president of Zimbabwe

By Chris Marsden, 22 November 2017

Mugabe’s resignation is the result of a palace coup with political and economic aims dictated by bourgeois forces no less corrupt than Mugabe.

Zimbabwe: Defying calls to step down, Mugabe faces impeachment

By Eddie Haywood, 21 November 2017

The Zimbabwean military appears anxious to avoid its intervention provoking any popular movement among the masses.

Zimbabwe: Factional warfare continues after Mugabe fails to resign

By Chris Marsden, 20 November 2017

The leader of the Veterans Association backed up a threat to impeach Mugabe if he did not quit by noon today with a warning that the military would allow him to be attacked if he refused to go.

Campaign to force out Mugabe escalates in Zimbabwe

By Chris Marsden, 18 November 2017

It is China's support for the coup, rather than a supposed desire for a "democratic transformation," that accounts for the cautious reaction in the United States, Britain and other Western powers.

Military stage coup in Zimbabwe

By Chris Marsden, 16 November 2017

Zimbabwe’s army staged the coup in response to President Robert Mugabe’s November 6 sacking of his former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Cables reveal how US and UK sought to plunder Zimbabwe’s resources

By Ann Talbot, 6 January 2011

The US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks contain revealing details of how the United States and Britain sought to further their commercial interests in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe: MDC proceeds with power-sharing fiasco

By Chris Talbot and Barry Mason, 21 February 2009

Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change has been sworn in as prime minister in a power-sharing government in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe: Cholera death toll rises

By Chris Talbot, 30 December 2008

The cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe has now infected up to 24,000 people with nearly 1,200 deaths, according to the official figures from UNICEF.

Half of the Zimbabwe population faces starvation

By Barry Mason, 5 November 2008

Aid charities and the UN estimate that 5 million people in Zimbabwe face starvation.

Letters and a reply on Zimbabwe

24 September 2008

The following letters were received in response to the September 19 article, “Power-sharing deal signed in Zimbabwe.” They are followed by a reply by the article’s author, Ann Talbot.

Power-sharing deal signed in Zimbabwe

By Ann Talbot, 19 September 2008

The governing ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) signed a power-sharing deal on Monday.

Britain’s Guardian: An apologia for imperialist intervention in Zimbabwe

By Barbara Slaughter, 3 April 2002

On March 14, in the immediate aftermath President Robert Mugabe’s election victory in Zimbabwe, the Guardian newspaper published an editorial pronouncing its verdict on the result.

Zimbabwe election used to pressure African leaders

By Chris Talbot, 30 March 2002

Britain and the United States have demanded the leaders of African countries condemn the recent presidential elections in Zimbabwe or lose financial aid. Meeting in Abuja, Nigeria this week, leaders from 21 African states are discussing the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), an attempt to win Western investment that will be taken to the G8 economic summit in June.

British threats follow Mugabe’s re-election in Zimbabwe

By Ann Talbot, 18 March 2002

Zimbabwe faces the threat of further punishment from the British government after Robert Mugabe won a third term in the presidential elections that took place on 9-11 March.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair declares his hand on Zimbabwe

By Ann Talbot, 9 March 2002

Prime Minister Blair has threatened that countries across Africa will suffer the consequences, if Zimbabwe’s general election this weekend does not result in a victory for the western-backed Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

European Union takes united action against Zimbabwe

By Barbara Slaughter, 27 February 2002

The decision of the European Union (EU) to withdraw its team of election observers from Zimbabwe and impose sanctions marks a significant political shift. In the past the EU has been divided in its attitude towards Zimbabwe, whereas last week’s decision to pull out the observers shows a remarkable unanimity.

Why the MDC opposition in Zimbabwe fell for a transparent sting operation

By Barbara Slaughter, 21 February 2002

The Zimbabwean Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is contesting the forthcoming presidential elections with its candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai. Since its foundation three years ago the MDC has achieved widespread popular support, especially in the urban areas, because of the growing opposition to President Robert Mugabe’s autocratic rule through his Zanu-PF party.

Britain temporarily "suspends" deportation of Zimbabwean refugees

By Barry Mason and Barbara Slaughter, 16 January 2002

For weeks the British government has been refusing asylum to political refugees from Zimbabwe, forcing them to return to a country where they face persecution, torture and possibly death.

An exchange on the land occupations in Zimbabwe

17 October 2001

Comrades,

Zimbabwe land agreement reflects West’s concern over instability in Africa

By Chris Talbot, 14 September 2001

The agreement made at the Commonwealth conference in Abuja, Nigeria last week over the escalating land occupations reflects the growing concern by the Western powers over a dispute that has continued for the last 18 months. It is also the product of increasing pressure from the governments of Africa to settle the issue, due to fears that it will destabilise the whole region.

Zimbabwe: Mugabe regime steps up repression as economy collapses

By Barbara Slaughter and Chris Talbot, 18 August 2001

Zimbabweans are responding to growing poverty and unemployment with strikes and demonstrations.

Widespread protests against fuel increases in Zimbabwe

By our correspondent, 23 June 2001

The past week has witnessed sporadic protest actions in many of Zimbabwe’s urban areas against massive increases in fuel prices. The price hike was announced on state television on June 12. Petrol prices have risen by 74 percent, diesel by more than 67 percent and paraffin, which is used by most of the population for cooking and heating, has increased by 69 percent. The latest increases mean that fuel prices will have tripled over the last 18 months.

Alleged coup plot in Zimbabwe

By Chris Talbot and Barbara Slaughter, 1 June 2001

An alleged coup plot, in which top military leaders would seize power and oust Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, has been leaked to the British Guardian newspaper and its sister paper, the South African Mail and Guardian.

Zimbabwe economy in free-fall

By Barry Mason and Barbara Slaughter, 5 April 2001

The Zimbabwean government faces a deepening economic crisis. According to the South African Financial Mail of March 23, the economy is in "free-fall”.

Zimbabwe: Relations between MDC opposition and Mugabe deteriorate

By Chris Talbot, 13 October 2000

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said last month that Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe should step down from office or “we will remove you violently”. Tsvangirai was speaking at a rally celebrating the first anniversary of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), which he heads.

Civil war looms in Zimbabwe

By Chris Talbot, 11 August 2000

Zimbabwe faces a growing danger of economic collapse and open civil war, provoked in large part by the efforts of the West to destabilise the regime of President Robert Mugabe.

Narrow victory for Mugabe in Zimbabwean elections sets stage for further upheavals

By Chris Talbot and Chris Marsden, 29 June 2000

The majority vote for the ruling Zimbabwean National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) government in last weekend's parliamentary elections represents a setback for Britain and the United States. The openly expressed desire of the Western powers was that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) would sweep to victory and pave the way for the ouster of ZANU-PF President Robert Mugabe.

Crisis in Zimbabwe: British military force poised to intervene

By Chris Talbot, 1 May 2000

Tensions between Britain and Zimbabwe continue to deepen at the opening of a round of talks designed to bring an end to the seizure of white-owned lands by supporters of President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF.

Tensions grow between Zimbabwe's ZANU-PF government and MDC opposition

By Chris Talbot, 12 April 2000

Five people have been killed and several seriously injured in clashes, as supporters of the ruling ZANU-PF party stepped up their occupations of white-owned farms in Zimbabwe. Violence has escalated in the past two weeks, since ZANU-PF supporters wielding clubs and iron bars attacked a march through the capital Harare organised by the opposition National Constitutional Assembly (NCA). The NCA—a coalition of politicians, church groups, academics and others opposed to the ZANU-PF regime—is dominated by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Zimbabwe: Referendum defeat for Mugabe shakes Zanu-PF government

By Barbara Slaughter and Stuart Nolan, 22 February 2000

Last week voters in Zimbabwe rejected the new constitution being proposed by President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF). In a result that surprised most commentators, the vote was 578,000 in favour of the new constitution and 697,754 against. Turnout was low at just over 20 percent. Voters in the cities, like Harare and Bulawayo, voted No by three to one, whilst in the rural heartlands that were expected to vote Yes there were widespread abstentions.

Divisions in British government over arms to Zimbabwe

By Chris Talbot, 26 January 2000

The Labour government is to allow shipments of spare parts for Hawk fighter aircraft used by the Zimbabwean regime in the Congo war. Britain had imposed an unofficial arms embargo against Zimbabwe over the last year, refusing to supply parts for the 10 Hawk jets which were purchased under the Thatcher government in the early 1980s. However Prime Minister Tony Blair personally intervened last week, opposing Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, to permit the delivery of spare parts.

IMF tightens the screws on Zimbabwe

By Jean Shaoul, 18 August 1999

After months of withholding finance, bringing Zimbabwe to the brink of collapse, the International Monetary Fund has finally agreed to provide a 14-month standby loan of US$193 million. This is to enable the country to resume its repayments to its international creditors. For the first time since independence in 1980, Zimbabwe is $20 million a month behind in its foreign debt payments, resulting in a $190 million deficit for 1999.