Zimbabwe is “one of the world’s top global food crises,” the World Food Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and UNICEF said as detailed in a joint report that was released on Monday. As per the report, more than four million people in rural areas of the country— about a third of Zimbabwe’s population— “need urgent action.”
Today saw the number of infections by the new coronavirus in Africa exceed by 1,000 in 40 countries across the continent, with records of 30 deaths, according to the latest statistics on the covid-19 pandemic. In total, 1,107 cases of infection have been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. The very first case on the continent was reported on February 14, in Egypt.
The Council of Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has passed resolutions including an annual budget of US $94.9 million for 2020/2021, and calls for a joint drug procurement system by the Medical Stores Department Tanzania to be used to quickly control the coronavirus.
The wife of Zimbabwe’s Vice President, Gen. Constantino Chiwenga, has been charged with fraud, money laundering, and attempted murder of her husband. Marry Mubaiwa, who waved to journalists as she entered the court’s holding cells, appeared before Harare Magistrates Court on Monday, whereby the magistrate ordered that she remains in custody pending a bail hearing. Mubaiwa, who was described by the state-run newspaper Herald as “the estranged wife” of Chiwenga, was arrested on Saturday and spent the weekend in custody.
The body of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s former president, was finally buried yesterday in Zvimba, his rural home village. This came after weeks of wrangling between the former leader’s family and the government over his burial place. The government wanted Mugabe buried at the monument reserved for the nation’s heroes, but his family preferred a private ceremony in the former president’s rural home, arguing that was his will.
Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has died, aged 95 years old. The country’s current President, Emerson Mnangagwa, has confirmed the news of his death via the social media network, Twitter. “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” he tweeted.
Zimbabwean Police armed with tear gas and clubs today clashed with the opposition party’s protesters in the country’s capital city Harare after the protesters went ahead with their planned demonstrations despite the previous ban on their protests by the government. Supporters of Zimbabwe’s main opposition political party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), sang songs condemning the police brutality while the police dispersed them with tear gas. At one instance, police surrounded a group of protesters and beat them mercilessly with clubs. A woman was later on seen being evacuated in a Red Cross ambulance.