Mugabe reconciles with the man who ousted him after Mnangagwa sends private jet to pick up Grace

Mugabe reconciles with the man who ousted him after Mnangagwa sends private jet to pick up GraceRobert Mugabe has forgiven Emmerson Mnangagwa, the man who threw him out of power last year, and says that the new president is the right man to rule Zimbabwe.  Mr Mugabe, 94, on Thursday said: “There was an election. Zanu-PF was represented by Emmerson Mnangagwa and [Nelson] Chamisa represented MDC-Alliance and results came out saying the person who won was Emmerson Mnangagwa.  “We have accepted the result and we hope that we will continue respecting the will of the people. The gun does not and should not lead politics.” He added that he was grateful Mr Mnangagwa, 75, had hired a luxury aircraft to take his wife Grace from Singapore to Harare for the funeral of her mother, Idah Marufu, who died last week.  His remarks were markedly different to those he made just six weeks ago, on the eve of the first election since he was ousted, when Mr Mugabe said he would vote for the opposition candidate and that he had not trusted Mr Mnangagwa since they began their political relationship more then 50 years ago.  Africa’s tarnished jewel: how four decades of Robert Mugabe left Zimbabwe’s economy reeling He also previously complained that he was short of money since the soft coup d’etat last November put him and his family under house arrest within their vast estate in Harare’s northern suburbs.  Mr Mugabe claimed he lacked funds to repair the roof of his Chinese-style mansion and needed to move house. Mrs Mugabe, who lead the campaign within Zanu-PF against Mr Mnangagwa to prevent him from becoming her husband’s successor, this week gushed: “He [Mnangagwa] loves us. He knows we we love him too. We pray for him because it’s God’s will that he is president. We pray that he be given the wisdom to lead the country.” Mr Mnangagwa fled to Mozambique after he was sacked as vice president last October following months of humiliations when he was criticised at rallies by Mrs Mugabe, often when he was sitting in the front row.  Grace Mugabe | A life in controversies Months earlier the armed forces airlifted him to hospital in South Africa because he said he was poisoned at a rally he attended with the Mugabes.  In June this year, a grenade exploded at a rally addressed by Mr Mnangagwa, killing two security aides and injuring Kembo Mohadi Kembo, vice president, and Oppah Muchinguru-Kashiri, a cabinet minister.  Many of Mr Mugabe’s supporters encouraged voters to support the opposition MDC Alliance and Mr Chamisa at elections on July 30. The elections went off peacefully but the army opened fire at an anti-Mnangagwa demonstration the next day and killed six people.  Now Mr Mugabe, who was in power for 38 years, says that Mr Mnangagwa won the elections and the results were confirmed by the constitutional court two weeks ago.  Mr Mnangagwa appointed his cabinet Friday and included Olympic star, Kirsty Coventry, a white swimmer, as his sports minister, while ignoring most of those previously favoured by Mr Mugabe. 


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Zimbabwe: from Mugabe's ouster to a bloody election

Zimbabwe: from Mugabe's ouster to a bloody electionZimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday sealed his ousting of onetime ally Robert Mugabe with an election win that the opposition have furiously contested. Tension builds following Mugabe’s sacking of Emmerson Mnangagwa as his vice president in early November 2017, a move seen as positioning the veteran’s president’s wife to become his successor. Army tanks take up positions around the capital overnight November 14-15 and Mugabe is put under house arrest.


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Grabbing the spotlight, Mugabe casts his vote — but who for?

Grabbing the spotlight, Mugabe casts his vote -- but who for?Walking slowly but unaided into the polling station, Robert Mugabe was not going to let his fall from power stop him from seeking a leading role in Zimbabwe’s historic elections. Now aged 94, he arrived at the primary school in the Highfields district of Harare surrounded by bodyguards and accompanied by his wife Grace, who is 41 years his junior. Wearing a red tie, red pocket handkerchief and dark suit, Mugabe had his finger marked with a pen to show he had voted and then spend several minutes in the cardboard polling booth selecting his choices on the three ballot papers.


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Zimbabwe votes for first time without Mugabe on ballot

  1. Zimbabwe votes for first time without Mugabe on ballot  Washington Post
  2. Zimbabwe election: First vote without Mugabe  BBC News
  3. Zimbabwe votes in first post-Mugabe poll, opposition cries foul  Reuters
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  5. For 1st time in almost 40 years, a Zimbabwe election without Mugabe  CBS News
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Zimbabwe election: First vote without Mugabe

  1. Zimbabwe election: First vote without Mugabe  BBC News
  2. Zimbabwe election underway as polls open in first Mugabe-free vote  CNN
  3. Zimbabweans Vote In First Election Since Removal Of Former President Robert Mugabe  HuffPost
  4. Why Zimbabwe needs a legitimate election  Financial Times
  5. Zimbabwe Votes in Hope of Reviving a Tattered Economy  Wall Street Journal
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Zimbabweans head to polls to vote in first election without Robert Mugabe

  1. Zimbabweans head to polls to vote in first election without Robert Mugabe  Washington Post
  2. Zimbabwe Votes in Hope of Reviving a Tattered Economy  Wall Street Journal
  3. Polls Open in Zimbabwe for First Time Since Mugabe’s Removal  Daily Beast
  4. Can electoral body resist fiddling with Zimbabwe poll?  Business Day
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Zimbabwe votes in first post-Mugabe poll, Mnangagwa vows election is fair

Zimbabwe votes in first post-Mugabe poll, Mnangagwa vows election is fairBy MacDonald Dzirutwe and Joe Brock HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabweans voted on Monday in the first election since the removal of former president Robert Mugabe, a watershed moment they hope will rid the country of its pariah status and spark a recovery in its failed economy. The election pits 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a long-time Mugabe ally, against 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor vying to become Zimbabwe’s youngest head of state. On the eve of the election, Mugabe emerged from eight months of obscurity since the military ousted him in a bloodless coup, to announce he would vote for the opposition, surprising former ally Mnangagwa who accused him of striking a deal with Chamisa.


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