Five years ago Morgan Tsvangirai was leading Zimbabwe’s presidential vote and appeared set to end Robert Mugabe’s rule of the southern African nation before violence cut short the balloting. With new elections due July 31, he appears ever further from his goal.
Zimbabwe’s state-controlled newspapers have exposed alleged fraud and inflated salaries at government companies, stoking speculation of ruling party infighting over who will succeed 89-year-old President Robert Mugabe.
The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front nominated Simon Khaya Moyo as its candidate for Parliament Speaker, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp. reported, citing Zanu-PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo .
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s party wants to delay a referendum on a new constitution because it fears it will lose the subsequent election, said a cabinet minister and another member of the party’s top decision-making body.
Members of Zimbabwe’s political elite ranging from President Robert Mugabe ’s wife to military leaders allegedly profited from illegal trading of diamonds, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks.