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Zimbabwe reopens wildlife parks, restaurants in relaxation

Jul. 1, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has reopened its national parks to the public and allowed restaurants to serve food within their premises, some relief for the country's hospitality sector struggling from restrictions to combat the new coronavirus. The government’s decision, announced by the...

Card games, pool, TV shows entertain Zimbabweans in lockdown

Jun. 27, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — It’s come to this: Some children in Zimbabwe are so tired of the weeks of coronavirus lockdown they are yearning to return to school. “This is all now boring,” 10-year-old Tafadzwa Mafuta said. “I miss reading, writing and playing with my friends.”...

Opposition activists in Zimbabwe accused of lying get bail

Jun. 26, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s High Court on Friday granted bail to three young female opposition activists who assert they were tortured and sexually assaulted by state agents but were then arrested for allegedly lying about the ordeal. They face up to 20 years in prison. The women, all members...

Zimbabwe copes with diarrhea outbreak which has killed 9

Jun. 26, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An outbreak of diarrhea has killed nine people out of more than 1,500 cases in the past month in Zimbabwe’s second largest city, highlighting the problems for a weak public health system already struggling with rising cases of COVID-19. The government and aid agencies are...

Zimbabwes Health Minister, Obadiah Moyo, centre, makes a court appearance accompanied by plain clothes policeman, at the magistrates courts in Harare, Saturday June 20, 2020. Moyo is facing allegations of illegally awarding a multi- million dollar contract for COVID-19 testing kits, drugs and personal protective equipment to a shadowy company.  The scandal comes as health professionals including nurses and doctors in Zimbabwe are on strike demanding to be paid their salaries in U.S. dollars.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe's health minister charged in COVID-19 graft case

Jun. 20, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s health minister on Saturday was charged with criminal abuse of duty as a public officer, accused of illegally awarding a multi-million-dollar contract for COVID-19 medical supplies to a shadowy company that sold the government $28 face masks and other materials at...

In this photo taken Friday, June, 5, 2020 sex workers ply their trade on a street in Harare. Forced to stay home for weeks without any source of income, Zimbabwe’s sex workers, like many other informal traders, are beginning to defy the country’s lockdown and return to the streets. Risking arrest and the coronavirus, many are working afternoons because some clients are at home due to a general night curfew. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe's sex workers on streets despite virus restrictions

Jun. 17, 2020 6:52 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Forced to stay home for weeks without any source of income, Zimbabwe’s sex workers, like many other informal traders, are beginning to defy the country's lockdown and return to the streets. Risking arrest and the coronavirus, many are working afternoons because some clients...

Zimbabwe opposition activists arrested on accusations of lying that they were abducted make a court appearance at the magistrates courts in Harare, Friday, June 12, 2020.  The three opposition activists alleged that they were sexually abused by their abductors, whom they said took them from a police station in May following an anti government protest.  Despite being hospitalised at the time, prosecutors charged them with contravening lockdown regulations.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

3 Zimbabwean women denied bail, accused of lying about abuse

Jun. 15, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Three young female opposition activists in Zimbabwe, who charge they were tortured and sexually assaulted by state agents, were sent back to prison when a court denied them bail on new charges that they lied about their ordeal. The three women were returned to Chikurubi maximum...

Joyce Muchenje,centre, poses for a photo with her three children, who all have albinism, outside their family home in Chitungwiza on the outskirts of Harare, in this Tuesday, June, 9, 2020.  Muchenje used to provide for them by washing laundry and household cleaning for cross border traders at a busy border town before the lockdown, but now the border trade has stopped and Mutenje has run out of money to get the skin cream for her children. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

In Zimbabwe, people with albinism struggle against prejudice

Jun. 13, 2020 3:10 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Each time Yvonne Gumbo, who has albinism, and her friends get together for a picture, she insists on being in the center. “I tell them I make the picture beautiful because I am special,” she told The Associated Press at her home in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare,...

Zimbabwe opposition activists arrested on accusations of lying that they were abducted make a court appearance at the magistrates courts in Harare, Friday, June 12, 2020.  The three opposition activists alleged that they were sexually abused by their abductors, whom they said took them from a police station in May following an anti government protest.  Despite being hospitalised at the time, prosecutors charged them with contravening lockdown regulations.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe activists accused of lying about torture, face jail

Jun. 12, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Three young opposition activists in Zimbabwe who said they had been abducted and sexually assaulted faced charges Friday of lying about their treatment as the government claims their allegations are part of a plot to destabilize the country. The three women face up to 20 years in...

FLE - In this April 9, 2015, file photo, cheering students surround a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes, as it is removed from the campus at the Cape Town University, Cape Town, South Africa. New campaigns in the U.S. and Europe to pull down monuments to slave traders and colonial rulers are now following Africa's lead. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

Pulling down statues of racists? Africa's done it for years

Jun. 12, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Queen Victoria, Cecil Rhodes, King Leopold. Statues honoring these leaders of colonial rule have been pulled down over the years in Africa after countries won independence or newer generations said racist relics had to go. New campaigns in the U.S. and Europe are now following...