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Zimbabwe's Dangarembga receives German peace prize

Oct. 24, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Accepting a prestigious German prize Sunday in honor of her work, Zimbabwean writer and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga called for a “new Enlightenment,” saying a fundamental shift is needed to overcome the structures of racial hierarchy that have led to violence in her home...

Elephant kills South African man in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools

Oct. 14, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A 71-year old South African tourist was trampled to death by an elephant “in full view” of his son at Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, the country’s parks agency said Thursday, days after another fatal encounter with an elephant occurred in a separate...

'It's not Satanism': Zimbabwe church leaders preach vaccines

Oct. 13, 2021 05:18 AM EDT

SEKE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Yvonne Binda stands in front of a church congregation, all in pristine white robes, and tells them not to believe what they’ve heard about COVID-19 vaccines. “The vaccine is not linked to Satanism,” she says. The congregants, members of a...

Zimbabwe reopens bars, but only for vaccinated drinkers

Oct. 06, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe is allowing bars to reopen for the first time in more than a year, but only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to take a swig from inside the premises. The southern African country closed pubs and nightclubs in March 2020 as part of...

Zimbabwe's vaccine mandates squeeze some of world's poorest

Sep. 29, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — For months, Acholo Jani was told to get a COVID-19 vaccination because it might save his life. He hesitated, fearful of potential side effects. But the moment he was told it would save his job, Jani got in line. The 43-year-old mechanic's...

Zimbabwe orders government workers to get COVID vaccinations

Sep. 16, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's government has ordered all its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or they won't be allowed to come to work. The Public Service Commission, which is in charge of employment conditions for government workers, issued an internal...

Zimbabwe's older people often sent to homes amid pandemic

Sep. 15, 2021 04:13 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Banana bread was served at a recent birthday party at Melfort Old People’s home, where a group of residents mustered a raspy happy birthday tune. Just a week after arriving at the facility, Rodrick Bhatare, in his 90s, said he felt a...

Zimbabwe magistrate rules Mugabe should be reburied

Sep. 10, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean court Friday upheld a traditional court’s ruling that the body of former President Robert Mugabe should be exhumed and reburied at a national shrine in the capital. The Chinhoyi Magistrates Court rejected an appeal by Mugabe’s...

Zambia's parliament elects first female speaker amid changes

Sep. 03, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zambia’s parliament has elected its first female speaker, days after new President Hakainde Hichilema began shaking up the government by firing security commanders and promising economic reforms. In August the long-time opposition leader was...

Young Africans struggle with jobs, education amid pandemic

Sep. 03, 2021 02:31 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The future looked promising for Tinashe Mapuranga, an intern at a leading bank in Zimbabwe who appeared set to get a staff position as soon as he completed his college degree. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Amid the lockdowns, the 24-year-old...