How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

April 5, 2015

If there is one thing Robert Mugabe dislikes as much as “ruffian” British politicians, it is journalists working for the British media – especially the BBC. Accusing the corporation of one-sided reporting and of being a mouthpiece for the UK government, the controversial Zimbabwean President had refused to grant an interview to any journalist from the broadcaster for 14 years. Mugabe’s government says it “restricted” the BBC from reporting inside…


What the West will say or do is not my business

February 17, 2015

 Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday shrugged off concerns that his appointment as new African Union chairman would harm relations between the pan-African bloc and the West. “My business is to ensure the decisions we take here are implemented. My concern is on uplifting the life of our people, giving them something that will raise their standard of living,” he said.”What the West will say or do is not my business,”…


Africa: Mugabe Is a Symbol of What African Leaders Really Want – Immortality

February 12, 2015

ANALYSIS By Patience Akumu It is easy to dismiss the stalwart, albeit slumping, figure of 90-year-old Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, as a reminder of all that has gone wrong with the African continent; failed economies, dictatorships and the resigned inertia of the African people. But to the African Union, which recently elected him as its chair, Mugabe is a symbol of everything that could have gone right with the continent…


Zimbabwe: Grace Not in Coma – Charamba

February 10, 2015

  First Lady Grace Mugabe’s whereabouts after undergoing an appendectomy (appenditis operation) several weeks ago, have once again sent tongues wagging amid speculation about her true state of health. News websites and other social media platforms were yesterday awash with reports alleging that she was seriously ill in the Far East.


Mugabe seeks financial independence for African Union

African leaders have agreed in principle to impose a flurry of taxes in a bid to finance their pan-African bloc, set up to push the continent’s diplomatic agenda but dependent on foreign handouts. After a two-day summit held in the African Union’s Chinese-built headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, heads of state proposed new taxes on airline tickets, hotel stays and text messages. The AU was once heavily bankrolled by toppled…

February 2, 2015

Zanu, we love you. Take back every inch of our land…every one of our mines

July 4, 2014

Walter Nyamukondiwa Chinhoyi Bureau President Mugabe yesterday opened a new chapter in the land reform programme when he launched A1 settlement permits which ensure that farmers have security of tenure and can be used as collateral.The permits, which confirm ownership of specific pieces of land by newly-resettlement farmers, were launched at Chifundi Farm in Mashonaland West Province, where 79 A1 farmers from the farm and from Emily Park Farm were handed…