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Mugabe out, soldiers to return to barracks – Zimbabwe army chief

Members of the Zimbabwean Defense Forces (ZDF) will be returning to their barracks following the swearing-in of President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday, the army chief General Constantino Chiwenga has told the BBC.

Lessons of Zimbabwe

It is hard to think of a figure more reviled in the West than Robert Mugabe. Liberal and conservative commentators alike portray him as a brutal dictator, and blame him for Zimbabwe’s descent into hyperinflation and poverty. The seizure of white-owned farms by his black supporters has been depicted as a form of thuggery, and as a cause of the country’s declining production, as if these lands were doomed by black ownership. Sanctions have been imposed, and opposition groups funded with the explicit aim of unseating him.

Mugabe resisting mediation by Catholic priest for a graceful exit: report

President Robert Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe’s only legitimate ruler, an intelligence source said on Thursday, and is resisting mediation by a Catholic priest to allow the 93-year-old former guerrilla a graceful exit after a military coup.

The priest, Fidelis Mukonori, is acting as a middle-man between Mugabe and the generals, who seized power on Wednesday in a targeted operation against “criminals” in his entourage, a senior political source told Reuters.

Zimbabwe’s Military Denies Coup

Zimbabwe’s ruling party is reportedly facing an unprecedented mutiny by the head of the armed forces, as troops take up positions in the capital in an escalation of a dispute with 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

South African President Jacob Zuma, who is reportedly readying an envoy to mediate the situation, said Mugabe is “fine” and urged for “calm and restraint.”

Madagascar plague outbreak tops 2,000 cases: WHO

WHO continues to support the Ministry of Public Health and other national authorities in Madagascar to monitor and respond to the outbreak of plague. Since mid-October 2017, there has been a decline in the overall incidence of the disease and the number of patients hospitalized due to plague infection across the country. From 7 – 8 November 2017, no new suspected cases of pulmonary plague and no new deaths have been reported in Madagascar.