Zimbabwe’s Mugabe ‘under house arrest’ after army takeover

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe ‘under house arrest’ after army takeover

Media captionWhat has happened so far in Zimbabwe? Zimbabwe’s military has placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest in the capital Harare, South African President Jacob Zuma says. Mr Mugabe told Mr Zuma in a phone call that he was fine, the South African leader’s office said. Troops are patrolling the capital, Harare, after they […]






Zimbabwe crisis: Army takes over but denies coup

Zimbabwe crisis: Army takes over but denies coup

Media captionMaj Gen Sibusiso Moyo read out a statement on national TV early on Wednesday Zimbabwe’s military has seized state TV, saying it is targeting people close to President Robert Mugabe for causing “social and economic suffering”. A statement read out by a general on air denied it was a coup and said Mr Mugabe […]






Zimbabwe crisis: Army says it is ‘targeting criminals’, not Mugabe

Zimbabwe crisis: Army says it is ‘targeting criminals’, not Mugabe

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Armoured vehicles were seen taking up positions on roads outside Harare on Tuesday Zimbabwe’s military has read out a statement on the country’s national broadcaster, ZBC, saying it has taken action to “target criminals”. However, it said this was not “a military takeover of government” and President Robert Mugabe was […]






Zimbabwe: Army chief accused of ‘treasonable conduct’

Zimbabwe: Army chief accused of ‘treasonable conduct’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Zimbabwe Army General Constantino Chiwenga warned of a military takeover Zimbabwe’s ruling party has accused the country’s army chief of “treasonable conduct” after he warned of a possible military intervention in politics. General Constantino Chiwenga had challenged President Robert Mugabe after he sacked the vice-president. Gen Chiwenga said the army […]






‘My boss threatened me with acid’

‘My boss threatened me with acid’

Image copyright HRW Tanzanian women working as maids in Oman and the United Arab Emirates have been subjected to rape, torture and poor pay by their employers, a report by Human Rights Watch says. More than 50 women interviewed during the research said they had their passports confiscated by their employers and were made to […]






Nigerian girl ‘killed for witchcraft rituals’

Nigerian girl ‘killed for witchcraft rituals’

A 17-year-old girl in Nigeria has been murdered for body parts to be used in suspected rituals believed to bring wealth, police have told the BBC. Three people have been arrested, including a man who allegedly confessed to killing her and selling some body parts to a witch doctor for $25 (£18). He then threw […]






Mugabe allies hit out at Zimbabwe army chief

Mugabe allies hit out at Zimbabwe army chief

Image copyright AFP Image caption Zimbabwe Army General Constantino Chiwenga warned of a military takeover Allies of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe have warned the military chief against meddling in politics. Gen Constantino Chiwenga had said the army was prepared to intervene to end purges within the ruling Zanu-PF party. His comments came a week after […]






Zimbabwe military chief Chiwenga in Zanu-PF purge warning

Zimbabwe military chief Chiwenga in Zanu-PF purge warning

Image copyright AFP Image caption Zimbabwe Army General Constantino Chiwenga spoke in Harare Zimbabwe’s army chief has warned those responsible for “purging” the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party to stop, or the military will step in. The rare intervention comes just a week after President Robert Mugabe sacked his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa. General Constantino Chiwenga, who […]






South African parents sue after son drowns in latrine

South African parents sue after son drowns in latrine

Image copyright Kirsten Whitefield Image caption Public interest law centre Section 27 is helping Michael’s parents take the case to court The mother of a five-year-old South African boy who died after falling into a pit latrine at school has broken down in court as she described finding his body. Michael Komape’s mother Rosina took […]