May 25, 2018 Last Updated 8:55 AM, May 25, 2018

Zimbabwe’s former army chief Constantino Chiwenga has fired more than 15,000 nurses who went on strike to demand better wages.

Mr Chiwenga led the military takeover last November that resulted in the overthrow of President Robert Mugabe – and is now vice-president.

In a statement, he said money had been released to the health ministry to pay outstanding allowances to the striking nurse on Monday, but they had not returned to work.

While this demonstrates good faith in the part of government, the prompt transfers which have been effected against demonstrable economic challenges facing the country, has not quite surprisingly persuaded the striking nurses to go back to their stations in the interest of saving lives and helping helpless patients under their care.

The government now regards this lack of remorse as politically motivated and thus as going beyond concerns of conditions of service and worker welfare.”

The decision to fire them had been taken "in the interest of patients and of saving lives", the vice-president said.

According to Zimbabwe's Independent Online new site, this strike comes after the government gave in to doctors’ demands and increased their salaries and allowances following a month-long strike that had crippled the health sector.

An aide to Zimbabwe's former president, Robert Mugabe, has said he feared civilians could "drag out and lynch" the leader in a "Libyan scenario".

During Mr Mugabe's last week in office, he was under house arrest as the military staged a takeover which would eventually oust him. 

 "I started visualising an image of Muammar Gaddafi," Mr Mugabe's former spokesman George Charamba said.

He was speaking to Zimbabwe’s privately owned Daily News site. 

 Recalling the last days of Mr Mugabe's 37-year rule, Mr Charamba said the 93-year-old wanted "to go on his own terms" and had to be warned of the dangers following the military's intervention and the outbreak of protests.

While Mr Mugabe was held at his lavish Blue Roof mansion, negotiations over his future were being thrashed out between military generals, Catholic priests, political aides and South African envoys.

Mr Charamba says military officials informed the group that tens of thousands of protesters calling for the president's resignation could target Mr Mugabe personally.

"It was possible because the soldiers said 'we cannot turn our guns on civilians who are marching against the president and spill blood,'" the Daily News reports Mr Charamba as saying.

Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured then killed in 2011 following an uprising against his four-decade rule.

Zimbabwe's anti-corruption agency is investigating whether the former First Lady Grace Mugabe fraudulently obtained a doctorate.

Lecturers at the University of Zimbabwe filed a petition last week asking to investigate.

She was awarded the PhD just months after enrolling at university in 2014 even though doctorates typically require years of full-time research.

Mrs Mugabe has previously defended her academic record.

In September, she told a governing party rally that she had earned her PhD despite her detractors' skepticism.

Mrs Mugabe was awarded a PhD by the University of Zimbabwe.

But lecturers at the same institution are behind the petition to investigate how she obtained the qualification.

Zimbabwe Independent, a privately owned newspaper, quotes the academics' petition as saying they had no knowledge of her 2014 graduation until they heard media reports:

"This was a shock to many members of the department as most members never [saw] or heard about the proposal, progress reports, thesis examiners and outcome of such a study by the candidate."

Local media report that Mrs Mugabe's doctoral thesis has not been made public, breaking with usual practice.

Mrs Mugabe was personally capped by her husband and then-president Robert Mugabe, who was also the chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe.

She had hoped to replace her husband as leader, but antagonised a faction of the ruling Zanu-PF party which led to a fallout within the party.

The military then stepped in and forced President Mugabe to end his 37-year rule and installed his former deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, as president.

All Eyes On Zimbabwe

All eyes are on Zimbabwe after its President announced his resignation on Tuesday.

 The southern africa nation's leader, Robert Mugabe threw in the towel after being pilled pressure from the country's millitary. 

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces took over last week and refused to call their intervention a Coup.

This led to Mugabes' sacking on sunday as leader of the governing Zanu-PF. Officials from the Party odered Mugabe, 93 to resign on Monday, to which he refused.

As Mugabe's deadline elapsed, parliament met to begin the impeachment process, however in the midst of it all, Parliamentarians recieved Mugabe's resignation letter which was then read out.

The news was recieved by chants and shouts of jubilations from not only the parliamentarians but also the public.

Hundreds of people took to the streets to celebrate what many term as Ziimbabwe's freedom day.

Currently, Zimbawe is being led by the military as former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is yet to be sworn in as president.

The country will in 2018 hold elections to choose another leader.

The developments in Zimbabwe are being monitored in Malawi and the rest of the world.

 

Governments in Malawi and the rest of Southern Africa are closely monitoring developments in Zimbabwe where the military has intervened in a power struggle that has rocked the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union known in short as Zanu-PF.

The announcement followed the sound of explosions early Wednesday morning after tanks and army vehicles drove into Harare and took over key government buildings and offices including the state controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).

According to international media reports, the military has placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest in the capital Harare.

South African President Jacob Zuma spoke to Mugabe on the phone where he said he was fine.

The developments in Zimbabwe are moving swiftly after the recent expulsions of potential successors of the country’s 93 year old leader.

One of them is Emmerson Mnangagwa a former intelligence chief who was also the Vice President of the country. 

He was purged after being regarded as a threat to Mugabe’s personally marked successor, his wife, Grace Mugabe.

Mnangagwa fled Zimbabwe last week and reports said he had fled to Malawi where he sought refuge. 

Amid the unrest in the country, Mnangagwa tweeted on his personal account urging Zimbabweans to keep calm.

It read: "Zimbabweans stay calm &remain tuned to national news. I'm back in the country &will be quite busy over the next few days. My communication​ with you will now be via formal broadcasting channels so I'm unlikely to use the twitter handle. Thank you all for the support & solidarity".

 

 

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