All posts tagged: Robert Mugabe

The Most Absurd Human Rights Violations (97): Free Speech in Zimbabwe

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(source) Richmore Mashinga Jazi, a self-employed carpenter, was watching live coverage of Mugabe’s birthday bash last Friday while drinking with friends when he allegedly suggested that the 88-year-old president had sought help to blow up the balloons. … “Who helped Mugabe blow up his birthday balloons, does he still have the energy?” is the statement that got Mugabe’s loyalists mad, resulting in the arrest of Jazi. Jazi is now before the Mutare magistrates court on […]

The Most Absurd Human Rights Violations (72): Political Rights in Zimbabwe

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Nearly a third of Zimbabwe’s 5.5m registered voters are dead, research has found. Others appear to be up to 120 years old, improbably outstripping the country’s average life expectancy of 43. The independent Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) said the country’s electoral roll was a “shambles” and should be overhauled before fresh elections, which could be held this year. A new electoral register is a key demand of the Movement for Democratic Change , which […]