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Zimbabwe: Chinhoyi Hospital Restoring Women’s Dignity

Zimbabwe: Chinhoyi Hospital Restoring Women’s Dignity

Back in 1981, heavily pregnant Mary Maropa (not her real name) left her village in Nkayi for hospital expecting to return with a baby. Little did she know that she will not only return with tears on her cheeks but also uncontrollably leaking urine from her vagina, a medical condition known as vesico-vaginal fistula (VVF). […]

Victoria Chitepo Found Dead

Victoria Chitepo Found Dead

President Mugabe has mourned Zanu-PF Central Committee member Cde Victoria Fikile Chitepo (88) who was found dead in Harare yesterday morning. She was the widow of national hero and former Zanu-PF chairman Advocate Herbert Chitepo. Cde Chitepo was found dead yesterday morning by her granddaughter at her Mount Pleasant home while she was preparing to […]

‘Shame on you, I am not dying’, Mugabe tells potential successors

‘Shame on you, I am not dying’, Mugabe tells potential successors

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Thursday accused potential successors for wishing him dead and told ruling ZANU-PF supporters to unite against foreign enemies he said wanted to destroy the Southern African nation. Africa’s oldest leader at 92 years, Mugabe has held power since independence from Britain in 1980 and says his heir must be chosen […]

Zimbabwe: Virginity – Violence, Double Standards

Zimbabwe: Virginity – Violence, Double Standards

“Women, unlike men, have to worry about their virginity. They are taught that their virginity is valuable, even a commodity. Remember the issue of mombe yechimanda; virginity is commercialised, commodified.”A Harare man, Shepherd Musekiwa, whipped his wife as punishment for falsely claiming that she was a virgin before he married her. He, discovered that she […]

‘Satanist’ Rapes 22 Women, One Victim Forced to Walk 2 Hours Before Attack

‘Satanist’ Rapes 22 Women, One Victim Forced to Walk 2 Hours Before Attack

A suspected rapist, aged 27, who threatened his victims with Satanism appeared before a Harare court Tuesday charged with 22 counts of rape as well as robbery. Norton-based Timothy Musakanya is also answering to assault and attempted rape charges. He appeared before Harare magistrate Hosea Mujaya, who remanded him in custody to March 16. Musakanya […]

Zimbabwe’s ex-VP launches party to challenge veteran Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s ex-VP launches party to challenge veteran Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s former vice president Joice Mujuru said on Tuesday she had launched a new party to challenge her ally-turned-adversary Robert Mugabe, promising to revive the economy and repair relations with the West. Mujuru was Mugabe’s deputy for a decade and seen as the veteran president’s likely successor until he fired her in 2014 on charges […]

Petina Gappah on Zimbabwe, Language, and “Afropolitans”

Petina Gappah on Zimbabwe, Language, and “Afropolitans”

Contemporary literature in English is rich in international voices. Writers arrive holding multiple passports and complicated backstories. They deal in more than one culture, salt their sentences with Shona or Spanish. They cross and recross borders, carrying their stories with them. You might think Petina Gappah is such an international writer. Born in Zimbabwe in […]