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Newsline: UAE to open an embassy in Zimbabwe

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will open an embassy in Zimbabwe, the UAE president has said. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued several federal decrees to establish the UAE Embassy in Zimbabwe and appointed and promoted members of the diplomatic corps. The decrees were published in the latest edition of the Federal Official Gazette and stipulate the establishment of the UAE Embassy in capital, Harare.

https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/uae-to-open-an-embassy-in-zimbabwe-18417050

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Newsline: Zimbabwe ambassador to Senegal found dead in Dakar

Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Senegal and The Gambia, Trudy Stevenson, has been found dead in Dakar on Friday. The 73-year-old diplomat was reportedly discovered at her residence by her chauffeur when he reported for duty. The Zimbabwean foreign affairs and international trade ministry confirmed the death of the diplomat, but could not shed more light, saying government was yet to talk to the family. “It is true Ms Stevenson has passed, but we are yet to get in contact with all the relatives,” an official in the ministry said. Stevenson, a founding member of the MDC opposition party, was appointed ambassador to Senegal and The Gambia in 2009 when the then Robert Mugabe-led Zanu-PF joined hands with the late Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T and Welshman Ncube’s MDC party to form the Government of National Unity (GNU). She remained the only opposition political figure in diplomatic posting after others were recalled at the expiry of the GNU.

https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/zimbabwe-ambassador-to-senegal-found-dead-in-dakar-16726525

Newsline: Embassy Urges U.S. Citizens to Avoid Central Harare After Gunshot Reports

The U.S. embassy in Zimbabwe urged American citizens to avoid central Harare on Thursday because of protests and reports of gunshots, the embassy said in a statement on its website. “As the political situation in Zimbabwe remains uncertain, you should remain safely at home or in your accommodations as much as possible,” the statement read.

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-08-02/embassy-urges-us-citizens-to-avoid-central-harare-after-gunshot-reports

Newsline: Philippine Consulate in Mozambique on alert for possible evacuation amid Zimbabwe tension

The Philippine Consulate in Mozambique is on alert in the event of a mass evacuation following the military takeover of neighboring Zimbabwe. Although the situation in the southern African nation is relatively calm at present, the consulate is still ready in case an evacuation becomes necessary, News To Go reported, citing Consul Donald Tulcidas. The number of Filipinos in Zimbabwe is unknown. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) were previously banned from going to the country due to the alleged refusal of the Zimbabwean government to coordinate with its Philippine counterpart on the protection of workers’ rights. The Department of Foreign Affairs is also currently gathering information on the state of affairs in Zimbabwe.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/pinoyabroad/633399/phl-consulate-on-alert-for-possible-evacuation-amid-zimbabwe-tension/story/

Newsline: US, British embassies in Zimbabwe instruct citizens to find shelter amid ‘political uncertainty’

The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe is instructing Americans to find “shelter in place until further notice,” due to ongoing “political uncertainty” throughout the night. Armed soldier and military vehicles were seen in the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, and at least three explosions were heard on Wednesday morning, local time, according to the Associated Press. The embassy also said it will be closed to the public on Wednesday and employees have been told to remain home. “Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn into confrontational and escalate into violence,” the embassy said in a statement. “Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.” The British Embassy also instructed citizens early Wednesday morning, local time, to remain inside “until the situation becomes clearer.” Members of Zimbabwe’s military and the president, Robert Mugabe, who has been president since 1980, are reportedly at odds and there are rumors of a coup attempt, including a takeover of a national broadcaster. A military spokesman claimed that they are taking action to “target criminals,” and added that this was not “a military takeover of government,” according to BBC.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/us-british-embassies-in-zimbabwe-instruct-citizens-to-find-shelter-amid-political-uncertainty/article/2640722

Newsline: WHO boss ‘rethinking’ Mugabe goodwill ambassador post

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said he is “rethinking” his decision to name Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador in the face of growing criticism over the move. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the UN health agency, had this week asked Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old leader to serve in the role to help tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart attacks, strokes and asthma across Africa. The decision triggered confusion and anger among key WHO member states and opposition figures in Zimbabwe who noted that the country’s healthcare system, like many of its public services, has been rife with problems under Mugabe’s decades-long leadership. “I’m listening. I hear your concerns. Rethinking the approach in light of WHO values. I will issue a statement as soon as possible”, Tedros, a former Ethiopian health minister, said on Twitter.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/boss-rethinking-mugabe-goodwill-ambassador-post-171021210936407.html

Newsline: UN lambasted after naming Robert Mugabe goodwill ambassador

The United Nations faced criticism on Friday after naming Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe a “goodwill ambassador” to promote health causes, despite the country’s dire health crisis under his rule. The UN World Health Organization asked Mugabe to serve in the role to help tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart attacks, strokes and asthma across Africa. Mugabe, 93, was in Uruguay for the announcement by WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who said he was “honoured to announce that President Mugabe has agreed to serve as a goodwill ambassador on NCDs for Africa.” Tedros hailed Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide health care to all”. Zimbabwe’s healthcare system, like many of its public services, has collapsed under Mugabe’s authoritarian regime, with most hospitals out of stock of essential medicines and supplies, and nurses and doctors regularly left unpaid. The appointment angered international rights campaigners and opposition parties, who also accuse Mugabe of violent repression, election rigging and presiding over the country’s economic ruin.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/21/un-lambasted-after-naming-mugabe-goodwill-ambassador