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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.



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.


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.


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.


Newsline: UK Diaspora storm the Zimbabwean embassy in London

Staff at the Zimbabwe embassy in London had to run for cover after a group of Zimbabwean protesters stormed the embassy demanding that “Mugabe must go”. The invasion took place on Wednesday 27th September at 1100am. Once inside the angry protesters pulled down president Robert Mugabe’s portraits and broke into song and dance with some dancing on top of the benches, shouting “Mugabe must go.” The frightened staff were nowhere to be seen in just a matter of minutes. The metropolitan police had to be called in by the embassy staff after the protesters brought Charing Cross to a standstill. Traffic into The Strand was halted as 4 police vehicles and 2 motorbikes that included the rapid response unit moved in. The most daunting task for the police was to remove the protesters from inside the embassy whilst the protesters tried to prevent Staff from returning into the embassy.


Newsline: Zimbabweans in South Africa Storm Embassy in Pretoria to Demand Voting Rights

Scores of Zimbabweans living in South Africa stormed the Zimbabwean embassy in Pretoria, demanding the right to vote in the 2018 general elections, reports said. According to News Day, the protesters first gathered at the Union Buildings before proceeding to the Zimbabwean embassy to present their petition. Reports late last year indicated that Zimbabwe’s three million or so diasporans were most certainly not going to be allowed to vote in the upcoming elections unless they came home twice – once to register and then again to vote.


Newsline: South African embassy staff accused of bribery in Zimbabwe

Zimbabweans seeking work or study permits in South Africa have called for the censure of two South African embassy officials, whom they accuse of demanding bribes to process their permits. The two were identified as Mrs Grace Segkole and a Mr Malebogo. Some of the victims of the alleged corruption, who spoke to The Herald said the two officials should either be reassigned or relieved of their duties.