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Newsline: Britain summons Zimbabwe ambassador

Britain summoned Zimbabwe’s ambassador to register its disquiet over a crackdown on dissent by security forces in Zimbabwe. Britain’s Minister of State for Africa Harriet Baldwin revealed that she had discussed the crisis with Zimbabwe’s top diplomat in London, Christian Katsande. “Just spoken to Zimbabwean ambassador regarding this week’s protests in Zimbabwe. Worrying levels of violence – urged restraint from security forces and the need to restore internet access,” Baldwin said on Twitter. Britain’s ambassador to Zimbabwe Melanie Robinson said she had also held discussions with Zimbabwean authorities after fuel price protests triggered a brutal response by the police and military. Doctors say as many as 72 people have been treated for gunshot wounds, with several fatalities.



Newsline: UK shames Zimbabwe embassy

Government was left with egg on its face after Zimbabwe’s embassy in the United Kingdom was named among 23 diplomatic missions that are not paying their rates. The diplomatic missions now owe the British taxman more than £1.5 million in unpaid business rates, which should have been paid on December 31, 2017. Zimbabwe’s embassy, which occupies a Grade 11-listed building in central London, reportedly owes £101,694 (about US$129,000) in business rates. Top of the list is Sudan’s mission which owes £137,122, followed by the Iranian embassy at £123,570. Government officials in Harare had not responded to NewZimbabwe.com’s questions at the late last night.


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.


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.


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.


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.