Handmade Zimbabwe shoes an unlikely global hit

An unassuming one-room shoe factory in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe is quite literally defying the economic odds. Founded in 1994, the Courteney boot company has become a global niche brand in hand-made footwear. Despite a downward-spiralling Zimbabwean economy, the 14 staff at Courteney have their hands full to keep up with the increasing international demand.

‘Raped by soldiers’: Zimbabwean women live in fear

A 33-year-old Zimbabwean unemployed mother of two tearfully narrates how four men in military uniform ordered her to open her door at midnight before two of them raped her. Several women have sought help in the Zimbabwean capital, saying they were raped by soldiers and police who have enforced a brutal crackdown to crush public unrest after violent nationwide protests on January 14 over fuel price rises.

Zimbabwean Afro-jazz legend ‘Tuku’ dies

Zimbabwean musician Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, a star of Afro-jazz who won a following across the continent and beyond, died on Wednesday at the age of 66, his agent has told AFP.

Zimbabwean opposition attends funeral of protest victim

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Nelson Chamisa attends the funeral of one of the victims of deadly protests over fuel price hikes. IMAGES

Zimbabwe activist Mawarire back in court

Zimbabwean activist Evan Mawarire is back in court for a second day where to face charges of subverting the Zimbabwe government. Mawarire is accused of subverting a constitutional government and incitement to commit violence by posting videos on social media supporting a national strike over a drastic increase in fuel prices. IMAGES of Mawarire arriving at a Harare courthouse

Zimbabwe activist in court for ‘subversion’ after protests

Zimbabwean activist Evan Mawarire has appeared in court in Harare to face subversion charges as authorities crack down on anti-government protests in which doctors say 68 people suffered gunshot wounds.

Police detain leading Zimbabwe activist after protests

Leading Zimbabwean activist Evan Mawarire is detained by police, taken from his house in a widening crackdown after anti-government protests. IMAGES

Fuel hike sparks protests in Zimbabwe

Demonstrations erupt in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare to protest against the sharp rise in fuel prices ordered by the government, in the midst of a severe economic crisis. IMAGES

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This week on Africa Weekly, we take you to Kenya where a US NGO has been trialling a campaign that offers villagers a cash income to help alleviate poverty, and we meet 78-year-old Hatifari Munongi, the oldest Zimbabwean to earn a university degree, who has built a replica traditional homestead at her home in Harare.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLYFOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Zimbabwe opposition reacts after riot police break up presser

Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Zimbabwean opposition party ‘Movement for Democratic Change’, apologises to international journalists after his press conference was disrupted by police in riot gear, following the announcement of the election results. SOUNDBITE