Zimbabwe ambassador’s home stormed by rebels, valuables looted in daring raid

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Sudanese rebels have raided the office and home of Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Sudan, looting valuables belonging to envoy Hilda Mafudze, according to a report by ZimLive.

The Sudan foreign ministry condemned the attack, calling it a “flagrant violation” of diplomatic immunity and urging the international community to speak out.

The ministry said Ambassador Mafudze’s headquarters and property – meaning her office and residence – were stormed by “rapid support militia”. However, authorities did not clarify if the envoy was home during the raid.

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Efforts to contact Zimbabwe foreign affairs officials were unsuccessful, with phones unanswered.

The invasion comes amid a 72-hour ceasefire in Sudan aimed at ending over two months of conflict between rival military factions. The ceasefire has been violated before.

The power struggle has turned the capital into a war zone plagued by looting, erupting from disputes over Sudan’s transition following the 2019 ouster of dictator Omar al-Bashir.

The rebel raid on Ambassador Mafudze’s home and office stands as a brazen violation of diplomatic immunity, risking wider implications amid Sudan’s fragile political climate. The international community must intervene to ensure Zimbabwean officials – and all foreign diplomats – can operate safely and free from threat.


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