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


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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