Lundi 29 Mai 2017
(The Herald Online 11/07/13)
The US Government has openly shown its vested interests in Zimbabwe's politics after its chief diplomat here Mr Bruce Wharton wrote a letter to Registrar General Mr Tobaiwa Mudede expressing concern over the way voter registration was conducted. Mr Wharton also wrote similar letters to the Police and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation expressing disquiet on the way the two institutions were conducting their business. The American letters come in the wake of the failure by after the two MDC formations which are now pushing for another Sadc Summit on Zimbabwe before elections dismally failed to justify the need for the so-called security and media reforms. In his letter which is undiplomatic in nature, Mr Wharton demanded answers from Mr Mudede...
(Financial Times 10/07/13)
After weeks of wrangling over the date of Zimbabwe’s presidential elections, parties have finally started to campaign amid lingering concern over ghost voters, electoral reforms and how the country will finance the polls. “We are faced with an election without reforms and against a leopard that has remained faithful to its spots,” said Morgan Tsvangirai, prime minister and leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, as he launched his campaign on Sunday. His criticism was aimed at Robert Mugabe, the veteran president and his Zanu-PF party, both of whom have been in power since independence in 1980. The July 31 election is seen as an important test of whether the country can move forward on a more stable path, and...
(Voice of America 09/07/13)
Zambia has been embroiled in a diplomatic row with the Namibian government over a government vehicle that was impounded in Caprive Town with drugs suspected to have been stolen from the western neigbhours. According to sources, the government vehicle with a GRZ registration number has been impounded in Namibia when the officers at Caprive Police Station were alerted on the contents in the vehicle. When the news broke out at Western Province headquarters in Mongu, permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba got infuriated and demanded an explanation from officers on how the vehicle was found in Namibia with drugs. Zambia has since been involved in diplomatic negotiations with Namibian authorities in an attempt to destroy the drugs and release the vehicle back...
(Reuters 09/07/13)
(Reuters) - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, launching his third campaign to unseat veteran President Robert Mugabe, said nothing had been achieved to ensure a fairer vote but even God now wanted Mugabe to go. Tsvangirai, who made a failed attempt to have the July 31 election delayed, said Mugabe's ZANU-PF party was using bureaucratic obstacles and tricks such as keeping dead people on the electoral roll to try to hold onto power. He said that would fail because Zimbabweans were itching to remove ZANU-PF after 33 years in office and a record of disastrous economic management. "We don't think even God wants Zimbabwe to remain in a permanent state of suffering," the 61-year-old former union leader told thousands of...
(BBC News Africa 08/07/13)
Reforms needed to ensure free and fair presidential and parliamentary polls in Zimbabwe later this month have not been introduced, says PM Morgan Tsvangirai. He also pledged to create more jobs as he launched his campaign at a rally in Marondera, ahead of the 31 July vote. He is standing for president against his main rival and coalition partner, Robert Mugabe. On Friday Mr Mugabe said it was a "do or die struggle", but urged supporters to refrain from violence. The 89-year-old president predicted a 90% victory for his Zanu-PF party. There have been concerns about violence and intimidation ahead of the vote.Jobs, healthcare, economy. Mr Tsvangirai was approaching these elections "with a heavy heart", since the necessary reforms had...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/07/13)
America's wealthiest universities are venturing into Africa's fast-growing frontier markets in search of outsized investment returns that will allow them to offer scholarships, lure star professors and fund research. For Sub-Saharan Africa, recognition from these deep-pocketed U.S. institutions, who have often earned envy among fellow global investors for their strong returns, marks a significant shift. American university endowments - permanent funds of educational institutions - pride themselves on spotting new investment opportunities early, such as venture capital, private equity and natural resources such as timber. Combined, they manage assets of over $400 billion. A study of 831 endowments by the Commonfund Institute and the National Association of College and University Business Officers published this year showed their annual net returns...
(The Associated Press 06/07/13)
There was no official update Saturday morning on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection. He was taken to a hospital in Pretoria, the capital, on June 8. The government has said Mandela is not in a vegetative state, contrary to recent court documents. A close friend told Sky News that the anti-apartheid leader was conscious and responsive earlier this week. There has been an outpouring of concern in South Africa and around the world for Mandela, a transformative figure who led the tense shift from white rule to democracy two decades ago in a spirit of reconciliation.
(The Herald Online 05/07/13)
MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai today was left in the cold after some of his allies snubbed the much hyped grand coalition signing ceremony in Harare. Although earlier reports suggested that a pact had been signed by the two MDCs, Mavambo and Zapu it has since emerged that Tsvangirai was spurned. Mr Tsvangirai is desperate to engineer a coalition with other political parties to unseat Zanu-PF. This is after the MDC-T leader realised that his chances of winning the next elections were slim following his love shenanigans that left his character as a national leader battered. The signing ceremony was hastily cancelled after MDC leader Professor Welshman Ncube and Zapu frontman Mr Dumiso Dabengwa pulled a shocker announcing a bilateral...
(News Day 04/07/13)
The demonstrators, who picketed Zanu PF headquarters demanding to be addressed by Mugabe, who was set to attend the party’s politburo meeting in the afternoon, also threatened a protest vote if their concerns were not addressed. Party political commissar Webster Shamu tried for almost 30 minutes in the morning to persuade the bitter apparatchiks to disperse, but failed as they demanded nullification of primary election results which declared Shadreck Mashayamombe the winner. When Mugabe arrived eight hours later for the politburo meeting, the demonstrators vowed to stay put until their concerns were addressed. The demonstrators demanded that war veteran Tonderai Nkomo be allowed to represent the party in the constituency. Shamu told the demonstrators that: “It does not help the...
(News Day 04/07/13)
HARARE — China remained Zimbabwe’s undisputed largest investor during the first five months this year, accounting for 74% of the $134 million of the foreign direct investments pouring into the southern African country, the government’s investment promotion agency said on Tuesday. Chinese businesses invested $81,2 million in the manufacturing sector, and another $16 million in mining between January and May 2013, according to Zimbabwe Investment Authority. The other top investors to Zimbabwe were Mauritius, investing $11 million in mining and service sectors, and South Africa, injecting $7 million in mining. Zimbabwe is recovering from the abyss of a decade-old economic meltdown characterised by the hyper-inflation in 2008. After the authorities abolished the worthless Zimbabwe dollar and adopted a wide range...
(Xinhua 03/07/13)
HARARE, (Xinhua) -- China remained Zimbabwe's undisputed largest investor during the first five months this year, accounting for 74 percent of the 134 million U.S. dollars of the foreign direct investments pouring into the southern African country, the government's investment promotion agency said Tuesday. Chinese businesses invested 81.2 million U.S. dollars in the manufacturing sector, and another 16 million U.S. dollars in mining between January and May 2013, according to Zimbabwe Investment Authority. The other top investors to Zimbabwe were Mauritius, investing 11 million U.S. dollars in mining and service sectors, and South Africa, injecting 7 million U.S. dollars in mining. Zimbabwe is recovering from the abyss of a decade-old economic meltdown characterized by the hyper-inflation in 2008. After the...
(Zimbabwe Independent 21/06/13)
In simple English, it means they chose to stand by their previous decisions and not disturb the undisturbed — they did not move an inch. The resolutions which they have consistently maintained at every summit since the inauguration of Zimbabwe’s coalition government in 2009 include an insistence on the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), elections roadmap and a raft of reforms on electoral, media and security sector issues. According to the Sadc communiqué released after the Maputo meeting, the leaders “endorsed the report of the facilitator, South African President Jacob Zuma, and its recommendations which include, among others, media reform, upholding the rule of law, the role of the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic), election date, validity...
(The Herald Online 19/06/13)
GOVERNMENT has filed an application to extend the July 31 deadline for holding harmonised elections in the wake of an appeal by the Sadc extraordinary summit in Maputo, Mozambique, last weekend. Summit urged the inclusive-Government to approach the court to ask for time beyond July 31. Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa yesterday filed the application on behalf of the inclusive Government. He said President Mugabe has much respect for the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe’s judgment and had already complied with it by fixing the election date for July 31. Minister Chinamasa said pressure from MDC formations and other political parties in Zimbabwe culminated in Sadc urging Government to seek an extension of the poll date.Mr Jealousy Mawarire of...
(Voice of America 17/06/13)
HARARE — President Robert Mugabe accused political rivals of seeking to delay elections in Zimbabwe because they fear defeat, after regional leaders urged his ruling coalition to ask the courts to extend a July 31 deadline for holding the vote. His rivals said reforms to restrictive media and security laws were essential for any fair election to be held and that it was Mugabe's party that was not ready to go the polls. Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader at 89, last week used a presidential decree to bypass parliament and fast-track changes to election laws and declare the voting date, drawing a sharp rebuke from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. In a clear sign that Mugabe's ZANU-PF party would not give ground...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room is one of many tributes to the legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation that many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death. That reluctance is gradually eroding as the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma called Mandela's condition "very serious" but said he has...
(The Zimbabwe Mail 11/06/13)
HARARE - Robert Mugabe's Zanu (PF) has, once again, decided to play hardball and dismissed the possibility of entertaining western observers, whom it accuses of seeking the removal of the ageing tyrant and his party from power. The party's Chairman, Simon Khaya Moyo on Monday said Zimbabwe, with the support of SADC and the African Union (AU), is capable of holding credible elections without international interference. But the MDC immidieatly responded saying: “The coming elections are being held under the new constitution which says, only the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has authority to invite observers, not political parties. Under the now defunct Lancaster House constitution, government had the power to invite observers. The United States on Friday urged Zimbabwe to...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in hospital Tuesday where he was being treated in intensive care for a lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday and was said to be in serious but stable condition. His latest health scare has been met with prayers and a growing acceptance among South Africans that their hero may be nearing the end of his life. "He is receiving intensive care treatment," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP on Monday. He "remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged," the presidency said after describing him as being in a "serious but stable" condition...
( 07/06/13)
Harare — Maxwell Zimbume, 37, left his job at a beverage company in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, at the height of the country's economic crisis in late 2008. His salary was not being paid regularly and had become almost worthless due to hyperinflation. Like hundreds of thousands of other Zimbabweans, he decided to try his luck in neighbouring South Africa. After failing to obtain a passport at the Registrar General's office, where officials demanded hefty bribes, Zimbume slipped into South Africa without one. He found work teaching information technology at private colleges in Pretoria and Johannesburg, and earned enough for his wife and two children to join him. His wife, a trained bookkeeper, found a job at a supermarket as a...
(Business Day 07/06/13)
A REGIONAL summit to hammer out fairer ground rules for Zimbabwe’s elections was abruptly called off on Thursday, days before leaders were due to meet President Robert Mugabe and opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai. "The summit is off. We hope it will be moved to a new date," South African Department of International Relations and Co-operation spokesman Clayson Monyela said. The summit of the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (Sadc) was originally scheduled to be held in Maputo, the Mozambican capital, on Sunday. On Thursday it seemed that it would be shifted to Pretoria — but then the cancellation was announced. Senior South African officials who are assisting President Jacob Zuma’s mediation in Zimbabwe were not available for comment on Thursday...
(The Guardian 03/06/13)
Zimbabwean president promises to abide by court ruling calling for elections, despite objections from opposition. The Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, has said he will abide by a court ruling that crucial elections must be held before the end of July, despite objections from his rivals. Mugabe told the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp travelling with him on a trip to Japan that he would convene polls "not later than 31 July", state radio reported. Mugabe, interviewed by the broadcaster on Sunday, claimed some members in a coalition with Morgan Tsvangirai, the prime minister and former opposition leader, wanted to delay the elections "to enjoy being in power" for longer, the radio said. The constitutional court, the nation's highest court, on Friday chided...

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