Lundi 23 Octobre 2017
(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...
(News Day 30/05/13)
AS the Global Political Agreement (GPA) staggers to an end, continued violations of the agreement, reform deficits, limited institutional credibility and the rejection of a UN election needs assessment mission underscore the continued absence of conditions for peaceful and credible elections, despite the new Constitution adopted in March 2013. President Robert Mugabe has been forced to step back from a June vote, but his party still pushes for an expedited process with little time to implement outstanding reforms and new constitutional provisions. The pervasive fear of violence and actual intimidation contradicts rhetorical commitments to peace. A reasonably free vote is still possible, but so too are deferred or disputed polls, or even a military intervention. The international community seems ready...
(Huffingtonpost 27/05/13)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe criticises Nelson Mandela for being too soft on whites, in a documentary giving a rare and intimate look into the family life of one of Africa's longest serving and most vilified leaders. In a cosy lunch setting with his wife and children, the 89-year old speaks on a wide range of issues from his controversial hold on power, to his relationships with former British premiers Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher. The two-and-a-half hour interview, described in detail by British and South African media ahead of its airing, shows the usually bellicose and sharp-tongued Mugabe as a loving family man. Dali Tambo, the son of South African anti-apartheid hero Oliver Tambo, produced the documentary, which will be...
(Mail & Guardian 27/05/13)
In a cosy lunch setting with his wife and children, the 89-year-old speaks on a wide range of issues from his controversial hold on power, to his relationships with former British premiers Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher. The two-and-a-half hour interview, described in detail by British and South African media ahead of its airing, shows the usually bellicose and sharp-tongued Mugabe as a loving family man. Dali Tambo, the son of South African anti-apartheid hero Oliver Tambo, produced the documentary, which will be broadcast on South African public television next Sunday. In the programme Tambo dines with Mugabe's family at his wife Grace's dairy farm. The interview comes just months before crucial general elections in the country which in recent...
(News Day 24/05/13)
JUSTICE minister Patrick Chinamasa on Wednesday reportedly blocked Zanu PF’s bid to push for the June 29 polls, arguing that there was still need to negotiate with MDC parties to realign old laws with the new Constitution to ensure electoral laws amendments would sail through Parliament, it has been learnt. He reportedly told the Zanu PF politburo meeting in Harare that if President Robert Mugabe were to unilaterally announce election dates, the MDCs may stall the process. Well-placed Zanu PF sources confirmed to NewsDay yesterday that Chinamasa had poured cold water on the party’s proposed poll deadline during the politburo meeting held soon after Mugabe had assented to the new Constitution. “He advised the politburo that it would be suicidal...
(Voice of America 23/05/13)
HARARE, ZIMBABWE — Zimbabwe moved a step closer Wednesday to holding new elections, after President Robert Mugabe signed a new constitution into law. The 89-year-old president said Zimbabweans had proved that they can manage their affairs without external assistance or interference. A police band is singing in Shona saying “Well done. Well done Zimbabwe, you have done it.” The song seemed fitting Wednesday as four years of protracted debate ended with President Robert Mugabe signing a new constitution into law. The longtime president, who has been accused of using violence to intimidate opponents, said the constitution paves the way for elections, which must be peaceful. “ZANU-PF versus MDC. You choose, you vote for the person of your choice. Let us...
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(New Zimbabwe 23/05/13)
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(The Associated Press 18/05/13)
Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Friday he is poised to sweep to victory in upcoming presidential elections and return the nation to the world community after years of isolation. "We are going to be new brooms" for change, he told about 500 party leaders and activists at a party conference to finalize a platform. He will be pitted against long-time ruler President Robert Mugabe, 89, in elections. No date has been set but it is expected to be held around September. Tsvangirai described his Movement for Democratic Change party as the main champion of a new, reformed constitution accepted by 95 per cent of the vote in a March referendum. "We have a new constitution, we must definitely have...
(The Associated Press 30/04/13)
Zimbabwean state election officials are dramatically inflating the numbers of electors on new voters' lists months ahead of crucial polls, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party alleged Tuesday. It said lists in some voting districts swelled by more than 10,000 names in a 48-hour period, or the addition of about 150 voters a second. "This is just impossible," said party official Douglas Mwonzora. He said a copy of one Harare district list was obtained on a Monday earlier this month. Two days later, a revised copy showed an additional 11,890 voters on the list. In other districts the names of active party members were missing or misspelled, making them ineligible to vote, raising fears of voting fraud being planned by officials...
(Reuters (Eng) 26/04/13)
Africa's brisk economic growth over the past decade has been consumer driven, a much-hyped trend that masks the uncomfortable fact that the region remains far too reliant on commodities. Sub-Saharan Africa's growth has been second only to Asia and cracked along at 5.8 percent last year, according to a World Bank estimate, if South Africa, the continent's biggest economy, is excluded. About two-thirds of growth in the past decade has been driven by domestic demand, which has been stoked by a number of factors including the continent's fast-growing and young population. Consumption has had multiplier effects into a range of services including banking and finance. Yet unlike in Asia, Africa's consumer boom has been financed mostly by income generated from...
(News Day 18/03/13)
POLICE in Harare yesterday raided Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s communications offices in Avondale and arrested four officials and top human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, over charges of impersonation and obstructing the course of justice, respectively. Among those arrested is former Harare councillor Warship Dumba, director of research in the Premier’s office Thabani Mpofu, Felix Manditse and Anna Muzvidziwa. Muzvidziwa was detained alongside her one-year-old son who is still breastfeeding. Their lawyer Alec Muchadehama told NewsDay last night his clients were yet to be formally charged. By late last night Mtetwa’s lawyer Harrison Nkomo said he was seeking a High Court order for the release of his client. “We are at the High Court now seeking for her release because her...

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