Sunday 25 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/23/17)
Zimbabwe's Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday pledged that next year's elections will be peaceful, "free and fair" despite opposition concerns about electoral interference. Speaking on the sidelines of a conference aimed at courting South African investors, Mnangagwa noted that the last election in 2013 "was free of any violent incidents." "We believe that we shall have a free and a fair election during 2018," he told reporters, pledging that the upcoming presidential and parliamentary ballot would, like the last, be "free of violence." Previous elections have been marred by violence against opponents...
(AFP (eng) 06/23/17)
The animals won't travel two-by-two, but thousands of safari stalwarts will soon begin their journeys from Zimbabwe to Mozambique in one of Africa's largest ever wildlife transfers. Fifty elephants, 100 giraffes, 200 zebras and 200 buffaloes will be among the several thousand animals that will be transferred between the two neighbours, Zimbabwe's Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (PWMA) told AFP on Thursday. They will travel 600 kilometres (370 miles) on dusty roads from the Save Valley Conservancy to Zimbabwe's eastern neighbour in an effort to replenish animal numbers that were devastated...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
Financially hamstrung Zimbabwe joined UN agencies and charities Wednesday in appealing for $10.9 million of aid for thousands of refugees in the country including families fleeing violence in neighbouring Mozambique. Zimbabwe, grappling an economic crisis including a cash crunch which has had a toll on social services, is host to 17,500 refugees, official statistics show. "Governments and humanitarian organisations are left to deal with the consequences while at the same time struggling to save lives on limited budgets," Robert Tibagwa,...
(APA 06/21/17)
Several parts of the Zimbabwean capital Harare were on Wednesday without electricity following a technical fault on the power grid. Sources at the state-owned Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) said the fault, which occurred around 6pm (1600GMT) on Tuesday, plunged several suburbs into darkness until late Wednesday afternoon. They said the affected areas included Avondale, Belgravia, Borrowdale, Mount Pleasant, and Marlborough. Power cuts are a common occurrence in Zimbabwe where ZESA is struggling to maintain obsolete equipment.
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including...
(APA 06/19/17)
Thieves broke into Zimbabwe Defence Minister Sydney Sekeremayi’s Harare house last week, the police reported on Sunday. Police spokesperson Charity Charamba said the incident occurred in the early hours of Friday when the thieves scaled a wall at the minister’s residency in the plush Borrowdale suburb. The thieves made off with US$620 cash. Charamba said the police are investigating the break-in. “We will update you on any developments,” she told the state-run Sunday Mail. This is the latest in a...
(APA 06/15/17)
The government in Gaborone on Wednesday commended Zimbabwe for containing the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu, saying the success had saved Botswana from a possible outbreak. Agriculture Minister Patrick Ralotsia said as a result of the Zimbabwean government’s efforts to contain the outbreak, no cases of the bird flu were reported in Botswana. Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique last week suspended the import of poultry and poultry products from Zimbabwe. The H5N8 strain has been detected in several countries in Europe, Africa and Asia over the past two years. Its spread is aided by wild bird migrations.
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Extortion, corruption and fear; violence, hunger and sometimes even death: for west African migrants dreaming of reaching Europe, the road to get there can be an absolute minefield. - Departure - Whether it's The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal or Nigeria, everything starts with the "hustlers" -- slang for the middlemen or fixers who organise the trip. Their honesty and prices vary, with the would-be migrant usually deceived about the welcome expected in Europe. Many possess no official documents from their home country, and do not understand illegal status in Europe. Most are ignorant about the extreme difficulties they will encounter en route. "We didn't know we were risking our lives," said Kante Sekou...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Maria gave smugglers all her family savings and crossed three countries and the searing Libyan desert, but when she finally boarded a boat for Europe her dream was swiftly shattered. She was 24 and pregnant with her second child when she left Liberia with her husband and their three-year-old son. The family passed through Guinea and Mali before crossing southern Algeria to reach the Libyan desert. "The smugglers took all our money" -- more than $2,150 (2,000 euros), she said...
(APA 06/14/17)
Zimbabwean police have busted a ring that was producing fake identity cards in the capital Harare, the Registrar General’s Office said on Wednesday. In a statement, the department said an unknown number of people were recently arrested following a tip-off from members of the public. “The Registrar General security got a tip-off about criminals who were printing fake national identity documents and sought the assistance of the police to arrest the culprits,” the statement said. The department called on companies...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Zimbabwe has banned the import of corn after enjoying a bumper crop that authorities hope will be enough to feed the nation and stimulate home-grown production, state-owned media reported Tuesday. Zimbabwe was once known as the "breadbasket" of Africa for its fertile land and modern farming practices. But a programme of seizing farms from white owners begun in 2000 seriously damaged productivity, causing the country to become heavily dependent on food imports. "Government stopped issuing grain import permits about four months ago and no maize imports are allowed at our borders...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/13/17)
Zimbabwe has banned grain imports into the country after producing enough to feed itself, just a year after a devastating drought left more than 4 million in need of food aid, a state-owned newspaper reported on Tuesday. The southern African nation’s grain agency has also raised $200 million from the government and private sector to purchase maize from farmers, the Herald newspaper said. “Government stopped issuing Grain Import permits about four months ago and no maize imports are allowed at our borders,” Deputy Agriculture Minister Davis Marapira was quoted as saying.
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Uche's real journey had yet to begin but he had already spent four days in the northern Nigerian city of Kano after travelling on public buses and potholed roads from Imo state in the southeast. He planned to go to Agadez, a transit town on the southern edge of the Sahara desert in central Niger, take a truck to Sebha, in southwestern Libya, and from there to the capital Tripoli, and then to Italy or Spain. But his contact, who...
(AFP (eng) 06/12/17)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Monday meet African leaders in Berlin on initiatives aiming to reduce the poverty and conflict driving a mass migrant influx to Europe. The idea is to team up African nations willing to reform with private investors who would bring business and jobs to a continent where instability or graft often scare off foreign companies. Merkel is hosting the initiative as part of Germany's presidency of the Group of 20 powerful economies, whose leaders meet in the northern port of Hamburg a month later. Invited to Berlin are Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the leaders of Ghana, Ivory Coast...
(AFP (eng) 06/12/17)
Knowledge Musona celebrated his first match as Zimbabwe captain with a sensational hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Liberia in Harare on Sunday. And it was all smiles for Ghana who crushed Ethiopia 5-0 as qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon got underway this weekend. Musona's heroics sent Zimbabwe to the top of Group G on goal difference from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who overcame neighbours Congo Brazzaville 3-1 in Kinshasa a day earlier. Belgium-based...
(AFP (eng) 06/10/17)
President Robert Mugabe has fired Zimbabwe's top prosecutor, who now faces a misconduct trial, state media reported Saturday, the latest twist in a dispute dating back more than a year. "Suspended prosecutor general Mr Johannes Tomana was yesterday (Friday) fired for misconduct and incompetence after a tribunal set by President Mugabe to probe him recommended dismissal," The Herald newspaper reported. Tomana faced charges of "criminal abuse of office" and was awaiting trial, the paper added, without giving further details. He...
(AFP (eng) 06/09/17)
South Africa has halted poultry imports from Zimbabwe after a recent outbreak of highly contagious avian influenza at a farm in the neighbouring country, the government said Thursday. The department of agriculture said although South Africa imports "very little" poultry products from Zimbabwe, it has "suspended all trade in live poultry, meat and table eggs" from its northern neighbour and has stepped up surveillance. "We have heightened inspections of all consignments, including all private and public vehicles at all our ports of entry, especially in and out of Zimbabwe," said the department in a statement. Zimbabwean authorities...
(AFP (eng) 06/08/17)
A bus accident in Zimbabwe has killed 43 people after the driver lost control and rammed into a tree, police said Thursday. "We have been told that 43 people have been killed," police spokeswoman Charity Charamba told AFP. "The bus was travelling to Zambia when the driver lost control at a curve yesterday evening," she said. Charamba said the crash occurred in the Nyamakate area near the border with Zambia. Cross-border coaches usually ferry traders from Zimbabwe who travel to Zambia to stock up on wares to sell back home. Last year at least 30 people were killed when two buses collided along the highway
(The Associated Press 06/08/17)
Zimbabwe's president is angering some back home with his latest trip overseas, this time to a U.N. conference on oceans even though his country is a landlocked state. The 93-year-old leader Robert Mugabe has been criticized as a "non-resident president" for globe-trotting while the economy crumbles. He has visited Dubai, China, Singapore, Mexico, Ethiopia, Swaziland, South Africa, Ghana, Mauritius and Mali this year alone. Mugabe spoke about the threat of climate change during the U.N. meeting this week. South African broadcaster SABC reported that three aides helped him to the podium for a speech that was "at times stumbling." Despite his advanced age, reports

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