Monday 24 July 2017
(Agence Ecofin 06/28/17)
The government of Zimbabwe and Sakunda Holdings signed a $478 million agreement with CBZ Bank, Barclays and Ecobank to finance agricultural activities during the 2017-18 summer season, Reuters reported. Maize and soya production are mainly concerned. To this end, the government plans to start distributing between July and September, seeds, fertilizers and chemical products to farmers ahead of sowing which begins in November. This initiative confirms the government’s commitment to improve food security in the country. Food security which the country has been targeting since the beginning of the 2000s should be achieved in the 2016-17 season as the nation plans to produce 2.1 million tons of maize, its highest since 1996. Espoir Olodo
(APA 06/28/17)
A state media delegation from Zimbabwe is in Namibia for a week-long visit during which it will discuss the renewal of a cooperation agreement that has seen the two countries cooperating in the areas of electronic and print journalism for more than a decade. The two sides are meeting to discuss the renewal of a 2004 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Electronic and Print Media, which they believe has been overtaken by current developments in the media sector such as digitalisation. During the first meeting on Tuesday, the two parties highlighted the importance of updating the agreement. Zimbabwe’s permanent secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, George Charamba said a lot of things have changed since the MOU was signed...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa where more than 25 million have the disease, the NGO Unitaid said Wednesday. The drug, Dolutegravir (DTG) is the anti-retroviral drug of choice for those living with HIV in developed countries, but its high price has put it out of reach for most struggling with the disease in Africa. "The generic DTG has two advantages: on the one hand, it is very good from a pharmaceutical point of view. On the other hand, it is much cheaper," said Robert Matiru of Unitaid, which works to reduce the costs of medicines treating AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. He described the drug as "the...
(APA 06/28/17)
Botswana’s Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation on Wednesday denied social media reports alleging that the country had slapped visas requirements on Zimbabweans and closed its embassy in Harare. The messages on social media alleged that the Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi revealed this during an interview on the state of relations between Zimbabwe and Botswana. But in a statement, the ministry states that Venson-Moitoi was never recently interviewed by any reporter on Botswana’s relations with Zimbabwe. “We wish to categorically refute this fabricated story, whose origin remains a mystery,” the statement said. The ministry advised the general public to dismiss the allegations. “Botswana and Zimbabwe continues to enjoy excellent relations. This has been clearly demonstrated by...
(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 of waterborne diseases in the crowded Nyarugusu camp in western Tanzania, due to poor sanitation. “Living in a refugee camp is a constant struggle. You either stick to health rules or contract diseases,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by...
(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, the resident representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Zimbabwe, said at the launch of the appeal. "This appeal represents one such effort to provide protection, assistance and solutions for refugees and asylum seekers in Zimbabwe. To...
(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 Saudi-born Salafism and Wahhabism, form the ideological bedrock for most terror groups. According to a study by Leif Wenar of King’s College London based on the Global Terrorism Database, three out of four terror attacks in the last 10 years...
(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 string of break-ins at the residencies and offices of top-ranking Zimbabwean officials. Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has had several break-ins at his offices in the capital since 2014 and no one has been arrested so far.
(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. "We spent four days in the desert. People died of thirst and the sun in the back of the truck." They finally arrived on the beach at Sabrata, 70 kilometres (45 miles) west of Libya's capital Tripoli, a key departure...
(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 and other institutions to be vigilant when it comes to accepting identity documents. It encouraged “individuals and the corporate world to verify with the department on any civil registration documents whose authenticity they are not satisfied with.”
(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 was supposed to drive him and three women across Nigeria's northern border, was arrested on suspicion of people smuggling. "His house had been under surveillance," explains the 38-year-old electrician in Kano's bustling Sabon Gari district. "The movement of the three...
(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 Musona became the first Zimbabwean since Peter Ndlovu in 2004 to score a hat-trick for the national team as limited and understrength Liberia were brushed aside. A perfectly timed run to spring an offside trap put Musona one-on-one with goalkeeper...

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