Tuesday 19 September 2017
(The Herald Online 06/27/13)
The Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe yesterday deferred indefinitely hearing the case in which Government is seeking an extension of the harmonised elections date from July 31 to August 14. Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku requested lawyers representing the parties in the five separate applications that had been set for hearing yesterday, to consolidate them into a single case and agree on the timeline for hearing. He will today meet the lawyers in chambers to discuss the way forward and possibly hear the case on Friday, the day Nomination Courts sit countrywide to accept names of candidates contesting in the elections. Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa had approached the court seeking an extension of the poll date beyond July 31...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 27, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is on life support in hospital, a family elder said, as South Africa's president cancelled a trip abroad following a visit to the revered anti-apartheid hero's bedside. "Yes, he is using machines to breathe," Napilisi Mandela told AFP late on Wednesday after he saw the 94-year-old in the Pretoria hospital where he has been treated for a recurrent lung infection for nearly three weeks. "It is bad, but what can we do," added the elder who usually presides over family rituals and meetings. President Jacob Zuma late Wednesday abruptly cancelled a trip to neighbouring Mozambique after he visited Mandela, who has been in critical condition for several days. It is the first...
(Bloomberg 06/26/13)
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai asked the Constitutional Court to delay elections in the southern African nation, according to papers filed yesterday at the tribunal. Tsvangirai, who leads the main faction of the Movement for Democratic Change, and other opponents of President Robert Mugabe say there’s not enough time to finish voter registration and the nomination of potential lawmakers before the vote, which is scheduled for July 31. Southern African leaders also called for a delay at a June 15 meeting. “I respectfully emphasize the need to prevent a legitimacy deficit which would plunge the country into further uncertainty,” Tsvangirai said in his submission to the court. “There have been electoral disputes since 2000 where outcomes have contested largely because...
(The Herald Online 06/26/13)
The European Union should not pre-occupy itself with who is in power in Zimbabwe, but concentrate on improving the country’s political culture and institutions as support for the MDC-T has waned over the years. The revelations, a virtual vote of no confidence in MDC-T’s electoral chances, are contained in an EU Parliament policy document titled “QuickPolicy Insight Zimbabwe’s 2013 General Elections’’ that was published on May 28 ahead of the Constitutional Court ruling ordering elections by July 31. “Government turnover does not guarantee democratic change in Zimbabwe. Zanu-PF lacks democratic roots; but the MDC has, for its part, done little to prove its trustworthiness. Rather than asking who is in power, international analysts might want to put a stronger focus...
(News Day 06/26/13)
yesterday failed to hold peaceful primary elections because of violence, confusion, ballot paper shortages and boycotts. The party internal polls also could not be concluded within the set time frame due to the late arrival of voting material, forcing some centres like Bindura North and South to defer the elections to today. As a result of the poor handling of the primary elections, which were supposed to be a dress rehearsal of the harmonised elections, Zanu PF last night extended the process to midday today. National chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo, who also chairs the national elections directorate said results from all constituencies should be in by 4pm today. Cases of arson and demonstrations also marred the process as factionalism took...
(News Day 06/26/13)
Chairperson of the legislators’ welfare committee Paddy Zhanda (Goromonzi North Zanu PF MP) told NewsDay yesterday the MPs were owed more than $15 000 each in sitting allowances, adding that it would be unfair to the MPs if they were to lose their jobs without receiving what was due to them. Zhanda blamed Treasury for failing to remit the money to Parliament. “It is true that MPs are owed a lot of money in sitting allowances and if people are owed money, that should be paid before their contracts are terminated,” Zhanda said. “It will be difficult for legislators to come back and claim money after they have lost elections and it is an unfortunate situation.” MPs who spoke to...
(The Herald Online 06/26/13)
Part of the thousands of prospective voters who gathered to elect a candidate of their choice during Zanu-PF primary elections at Unit L Hall in Seke. VOTING in Zanu-PF primary elections was yesterday extended to 12 noon today in the wake of overwhelming turnout that saw people queuing well into the night. Although voting started late in some areas due to some logistical challenges that arose from the national character of the vote, supporters turned up in their thousands in different parts of the country with some constituencies recording upwards of 10 voters. This was a far cry from MDC-T primaries, that began six weeks ago, that saw some candidates being voted in by between 32 and 100 people while...
(News Day 06/26/13)
Mutharika, a key ally of President Robert Mugabe and whose first wife Ethel was also Zimbabwean, died aged 78 from a heart attack last April. At the time of his death, a serious economic crisis worsened by foreign currency shortages after key Western donors withdrew support had sparked riots across the country. But a report in the local media claimed the former president had stashed a fortune of up to $141 million in several local and foreign bank accounts. The former World Bank staffer and ex-COMESA secretary-general had declared assets of just $35 000 when he took over as the country’s president in 2004. The claims about his wealth were revealed in an affidavit report by a local firm, YMW...
( 06/26/13)
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will hold an Infrastructure Investment Summit in Maputo, Mozambique on Thursday. The summit is seen as highly important for the SADC as it seeks to accelerate its industrial and trade capacity through substantial infrastructure investment in order to expand economic growth and employment creation. The summit will be attended by representatives from the business and financial communities, as well as by the heads of state of Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa and the chairperson of the African Union Commission. President Jacob Zuma will participate in a high-level round table session on Thursday, during which he will focus on the North-South Corridor in his capacity as Champion of the AU-Nepad Presidential Infrastructure Championship Initiative...
(UN.org 06/26/13)
New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50 per cent or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations agency spearheading the global AIDS response said today. Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia have reduced new HIV infections among children by half since 2009, while Tanzania and Zimbabwe are also making substantial progress. This is according to the latest progress report on the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive (Global Plan), which was launched in July 2011 at the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on AIDS. The Plan has two main targets for 2015: a 90 per cent reduction in the...
(Windhoek Observer 06/25/13)
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah told the Windhoek Observer this week that her Zimbabwean counterpart, Patrick Chinamasa had informed her that his ministry has approached the Zimbabwe Constitutional Court to apply for the extension of the election date as directed by SADC. At its extra-ordinary meeting on June 15 in Maputo, Mozambique SADC ordered President Robert Mugabe to seek an extension of two weeks for the July 31 elections. The application had been made by Chinamasa, who is now awaiting the outcome of the application, Nandi-Ndaitwah said. If the court grants the extension the elections are likely to be held on August 14. The Constitutional Court earlier directed Mugabe to announce the date for the election, which according to...
(AFP (eng) 06/25/13)
HARARE, June 25, 2013 (AFP) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday jetted to Singapore, where he normally receives health care, for a "routine eye check", state media reported. A report by Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation said the 89-year-old leader was "expected back home at the weekend." Mugabe who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, underwent cataract surgery in the city state in 2011. But his last visit in July 2012 sparked rumours over his health, with media reports suggesting he was being treated for cancer. The ageing leader, who is one of Africa's longest serving presidents, often dismisses rumours about his failing health. WikiLeaks two years ago published a 2008 US diplomatic cable saying that central bank chief Gideon...
(AFP (eng) 06/25/13)
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has filed an application with the country's top court for a delay of elections to allow key reforms to take effect, court papers showed. Tsvangirai wants the Constitutional Court to nullify a decree by President Robert Mugabe for polls to be held on July 31. Mugabe had already, on June 19, asked the same court that Tsvangirai has approached, to push back crucial elections by two weeks to August 14. But Tsvangirai, who did not specify when he wants the new elections held, has already said the two week extension that Mugabe sought is not enough. Mugabe rushed to court in June, following pressure from regional leaders from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc...
(The Herald Online 06/25/13)
Youths are a special group that needs protection and support from all stakeholders for them to benefit from the country's economic empowerment drive, Vice President Joice Mujuru has said. VP Mujuru said no country could move forward when it's young people were entrapped in cycles of poverty, unemployment and underemployment. She made the remarks while officially opening the national conference on youth skills for employment, entrepreneurship and industry growth in Harare this morning. Said VP Mujuru: "No nation can boast of having a bright future when its youths are constrained by social and cultural tendencies that hinder their progress. They need support from Government, development agencies and the communities at large." The conference, that ends on Wednesday, is being attended...
(Ips News 06/25/13)
Harare — When Maude Taruvinga* votes in Zimbabwe's elections later this year, she will be voting for her local female politician as she has placed her hopes for a better future on the presence of more women in this southern African nation's legislature. In January 2012, Taruvinga became a victim of Zimbabwe's patriarchal traditions when her in-laws forced her out of her matrimonial home in Marondera, Mashonaland East Province, after her common-law husband passed away intestate. "I eventually decided to leave my husband's land because I could not endure the harassment any more. No one could help me. Even the police took the side of my husband's relatives. "Only a woman in parliament is capable of changing the life of...
(The Herald Online 06/25/13)
Government will develop self-contained human settlements with housing, commercial and industrial facilities at the periphery of major urban centres as a means of decongesting cities, President Mugabe has said. He announced the new policy thrust while officially launching the revised National Housing Policy in Harare yesterday at a ceremony attended by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara; Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Minister Ignatius Chombo and Science and Technology Minister Professor Heneri Dzinotyiwei. Other senior Government officials, members of housing co-operatives, local authorities and housing developers attended the meeting, while Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Housing and Social Amenities Minister Giles Mutsekwa, who were on the official programme, did not attend. The new settlements would be in the mould of...
(Business Day 06/25/13)
A REPORT on Zimbabwe’s diamond industry released by a parliamentary committee has lifted the lid on continuing diamond revenue leakages, the existence of conflicting diamond partnerships unilaterally made by Mines and Mining Development Minister Obert Mpofu and the militarisation of the diamond fields. The mines and energy committee’s inquiry into the diamond industry was headed by the late MP Edward Chindori-Chininga and conducted extensive investigations for three years. Its findings corroborate similar reports issued in the past by international organisations such as Partnership Africa Canada and Human Rights Watch that pointed an accusing finger at Zimbabwe’s diamond industry, which is tightly controlled by members of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) and the military. The committee said it had observed with...
(Bloomberg 06/25/13)
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai asked the Constitutional Court to delay elections in the southern African nation, according to papers filed yesterday at the tribunal. Tsvangirai, who leads the main faction of the Movement for Democratic Change, and other opponents of President Robert Mugabe say there’s not enough time to finish voter registration and the nomination of potential lawmakers before the vote, which is scheduled for July 31. Southern African leaders also called for a delay at a June 15 meeting. “I respectfully emphasize the need to prevent a legitimacy deficit which would plunge the country into further uncertainty,” Tsvangirai said in his submission to the court. “There have been electoral disputes since 2000 where outcomes have contested largely because...
(The Herald Online 06/25/13)
President Mugabe gets a feel of the bus he donated to Bondolfi Teachers’ College at State House in Harare yesterday. PRESIDENT Mugabe has donated 20 computers, printers and a luxury bus to Bondolfi Teacher’s College to fulfil a promise he made to the Masvingo-based and Roman Catholic-run institution when he attended its golden jubilee last month. The donation was done at State House in Harare at a ceremony attended by Acting Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education Dr Ignatius Chombo, senior Government officials, lecturers and students from the college. The President said he was touched by the plight of the institution during his first visit last month. “When I visited your school for the first time, I was extremely impressed...
(National Mirror Online 06/25/13)
Africa has lost at least $200 billion in five decades to illegal fishing and another $100 billion in illegal bunkering since 2003. Speaking at the opening of the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of Central African States, ECCAS, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and the Gulf of Guinea Commission, GGC, the African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, warned that such incursion should not be allowed to continue. The summit with focus on maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea opened yesterday in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital with President Goodluck Jonathan in attendance, among 25 other African leaders. Jonathan, who had last week raised serious concern over crude oil...

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