Wednesday 25 April 2018
( 07/26/13)
Successful elections in Zimbabwe are crucial both for that country's own socio-economic development and for improved security in the southern African region, says South African Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria on Thursday, Ebrahim said the South African government welcomed the fact that the overall atmosphere in Zimbabwe remained calm ahead of next week's elections, with no major instances of violence or intimidation having been reported so far. Ebrahim added that South Africa hoped there wouldn't be a repeat of Zimbabwe's previous election in 2008, when the announcement of the results had been delayed, stoking concerns about poll rigging. Over six-million Zimbabweans who have registered to vote will go to the polls next Wednesday to...
(Business Daily 07/26/13)
Global food prices fell by 2 per cent in the latest four-month period, marking the third straight period of declines, as declining imports in the Middle East and North Africa, and lower demand pushed prices down 12 per cent from their August 2012 peak, the World Bank said on Thursday. The World Bank's Food Price Index showed international prices of wheat fell by 2 per cent, sugar by 6 per cent, soybean oil by 11 per cent, and maize, or corn, by 1 per cent during the four-month period between February and June. The index, which weighs export prices of food, fats and oils, grains, and other foods in nominal U.S. dollars, fell by 2 per cent. Improved weather conditions...
(The Herald Online 07/26/13)
Telecel Zimbabwe subscribers are encountering problems connecting to the Econet network because the company does not have a valid mobile licence, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe said yesterday. Zimbabwe’s biggest mobile phone operator released the salvo yesterday after Telecel had complained bitterly and blamed Econet Wireless for the problems its customers were facing when calling Econet numbers. Econet Wireless cited clause 5.2.2 of its new 20-year licence re-issued after the expiry of its previous 15-year permit that requires it to connect only with operators that are licensed. “Therefore, as matters stand, Telecel is not a holder of a valid telecommunications licence issued in terms of Section 37 of the Act. Econet Wireless does not have any legal or moral obligation to interconnect...
(News Day 07/25/13)
Zimbabwe is reportedly trying to block former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo from observing the country’s July 31 harmonised elections, it has been learnt. Obasanjo, who was reportedly expected to jet into the country yesterday as the African Union (AU) short-term observer mission leader, was said to have indefinitely postponed his arrival amid diplomatic shuttling between the AU and the government over the matter. According to top AU officials, the former Nigerian leader is expected to lead a high-powered delegation to observe next week’s elections in Zimbabwe, but government was reportedly throwing “spanners in the works”. Although details were still sketchy, AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma yesterday hinted Obasanjo would only be allowed to Harare if he was invited by the...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/25/13)
(Reuters) - With a big vested interest in the stability of Zimbabwe, South Africa is keen that next week's election in its northern neighbor should fairly reflect the people's wishes, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of refugees fled into South Africa after violence in the last election, in 2008, landing it with an expensive humanitarian crisis. But since it helped to broker a unity government, the economy has been recovering, creating opportunities for South African business. However, preparations for the July 31 elections have been far from smooth, with President Robert Mugabe's rivals in the Movement for Democratic Change alleging that his ZANU-PF party is making it hard for their voters to register. Washington has...
(Voice of America 07/25/13)
HARARE — Zimbabweans go to the polls July 31 under a new constitution that some hoped would bring more women into politics. But, some women say the road to gender equity in Zimbabwean politics is a long one. Zimbabwe’s 2012 census shows that women comprise 52 percent of the population. But that demographic is not reflected in the political arena. Many women were hoping the new constitution, which came into effect in May, would encourage more women to run. The document provides new legal protections for women - such as equal rights in the workplace and land rights. But feminists say the constitution falls short of ensuring that the country meets the goal of 50 percent political representation by 2015...
(Actusen 07/25/13)
African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma flew into Harare Wednesday to assess Zimbabwe’s preparedness for next week’s elections. “We are here... just to see how things are before the actual election day,” Dlamini-Zuma said on arrival. But the South African’s visit comes amid questions about the fairness of the vote and about the status of the African Union’s observer mission. With a week to go before the July 31 poll, the head of the AU observer mission, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, has not yet arrived in the country. “I think he will come if he is allowed,” said Dlamini-Zuma without elaborating. In the early 2000s Obasanjo led a Commonwealth delegation to Zimbabwe that tried to mediate the end to...
(The Associated Press 07/25/13)
Harare - African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma flew into Harare Wednesday to assess Zimbabwe's preparedness for next week's elections. "We are here... just to see how things are before the actual election day," Dlamini-Zuma said on arrival. But the South African's visit comes amid questions about the fairness of the vote and about the status of the African Union's observer mission. With a week to go before the 31 July poll, the head of the AU observer mission, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, has not yet arrived in the country. "I think he will come if he is allowed," said Dlamini-Zuma without elaborating. In the early 2000s Obasanjo led a Commonwealth delegation to Zimbabwe that tried to mediate the...
(Voice of America 07/25/13)
JOHANNESBURG — Zimbabwe’s media landscape has grown in the past year to include several independent media groups that are joining the powerful state broadcaster in reporting on next week’s election. But rights groups say they are still seeing “low-level repression” of journalists. Rights groups and media watchers agree that Zimbabweans will have more media choices during this election than in previous years. But more, says the Committee to Protect Journalists, does not necessarily mean better. In the past 18 months, the government has licensed two new radio stations, says CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Sue Valentine. But, she said, those voices are largely drowned out by state media, which she said clearly favors President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party. Mr. Mugabe will...
(Zambia Daily mail 07/25/13)
The Southern Africa Editors Forum (SAEF) Zambian chapter has been invited to be part of the regional organisation’s nine member observer mission which will monitor Zimbabwe’s general elections slated for July 31, 2013. SAEF Zambia general secretary Charles Chisala, who will represent Zambian editors on the mission, confirmed the invitation. Mr Chisala said SAEF will be in Zimbabwe from July 25 to August 3, 2013 and that some of the activities the forum will engage in include meeting media heads, representatives of political parties and monitoring media coverage of the elections. This is contained in a letter addressed to the Zambian chapter from regional co-ordinator Elizabeth M’ule, who is based in Windoek, Namibia. “This is to let you know that...
(This Day Live 07/25/13)
African countries and their communities have been told they can effectively end ‘land grabs,’ grow significantly more food across the region, and transform their development prospects if they can modernise the complex governance procedures that govern land ownership and management over the next decade. This was revealed in a new World Bank report titled Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity released on Monday in Washington, US, which also noted that Africa has the highest poverty rate in the world with 47.5 per cent of the population living below $1.25 a day. The detailed report noted that sub-Saharan Africa is home to nearly half of the world’s usable, uncultivated land but so far the continent has not been able to develop...
(Voice of America 07/25/13)
CAPITOL HILL — Prospective U.S. diplomats to Africa say President Barack Obama’s recent trip to the continent underscored persistent challenges and vast opportunities that cry out for robust and sustained American engagement. Administration nominees for the State Department’s top Africa post, as well as numerous ambassadorships, testified Wednesday at their Senate confirmation hearing. During his three-nation trip to Africa earlier this month, Obama unveiled initiatives to boost electric service on the continent, increase trade and commercial ties, and help groom Africa’s next generation of leaders. But more must be done, according to Democratic Senator Chris Coons, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa. “President Obama’s recent trip was a positive demonstration of U.S. commitment, and the president’s initiatives...
(Reuters 07/24/13)
(Reuters) - With a big vested interest in the stability of Zimbabwe, South Africa is keen that next week's election in its northern neighbor should fairly reflect the people's wishes, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of refugees fled into South Africa after violence in the last election, in 2008, landing it with an expensive humanitarian crisis. But since it helped to broker a unity government, the economy has been recovering, creating opportunities for South African business. However, preparations for the July 31 elections have been far from smooth, with President Robert Mugabe's rivals in the Movement for Democratic Change alleging that his ZANU-PF party is making it hard for their voters to register. Washington has...
(News Day 07/24/13)
The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) will have new listing requirements by November as the bourse pushes for more disclosures in line with modern trading trends, chief executive officer Alban Chirume has said. Speaking at the first roundtable discussion with the audit committee of the Public Accountants and Auditor’s Board on Monday, Chirume said the ZSE was in the process of crafting the new set of rules and the first draft was currently being looked at. The current listing requirements were drafted in 1998. “We have started evaluating our listing requirements and we have put these to the whole world to look at the listing requirements first draft and to make changes to that document,”Chirume said. Chirume said the new listing...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/13)
Many of the millions of Zimbabweans living abroad won't return home for key general elections next week, sceptical of a fair outcome after years of election violence. President Robert Mugabe has vowed to extend his 33-year-rule and beat bitter rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai at the polls on July 31. The vote will choose a successor to the pair's tense unity government, but those who fled the nation's downward spiral into political and economic crisis doubt the prospect of a new beginning. "This is a make or break election for Zimbabwe, but as important as it is, in my opinion, I can't help but feel that it's a futile exercise," said Justice Chikodzera, an immigrant in South Africa. An unemployed...
(Zimbabwe Independent 07/24/13)
BULAWAYO — Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday said next week’s elections were a do or die poll where people would choose between “darkness and prosperity”. Addressing several thousands of party supporters in White City Stadium in Bulawayo, Tsvangirai urged people to vote for MDC-T which he described as the party for the future. The MDC-T leader said Zanu PF was clueless on how to end deep-seated suffering faced by Zimbabweans. It is estimated that over 85% of the country’s population is living in abject poverty. “What can they [Zanu PF] do in the next five years that they failed to in the last 33 years?,” Tsvangirai told thousands of cheering party supporters. “Zanu PF is clueless and voting Zanu PF...
(Daily News (zw) 07/24/13)
HARARE - Zapu leader and presidential candidate, Dumiso Dabengwa said yesterday President Robert Mugabe is too old to continue ruling Zimbabwe and should be retired, and also raised the prospect of an electoral pact with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai before or after the July 31 poll. In a no-holds barred interview with the Daily News journalists at the leading paper’s Trust Towers headquarters in Harare, Dabengwa — who has sealed a coalition pact with the smaller MDC led by Welshman Ncube — said a grand coalition with Tsvangirai, who poses the biggest challenge to Mugabe since the 89-year-old former guerrilla leader came to power in 1980, was still possible. He said “nothing is cast in stone”. “I think everyone in...
(Daily News (zw) 07/24/13)
HARARE - Outgoing Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda has said Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo’s directive to write-off outstanding rates was thoughtless and lacking in legal basis. Chombo on Tuesday directed councils nationwide to write-off all accumulated water bills, unit tax, rentals, fees and levies outstanding from 2009 to June 2013. According to the law, Chombo was supposed to make a proposal to council, to which after critical evaluation, the authorities report back to him in 30 days, Masunda said. “Chombo’s decision is not valid at law,” Masunda said. “It is council, on its own, which after due consideration of the debts at hand writes them off, excluding rates. “This is the most thoughtless and outrageous decision I have ever heard...
(Zimbabwe Independent 07/24/13)
African Union (AU) Commissioner for political affairs Aïsha Abdullahi says Zimbabwe is an important member of the AU hence the huge interest in the country’s general elections next Wednesday. Abdullahi said this soon after touching down at the Harare International Airport on Tuesday this afternoon. High-level AU teams have started arriving in Zimbabwe ahead of the elections with the chairperson of the AU Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma expected to jet in tomorrow followed by former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who is heading the AU observer mission, on Thursday. Abdullahi said the AU is committed to ensuring democratic stability through credible elections on the continent as contained in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the African Union Declaration on the...
(Zimbabwe Independent 07/24/13)
President Robert Mugabe has attacked United States President Barack Obama for tying assistance to Africa and Zimbabwe in particular to legalising homosexuality. Addressing thousands of Zanu PF supporters in Mutare today, Mugabe said: “Obama this man born of an African father and a white mother told us that US can only provide financial aid if we accepted homosexuality as a country.” Mugabe is an avowed homophobic and has in the past attacked gays and lesbians as “worse than dogs and pigs”. He said Zimbabwe will never accept homosexuality as it has no benefit to mankind. “No gay couples could have children even if you lock them up for five years in a house.” Mugabe said Manicaland should ensure that Zanu...

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