Thursday 23 November 2017
(News Day 07/16/13)
The Sadc organ on politics yesterday said the world was watching developments in the country ahead of the forthcoming elections to be held on July 31. Speaking at the launch of the Sadc election observer mission in the country, the representative of the chairperson of the organ on politics and diplomacy, Bernard Membe, said Sadc expected the country to hold a free and fair election. The organ is chaired by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete. “The world is watching you. It watched in March during the referendum and it is going to be watching the people of Zimbabwe speaking, watching them making their will which should be respected by everybody in Zimbabwe and outside Zimbabwe,” Membe said. “If these elections will...
(The Herald Online 07/16/13)
Anti-riot police were called in to control uniformed forces who attempted to force their way into a polling station at Town House in Harare yesterday evening following day long delays in the distribution of ballot papers. While voting started on time at most polling stations in Harare, interruptions in the delivery of additional ballot material in the afternoon affected the smooth flow of the process. The logistical challenges resulted in voters leaving the polling stations before casting their votes. It was, however, at Town House where prospective voters attempted to power their way into the polling station, resulting in anti-riot police being called to contain the situation. The voters breached a human security barrier manned by the anti-riot reaction team...
(The Herald Online 07/16/13)
President Mugabe has left the country for Lesotho to attend King Letsie III’s 50th birthday celebrations scheduled for Setsoto Stadium in the capital, Maseru, tomorrow. He is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and other senior Government officials. King Letsie is the son of King Moshoeshoe II, Lesotho’s first monarch after its independence from Great Britain in 1966. He took over leadership briefly between 1990 and 1995 while his father was in exile. He later occupied the throne following the death of King Moshoeshoe in 1996. The king’s birthday is a public holiday and a grand occasion where scores of the Basotho express honour for their ruler. Morris Mkwate
(The Herald Online 07/16/13)
Judicail Service Commission chairperson Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku has announced 24 magistrates from the country’s 10 provinces who will preside over cases of politically-motivated violence and intimidation at special courts set up ahead of the July 31 harmonised elections. The special courts, set up in terms of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13), would impose penalties for people convicted of an offence involving political violence or intimidation. In a notice published in the Government Gazette last Friday, Justice Chidyausiku said the 24 magistrates would deal with election-related malpractices, which include violence, intimidation and stopping the electorate from casting their vote. “It is hereby notified that the Judicial Service Commission, in terms of section 133J (3) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13), has...
(Daily News (zw) 07/16/13)
HARARE - Zimbabwean voters on July 31 have a choice to elect a party that has revived the country’s failed economy or one that slashed it by 45 percent in a decade. That is the message being put across by captains of industry, workers and the unemployed. The message has been repeated by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on a campaign trail around the country. The forthcoming vote is widely seen as a last chance for Zimbabwe to forge ahead with a comprehensive structural reform programme to revive the economy, heal a rift with Western countries crucial for fiscal support, and strengthen financial sector stability. Pitting Tsvangirai and his long-time foe President Robert Mugabe, the result of the election is set...
(The Herald Online 07/16/13)
Zanu-PF introduced the multi-currency system in 2009 to protect people from the runaway hyperinflation that had become uncontrollable as a result of the illegal sanctions imposed on the country by Western countries. In its manifesto for the July 31 harmonised elections launched by President Mugabe last week, Zanu-PF said the strategic adoption of the multi-currency system on January 29, 2009 was clear evidence that the party had the capacity to rise to any challenge in defence of the people’s goals. “Zanu-PF introduced the (multi-currency) system to protect the people from the effects of the collapse of the Zimdollar that had been precipitated by the runaway hyperinflation which had become a potent tool of illegal regime change,” reads the party manifesto...
(Zimbabwe Independent 07/16/13)
An unidentified woman has died in a stampede at President Robert Mugabe rally at Chibuku stadium in Chitungwiza today. Police spokesperson Charity Charamba confirmed the woman died as she tried to enter the stadium. “A 52-year old woman was injured in a stampede as Zanu PF supporters tried to force their way into the stadium for the president’s rally,” said Charamba. “The woman was injured as people were being stopped to enter the stadium where about 20 000 people were gathered. She was taken to Chitungwiza hospital where she later died.” However, sources claim four people died at the rally. Thousands of people were bussed to pack Chibuku Stadium in Chitungwiza for President Robert Mugabe’s rally on a campaign trail...
(AFP (eng) 07/16/13)
After 33 years in power, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is back on the campaign trail, where his advancing years are subtly starting to show. On July 31 Zimbabweans will go to the polls to elect a president. One name, a permanent feature on ballot papers since independence in 1980, will again appear. Robert Gabriel Mugabe -- born as the Ottoman Empire drew its final breath and when Calvin Coolidge was still in the White House -- has promised an election "fight for our lives". On the stump his rallies still draw in crowds fired up by his trademark hour-long speeches that spit fire at his political opponents. In the first 10 days of the campaign season, he has criss-crossed the...
(News Day 07/16/13)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched a $24 million capacity building project for public finance and economic management as Zimbabwe steps up efforts to tackle its $10,7 billion external debt. The AfDB, according to a statement released recently, would roll out the three-year project to assist treasury in effectively managing public finances. Zimbabwe, which introduced multiple currencies in 2009, has been operating on a cash budget due to capital constraints triggered by a high country risk and low foreign direct investment. “The project is aligned with the country’s Medium Term Plan (MTP) and the Zimbabwe Accelerated Arrears Clearance, Debt and Development Strategy (ZAADDS),” said the AfDB in a statement. “The project will be financed with ADF resources to the...
(News Day 07/16/13)
A unit of Australia Stock Exchange listed Prospect Resources has invested in Zimbabwe’s gold mining sector after the Zimbabwe Investment Authority approved the acquisition of a majority shareholding of local exploration company. The company yesterday announced that it had acquired a 70% stake in a gold exploration company which owns 100% of Bushtick Gold project of Esigodini and has the right to explore and mine at Penhalonga Gold Project amid plans to raise A$4,5m from a strategic investor. The deal, the company announced, complies with indigenisation and empowerment regulations compelling foreign-owned companies operating in Zimbabwe to sell 51% stakes to locals. Prospect also announced that it has also received strong support from strategic investors, including Blumont of Singapore. “Mineral explorer...
(Xinhuanet 07/16/13)
HARARE, (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe's veteran president Robert Mugabe on Monday took a swipe at Britain in front of thousands of his supporters as the country is to hold crucial elections in about two weeks' time. Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since its independence from Britain in 1980, accused the British of trying to push for a "transition" of government in the upcoming elections in which he will fight for another five-year term against his long-time rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Tsvangirai, a former trade union leader, is considered by Mugabe's party as a proxy for Western interests. "There will never be that British transition, keep it to yourselves filthy aggressors, leave us alone," the outspoken 89- year-old president said, raising...
(The Standard 07/16/13)
Unbeknown to Gono, he would get a suspicious knock on his door one night. On inquiring who was on the door, Gono got a short response: “We are the zeroes and we are back for good.” That joke was replayed in some quarters last week in response to President Robert Mugabe’s plans to resurrect from the grave the Zimbabwean dollar buried after the use of the multi-currencies in 2009. In fact, Zimbabweans had rejected the local unit a year back as it had become useless during record-breaking hyperinflation. The desperate attempt by the central bank chief to restore the dignity of the local unit was not enough to stop the domino effect of a comatose economy. Launching the Zanu PF...
(The Associated Press 07/16/13)
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Police, soldiers and officials stood in line to vote across Zimbabwe for a second day on Monday after polling the day before was mired in chaos with ballot papers, ballot boxes and other materials not delivered in time. Special voting for about 80,000 government personnel, who will be on duty during the July 31 crucial national elections, was scheduled to close after dusk, but could be extended to Tuesday if voters already unable to cast their ballots, officials said. On Sunday, voting did not take place at some of the 210 polling stations because printing of election papers was delayed, electoral commission deputy chair Joyce Kazembe said. The commission, however, ‘‘does not foresee a repeat of...
(Washington Post 07/16/13)
Western Governments took a strong stand against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in 2008 when he employed massive violence and fraud to perpetuate himself in power through a presidential election. Five years later, the 89-year-old strongman is at it again. Flouting agreements with the opposition and pledges to foreign mediators, he has scheduled an election for this month without allowing the reforms necessary to make it free and fair. Opposition leaders once again are being hunted and persecuted. This time, however, the United States and European Union seem to be giving Mr. Mugabe the benefit of the doubt. Many of the sanctions imposed on the country were lifted after a referendum on a new constitution in March. E.U. officials have promised...
(Business Day 07/16/13)
HARARE — The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) has criticised the Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) for bungling the distribution of ballot papers in the special voting period for uniformed forces ahead of the country’s national elections on July 31. The special voting period should be extended, the network, which brings together 31 organisations in Zimbabwe that co-ordinate election activities, said on Monday. This follows delays in voting on Sunday that affected thousands of police and soldiers intending to cast their vote across the country. At a press conference held in Harare on Monday, ZESN chairman Solomon Zwana said his organisation was concerned about the chaos that prevailed during the special voting process, which served as an indication that the problems...
(The Herald Online 07/16/13)
The High Court will tomorrow hear a case in which the MDC-T is challenging the number of police officers voting under the two-day special vote for officials who will be on duty during the harmonised elections on July 31. Addressing journalists after meeting presiding judge Justice George Chiweshe yesterday in his chambers, lawyers representing the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and MDC-T said the matter had been set down for tomorrow. "There are certain consultations that are presently going on between ourselves and the legal practitioners representing the other parties," Advocate Lewis Uriri, who is representing the MDC-T, said. "The judge will hear us on Wednesday afternoon. The nature of the consultations is too sensitive for public consumption at this stage. That...
(AL Jazeera 07/16/13)
Executive council meets in Nigerian capital to review progress made in combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The African Union executive council is meeting in the Nigerian capital to take stock of progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The conference, which opened in Abuja on Friday, will also address challenges encountered in the campaign against the three diseases. "It is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and plans of action adopted in the course of the last decade," Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Ghebreyesus told the conference, according to the African Union's website. Ghebreyesus said Ethiopia was proposing to establish an "African Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (African–CDC) or Health Commission for Africa...
(Daily News (zw) 07/15/13)
HARARE - Russian firm ALROSA is planning to establish diamond mining operations in Zimbabwe. The group — one of the largest diamond miners in the world, producing 34,4 million carats in 2012 and sales totalling $4,61 billion — said it has approved creation of joint ventures for geological prospecting in the gem-rich southern African nation. Its international affairs committee recently published a report stating that Botswana, the second largest diamond producer after Russia, and Zimbabwe were priority targets for expanding business. “ALROSA is pursuing a more cautious approach while choosing a project in this country (Zimbabwe),” the group said, adding that “this summer Zimbabwe will have presidential elections that could dramatically change the political situation.” This comes as Chinese company...
(Daily News (zw) 07/15/13)
MASVINGO - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday made a passionate appeal to MDC supporters to overwhelmingly vote for him and his MDC party on July 31, saying this was the last mile to a new Zimbabwe. The MDC leader told tens of thousands packed at Mucheke Stadium to vote for the MDC saying voting for Zanu PF will take back the country to the pre-dollarisation era when many scrounged for basics. Since the formation of the inclusive government in 2009, Zimbabwe’s economy has started to recover from a decade-long crisis that saw economic output decline yearly during the period 1999 to 2008, for a cumulative decline of more than 45 percent. “We must be careful and vote for MDC on...
(The Herald Online 07/15/13)
Zanu-PF plans to broaden indigenisation by unlocking US$1,8 trillion value from exploiting idle assets when it wins the forthcoming harmonised elections. Zimbabwe will go for the watershed polls on July 31 to elect a new Government following the expiry in June of the dysfunctional inclusive Government fronted by three political parties, which constrained the vanguard party from pursuing its polices. Zanu-PF was, however, discerning, particularly when it eventually took note of the need to ensure finite mineral resources are exploited to empower the majority of Zimbabweans. In its people-centred election manifesto dubbed “Indigenise, Develop and Create Employment” Zanu-PF has targeted unlocking US$1,8 trillion value from idle reserves of coal, diamonds, chrome, gold, platinum, chromite, nickel, copper and iron ore. Research...

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