Tuesday 25 July 2017
(Xinhua 06/07/13)
HARARE, June 6 (Xinhua) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) confirmed on Thursday that the special summit on Zimbabwe's upcoming elections scheduled on June 9 in Maputo, Mozambique, has been cancelled. An official from SADC Executive Secretary Tomaz Salomao's office who identified herself as Dorcas told Xinhua in a telephone interview that the summit would not go ahead as scheduled. "It won't take place on the 9th. I cannot give you reasons but it won't take place on the 9th. That's all I can tell you," she said. The regional bloc has not yet released an official statement. But media reports confirmed the cancellation late Thursday, quoting Clayson Monyela, spokesman for South Africa's Department of International Relations and Co-operation,...
(The Guardian 06/07/13)
Rare show of unity by opposition parties could raise prospect of grand coalition to take on Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwe's fragmented opposition to the president, Robert Mugabe, has joined forces to reject a court ruling that elections must be held by the end of next month. The rare show of unity by parties including the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) could raise the prospect of a grand coalition to take on Mugabe's Zanu-PF party at the polls. Zimbabwe's constitutional court last week ordered that elections should take place by the end of July, a decision that suits Mugabe better than his rivals. But on Wednesday five parties – the MDC, led by the prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, a breakaway MDC under...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/13)
LONDON — Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The vaccine, called MenAfriVac, was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation specifically for use against meningitis A, a type which causes regular epidemics in Africa. Detailing data for Jan. 1 to May 12, the United Nations health agency said that just under 9,250 meningitis cases, including 857 deaths, were reported in 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis. Epidemics of meningitis A occur regularly in Africa's “meningitis belt”, a...
(News Day 06/06/13)
DEPUTY Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara yesterday told Parliament electoral reforms were a must before elections and that the Constitutional Court decision ordering the holding of polls by July 31 was final and could not be contested. Mutambara also told the House of Assembly that foreign governments like South Africa should not interfere with the court ruling as that would be tantamount to undermining Zimbabwe’s sovereignty. He was responding to questions by Zanu PF chief whip Joram Gumbo and Nyanga North MP Douglas Mwonzora (MDC-T), who wanted to know the implications of the Constitutional Court ruling given the country’s political scenario. “Once the final arbiter, which is the Constitutional Court, has spoken, constitutionalism demands that we must respect that judgment and...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/06/13)
LUPANE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ticky Mletshwa, a 46-year-old small-scale farmer, has always done the same thing in his plot deep in the dry rural areas of Lupane, about 175 kilometres north of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. Here each year, with the regularity of clockwork, he plants maize, waits for the rains, then “cries” as he watches his crops fail after yet another period of unreliable rainfall. “It has become a cruel cycle,” he says, of repeating the same thing and expecting to get different results. Mletshwa, like many smallholder farmers in the area, used to barter his excess produce to city dwellers in Bulawayo. Now he does not remember when he last had a full silo. “Now...
(News Day 06/06/13)
ZIMBABWE Stock Exchange-listed retail and hospitality concern Meikles Limited group said the delays in the payment of funds owed to the group by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has affected operations as well as capacity to pay off its short-term borrowings, the company has announced. The company is owed $40,5 million since 1998 and has incurred $26 million interest since dollarisation. Government has undertaken to settle the central bank’s debt which rose at the height of the apex bank’s involvement in quasi-fiscal activities. The group’s liquidity ratio, stood at 0,66 following short of the standard efficiency of 1. In a statement accompanying the group’s financial results, Meikles Limited chairman John Moxon said the funds on deposit with the Reserve...
(News Day 06/06/13)
SOUTH AFRICA-BASED Zimbabwean business mogul Mutumwa Mawere has made an urgent application to the Constitutional Court to stop the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) from conducting the voter registration exercise until the issue of the citizenship status of Zimbabwean-born persons who are holders of foreign citizenship by registration is clarified. On May 17, Mawere applied to Registrar-General (RG) Tobaiwa Mudede for an identity document to enable him, among other rights, to register as a voter and subsequently participate in the forthcoming polls, but was turned down on the basis that dual citizenship was outlawed in Zimbabwe under the old constitution. Mawere then wrote three letters to the RG asking for reinstatement of his Zimbabwean citizenship and stated that he would be...
(News Day 06/06/13)
ZIMBABWE has made significant progress in stabilising the economy, but is still a long way to go regain its former status as the second largest economy in the Sadc region, African Development Bank (AfDB) Group president Donald Kaberuka said recently. Zimbabwe adopted the multi-currency regime in 2009, credited for stemming hyperinflation and steering the country out of a decade of recession. The country is projected to record a 5% growth rate this year, the fourth successive growth since 2009. “Zimbabwe has got a long way to go. I hope Zimbabwe will do the right things both politically and economically so that the country, which was the second largest economy in the Sadc region, can again take off,” Kaberuka said. Kaberuka...
(AL Jazeera 06/06/13)
Human Rights Watch says army and other security forces have interfered in country's political and electoral affairs. HRW said Zimbabweans had little faith in the electoral process due to attacks against Mugabe's opponents [EPA]. Zimbabwe should carry out reforms to ensure state security forces conduct themselves in a non-partisan and professional manner before elections in July, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. In a 44-page report released on Wednesday, the New York-based organisation said the country's military and other security forces had interfered in political and electoral affairs in support of President Robert Mugabe. The report, entitled "The Elephant in the Room: Reforming the Security Sector Ahead of Zimbabwe's Elections", said security forces were preventing Zimbabweans from exercising their rights...
(News Day 06/06/13)
FORMER Telecel Zimbabwe chief executive officer Francis Mawindi has challenged his dismissal and is demanding over $1 million in damages or reinstatement as details emerge that he was fired, Mawindi has taken the country’s second largest mobile phone operator to the ministry of Labour seeking conciliation which has been set for next Thursday. It is believed that Mawindi was earning in excess of $20 000 in salaries, allowances and other benefits. Contrary to initial reports that Mawindi had voluntarily thrown in the towel, court papers in possession of this paper and information gathered from impeccable sources show that Mawindi, whom for less than a year had been in charge of the country’s second largest mobile phone operator, is unhappy over...
(The Associated Press 06/06/13)
Johannesburg - Five main rivals of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday rejected an election deadline set by the country's top court. Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court last week ordered Mugabe to set a date before the end of July for crucial elections, which will end the long serving ruler's uncomfortable four-year power-sharing government with his top rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. But leaders of five political parties, including Tsvangirai, "expressed reservations about the practicality" of the deadline given the gamut of reforms still to be made to ensure a credible poll. The court's decision last Friday was in response to a case brought by a journalist and democracy activist, Jealousy Mawarire. In a statement after a meeting in Harare, the five...
(Voice of America 06/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — Human Rights Watch said Zimbabwean security forces loyal to President Robert Mugabe have been beating, intimidating and abusing people they see as critical of the government ahead of a presidential vote planned for July. The report from the New York-based watchdog comes ahead of a special summit intended to iron out problems related to the election. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the abuse of critics by police officers and soldiers appears to be intensifying ahead of a presidential vote in Zimbabwe slated for July. The rights watchdog says researchers have found recent instances of arrests, beatings and intimidation of Zimbabweans thought to support the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. That former opposition...
(Business Daily 06/06/13)
Japan hosted the fifth meeting of TICAD, the Tokyo International Cooperation on African Development this week. The meeting is a reminder that, while the rest of the world obsesses over Europe’s economic travails, America’s political paralysis and growth slowdown in China and other emerging markets, there remains a region — sub-Saharan Africa — where poverty is almost the rule, not the exception. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people living in poverty ($1.25 per day) across sub-Sahara Africa rose from less than 300 million to nearly 425 million, while the number living on less than $2 a day grew from about 390 million to almost 600 million. Still, the proportion of those living in poverty declined from 57 per...
(The Herald Online 06/05/13)
GOVERNMENT owes diplomats abroad about US$6,9 million in salaries, rent payments and other costs and has also failed to pay school fees for children of these officers a situation that has resulted in them paying from their own resources, an official said yesterday. Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Joe Bimha said his ministry owed diplomats US$3,7 million while other ministries owed their officers abroad US$3,2 million resulting in cumulative arrears of US$6,9 million. Mr Bimha said this while giving oral evidence before a parliamentary portfolio committee on Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade on the first quarter budget performance. He said diplomats were owed about US$1,7 million in salaries while US$379 000 was outstanding on school fees. Mr Bimha...
(The Herald Online 06/05/13)
SENATE President Edna Madzongwe yesterday blasted Cabinet Ministers for bunking Senate sittings and disrupting its business in the process. Cde Madzongwe said this after Senate adjourned after about 20 minutes due to the absence of ministers. Only Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi, Health and Child Welfare Minister Dr Henry Madzorera and Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paurina Mpariwa were present in Senate yesterday. “I want to remind the ministers that you are letting us down. We always have business that has to be cleared with the ministers but you are not showing up. “How are we expected to work then? “We come prepared to work as people’s representatives but we cannot carry out our work when ministers don’t come,” she...
(My Zimbabwe 06/05/13)
President Robert Mugabe has said soldiers that killed thousands of people to crush the late Joshua Nkomo's opposition Zapu party during Gukurahundi did not follow instructions and did so unilaterally. Mugabe told Dali Tambo in an exclusive interview on his People of the South TV programme beamed on SABC 3 on Sunday night, that the five-year genocide in Zimbabwe from 1982 to 1987 was "outrageous" and fuelled by a "personal element." The North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade launched a brutal army crackdown ostensibly to hunt down armed dissidents from Nkomo's Zapu but which targeted innocent civilians who supported the late vice president. The suppression campaign targeted the predominantly Ndebele regions of Zimbabwe most of whom were supporters of Nkomo, the founding...
( 06/05/13)
Human Rights Watch urged Zimbabwe's power-sharing government to discipline security chiefs who have declared their allegiance to veteran leader Robert Mugabe ahead of this summer's elections. "Zimbabwe's unity government is going to have to rein in the security forces and keep them out of politics if the elections are going to have any meaning," said Tiseke Kasambala, HRW's advocacy director for Africa. With security forces "threatening and attacking Mugabe's perceived opponents, Zimbabweans have little faith in the upcoming elections," he added. Zimbabwe is to hold elections in the coming months to end a shaky coalition between Mugabe and his longtime rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. The exact date is yet to be fixed but the country's highest court last week...
(The Zimbabwe Mail 06/05/13)
The Constitutional Court has been busy since its inception in late May with at least three high profile cases going before the new nine member judging panel.Last month a rights activist living with HIV filed a test case in the newly constituted court to highlight the challenges and ill treatment facing people living with the virus in the country’s prisons. On Friday the Court ruled in favour of a man who filed an application “to force” President Robert Mugabe to set an election date that would ensure that polls are conducted by July 31st. Then on Tuesday Zimbabwean businessman Mutumwa Mawere filed an urgent application calling for the court to confirm the provisions regarding the issue of dual citizenship and...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
HARARE — Jolted by a Supreme Court ruling ordering President Robert Mugabe to call general elections before the end of July, opponents of Mr. Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party will met in Harare on Tuesday to discuss the way forward. President Mugabe says he will respect the ruling but Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Welshman Ncube have united to criticise the ruling. Sources say the country’s major political parties, except Zanu-PF, have confirmed participation in the meeting. Those expected to attend include officials from the MDC-T, the Ncube MDC, Mavambo Kusile Dawn, Zapu and other smaller parties. The sources say the idea of forming a coalition to challenge Mr. Mugabe at the polls will also be...
(The Herald Online 06/05/13)
THE ruling of the Constitutional Court directing President Robert Mugabe to call elections by July 31 is a "good judgement", constitutional law expert Professor Lovemore Madhuku said on Tuesday night. Madhuku, a University of Zimbabwe lecturer, said the judgement affirmed by seven judges with two dissenting opinions was progressive and would prevent lawlessness by ensuring all arms of the State are in place at any given time. “The Constitutional Court was correct. It's a good judgment. It's good for the country and we must all abide by it,” Prof Madhuku told a Southern African Policy and Economic Series Trust Policy Dialogue in Harare.“The logic of the judgment was that we must have all arms of the State all the time...

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