Thursday 22 February 2018
(Sunday News 07/24/13)
Speaking during a star rally addressed by President Mugabe at Pelandaba Stadium in Gwanda yesterday, Amai Mugabe said: “I understand there has been poor rainfall and the people of this province have nothing in their granaries so I have brought food for you and I pledge to provide regularly so that you do not starve. Matabeleland South should not starve when I, the mother of the nation am there”. The First Lady said she was briefed by the Governor of the province, Cde Angeline Masuku, on the situation on the ground and was touched by the plight of the people who did not harvest anything due to drought. “The Governor briefed me about hunger that affected the people due to...
(The Standard 07/24/13)
Candidates from across the political divide continue to pitch their individual manifestos as the July 31 harmonised elections reach the home stretch. The candidates continue to make promises, most of which appear hard to fulfil. Acie Mutumanje Lumumba is one of the youthful leaders contesting the elections. The 25-year-old Zimbabwe Youth Council chairperson for Harare is representing Zanu PF in the Hatfield Constituency. He will contest MDC-T deputy secretary general and Economic Planning and Investment Promotion minister, Tapiwa Mashakada, Paul Mushonga of MDC and Tarwirei Chadambura of UMD. Lumumba, who calls himself the miracle baby of Zanu PF, said he is not afraid of heavyweights, having won his party’s primary elections in a tight contest. He won by two votes...
(My Zimbabwe 07/24/13)
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 in my...
(Zimbabwe Independent 07/24/13)
The African Union (AU) observers currently in Zimbabwe have given the thumbs up to preparations for harmonised elections to be held next Wednesday. AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma made the revelation at a media briefing soon after touching down at the Harare International Airport on Wednesday afternoon. Although a full media briefing on the observer reports is due for tomorrow, Dlamini-Zuma, who spoke in isZulu, gave the clearest hint that the observers are satisfied with the prevailing conditions. “Siyayithola imbiko kulaba akade bafika. Okwamanje kukahle imbiko esiyitholayo ayikasenzi ukuthi sibenovalo kodwa sifuna ukuzobona nje nathi ukuthi kuqhubekani. (We have received the reports from those who came earlier and as of now everything is proceeding well. The reports we have so...
(Zimbabwe Independent 07/24/13)
With just a week to go before crucial general elections on Wednesday, militant Zanu PF youth groups are tearing down and destroying rival political parties’ fliers and posters in some parts of the country, Zimbabwe Independent can reveal. Campaign posters and fliers for the MDC formations led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Professor Welshman Ncube are hardly visible along the Harare/Mutare road. Tsvangirai’s posters are few and far between in Mutare’s suburbs, like Sakubva, Chikanga, Dangamvura and Yeoville. In an interview, MDC-T Makoni South aspiring candidate Muchauraya Pishai said to avoid violent clashes with Zanu PF youths, his party had now resolved to halting putting up posters after most of its campaign material was destroyed. “Zanu PF has been...
(New Era 07/24/13)
DIVUNDU - President Hifikepunye Pohamba has extended appreciation to the Zimbabwean government for its assistance to Namibia, saying: “Zimbabweans are our friends.” Pohamba made the off-the cuff remark on Monday during the official inauguration ceremony of the Rukonga Vision School, after learning that the principal of the school, Moses Gorengencho, is a Zimbabwean national. “We want to thank our brothers and sisters in the Republic of Zimbabwe. I hear that the principal of this school is a Zimbabwean. Zimbabwe is a friendly country, we worked together as a team to liberate our two countries and after liberation we decided to continue working together,” said Pohamba. “As I am talking to you we have Zimbabweans who came to assist us in...
(My Zimbabwe 07/24/13)
The Presidential Guard officer who last month went into hiding in fear of his life after refusing to obey orders to carry out an assassination attempt on MDC-T leader, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been captured, the Zimbabwean reported. Captain Ibrahim Chasakara (32) who did his advanced military intelligence in Russia and Lebanon made headlines after sensationally admitting that he was responsible for the car accident that claimed the life of Susan Tsvangirai near Beatrice four years ago, and begged forgiveness from the PM, his family and all Zimbabweans. Chasakara had been in hiding for weeks, since telling his seniors that he was not interested in doing any more harm to Tsvangirai or his family ever again. According to impeccable...
(News Day 07/24/13)
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) yesterday said it will approach the Constitutional Court (Concourt) to seek an exemption from complying with the Electoral Act, to enable members of the uniformed forces that failed to cast their ballots during the special voting process to do so on July 31. Zec deputy chairperson Joyce Kazembe told international and local observers accredited to monitor the polls that they had engaged political parties to map the way forward. There are 1 500 foreign and 18 000 local observers that have been accredited so far. Kazembe said it would be unfair to disenfranchise police officers and other people who could not cast their votes because the commission was responsible for their failure to vote. The...
(News Day 07/24/13)
A country wide health disaster is looming following the instruction by Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo ordering all urban and rural local authorities to scrap outstanding water and other bills owed by residents and ratepayers. The decision has been described by residents’, associations, political parties and analysts as a clear, but self-defeating and dangerous vote-buying gimmick by Zanu PF. Analysts said the move was likely to result in an outbreak of diseases caused by lack of clean water and uncollected garbage. Chombo on Monday ordered all urban and rural councils to, with immediate effect, scrap outstanding bills accumulated by residents and ratepayers since 2009, when dollarisation was introduced, to last month. parties said the move was a recipe for disaster...
(News Day 07/24/13)
Zimbabwe's second largest mobile phone operator by subscription, Telecel Zimbabwe, has lodged a complaint with the Postal and Telecommunications Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) over alleged unfair business practices by rival Econet Wireless, NewsDay has learnt. Sources close to the development said Telecel yesterday wrote to Potraz, raising concerns over poor connectivity between the two networks following a recently launched Telecel promotion which resulted in tariffs being slashed by nearly 50% across all networks. Although Potraz could not confirm the development at the time of going to print, Telecel confirmed on its twitter account that its network was having connectivity problems with an unnamed mobile phone operator after it was inundated by complaints from subscribers. “We’re currently having interconnection issues with...
(Voice of America 07/24/13)
HARARE, ZIMBABWE — Despite chaotic early voting last week, Zimbabwe's Election Commission is reassuring the public that next week's general election will run smoothly. Voting material and staff for the July 31 voting are already being moved into place, according to Joyce Kazembe, deputy chairwoman of the Zimbabwe Election Commission. “We are raring to go," she said. "We have been on this for a number of months now. The ballot paper, which was one of our challenges during the special vote, was provided, the commission has procured the inedible ink, which is sufficient for the conduct of the harmonized election.” Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party will lock horns in a...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/24/13)
(Reuters) - A mysterious Facebook blogger purporting to be a disgruntled "Deep Throat" in President Robert Mugabe's party has become an unlikely election campaign star in Zimbabwe, attracting 275,000 online followers and the fury of the ZANU-PF establishment. With a daily stream of social tittle-tattle, outrageous personal slurs and explosive - if true - political allegations, "Baba Jukwa" ( here ) has created an unprecedented stir in the run-up to the July 31 poll.His popularity reflects the rapid expansion of Internet access and social media since the end in 2008 of a long economic meltdown, and the thirst of Zimbabwe's 13 million people for information beyond the ZANU-PF propaganda that dominates state media. It also flirts with serious reprisals in...
(The Associated Press 07/24/13)
HARARE (AFP) – Zimbabwe election authorities insisted Tuesday that they would be ready to hold general elections in a week's time, despite fears of vote rigging and a lack of funding. "Elections will be credible, free and fair. We are ready for the elections," the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission's deputy chairwoman Joyce Kazembe told election observers. The ZEC said 6.4 million voters -- or around half the country's population -- will be eligible to cast their ballot on July 31. The presidential vote will pit veteran leader President Robert Mugabe against his rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. But early voting for the security services has already been marred by problems. Shortages of ballot papers and voting ink meant thousands were unable...
(The Associated Press 07/24/13)
Johannesburg - 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 31 July. 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...
(New Zimbabwe 07/24/13)
President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday chided some Zimbabweans for going to live abroad, asking them: “You have your country; you fought for it, why are you running away?” Mugabe, speaking at a Zanu PF campaign rally in Mutare, Manicaland Province, singled out Matabeleland South where he said there was a “tradition” of going to neighbouring South Africa. He told supporters: “In Matabeleland South, there has always been a tradition that if you have not been to South Africa, then you’re not a man. “I was 21 in 1945 and teaching at Empandeni in Plumtree... the whole area had no men, just women. The poverty that was there! The women couldn’t till the fields. Where were the men? In South Africa!...
(Voice of America 07/24/13)
HARARE, ZIMBABWE — Despite chaotic early voting last week, Zimbabwe's Election Commission is reassuring the public that next week's general election will run smoothly. Voting material and staff for the July 31 voting are already being moved into place, according to Joyce Kazembe, deputy chairwoman of the Zimbabwe Election Commission. “We are raring to go," she said. "We have been on this for a number of months now. The ballot paper, which was one of our challenges during the special vote, was provided, the commission has procured the inedible ink, which is sufficient for the conduct of the harmonized election.” Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party will lock horns in a...
(Voice of America 07/24/13)
Malaria infections, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, are responsible for the deaths of some 200,000 newborns and 10,000 new mothers each year. The parasitic illness can also cause miscarriage and premature birth, increasing the risk of death. There are low cost, lifesaving interventions to prevent infection, yet, according to a new study, there are significant barriers to implementing them. For the past 20 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that pregnant women in areas with high rates of malaria receive insecticide-treated bed nets and periodic doses of a cheap drug to prevent the disease. Yet, despite relatively high attendance at clinics for expectant mothers and their newborns throughout sub-Saharan Africa, statistics show that just a little over 21 percent...
(Ghana Business News 07/24/13)
It will cost Africa $4.5 billion over the next ten years in order to bring proper reforms into managing the continent’s ‘rich’ land, says a new World Bank report published July 22, 2013. According to the report, “Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity,” African countries could effectively end ‘land grabs,’ if the complex land ownership and management is mordernized through governance procedures. The World Bank therefore suggests a number of steps and policies that can bring major changes in the continent’s land governance. “It would cost African countries and their development partners, including the private sector, $4.5 billion spread over ten years to scale up these policy reforms and investments,” said the Bank. The report suggests that Africa could finally...
(Fox News 07/23/13)
GWERU, Zimbabwe (AFP) – Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Sunday warned the body overseeing this month's presidential election he will be "closely monitoring" it to ensure a fair vote. He said vote rigging would only happen if it was allowed by officials from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). It was up to them to ensure fair play on July 31, said Tsvangirai. "The rigging can only occur when officials at ZEC are dishonest," he told thousands of supporters gathered in a stadium in Gweru, south of the capital Harare. "We will be closely monitoring this because we have to protect the vote, we have to protect the voter and we have to protect the outcome of the vote." His...
(Standard Digital 07/23/13)
In 100 days, our brand-spanking new government has aged, and slowly, the difficulties of running a government are dawning on our digital, jubilated pair. President Uhuru and his wing man, Deputy President Ruto, are running into serious brick walls as they try to implement their campaign promises, while at the same time keeping a modicum of financial prudence. It is not working because, for some reason, the President and his deputy have not realised that campaign promises are made for campaigns. Savvy politicians promise the earth (and even throw in heaven as well) and pander to their respective bases — ethnic, religious, whatever — during their campaigns. This is normal, for getting votes is tough business. As soon as a...

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