Monday 23 October 2017
(The Telegraph 06/17/13)
Mr Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, set the date for elections last week, having fast-tracked changes to election laws. But leaders of the South African Development Community (SADC) said on Saturday that the vote should be postponed until the country was better prepared. "The other parties do not want elections, they are afraid of elections," Mr Mugabe told Zimbabwe's state-owned Sunday Mail. "They know they are going to lose and it's a sure case that they are going to lose." Patrick Chinamasa, the justice minister, said that there was no need for reform to media law or security procedures before the elections were held. He said that he would go to the Constitutional Court, as requested...
(Mail & Guardian 06/17/13)
The Southern Africa Development Community on Saturday called on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to delay elections scheduled for July 31. Southern African leaders on Saturday told Zimbabwe to ask its courts to extend a July 31 deadline to hold elections, amid high tension between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai over the timing of the vote. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in the Mozambican capital came two days after Mugabe declared the election day, a date immediately rejected by Tsvangirai, his partner in coalition and main political rival. Mugabe had argued he was following an order from the Constitutional Court to hold the election by the end of July, but Tsvangirai said it was too soon...
(The Telegraph 06/17/13)
Mr Mugabe was on Saturday night understood to have been told that the date he set should be delayed by up to 30 more days to allow for new voters to register, and reforms to the media and security services to take place. The recommendation for a delay came from Jacob Zuma, the South African president nominated by the Southern African Development Community to lead mediation efforts in Zimbabwe. South Africa is among SADC nations who have been asked to lend up to £100 million to fund the polls. Tendai Biti, a senior figure in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party and Zimbabwe's finance minister in the coalition government, told The Sunday Telegraph by phone that the intervention by the regional...
(The Herald Online 06/17/13)
POLITICAL parties said yesterday that they are preparing to launch their campaigns for the harmonised elections expected on July 31 following the proclamation of the date by President Mugabe last week. The major political parties are preparing for their primaries while others are yet to run the primary elections. Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo said the revolutionary party was preparing for the primary elections slated for June 24 before they start campaigning. "Primaries would be made on June 28 and from there, campaigning will begin," said Cde Gumbo. "There will be several rallies and President Mugabe will also hold star rallies in different areas." Cde Gumbo said everything would be finalised after nominations of the candidates. MDC-T spokesman Mr Douglas...
(The Herald Online 06/17/13)
This means polls are likely to be held on August 14, if the court grants the application. Justice minister, Patrick Chinamasa has been tasked with the filing of the application, an indication that Sadc was getting tough on Mugabe, who last week unilaterally declared July 31 as the date for elections. The directive represented an embarrassment for Mugabe who had invoked his Presidential Powers and set an election date in violation of the Constitution and the Global Political Agreement. Under the GPA which was signed in 2008, Mugabe was supposed to consult other principals before determining when the country could go for elections. In a rare show of unity, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and MDC president, Welshman Ncube, yesterday came...
(Irish Examiner 06/17/13)
It’s not often that losing a court case makes you a winner but a recent constitutional court ruling in Zimbabwe might well lead to that scenario for the country’s president, Robert Mugabe, who is seeking early elections. Earlier this month former journalist Jealousy Mawarire, who now runs an election-monitoring group, won a case against Mugabe in the highest court in the land that forces him to hold national elections before July 31st. Last week Mugabe said he accepted the court’s decision, and called the poll for July 31st. His announcement plunged Zimbabwe into one of its worst political crises since the disputed 2008 presidential elections, when widespread state-prompted violence forced the South African Development Community (SADC) to intervene. The court...
(The Herald Online 06/17/13)
The market appears to be working in Zimbabwe's maize industry, with millers referring to buy grain from Zimbabwean farmers than importing, and still ready to pay the landed cost of imports to local producers. The Grain Marketng Board, which saw its old monopoly vanish in 2009, with the effective abolition of import controls, still offers a basic price, at the moment US$310 a tonne. This is the minimum price a Zimbabwean farmer can expect since the GMB is still obliged to buy all maize it is offered. Millers are easily outbidding the parastatal, prepared to pay up to US$350 a tonne, or roughly what they say it costs them to import maize. That landed cost of imports, in effect, sets...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 15, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is a very lonely man, one of his bodyguards told AFP Saturday, accusing the ailing anti-apartheid icon's medical team of controlling visits like prison guards. As South Africa and the rest of the world held its breath a week after the revered 94-year-old was hospitalised, Shaun van Heerden spoke out against the team run by army Surgeon-General Vejay Ramlakan. "At times it felt like he was back in prison," Van Heerden said. The bodyguard said he was "given leave" by his employers over accusations he leaked the place where Mandela was being treated to the media. Before he was checked in last week to receive treatment for a recurring lung infection, in...
(CNN 06/15/13)
(CNN) -- I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1964, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Civil Rights Act was passed in the United States, and Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. Mine was a relatively idyllic childhood in the affluent and segregated northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Like many white South Africans, I lived in an ignorant cocoon of privilege, with no idea that having two live-in maids, a full-time gardener and a driver was unusual. It was perfectly normal for my African nannies, Rosina and Phina, to live with us rather than with their own children, and there was no need to learn their language or even their last...
(The Herald Online 06/14/13)
The proclamation of election dates by President Mugabe yesterday drew contrasting reactions from other principals in the inclusive Government as Deputy Prime Minister Professor Arthur Mutambara gave it the thumbs up, while Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai sang the familiar boycott tune, drawing brickbats from analysts who reminded him everyone submits to the law. Mr Tsvangirai convened a Press conference at his party’s headquarters on being notified of the election date by President Mugabe and claimed Sadc was forcing him to contest the polls that he wants held on August 25. While Mr Tsvangirai was damning the elections date, Deputy Prime Minister Mutambara — who is also a GPA principal — endorsed the date saying Mr Tsvangirai’s antics were out of...
(The Herald Online 06/14/13)
PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday proclaimed July 31 as the date for the harmonised elections and set June 28 for the sitting of the Nomination Court to accept presidential, parliamentary and council candidates in compliance with the Constitutional Court judgement that harmonised elections be held by July 31. He made the announcement in his capacity as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Section 58 (1) of the Constitution stipulates that an election to the office of the President, a general election and elections of members of governing bodies of local authorities should be held on a day or days immediately following its dissolution. The term of office of the President and that of Parliament expire on June 29 and the President has...
(The Herald Online 06/14/13)
ZANU PF has released rules and regulations governing the conduct of its primary elections to select its candidates for the harmonised elections to be held on July 31. The rules and regulations were released by Zanu PF chairperson Cde Simon Khaya Moyo who is also the chairperson of the National Elections Directorate at the party’s headquarters today. Cde Khaya Moyo said people wishing to contest Senatorial elections on the party’s ticket should be registered voters, be at least 40 years old and must have contributed to the country’s liberation struggle or the development of Zimbabwe consistently and persistently. Prospective candidates must have been a member of the party for more than five years at district level with a clear and...
(Bloomberg 06/14/13)
Johannesburg - The International Monetary Fund will oversee a program of economic policies undertaken by Zimbabwe in a first step toward making the country eligible for external borrowing. The so-called staff-monitored program runs from April to December and was approved by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, the fund said in an e-mailed statement today. While it doesn’t come with any money, it is the first agreement between the lender and Zimbabwe in more than a decade, the IMF said. “Zimbabwe remains unable to access IMF resources because of its continued arrears to the fund,” the Washington-based lender said in the statement. “A strong track record of maintaining macroeconomic stability and implementing reforms, together with a comprehensive arrears clearance strategy supported...
(Mail & Guardian 06/14/13)
"I now keep my money in this thing," said John Marufu, an accountant at a Harare firm. Poking his cellphone, he continues: "If there is a crisis at home and there is an urgent need for cash, I send it through the phone." "My rural folks now trust that I can send them the money, even over the weekend, and they love it. I just need to have the money in the [mobile] wallet." Marufu is one of thousands of Zimbabweans who have embraced EcoCash, the country's mobile money payment platform. But it has upset bankers, who claim it is unfair competition and the service, owned by the largest mobile telecommunications firm, Econet Wireless, is unregulated. EcoCash, launched in September...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/14/13)
If that’s what politics does to people, therefore wise men should stay very far away from it. Candid Comment with Itai Masuku. “… for wise men know well enough what monsters ye (politics) make of them,” to quote from Act 3 Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The word politics is an own insertion. Here, we’re of course referring to the hallucinatory statement by the honourable Minister of Finance, Tendai Biti, that the unemployment rate in Zimbabwe is a mere 9%. We have a dichotomy here in that the “honourable” and learned Biti has become a true politician, albeit truth and politics are mutually exclusive. And likewise so is honour and politics. That the minister should insult the legions of job-seeking...
(Mail & Guardian 06/14/13)
President Robert Mugabe on Thursday found himself with the upper hand, but also in a complicated situation after he proclaimed the harmonised poll date as July 31. More legal impediments stand in his way, including a flurry of challenges placed before the Constitutional Court this week as well as a rejection of the date by the Movement for Democratic Change. Mugabe resorted to using the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Act after it became apparent to him that Parliament would not have finished amending the Electoral Act to bring it into sync with the new Constitution by July 31. At a press briefing, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said Mugabe cannot force him into an election and he has instructed his lawyers...
(Mail & Guardian 06/14/13)
Struggling national airline Air Zimbabwe has embarked on an aggressive push to turn around its fortunes. It's slashing ticket prices, hunting for a new chief executive, reducing its workforce, overhauling its fleet and re-introducing domestic and regional flights. Fed up passengers began deserting the airline at the height of the economic collapse in 2008 in favour of foreign airlines, including South African Airways, Kenya Airways and British Airways, as persistent strikes by Air Zimbabwe staff, flight delays and a $100-million debt weighed the operation down. Two incidents of the airline's flagship Boeing 767 aircraft being impounded in 2011 at the United Kingdom's Heathrow International Airport and at South Africa's OR Tambo International Airport over non-payment of debt, underpinned the national...
(New Zimbabwe 06/14/13)
PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday rejected a plan by President Robert Mugabe to hold elections on July 31 and accused his rival of plunging the country into an “unnecessary Constitutional criris”. Mugabe used a presidential decree to by-pass Parliament and fast-track changes to electoral laws agreed by the coalition Cabinet in a bid to comply with a Constitutional Court order to hold elections by July 31. But Tsvangirai said the move was a “unilateral and flagrant breach of the Constitution and the Global Political Agreement (GPA” adding he would challenge Mugabe at the courts and also take the matter up with regional leaders. He told reporters at a press conference in Harare: “I have clearly reflected on the matter...
(New Zimbabwe 06/14/13)
AIR Zimbabwe has announced it will re-launch its direct Harare-London service in November this year as management steps up the company’s turnaround programme. The airline suspended services to the UK in December 2011 after one of its aircraft was seized over unpaid service charges at Gatwick but a new board appointed early this year is working to ensure the company regains lost market share. Flights resumed last July with a truncated domestic services after the airline had been virtually grounded for about a year at a time global carriers were also announcing a return to the country. An official with the company’s board told NewZimbabwe.com Thursday: “Our problems are often overstated. For instance, although it is widely claimed that the...
(New Zimbabwe 06/14/13)
MDC leader Welshman Ncube has called on SADC to deal with President Robert Mugabe accusing the Zanu PF leader of effectively telling regional counterparts “to f**k off” with his “unilateral” proclamation of election dates. Ncube said Mugabe had turned his back on an agreement during Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting that the electoral amendments would be put before Parliament next week. He told NewZimbabwe.com: “We sat in cabinet on Tuesday and agreed amendments to the Electoral Act, we agreed to take those amendments to parliament next week, we agreed that voter registration will run until July 9 and we also agreed to hold a weekly cross-party review of our election preparedness. "Then out of the blue I wake up to receive a...

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