Wednesday 18 April 2018
(AL Jazeera 07/17/13)
Movement for Democratic Change leader and PM says he has lost faith in country's electoral commission. Zimbabwe's prime minister, who is also the country's opposition leader, has said that it has lost faith in the electoral commission after "chaotic and disorganised" special voting for security forces ahead of key polls. Long queues and the late delivery of ballot papers marked the two-day early vote, which started on Sunday for police officers and soldiers who will be on duty on July 31 when the rest of the country votes. Many security force agents found themselves unable to vote, drawing condemnation from Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Tuesday. "The process is chaotic and disorganised and has exposed ZEC (Zimbabwe Electoral...
(AFP (eng) 07/17/13)
Zimbabwean security personnel unable to cast their ballots during chaotic early polling this week will get another chance to vote on July 31, the country's elections chief announced Wednesday. Facing anger from police and soldiers who were unable to cast early ballots as planned, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) insisted they "will be able to vote" with the rest of the country in two weeks' time. The vote will determine whether President Robert Mugabe's 33-year-rule is extended. Early voting had been organised for police and soldiers slated to be on duty on election day, but thousands were unable to vote by the time the two days of polling closed on Monday evening. Election chief Rita Makarau apologised and blamed the...
(The Herald Online 07/17/13)
Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku today swore in four new Labour Court presidents in a bid to meet the increased number of judicial officers created by the new Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe. The new presidents of the Labour Court that took oath before the Chief Justice are Mrs Fatima Maxwell, Ms Evangelista Kabasa, Mr Rogers Manyangadze and Mr Lawrence Murasi. The quartet was appointed to the bench in terms of Section 92(1) of the Constitution and provisions of the Labour Act, which provides for President Mugabe to make such appointments after consultation with the Judicial Service Commission. The swearing that took place at the Supreme Court was witnessed by judges of the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court, high-ranking judicial officers and...
(News Day 07/17/13)
It would appear waging war on corruption does not start with the anti-corruption commissions, judiciaries, police forces, legislatures or government as per conventional wisdom. Political parties and in particular how they are funded and fund the electoral campaigns may be the starting point. Everything else follows from election outcomes including the people appointed to key posts on the bench, to cabinets, as police chiefs, as anti-corruption commissioners and so on. corruptly-funded political party does not appoint men and women of integrity and courage to any key posts. A country’s economic development is curtailed once a corrupt party is elected to office. The Communist Party of China is aware of the dangers of the scourge of corruption to a developing country...
(News Day 07/17/13)
Addressing a Press conference in Harare, MDC-T secretary-general Tendai Biti said his party would make a High Court application to contest the outcome and approach Sadc citing a litany of electoral violations. Biti absolved Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau and some of the commissioners of wrongdoing, but castigated some members of the secretariat whom he said were disregarding directives handed down to them. “There is a total disconnect between Zec and their officers on the ground. Unknown elements have literally taken over the show. They (Zec officials) are now taking instructions direct from the junta,” he said. However, Biti did not produce evidence of how the alleged junta had taken over. Biti’s comments were echoed by MDC-T leader Prime Minister...
(News Day 07/17/13)
National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the tragedy last night, saying the deceased’s body was taken to Chitungwiza Central Hospital mortuary. “One unidentified female adult aged about 52 was injured in a stampede that occurred when people were being stopped from entering the stadium which had exceeded its capacity. She later died at Chitungwiza Central Hospital and we are appealing to relatives to proceed to Chitungwiza Police Station and see the officer-in-charge,” Charamba said. Sources told NewsDay several other people were injured in the stampede, while others collapsed due to excessive heat and overcrowding. The rally was attended by thousands of Zanu PF supporters, many of whom had allegedly been bussed from outlying areas such as Mbare,...
(Heritage 07/17/13)
Barely a week after the MDC-T came under fire for importing foreign images in its manifesto and website, it has also emerged that the party is using United States images on its campaign material posted on the party’s website. Most of the MDC-T flyers have images from US stock image websites Photobucket and Dreamstime and various other US websites.The party has been trying to hoodwink the public that the images are from Zimbabwe, showing faces of African Americans who readers would not suspect are not Zimbabwean.We reproduce below some of these images and their original sources.Last week the MDC-T was exposed for importing images into its election manifesto, among which was a picture which depicted a South Africa woman planting...
(The Zimbabwe Guardian 07/17/13)
There was drama at Magunje Growth Point last Friday when some MDC-T supporters attending Mr Morgan Tsvangirai’s rally openly vowed never to vote for the party’s candidate for Magunje constituency because he had been imposed. The pandemonium occurred soon after Mr Tsvangirai had given his speech and was being introduced to the party’s council and parliamentary candidates. All hell broke loose when MDC-T candidate for Magunje constituency, Mr Tawanda Magunje’s turn came. There were shouts and choruses of booing: “Haasi kuzohwina munhu iyeye! Akabirira! Hatimuzive ngaaende anovhoterwa kuBulawayo hatisi kuzombomuvhotera kuno! (He will never win the election! He stole the primary elections vote! We don’t know him, let those in Bulawayo vote for him not us!)” Mr Tsvangirai never responded...
(Voice of America 07/17/13)
HARARE, ZIMBABWE — Voting for Zimbabwe's elections got underway this week with special early voting by police and security agents. That voting extended to a third day Tuesday - one more than originally scheduled - in what appears to be a violation of the constitution. The prime minister’s party says it will go to court in an effort to have the votes nullified. The development prompted Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change [MDC] party to say it has lost faith in the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission [ZEC]. Finance Minister Tendai Biti, a senior official of the MDC, said he was taking ZEC to court over the extension. “We have lost institutional faith in ZEC, despite our strong respect for...
( 07/17/13)
When Mugabe declared July 31 as the election date last month - pointing out that he was merely complying with an order of his constitutional court - he set in motion a chain of events that will ensure the polls are almost certainly deeply flawed. To their credit, the leaders of the Southern African Development Community, among them President Jacob Zuma, managed to persuade the ageing president to go back to court to ask for a bit more time. But the application was denied. So, when millions of Zimbabweans go to the polls again in two weeks, they will cast their votes even though the state media is still firmly in Mugabe's hands, the police and army are Zanu-PF loyalists...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/17/13)
(Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was "deeply concerned" by lack of transparency in preparations for Zimbabwe's July 31 general election and called on the government to ensure the vote was peaceful, fair and credible. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said elections that were not seen as credible would have implications for U.S. sanctions against Zimbabwe, suggesting Washington could maintain or increase sanctions depending on the election outcome. The run-up to the election has been peaceful, but Western critics and the opposition say the process has been poorly planned, underfunded and plagued with irregularities, increasing fears of a repeat of the violence and bloodshed that marred a 2008 vote. "We are deeply concerned about the lack of...
(Fox News 07/17/13)
CHITUNGWIZA, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe forged ahead with a campaign to extend his 33-year rule Tuesday, lashing out at his perennial foe, ex-colonial power Britain, for political meddling. "Right now in Britain they are saying there is no peace in Zimbabwe, just imagine," Mugabe said to thousands of residents in Chitungwiza township, 25 kilometres (15 miles) southeast of Harare. "With the way you are sitting, no-one forced you to come here at gun point." "That is why I told them that you keep your England and we keep our Zimbabwe," Mugabe said, repeating remarks made at a UN summit held in South Africa in 2002. "Zimbabwe should never be a colony again," Mugabe who has ruled the southern...
(News Day 07/17/13)
MUTASA — About 300 MDC supporters in Mutasa area were yesterday disappointed after party leader Professor Welshman Ncube failed to turn up for a scheduled rally. The party’s provincial chairman Davis Mundirwira said the rally was called off because of Ncube’s busy schedule. Earlier in the morning,Ncube addressed another rally in Rimbi area in Chipinge, almost 250km from Mutasa. Addressing the aborted rally, MDC secretary for international relations and external structures Sondon Mugaradziko told the gathering that his party had a clear understanding of devolution and best governing practices to run the country. He said his party would try its best to restore the education and health system in Zimbabwe as well as finding lasting solutions. He added that the...
( 07/17/13)
Africa’s oil and gas industry is poised for momentous growth despite its grappling with severe stresses of a challenging economic and political environment on the continent, fuelled by poor physical infrastructure, corruption, an uncertain regulatory framework, and a lack of skills, according to a review issued by PwC. PwC’s ‘Africa oil and gas review’ of developments in the African oil and gas industry is the third in a series of reviews of the sector by the tax, assurance and advisory solutions firm. Uyi Akpata, PwC Africa oil and gas industry leader/deputy country senior partner, Nigeria, says: “The challenges facing oil and gas companies operating in Africa are diverse and numerous. Political interference, uncertainty and delays in passing laws, energy policies...
(News Day 07/16/13)
A chinease company, China Shougang International, has taken Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono to the Constitutional Court (Concourt) demanding the release of its money which was garnished from its Standard Chartered Bank account at the height of the country’s economic meltdown in 2007. Through its lawyer Tendai Masawi, the Chinese firm warned that Gono’s directive compelling local banks to cede their foreign currency to the central bank had the potential of straining relations between Zimbabwe and China. The firm claims it lost $48 739,86 which was meant for the refurbishment of Ziscosteel. The matter was initially heard by High Court judge Justice Francis Bere, who ruled that the transaction was illegal as it had not been approved...
(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...

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