Tuesday 23 January 2018
(Zimbabwe Independent 07/12/13)
President Robert Mugabe’s increasing health frailties were exposed again yesterday when he was driven in a Ford Ranger sport utility vehicle (SUV) for a 200-metre distance instead of his usual stroll to greet over 7 000 party supporters at Nzvimbo Secondary School in Chiweshe for the first of 10 nationwide star rallies he is set to address ahead of elections on July 31. Mugabe’s failing health has created anxiety in his Zanu PF party and constantly disrupted government business as he frequently flew to Singapore for medical attention in a bid to extend his 33-year. Mugabe, who was accompanied by his wife Grace, climbed into the back of the truck with the aid of a mobile staircase and his minders...
(Zimbabwe Independent 07/12/13)
The creditors on Wednesday met the Master of the High Court for the first liquidation meeting to get confirmation on all claims that were not made during the provisional judicial management stage. Tube & Pipe industry workers committee chairperson Kaiton Mateyasanwa said Tube & Pipe alone had initially been valued at US$5 million but only got offered to the highest bidder for US$2,1 million, a figure the workers’ grouping feels is a pittance. “We also understand the highest bidder is a shareholder in Steelnet who failed to inject money into the business to remain afloat so he/she could have wanted it to collapse. He/she is even claiming US$300 000 as a creditor,” Mateyasanwa said. “We wish if it’s possible we...
(Zimbabwe Independent 07/12/13)
While some companies were forced to change their business models, others maintained their models, especially retailers. Some retailers, regardless of their area of specialty, were faced with a relatively simple task of fine-tuning their models to fit the current environment. Tyre retailer National Tyre Services (NTS) is one such company which managed to maintain its business model. Business models play a key part in determining how a company will sustain its performance over a longer period of time. NTS has since dollarisation managed to remain profitable, a rare feat for most listed companies. In its latest full-year financials to March 31 2013, the company registered a 10% revenue growth to US$17,58 million which was well ahead of GDP growth for...
(The Herald Online 07/12/13)
WITH 19 days left before the country goes for the harmonised elections, MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai is already crying foul over alleged rigging by Zanu-PF. Addressing a rally at Neuso Business Centre in Chegutu East, a Zanu-PF stronghold, Mr Tsvangirai, in a clear sign of a man scared of the elections, attributed the peaceful environment prevailing in the country to a change in tactics by Zanu-PF from alleged violence to vote rigging. Reputable organisations in and outside the country have already pointed to a Zanu-PF victory. “We are aware that (President) Mugabe wants a peaceful but rigged election,” he said. Mr Tsvangirai has in the past used violence as a scapegoat after losing to Zanu-PF. He claimed that the...
(News Day 07/12/13)
Confusion reigns over who an MDC faction loyal to Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara will back in the forthcoming elections, with some saying they will be back Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, while another group says they will be neutral. Morgan Changamire, the spokesperson for the faction, said they had made a strategic decision not to contest the elections and would reorganise after the polls. “As far as we are concerned, we have made a strategic decision not to contest the elections because we want to expose the (Welshman) Ncube group that their numbers are still the same and never increased after the reports of those alleged defections,” he said. “We are not backing any political party, we want our supporters...
(The Herald Online 07/12/13)
President Mugabe — who was accompanied by the First Family — was welcomed with jubilation by the bumper crowd that was resplendent in green and yellow Zanu-PF regalia. In his address, the President said victory was certain. He described the inclusive Government as a three-headed monster that should be avoided in the harmonised elections. The President reiterated his call for peace ahead of the elections, saying some political parties sought to foment violence to discredit the polls. “Chinoita kuti tibatane runyararo. Tova nerunyararo irworwo rwekuti tirege kurovana. Iye zvino veMDC vari kutsvaga kukutokonyai, rambai kutokonywa. Imi regaiwo kutokonya vamwe. “Kuti zvigonzi maelections aya akanganiswa nekuti vanhu vange vane bishi nemheremhere vachirovana. “Ndozvakaita kuti tidzokorore maelections atakaita 2008. Vamwe vedu vakati...
(The Herald Online 07/12/13)
MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, secretary-general Mr Tendai Biti and organising secretary Mr Nelson Chamisa get notes from the Zanu-PF manifesto before addressing a rally at Neuso in Mhondoro yesterday. MDC-T’S pledge to create over one million jobs in five years from 2013 through foreign investors will be stillborn as no funding will come from the West which is grappling a severe financial crisis, analysts have said. This week one of MDC-T’s chief backers, the United States embarked on huge spending cuts by placing 650 000 civilian workers on unpaid leave. MDC-T’s 2013 election manifesto which is hinged on its Jobs, Upliftment, Investment, Capital and the Environment (Juice) document largely hinges on foreign aid and investment from the party’s “friends”...
(Zimbabwe Independent 07/12/13)
With the military increasingly involving itself in campaigning for President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF, the July 31 elections are shaping up to a fierce battle between multitudes of Zimbabweans demanding change and the army defending the status quo. Mugabe and Zanu PF have activated their paramilitary campaign strategies through the Joint Operations Command (Joc) — which comprises the army, police and intelligence chiefs — in a bid to retain power. The military rescued Mugabe in 2008. However, the fresh deployment of the military — persistently reported in the Zimbabwe Independent for more than a year so far — has now created tensions within the party as some senior officials, particularly Vice-President Joice Mujuru, are becoming uncomfortable with the active...
(Zimbabwe Independent 07/12/13)
AFRICOM, one of Zimbabwe’s licenced internet service providers, under Zimbabwean telecoms regulations permitted to operate an internet-based voice network, has launched a low-cost voice over internet protocol (VoIP) application called Guro-o. The Human Capital Telescope with Brett Chulu. A VoIP application is a software installable on devices such as smartphones, tablets and desktop computers, allowing people to make cheap voice calls over the internet. Guro-o is a potential threat to the voice revenues of conventional global system for mobile communication (GSM) operators, the likes of NetOne, Telecel and Econet. Guro-o’s apparent potency. Guro-o’s apparent potency seems to hinge on two strategic thrusts. First, it seems to offer a compelling affordability proposition. At a rate of six US cents per minute...
(The Herald Online 07/12/13)
National police spokesperson Superintendent Andrew Phiri told journalists at a media workshop on election reporting that police will be resolute in taking action against those who violate the law so that the July 31 harmonised election will be smooth and peaceful. “We are going to heighten our vigilance and tighten our policing system by maintaining heavy police presence to maintain peace and order,” he said. “We have activated our reserve or auxiliary force to augment the regular police numbers. We are being pro-active so that we prevent explosive situations.” The Southern African Research and Documentation Centre media workshop was aimed at generating deeper understanding of the country’s electoral framework and processes by journalists in the country. Supt Phiri said the...
(Fox News 07/12/13)
HARARE – Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party has urged the Southern African Development Community to press President Robert Mugabe not to proceed with "illegal" elections later this month, a minister said Thursday. "We wrote a letter to SADC over President Mugabe's unilateral decision to hold elections without finality on reforms," Finance Minister Tendai Biti, who is also secretary general of Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), told AFP. At a recent summit in Mozambique, the 15-member regional bloc had in vain urged Mugabe to delay the July 31 polls to allow time for key reforms to guarantee a free and fair vote. "The resolutions made by SADC in Maputo were not fulfilled, rendering the elections meaningless. The electoral amendment...
(BBC News Africa 07/12/13)
The UK is to provide £35m to Malawi and Zimbabwe to alleviate the "looming food crisis" in southern Africa. International development minister Lynne Featherstone, who is on a visit to Malawi, said the funds would "save countless lives". Price hikes and unpredictable weather have left food stocks dangerously low in the region, the government said. Up to £20m is destined for Malawi, where maize stocks have fallen to just a quarter of the annual average. The money will support the World Food Programme and other international organisations in providing nearly half a million people with food and cash transfers, school meals for 800,000 schoolchildren and treatment for 18,000 malnourished children and pregnant women, the Department for International Development (DfID) said...
(Zimbabwe Independent 07/12/13)
Among the many operations which could contribute to a substantive recovery and growth of Zimbabwe’s presently fragile economy would be value-addition to many of the country’s high quality primary products. Much of the produce that can be forthcoming from the agricultural and mining sectors would be of exceptionally high quality, internationally favoured and in demand, whether exported in unprocessed, primary condition, or enhanced by industrial value-addition. It is irrefutable that Zimbabwe has the potential to produce considerable quantities of agricultural produce of an extraordinarily high quality, including cotton, tobacco, and diverse foodstuffs, but most of that produce is disposed of in initial form, devoid of any value-addition. In like manner, the varied minerals with which Zimbabwe is endowed are, relatively...
(Voice of America 07/12/13)
An official of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) says the regional bloc is working with leaders in Zimbabwe and other groups to ensure a peaceful general election. “SADC is ensuring that as we go toward elections, Zimbabweans will be assisted, whichever way possible, to ensure that all parties agree and come together to a common ground to ensure that Zimbabwe holds a credible, free and fair election, at a time and date that would be publicly announced by the president [Robert Mugabe],” said Tanki Mothae, SADC’s director of Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation. Mothae says his group is encouraged that political parties in Zimbabwe have agreed to take part in the July 31 election, despite their initial request for...
(Forbes 07/12/13)
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(Voice of America 07/12/13)
An official of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) says the regional bloc is working with leaders in Zimbabwe and other groups to ensure a peaceful general election. “SADC is ensuring that as we go toward elections, Zimbabweans will be assisted, whichever way possible, to ensure that all parties agree and come together to a common ground to ensure that Zimbabwe holds a credible, free and fair election, at a time and date that would be publicly announced by the president [Robert Mugabe],” said Tanki Mothae, SADC’s director of Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation. Mothae says his group is encouraged that political parties in Zimbabwe have agreed to take part in the July 31 election, despite their initial request for...
(Zimbabwe Independent 07/12/13)
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, today responded to first lady Grace Mugabe’s description of the premier as a “philanderer who wasted time in salacious exotic beaches instead of formulating policies that help improve the lives of the generality of Zimbabweans.” Said Tamborinyoka: “Of all the people, Grace Mugabe is not qualified to comment on the prime minister’s morals because she destroyed the marriage of an otherwise honourable first lady that we had. “The philanderer the prime minister knows of is one president who fell in love with his secretary whilst his legitimate wife was dying of a kidney ailment. It is sad that Grace is taking us down this route during an important election where we should be...
(Fox News 07/12/13)
HARARE – Global rights watchdog Amnesty International has called on African blocs to ensure that Zimbabwe's upcoming elections are not marred by violence similar to the 2008 vote.In a report released on Friday, the organisation urged the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU) to "take all measures necessary" to ensure there is no repeat of "state-sponsored violence during the 31 July harmonized elections". "The stakes are high in this election and the run up to it cannot simply be treated as business as usual, either by stakeholders in Zimbabwe or by the international community," said Noel Kututwa, Amnesty's Africa deputy programme director. The body wants the regional bodies to send election observers to Zimbabwe to "meticulously...
(Voice of America 07/12/13)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is calling on African nations to boost their private sectors to advance intra-regional trade. UNCTAD’s new report on the Economic Development in Africa 2013 says reducing trade barriers alone is not enough to turn regional trade into a winning enterprise. In a newly published report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development says African governments must boost private industry and entrepreneurs if they are to compete successfully with foreign firms unencumbered by trade barriers. The report says Africa has a lot to do to catch up with the world's other intra-regional trading blocs. It notes that trade among African nations was low, just 11.3 percent of total trade in...
(News Day 07/12/13)
NewsDay brings you live updates from Chikomba, Mashonaland East- where Minister of Commerce and Industry and MDC leader Welshman Ncube is set to launch an election campaign and introduce party candidates. 16:50 – He wraps up by thanking other parties present and pays tribute to all the Chikomba candidates for their contribution to the success of the day. 16:44 – He urges people to stick to a coalition for devolution, says Mugabe has personalised Zimbabwe and that the development of Harare alone has been a blockade to the development of other regions. 16:39 – Ncube talks about the high unemployment rates brought upon by Zanu pf. He urges Zimbabweans not to try their luck by putting a clueless man in...

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