Sunday 18 February 2018
(Fox News 07/11/13)
HARARE – Nine supporters of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai were injured during an attack Wednesday by suspected activists from veteran President Robert Mugabe's party, a party spokesman said. "I can confirm, I just received news of the incident," Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) spokesman Douglas Mwonzora told AFP. A party source said members were pasting campaign posters in Harare for their candidate Gift Chimanikire ahead of crucial general elections later this month when rival youth from Mugabe's ZANU-PF attacked them. "They are currently receiving treatment at a private hospital but it's not yet confirmed whether they have been admitted or not," the source said. The MDC condemned the attack. "Zanu PF should not push the people further into the...
(Voice of America 07/11/13)
HARARE — Dozens of Zimbabwean civic groups have started a "Feya Feya" (Shona for “fairly") campaign targeting young people to ensure they participate in the July 31 elections peacefully. They are urging them to register to vote and to refrain from violence. A concert in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, where groups are pushing the "Feya-Feya campaign." (VOA - C.Mavhunga)A concert in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, where groups are pushing the "Feya-Feya campaign." (VOA - C.Mavhunga) At a musical concert in Chitungwiza - 30 kilometers outside Harare - some 80 pro-democracy organizations in Zimbabwe are pushing the “Feya-Feya campaign”. “Basically all these organizations are calling for free and fair elections in Zimbabwe under the banner of “Feya-Feya campaign,” explained Nixon Nyikadzino, from the Crisis in...
(Voice of America 07/11/13)
Zimbabwe is asking its neighbors to help pay for its general elections, which are three weeks away. Finance Minister Tendai Biti told reporters Wednesday he has spoken to the head of the Southern African Development Community and officials in four regional countries about raising money for the vote. Zimbabwe is due to hold elections for president, parliament and other offices on July 31. Biti has said the country needs at least $85 million to carry out the polls. "But we are far away from meeting the target," he said. "We do not have the money, and we can not borrow." The finance minister has repeatedly said the government is cash-poor because revenue from diamond fields in the east, which are...
(Voice of America 07/11/13)
LONDON — Malta has been forced to cancel the forced return of dozens of Somali migrants to Libya, after an emergency ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The EU has criticized the attempted repatriation, but Malta has accused its European partners of a lack of solidarity. It comes after the Pope visited an Italian island earlier this week that's received thousands of migrants. Tired, hungry and dehydrated, 68 migrants who'd set sail from Libya were rescued by Maltese patrol boats Wednesday 50 kilometers off the coastline, after their vessel lost power. It's the second migrant boat to arrive in as many days. Maltese authorities had intended to send two planes back to Libya carrying 45 Somali migrants who...
(Ventures-Africa 07/11/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – African business leader and philanthropist Tony O. Elumelu joins President Goodluck Jonathan as part of a high powered delegation accompanying the Nigerian leader on a state visit to China from 11 to 12 July 2013. The visit, which will include a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, will have Mr Elumelu and other business leaders, including Folorunso Alakija, Femi Otedola and Oba Otudeko, representing Nigeria’s business interests, thus emphasising President Jonathan’s commitment to leveraging the private sector to drive both development and trade and investment links between China and Africa. Speaking at the investment forum, which attracted over 700 potential investors, their Nigerian counterparts and several governors as well as the Ministers for Trade and Investment, Aviation...
(Mail & Guardian 07/10/13)
Zimbabwe's finance ministry says it needs to resolve a shortfall of about $85-million needed for crucial national elections just three weeks away. The finance ministry said it needs to resolve a shortfall of about $85-million, as a month-long chaotic voter registration effort drew to a close on Tuesday. Tendai Biti, the outspoken finance minister, described preparations for the July 31 polls as "a nightmare". "We don't have money for these elections, and everyone knows it. It's a horror movie except that you are not watching the movie, you are part of it," Biti said late on Monday. The elections are the first to be held since the violent 2008 polls forced President Robert Mugabe to join into a coalition government...
(News Day 07/10/13)
Political parties yesterday quizzed Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson Justice Rita Makarau over the sudden ballooning of police officers during the election period, saying it was suspicious. The MDC-T and Zapu raised the concern during a meeting with Zec to brief political parties on special and postal voting that will take place on July 14 and 15. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is said to have 38 000 regular police officers, but police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba told NewsDay that the force had registered 50 000 police officers who include members of the special constabulary as special voters as they would be deployed in various polling stations away from their bases. Justice Makarau said the ZRP had, however, been...
(Mail & Guardian 07/10/13)
Zimbabwe's finance ministry says it needs to resolve a shortfall of about $85-million needed for crucial national elections just three weeks away. Robert Mugabe's office said it was cancelling Cabinet meetings until the vote so that ministers can campaign for the election. The finance ministry said it needs to resolve a shortfall of about $85-million, as a month-long chaotic voter registration effort drew to a close on Tuesday. Tendai Biti, the outspoken finance minister, described preparations for the July 31 polls as "a nightmare". "We don't have money for these elections, and everyone knows it. It's a horror movie except that you are not watching the movie, you are part of it," Biti said late on Monday. The elections are...
(Bloomberg 07/10/13)
Simba Makoni, who served as finance minister under President Robert Mugabe before running against the 89-year-old leader in 2008 elections, said a July 31 vote will be unfair. Problems with registering voters, biased coverage in the state media and the threat of violence jeopardize the chance of a free vote, Makoni said in an interview with Johannesburg’s PowerFM radio station today. Makoni is now supporting Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change in the election. “It’s a matter of record that there are problems that militate against free and fair elections,” Makoni said. “We fear the specter of violence and intimidation. There is an uneven playing field in the media sector.” Makoni is backing Tsvangirai as he...
(Voice of America 07/10/13)
Only seven of the 53 African Union countries who pledged to commit at least 10 percent of their national budgets to investment in agriculture in 2003 have reached that goal. Aid organizations say that investment in agriculture is key to breaking the cycle of food insecurity and crisis in West Africa. As the declaration approaches its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, the aid groups are calling on AU countries to renew their commitment to the Maputo Declaration. In 2003, 53 African heads of state agreed to allocate at least 10 percent of their national budgets to investment in agriculture and livestock by July 2008. Ten years later, only seven countries - Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Malawi and Ethiopia -...
(ABC News 07/10/13)
For Brisbane activist Tawanda Karasa, it's not enough that he's escaped the poverty of his childhood - he wants to continue changing lives in the community where he grew up. Mr Karasa spent his youth in the Hatcliffe extension, a place he describes as being like "any other slum in the world", about 25 kilometres out of Zimbabwe's capital Harare. "It's a place where people live in plastic shacks," he says. "There is no sanitation, no running water, no nearby schools, no clinics. "It is a place where there is an 80 per cent unemployment rate, where school attendance is rare. Seventy per cent of students drop out of school before they get to year seven." Mr Karasa says growing...
(News Day 07/09/13)
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was yesterday unveiled as the leader of a three-party “Coalition for Change” involving his MDC-T, Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) and Zanu Ndonga amid reports that the MDC-T leader was still courting Welshman Ncube’s MDC to his camp ahead of the July 31 harmonised polls. Announcing the coalition yesterday, MKD leader Simba Makoni said they remained open to a possible eleventh hour pact with Ncube and Zapu leader Dumiso Dabengwa, who last week announced a surprise pact between their parties. Tsvangirai is believed to have dangled theVice-Presidency to Ncube in a bid to have all parties opposed to President Robert Mugabe to rally behind him. “The MDC-T, MKD and Zanu Ndonga have today (yesterday) agreed to enter into a...
(The Herald Online 07/09/13)
Zanu-PF national chairman Ambassador Cde Simon Khaya Moyo meets with Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Matthew Neuhaus at Zanu-PF headquarters. The two discussed the political situation in Zimbabwe ahead of the harmonized elections and Zimbabwe’s expectations from Australia in relation to the unconditional lifting of illegal sanctions. Countries that imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe should feel guilty for the job losses, closure of industries and suffering of innocent civilians, Zanu-PF national chairman Ambassador Khaya Moyo has said. "It is a great violation of human rights because many lives are at stake. Those who imposed sanctions should feel guilty because many people lost jobs and are suffering," he said. He said such countries would not be part of the election observer teams...
(The Herald Online 07/09/13)
Zimbabwe is today expected to be officially announced as the host of Routes Africa 2014 amid indications that the country has shrugged off the challenge from the Reunion (Islands) to host the event. Routes Africa is a forum where airlines, aviation, tourism and government representatives from the continent meet to explore opportunities to develop the aviation industry. The Zimbabwean delegation that is here attending the 8th Routes Africa at the lakeside resort of Speke in Kampala is brimming with confidence that it will host the event in Victoria Falls sometime in July next year. The team comprising representatives from the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Air Zimbabwe, National Handling Services and the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality...
(Zimbabwe Independent 07/09/13)
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) on Tuesday re-assured political parties that there would not be rigging through the controversial special voting system, amidst widespread belief that the ballots would be tampered with. At a meeting with political parties in Harare, Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau said the electoral body had put in place mechanisms that would ensure that the ballots after special voting would not be tampered with. Special voting taking place this weekend on July 14 and July 15 is a system under which persons, who would be unable to vote on polling day on July 31 because they will be performing other duties, vote in advance. Political parties raised concerns of vote rigging through that system, but Makarau...
(News Day 07/09/13)
The award, established in 2004, is granted to African and non-African financial institutions who, in the opinion of the regional bank, have made exceptional contributions to meeting the mandate and corporate goals of the bank. In a statement, Afreximbank director of banking operations Amr Kamel said in granting the award it considered the lengths of the relationship between the bank and the institution, volume of business conducted with the institution, innovation in the use being made of the bank’s products and performance record with the bank, among other factors. “On behalf of the president of Afreximbank, I write to advise you, with pleasure that the awards committee of African Export-Import Bank has approved that CBZ Bank Limited be granted the...
(News Day 07/09/13)
The National Social Security Authority (NSSA) has completed the construction of the $32 million Beitbridge Hotel and is scouting for potential clients that could take over its management. NSSA managing director James Matiza last week said two companies have so far expressed interest to manage the 140-room hotel. “We have completed the hotel, what is left is to secure the management company. “We have two candidates who want to run the hotel. We have RTG as one of the companies. We have got a proposal from Tourvast. “They made representation and have hotels in the country,” Matiza said. “We will be having a meeting with the board investment committee on Tuesday (tomorrow) on the company that will take over the...
(News Day 07/09/13)
THE Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) on Friday missed its projected target after the tobacco auctioning season came to an end with 153,8 million kg. At the beginning of this year’s selling season, TIMB indicated it expected 170 million kg of the golden leaf to go under the hammer. However, deliveries could still increase if contract sales continued for the next 20 days since the contract growers were delivering an average 502 600kg of the crop per day. Mop-up sales would also be held in August for the growers who failed to deliver their crop during the regulated time. A substantial figure was expected to be delivered during the mop-up sales period. The 158,3 million kg so far sold...
(News Day 07/09/13)
In a statement accompanying its financial results, company chairperson Tawanda Nyambirai said during the period under review current liabilities exceeded current assets by $1,1 million. “The losses incurred during the year are mainly a result of the challenges that the company faced in raising funding for its debtors book. The liquidity challenges that the market faced in the financial year made it increasingly difficult for the company to access the required funding,” he said. He said sales for the year declined by 50% from the prior year to $8,4 million from $16,7 million as the company sought to strike a balance between its credit and cash sales and to unwind expensive debt structures. Credit sales contributed 69% of total sales...
(New Zimbabwe 07/09/13)
PELHAMS Limited has revealed that sales for the twelve months to March declined 50 % to US$8,4 million compared to the previous year as the company sought to strike a balance between its credit sales and the unwinding of expensive debt structures. In a statement accompanying its results which were released on Monday, the company said credit sales contributed 69 percent of turnover against a prior year comparative to 82 percent. The gross margin for the locally listed company decreased marginally from 27 percent in the prior to 26 percent as the company focused more on local better quality products instead of imports. A number of deliberate strategies were also implemented during the course of the year to improve cash...

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