Friday 24 November 2017
(Mail & Guardian 06/28/13)
The two MDC formations are in talks to put up a united front against Zanu-PF at the polls, or even consolidate their winnings after the elections. Party sources say Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders have urged a coalition between Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T and Welshman Ncube’s smaller MDC. The talks are at an advanced stage despite resistance from officials in both camps. On Thursday Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn leader Simba Makoni called a press conference to announce he is not going to stand as a presidential candidate in elections as part of ongoing talks among opposition parties. Zapu president Dumiso Dabengwa also confirmed to the Mail & Guardian that there are talks among opposition parties. The M&G understands from senior members of the...
(Voice of America 06/28/13)
President Barack Obama says the U.S. wants ties with Africa based on trade and partnership instead of aid and assistance. Obama made his comments at a news conference with Senegal's President Macky Sall in Dakar Thursday. Senegal is the first leg of his three-nation Africa tour to promote trade, investment and democracy. The president said the reason he traveled to Africa is because the continent is rising and he does not want the U.S. to miss the opportunity to broaden and deepen its relations in the region. "All too often, the world overlooks the amazing progress that Africa is making, including progress in strengthening democracy," he said. "Many African nations have made tremendous strides in improving democratic governance and in...
(Mail & Guardian 06/28/13)
A strong stench of tobacco fills the air at the Boka Tobacco Auction floors on the outskirts of Harare, but it does not appear to bother the new farmers eager to sell their crop. Loud chatter takes place among the groups of women seated on the cold floor, while the men stand and talk among themselves, keeping a watchful eye on their prize produce as they wait for the start of business. A cafeteria, located at one end of the auction floor, provides hot meals for the farmers, with a sizeable queue of the hungry gathering to buy sadza and meat. The profile of the tobacco farmer has certainly changed. Gone are the predominantly white, mostly male commercial farmers. After...
(Business Day 06/28/13)
HARARE — Most mining companies in Zimbabwe — including Zimplats and Mimosa — have put expansion projects on hold, owing to low commodity prices and lack of long-term financing, said an Ernst & Young metals and mining analyst, while another mining expert has said there is no exploration taking place in Zimbabwe at the moment. Impala Platinum controls Zimplats, the biggest mining group in Zimbabwe, and also jointly owns Mimosa platinum mine together with Aquarius Platinum. South African mining companies have also been dented by wage rise demands. The resources index on the JSE fell 0.54% to 42071.41 in afternoon trade on Thursday. Zimbabwe’s economy is heavily reliant on mining and agriculture, and Finance Minister Tendai Biti has projected that...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/28/13)
While chaos continues to rock the voter registration exercise in Zimbabwe’s urban centres countrywide, it is a different story in rural areas where the process is proceeding relatively smoothly. In urban areas like Mabvuku-Tafara in Harare, riot police had to be called in this week to quell tempers as tensions boiled over at the snail’s pace of the process particularly in MDC-T strongholds, where potential voters claimed registration officers were deliberately serving people slowly raising fears of a deliberate plot to disenfranchise some potential voters. The story in Mabvuku-Tafara is similar to happenings in many other urban centres where residents have failed to register over the three days mobile voter registration teams visited their areas. They accused the Registrar-General officials...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/28/13)
This is often an opportunity for reporters from the state media to pounce on unsuspecting ambassadors who are invited to say how wonderful Zimbabwe is when they’ve just got off the boat and can hardly know a thing about the country. We recall a newly arrived Japanese ambassador being caught in a media trap at State House some years ago and having to write to the editor of the Herald to say he didn’t say any of the things attributed to him. This is also an opportunity for some of our colleagues to advertise their geographical shortcomings. Last week we saw the president receiving the ambassador of Papua New Guinea (PNG). She will be based in Pretoria we gather. The...
(Business Day 06/28/13)
Three Zimbabwean farmers whose land was seized in President Robert Mugabe’s land reforms won a landmark victory in South Africa’s Constitutional Court on Thursday. Their attorney can now arrange for the sale in execution of a Zimbabwe government property in Kenilworth, Cape Town, which was attached in 2011. The property had been attached to satisfy a cost order the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) tribunal granted against Zimbabwe for being in contempt of an earlier order it had made against the country. On Thursday, the Constitutional Court dismissed Zimbabwe’s appeal to rescind the costs order the tribunal had made and a South African court had enforced. The court expanded common law precedents on the enforcement of foreign judgments and orders...
(Business Day 06/28/13)
South Africa’s Constitutional Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal by Zimbabwe to rescind a costs order against it made by the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Tribunal and enforced by a South African court. This case began in 2007 when three Zimbabwean farmers challenged the country’s land-reform policy before the tribunal, asking for a ruling that the dispossession of their farms by their government without compensation was unlawful. The tribunal — which hears cases that citizens of Sadc countries bring against their governments after all domestic legal avenues have been exhausted — found in favour of the farmers and ordered Zimbabwe to pay compensation for the confiscated farms. When Zimbabwe failed to comply with the compensation order, the farmers approached...
(The Herald Online 06/27/13)
Dr Simba Makoni leader of the Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn party has today announced that he will not stand as a presidential candidate in next month’s harmonised election just a day before the nomination court sits. Announcing the decision during a press conference in Harare, the 2008 presidential aspirant said the decision was made by the party’s national executive on Monday this week. “We have taken the decision to pave the way for a single candidate with the parties we have been working with recently,” he said. “I can confirm that consultations are ongoing with the other parties.” Dr Makoni said he is Mavambo’s preferred candidate in the event of coalition with the other parties. Mavambo has been working along with the two...
(The Herald Online 06/27/13)
East MP Simon Hove (MDC-T) had asked the minister whether it was permissible for police to confiscate personal radios and where they derived such powers. Mr Hove also wanted to know why the radios were considered a security threat. “Police will confiscate radios that peddle hate speech,” she said. “The radios are not the problem, but the peddling of hate speech, and the police will also confiscate illegally imported radios. The threat (to national security) is found when citizens are being set against each other.” Mazowe Central MP Mr Leanard Mushonga (MDC-T) asked Minister Makone what she meant by hate speech. “It is one that injures the dignity of others,” she said. “We find it both in electronic and print...
(The Herald Online 06/27/13)
THE Sadc Parliamentary Forum says MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai should respect court decisions and leave the courts to freely determine election dates. The Sadc Extraordinary Summit in Maputo, Mozambique, recently upheld the Constitutional Court judgment and urged Government to approach the court to seek a two-week extension of the July 31 poll deadline to accommodate any agreed reforms. Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa, who is in charge of the implementation of the Electoral Act, filed the application on behalf of Government but Mr Tsvangirai filed a counter application saying a two-week extension would not be enough. The Sadc PF team, led by Mr Dumelang Saleshado of Botswana, is in Zimbabwe for preliminary poll readiness assessment. Speaking to...
(The Herald Online 06/27/13)
ZANU-PF primary elections ended peacefully in most constituencies yesterday, with a number of new faces trouncing heavyweights and sitting legislators. There was massive turnout in some constituencies, with Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa amassing over 17 000 votes in Kwekwe-Chirumanzu. Results from most areas had been released by last night, although voting was still in progress in areas like Mbire and Bindura, while counting was on in Harare and other parts of the country. Zanu-PF national chairman Cde Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday said all was in order with regards to the primaries, with provincial committees expected to submit names of winning candidates today. “They have a full day tomorrow (today) to complete everything so that their papers are in order and ZEC...
(The Associated Press 06/27/13)
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's highest court says it has postponed an appeal on the date for crucial elections it had set for the end of July. Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku on Wednesday told attorneys representing rival political parties to amalgamate five separate appeal documents for a possible hearing Friday. The Constitutional Court ruled early June that polls should be held on July 31 following a private lawsuit urging President Robert Mugabe to hold early elections. The postponement coincided with the departure of Mugabe, 89, to Singapore for routine medical checks. He is expected back at the weekend, his office said. A regional meeting on June 15 urged Mugabe to ask the court to review the date after the nation's...
(The Herald Online 06/27/13)
The Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe yesterday deferred indefinitely hearing the case in which Government is seeking an extension of the harmonised elections date from July 31 to August 14. Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku requested lawyers representing the parties in the five separate applications that had been set for hearing yesterday, to consolidate them into a single case and agree on the timeline for hearing. He will today meet the lawyers in chambers to discuss the way forward and possibly hear the case on Friday, the day Nomination Courts sit countrywide to accept names of candidates contesting in the elections. Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa had approached the court seeking an extension of the poll date beyond July 31...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 27, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is on life support in hospital, a family elder said, as South Africa's president cancelled a trip abroad following a visit to the revered anti-apartheid hero's bedside. "Yes, he is using machines to breathe," Napilisi Mandela told AFP late on Wednesday after he saw the 94-year-old in the Pretoria hospital where he has been treated for a recurrent lung infection for nearly three weeks. "It is bad, but what can we do," added the elder who usually presides over family rituals and meetings. President Jacob Zuma late Wednesday abruptly cancelled a trip to neighbouring Mozambique after he visited Mandela, who has been in critical condition for several days. It is the first...
(Bloomberg 06/26/13)
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai asked the Constitutional Court to delay elections in the southern African nation, according to papers filed yesterday at the tribunal. Tsvangirai, who leads the main faction of the Movement for Democratic Change, and other opponents of President Robert Mugabe say there’s not enough time to finish voter registration and the nomination of potential lawmakers before the vote, which is scheduled for July 31. Southern African leaders also called for a delay at a June 15 meeting. “I respectfully emphasize the need to prevent a legitimacy deficit which would plunge the country into further uncertainty,” Tsvangirai said in his submission to the court. “There have been electoral disputes since 2000 where outcomes have contested largely because...
(The Herald Online 06/26/13)
The European Union should not pre-occupy itself with who is in power in Zimbabwe, but concentrate on improving the country’s political culture and institutions as support for the MDC-T has waned over the years. The revelations, a virtual vote of no confidence in MDC-T’s electoral chances, are contained in an EU Parliament policy document titled “QuickPolicy Insight Zimbabwe’s 2013 General Elections’’ that was published on May 28 ahead of the Constitutional Court ruling ordering elections by July 31. “Government turnover does not guarantee democratic change in Zimbabwe. Zanu-PF lacks democratic roots; but the MDC has, for its part, done little to prove its trustworthiness. Rather than asking who is in power, international analysts might want to put a stronger focus...
(News Day 06/26/13)
Chairperson of the legislators’ welfare committee Paddy Zhanda (Goromonzi North Zanu PF MP) told NewsDay yesterday the MPs were owed more than $15 000 each in sitting allowances, adding that it would be unfair to the MPs if they were to lose their jobs without receiving what was due to them. Zhanda blamed Treasury for failing to remit the money to Parliament. “It is true that MPs are owed a lot of money in sitting allowances and if people are owed money, that should be paid before their contracts are terminated,” Zhanda said. “It will be difficult for legislators to come back and claim money after they have lost elections and it is an unfortunate situation.” MPs who spoke to...
(News Day 06/26/13)
yesterday failed to hold peaceful primary elections because of violence, confusion, ballot paper shortages and boycotts. The party internal polls also could not be concluded within the set time frame due to the late arrival of voting material, forcing some centres like Bindura North and South to defer the elections to today. As a result of the poor handling of the primary elections, which were supposed to be a dress rehearsal of the harmonised elections, Zanu PF last night extended the process to midday today. National chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo, who also chairs the national elections directorate said results from all constituencies should be in by 4pm today. Cases of arson and demonstrations also marred the process as factionalism took...
(The Herald Online 06/26/13)
Part of the thousands of prospective voters who gathered to elect a candidate of their choice during Zanu-PF primary elections at Unit L Hall in Seke. VOTING in Zanu-PF primary elections was yesterday extended to 12 noon today in the wake of overwhelming turnout that saw people queuing well into the night. Although voting started late in some areas due to some logistical challenges that arose from the national character of the vote, supporters turned up in their thousands in different parts of the country with some constituencies recording upwards of 10 voters. This was a far cry from MDC-T primaries, that began six weeks ago, that saw some candidates being voted in by between 32 and 100 people while...

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