Wednesday 20 September 2017
(Nehanda radio 05/30/13)
Zimbabwe’s military intelligence agencies, the Military Intelligence Directorate (MID) and Military Intelligence Unit (MIU), are courting Russian expertise and arms, as a hardline confederacy of State security generals is all but preparing to install its own cherry-picked successor to replace President Robert Mugabe, by as early as 2014. As first reported by Nehanda Radio, on May 7 2013, Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) commander, Constantine Chiwenga has reportedly seized significant executive authority from Mugabe, especially the all-important office of ZDF Commander in Chief, owing to the veteran leader’s growing frailty. Mugabe is said to have now become Commander in Chief, only on paper while Chiwenga has allegedly usurped the reigns of the office, because the Zanu PF leader has become almost...
(News Day 05/29/13)
THE new 30-day mandatory voter registration exercise will begin next week, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has said. This follows the resent assenting of the new constitution by President Robert Mugabe last week. Speaking on the sidelines of a two-day workshop with faith-based organisations in Harare yesterday, Zec deputy chairperson Joyce Letitia Kazembe said all the 1 958 wards will be covered. “We need to conduct the voter registration exercise at each ward and we are hoping to start this by next week,” Kazembe said. “We require $21 million for the voter registration which should start next week, we have not set the dates yet, but hopefully by next week we should start. We need to have all the 1...
(News Day 05/29/13)
MARRAKECH, MOROCCO- ZIMBABWE’S real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to improve marginally this year from a dip in 2012 on the back of improvements in mining and agriculture, according to a new report released on Monday. The African Economic Outlook report — a report jointly produced by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Development Programme and the Economic Commission for Africa — notes that the country’s economic growth had tapered off to 4,4% last year from 10,6% recorded in 2011. It said the deceleration in growth was reflective of “a fragile recovery owing largely to inherent political and economic uncertainties, a high debt overhang and the deteriorating infrastructure. “It (real gross...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/29/13)
(Reuters) - Uncertainty over the date of elections in Zimbabwe is pushing the fragile economy closer to recession just as it was pulling out of a decade of decline, the finance minister said on Tuesday. Presidential and parliamentary elections should be held this year but political reforms and problems finding the money to pay for the vote in the impoverished country are holding things up and no date has been set. Finance Minister Tendai Biti said the economy could have shrunk by up to 3 percent during the first quarter of this year due to election uncertainty as well as low farm output, declining tax revenues and export earnings. "The elephant in the living room evidently is the election and...
(News Day 05/29/13)
THE public, business and tax experts yesterday attacked the proposed introduction of the residence-based taxation system, saying it will discourage remittances by Zimbabweans abroad. This followed a public hearing by the Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion Parliamentary Committee chaired by Makoni West MP Webber Chinyadza which is currently gathering views on the Bill. The Income Tax Bill will replace the Income Tax Act (Chapter 23:06). Among the major changes contained in the Bill will be the shift from the source-based system income taxation where tax was levied on income originated in Zimbabwe to a residence-based one, where the taxable income is from income earned from all geographical sources within or outside Zimbabwe. Under the new measures, money remitted from the...
(Business Day 05/29/13)
ZIMBABWE’s Finance Minister Tendai Biti said on Tuesday that plans to raise funds (through hiking mineral royalties) for elections expected in that country later this year had been shelved, as the Treasury did not want to use measures that would further destabilise the economy. Mr Biti said recently that the government would raise mineral royalties to help plug an election funding gap. Other measures include hiking licence renewal fees for mobile network operators Econet and Telecel Zimbabwe to $150m. However, Mr Biti has now said that the cash-strapped Zimbabwean government, blighted by a slowdown in economic activity that has been worsened by apprehension among investors, had decided to hold off implementing the measures. "We are not going to execute short-term...
(MmegiOnline 05/29/13)
HARARE: Amid chants of 'Chinja! - Maitiro, Chinja Dhii! ku State House' the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai unveiled its 2013 Agenda for Real Transformation (ART) at a massive rally in Highfield. Addressing a mammoth rally in the high density suburb on May 19, Tsvangirai told supporters that the time has come for Zimbabweans 'to live decently in their country after almost 30 years of abject poverty and ridicule' under ZANU-PF misrule."After you voted 'yes' to the constitutional referendum, we have been busy working behind closed doors to craft an agenda to deliver you the people of Zimbabwe into a new era of prosperity when we get into power after the forthcoming elections...
(New Zimbabwe 05/28/13)
THE regional SADC grouping will hold a summit to examine ways of helping Zimbabwe fund elections expected later this year, President Robert Mugabe said Monday. The regional grouping held an extraordinary summit on the side-lines of the African Union meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Sunday to discuss the DRC, Madagascar and Zimbabwe. And addressing Zanu PF supporters at the Harare International Airport as he returned from the meetings, Mugabe said SADC would call a meeting to co-ordinate efforts to raise funds for the elections. “We updated SADC on the conclusion of the Constitutional reform process and appealed for help with raising funding for the elections. SADC said they would call a meeting to discuss ways of funding...
(Africa Review 05/28/13)
Australia has removed 65 people linked to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party from its sanctions list after the Southern African country adopted a new constitution. Foreign Affairs minister Bob Carr said the move to ease the sanctions was meant to encourage further reforms in Zimbabwe ahead of elections later this year. “Zimbabwe’s next step must be holding of free, fair and credible elections by the end of 2013,” he told the Australian media on Monday. “It has been made clear that Australian sanctions will be re-imposed should political reforms be derailed.” President Mugabe signed the new constitution into law last week but his party is reluctant to implement security and media reforms, which his opponents say are necessary before...
(News Day 05/28/13)
SYDNEY — Australia is further easing sanctions against Zimbabwe after a constitutional referendum in the African nation has paved the way for democratic elections. Foreign minister Bob Carr says sanctions against 65 individuals — including politicians, government officials and military personnel – and three entities will be lifted. The move comes after more than 90% of Zimbabweans voted in favour of a new constitution on March 16 this year, with constitutional legislation being formally adopted last week. Senator Carr said Australia’s decision was aimed at encouraging further democratic reforms. “Zimbabwe’s next step must be the holding of free, fair and credible elections by the end of 2013,” he said. Senator Carr said the government remained concerned about the fragile political...
(News Day 05/28/13)
FINANCE minister Tendai Biti and his Justice counterpart Patrick Chinamasa are at loggerheads over the raising of funds to bankroll the ongoing voter registration exercise and elections later this year, amid concerns that the tiff might worsen relations in the inclusive government and further delay the polls. Chinamasa at the weekend claimed that he had raised 25 million locally to finance the mandatory 30-day voter registration exercise following the signing into law of the new constitution by President Robert Mugabe last Wednesday. He claimed that he had previously raised $40 million for the referendum and $8 million for the mobile voter registration – money he averred was not disbursed in full to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) and the Registrar...
(News Day 05/28/13)
TREASURY yesterday told Parliament that income tax revenue was performing better than diamond revenue, forcing government to continue operating on a cash budget. Acting Secretary for Finance Judith Madzorera told the Budget, Finance and Investment Promotion Committee, chaired by Goromonzi North MP Paddy Zhanda, that in the 2012 National Budget, government only received $44 million from diamond revenue. The ministry officials had appeared before the committee to speak about the 2012 budget performance. She said government had targeted to collect $3,640 billion in revenue during the period under review, but only $3,5 billion was collected resulting in a negative variance of $144 million. “On non-tax revenue, we targeted collecting $407 million, but we only managed to collect $217 million and...
(News Day 05/28/13)
ZAMBIA — The government has said it will start importing ethanol from Zimbabwe with a view to lowering the high fuel prices in Zambia. And the government will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Zimbabwe-based firm Green Fuel in its continued efforts to find cheaper sources of fuel for Zambia. Mines, Energy and Water Development deputy minister Charles Zulu said shortly after a conducted tour of the Chisumbanje Energy plant operated by Green Fuel in Harare that the government was happy to find a cheaper source of ethanol in Zimbabwe. He said the government would, in the short-term, import ethanol from Zimbabwe while it was working out plans to come up with its own ethanol plant at Nakambala...
(News Day 05/28/13)
GOVERNMENT is crafting a new statutory instrument compelling both public and private sector firms to source at least 50 % of their supplies locally, Indigenisation and Empowerment minister Saviour Kasukuwere has said. Speaking at the Buy Zimbabwe procurement conference in Harare yesterday, Kasukuwere said companies should comply with the stipulated procurement regulations, in which local firms should be granted at least 50% contracts on procurement deals. Buy Zimbabwe is a local initiative promoting the production and consumption of local brands. Kasukuwere said the public tender system was currently skewed in favour of foreign-owned firms, threatening the survival of local companies. “We will have a statutory instrument to enforce the 50% local procurement, 50% must be procured from companies which are...
(The Associated Press 05/28/13)
The Zimbabwe prime minister's party said it stayed away from a state funeral Monday for an intelligence officer because he had been convicted by a court of attempted murder. Elias Kanengoni, deputy director of the Central Intelligence Organization, died Wednesday after collapsing at his country home. He was 60. He was buried Monday with full military honors at Heroes' Acre, a shrine for politicians and fallen former guerrillas in the bush war that led to independence in 1980. Kanegoni, an ex-guerrilla, and an associate were sentenced to seven years in jail for repeatedly shooting an opposition politician during an election campaign in 1990. They were freed on an immediate pardon from President Robert Mugabe. The politician survived severe groin injuries...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(News Day 05/27/13)
THE MDC-T has described President Robert Mugabe’s recent assent to the new constitution containing clauses on State security sector and media reforms as a sign that the Zanu PF leader had given the nod to the reforms which his party hardliners had fiercely resisted. MDC-T foreign affairs secretary Jameson Timba told NewsDay yesterday that his party was happy that its demands for reforms in the security sector and media had now been “constitutionalised” by the gazetting of the new constitution last Wednesday. “In signing for the new constitution, Mugabe has also signed security sector and media reforms into law,” Timba said. But Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo yesterday dismissed the position, accusing the MDC-T of misinterpreting the new governance charter...
(Sunday Independent 05/27/13)
SABC talk show host Dali Tambo has lashed at accusations that he was sprucing up Robert Mugabe’s image in a rare interview with the Zimbabwean leader who took a swipe at Nelson Mandela’s reconciliation policies. In the interview, Mugabe insists that Zimbabwe’s people still need him and that Mandela was “too much of a saint”. Mugabe, 89, said: “Mandela has gone a bit too far in doing good to the non-black communities, really in some cases at the expense of (blacks)… That’s being too saintly, too good, too much of a saint.” Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory chief executive Sello Hatang said he would comment only after watching the interview. The interview will be shown on Tambo’s revived series, People...
(Zimbabwe Independent 05/27/13)
VICE-PRESIDENT Joice Mujuru has virtually secured a copper-bottomed guarantee to take over as the next president of Zimbabwe in the event that President Robert Mugabe resigns, is incapacitated or dies in office, provided he wins the next elections, it has emerged. Senior Zanu PF politburo members said this week, barring unforeseen events and circumstances, Mujuru was almost assured of taking over from Mugabe if she wins the party leadership at congress next year. A top politburo member said this week the succession issue was virtually dealt with by Zanu PF’s senior leadership during marathon meetings last year when the party was discussing the Copac draft constitution. During the lengthy meetings — which cumulatively lasted 50 hours and at which Zanu...
(News Day 05/27/13)
CHINHOYI — Zanu PF’s aspiring Chinhoyi MP and former provincial chairman Phillip Chiyangwa has described his party’s impending primary elections as the most divisive phase, adding the process was likely to widen the already existing rifts. Speaking at the weekend at a function to welcome party supporters who had defected to his rivals’ camp, Chiyangwa said Zanu PF risked losing the upcoming polls if there was imposition of candidates and wanton disregard of calls for certain candidates to stand on the party ticket. “There is no other time that divides Zanu PF than the time for primary elections. Instead of them (primaries) being a gauge of the winning candidate’s popularity, they sow seeds of disunity. “The divisions brought about by...

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