Monday 21 August 2017
(News Day 03/18/13)
THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) and the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) observer team yesterday hailed the peaceful atmosphere that prevailed during the referendum for a new constitution, saying a few incidents of violence had been recorded. However, just over two million out of over six million registered votes cast ballots, reflecting over 50% apathy going by the voters’ roll and even higher considering that 12 million ballot papers were printed to cater for unregistered voters . Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau told journalists in Harare that over two million people had voted in the referendum with the final results expected within five days. The head of delegation for the Sadc Election Commission Forum, Fako Likoti, and the Zimbabwe Election...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(New Zimbabwe 03/14/13)
THEY are as much a feature of American elections as the candidates themselves. In the last election, President Barack Obama and his rival Mitt Romney’s campaigns are believed to have spent up to US$1.1 billion on political ads. With the growth of Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites, the adverts were not just limited to television alone but were omnipresent in all spheres of life. Ahead of general elections in Zimbabwe later this year, all the main parties have increased their presence online, targeting not just the voters in Zimbabwe lucky enough to have access to the internet, but also seeking to sell their vision to the world. Campaigning has not started, because the election date is not yet...
(Xinhuanet 03/11/13)
Australia will lift sanctions against 55 individuals in Zimbabwe in response to the announcement of a constitutional referendum to be held in Zimbabwe on March 16, Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced in a statement Monday. "The 55 names on this list include some ZANU-PF politicians, members of the judiciary and media, provincial governors and leading business figures," Carr said. "These individuals are not considered to be hindering democratic reforms or undermining the ultimate goal of free and fair elections in Zimbabwe." According to Carr, he had released a three-stage roadmap for the lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe on Feb. 7, 2013. Remaining Australian sanctions on Zimbabwe include travel and financial restrictions against 98 individuals and four entities, an arms embargo...
(New Zimbabwe 03/11/13)
ZIMBABWE has raised $40 million from a special bond floated to the local unit of Old Mutual and the state pension fund to help finance a constitutional referendum this weekend, the finance minister said on Monday. Tendai Biti said the one-year bond would attract an interest rate of 7 percent. Zimbabweans will vote on Saturday in a referendum on a draft constitution, a crucial step toward a general election later in the year. "This is a voluntary bond on the same terms that the companies are lending to the market," Biti told journalists. Old Mutual Zimbabwe and the government owned National Social Security Authority are among the country's largest funds. Biti said the government had already given $31 million to...
(New Zimbabwe 03/11/13)
ZIMBABWE and Zambia are set to swap prisoners after signing a Memorandum of Understanding. Zambian prisons hold 27 Zimbabwean nationals, while 35 Zambians are currently serving time in Zimbabwean jails. Zimbabwe’s Acting Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is also the Defence Minister, signed an MoU with Zambia’s Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lunga last Thursday at the conclusion of the 28th Session of the Zimbabwe/Zambia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security held in Victoria Falls. State Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi said: “What was being signed was an MoU that would enable the Zimbabweans serving in Zambian prisons to be transferred and serve their terms in Zimbabwe and reciprocally for Zambians in Zimbabwean prisons to be repatriated to go and serve...
(New Zimbabwe 03/11/13)
A CHINESE company mining for tantalite in Bikita, Masvingo Province, says it has discovered diamonds in the area. Gift Chimanikire, the deputy mines minister, said Nan Jiang Africa Resources Ltd had now submitted a new application for a licence to mine diamonds following the find. Chimanikire said four kimberlite pipes had been discovered at Devuli Ranch in the Budzi communal area – on the border with Manicaland Province which is believed to hold some of the world’s biggest diamond deposits. Kimberlite pipes – named after Kimberley in South Africa where they were first found – are believed to have developed from powerful magma eruptions between 1,100 million and 20 million­ years ago. In Marange, Manicaland, the diamond deposits are mainly...
(Manica Post 03/08/13)
BUHERA district and the low lying Chisumbanje area last week finally received heavy rains that instantly transformed the agricultural complexion in the respective drought stricken zones with communal farmers racing against time to plant the January late crop. Since the inception of the 2012/13 cropping season in October, Buhera district and the low veld area which falls under Chipinge district were partners in misfortune as the rains continued eluding them. Buhera and Chisumbanje experienced a severe crop failure due to early termination of the rains in 2011/12 season which led to a severe shortfall in production to meet their annual food requirements. Decreased rainfall and rising temperatures have thrown many farmers in Buhera and Chisumbanje into confusion. Seasons have become...
(Mail & Guardian 03/08/13)
Four African Union-accredited diplomats from SADC countries said this week that the Southern African bloc – the guarantor of the global political agreement between Zanu-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) – was concerned by the reports of violence and the escalation of the harassment of civil society organisations ahead of the March 16 referendum and the elections, which are expected to take place later this year. The diplomats said President Jacob Zuma, the SADC mediator in the Zimbabwe crisis, was under pressure to convene a special summit ahead of the polls in the wake of reports of political violence, but wanted concrete evidence first. Zuma’s facilitation spokesperson Lindiwe Zulu said her team was waiting for a formal report...
(Mail & Guardian 03/08/13)
Police commissioner General Augustine Chihuri has told top brass to ensure Zanu-PF wins the upcoming elections. In a damning revelation of improper practices by the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the Mail & Guardian can divulge that the police commissioner, General Augustine Chihuri, has ordered the police force to ensure that Zanu-PF wins the election that is expected to be held later this year. Cabinet members were this week presented with copies of a speech that was delivered by Chihuri at a retreat for the police's top brass, which took place from December 14 to 20 in Vumba in the Eastern Highlands. In his speech, a copy of which the M&G has seen, Chihuri did not mince his words, saying there are...
(News24 03/07/13)
After the war, veterans of the liberation (war for Zimbabwe’s independence in 1970s) were awarded hefty pay packages—the government printed more money to cover the expense. After that, the (Mugabe) government seized land and Agriculture-related businesses, which comprise 70% of the workforce, collapsed. Subsequently, the Mugabe government controversially won the election and a black market in foreign currencies started. Businesses diverted activity from their core business into purchasing hard assets (including motor vehicles and real estate) in an effort to preserve monetary values. Several banks were placed under curatorship (guardianship) despite the governor's assurance that they were solid. Deposits are concentrated in the traditional banks, and the central bank has been charging punitive interest rates for unsecured overnight loans, at...
(AL Jazeera 03/07/13)
Government is accused of seizing radios in bid to stop critics of Mugabe spread their message ahead of March 16 vote. In many rural areas of Zimbabwe, life is laid-back and traditional. The boys herd the cattle while the girls fetch water and help with chores around the house. At night the men meet at the local tavern, where many drink traditional brewed beer. There isn't always electricity, but you can guarantee there is a radio nearby. The men talk shop while listening to a football game, local music and the news. Many people in rural Africa don't have television sets, so the radio is their contact with life outside the village. In Zimbabwe, "listening clubs" are groups of people...
(ZimEye 03/07/13)
ZRP officers in Highfields yesterday broke up Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai from holding a constitution awareness rally in the Highfields surbub, which is where Robert Mugabe once held a keynote come-back rally before the historic 1980 elections. Morgan Tsvangirai who was scheduled to hold a rally, had obtained official permission to hold the meeting. But senior MDC cadres have complained that despite receiving clearance from the police, the police swooped in to block the premier. Highfields is historically considered a Mugabe stronghold since it is the birthplace of Mugabe’s a key rally held upon his return from exile before the iconic 1980 elections. “So our professional and non-partisan police decided to stop the PM’s Highfields constitution rally this evening. Notwithstanding...
(News Day 03/06/13)
Planning and Investment Promotion secretary Desire Sibanda yesterday said Zimbabwe’s future economic growth will be anchored on industrialisation despite the dire state of the country’s manufacturing sector. Officially opening the Adhoc-Expert Group Meeting, Sibanda said the meeting organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) under the theme Industrialisation for Economic Transformation and Sustainable Development in Southern Africa: Addressing the Gaps, could not have come at a better time when the country was working to accelerate the drive towards industrialisation and economic transformation. “Zimbabwe recently launched the Industrial Development Policy, which envisions a vibrant industrial and manufacturing base to anchor national economic transformation,” he said. The policy came after the country was sliding fast towards de- industrialisation, with...
(News Day 03/06/13)
Planning and Investment Promotion secretary Desire Sibanda yesterday said Zimbabwe’s future economic growth will be anchored on industrialisation despite the dire state of the country’s manufacturing sector. Officially opening the Adhoc-Expert Group Meeting, Sibanda said the meeting organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) under the theme Industrialisation for Economic Transformation and Sustainable Development in Southern Africa: Addressing the Gaps, could not have come at a better time when the country was working to accelerate the drive towards industrialisation and economic transformation. “Zimbabwe recently launched the Industrial Development Policy, which envisions a vibrant industrial and manufacturing base to anchor national economic transformation,” he said. The policy came after the country was sliding fast towards de- industrialisation, with...
(News Day 03/06/13)
UNDERCAPITALISED publicly-owned companies are expected to embark on a flurry of capital-raising initiatives after the forthcoming polls amid indications that market capitalisation of the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) will breach the $5 billion mark by year end, a local securities dealer has projected. In its latest report titled 2013 Zimbabwe Equity Strategy Outlook . . . A Watershed Year for Zimbabwe, a research unit of local brokerage firm Invictus Securities, said more companies would seek capital after the polls as they position for growth after an anticipated stable economic and political environment. Zimbabwe will on March 16 hold a referendum on the new constitution which is expected to be followed by general elections. The polls will mark an end to...
(ABC News 03/06/13)
Wildlife rangers in Zimbabwe put the northern resort town of Kariba on full alert Wednesday after rogue lions mauled to death two people near a suburb there. The National Parks and Wildlife Authority said fliers were being handed out in the town and volunteers were using a loudspeaker to caution townspeople on the dangers of lion attacks on the shores of Lake Kariba, a man-made hydroelectric dam popular for fishing and tourism. It said one man escaped from a lion attack on Tuesday, but the woman with him was savaged to death. An arm and a few remnants of a second corpse were found by rangers hunting for the lions. The predatory animals had eaten most of one corpse but...
(Allafrica 03/05/13)
The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board says Zimbabwe should be actively involved in the dialogue around banning tobacco to protect its economic interests. TIMB board chairman Mrs Monica Chinamasa said local farmers should continue growing the crop while the country participates in the dialogue around the tobacco ban. "We must be involved in the dialogue and defend our position to say it is a livelihood in Zimbabwe and that we have no alternative crop that is as well paying as tobacco," she said. Mrs Chinamasa scoffed at the tobacco ban saying the World Health Organisation concerns were not convincing but were only targeting the many farmers earning a living from the crop. "They say the ban is because of health...
(Allafrica 03/05/13)
GOVERNMENT has invited observers for the constitutional referendum from Sadc, Comesa, the African Union and other friendly countries, but will not entertain those from the European Union and the United States. Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said in an interview after meeting Swedish International Development Co-operation Minister Gunilla Carlsson in Harare yesterday that observers from friendly countries would also be invited for the harmonised elections. He said EU and US observers would not be allowed to monitor electoral processes in Zimbabwe as long as illegal sanctions they imposed on the country were in place. Zimbabwe is set to hold the referendum next Saturday. "One cannot observe anything in a country that they are hostile to. The level of hostility is...
(The Namibian 03/04/13)
Bindura – Zimbabwe’s president, celebrating his 89th birthday, said on Saturday he believes he will resoundingly defeat his opponents in elections this year and remain in power for another five years. President Robert Mugabe cut an 89 kilogramme cake at a sports arena in this mining town of Bindura, about 90 kilometres northeast of Harare. Youth groups of his Zanu-PF party said they walked to the bash to celebrate his “walk through a life of struggle against colonialism and Western imperialism”. Mugabe said he was confident his Zanu-PF party will triumph at the polls and accused his rivals of claiming a recent increase in political violence was intended to cover up an upcoming election defeat under the guise that the...

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