Saturday 24 February 2018
(The Herald Online 07/02/13)
Two aspiring Zanu-PF legislators, who lost out on the party’s ticket in and ahead of primary elections last week, yesterday heeded calls by the party leadership not to stand as independents, but to work with the victors ahead of harmonised elections set for July 31. Suspended Zanu-PF Manicaland provincial chairman Cde Mike Madiro, who was barred from the primaries and Cde Nyarai Chasi who lost to Cde Sylvester Nguni in Mhondoro-Mubaira, urged all those who lost the primaries to rally behind the party’s official candidates. Zanu-PF national political commissar Cde Webster Shamu yesterday urged all who were withdrawing their candidature to formally notify ZEC. A source at the party’s headquarters, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said most cadres who...
(The Herald Online 07/02/13)
Zimbabwe's preparations to host the UNWTO General Assembly next month are on schedule and there is no need to panic as all measures have been taken to ensure a successful hosting of the event, a senior Government official has said. Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure Development Mr Munesu Munodawafa said there is a need to distinguish between the projects Zimbabwe is undertaking in preparation for the UNWTO and those projects that have always been on the cards for the general development in Victoria Falls. "The new airport we are in the process of building was never intended to be in time for the UNWTO. "The new airport is part of our medium-term plans and whether or not we had hosted...
(The Standard 07/02/13)
Government says it is ready to take over Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s (RBZ) US$1,1 billion debt and has asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for technical assistance to strengthen the bank’s accounting and internal auditing systems. The takeover of the debt—recommended by the IMF after an annual visit in 2011 – would be done through the RBZ Debt Relief Bill set to go through Parliament by the end of September and is the last leg of reforms at the central bank. In an attachment to the letter of intent for an IMF’s Staff Monitored Programme (SMP) Harare said that restructuring of RBZ’s balance sheet was key to increasing financial sector stability and it had various options in place. “We expect...
(The Herald Online 07/02/13)
The Kwekwe-based Australian miner who is accused of taking over a mining company after the owners left the country and mining gold illegally had his application for relaxation of bail conditions turned down by a Harare magistrate. Harare magistrate Mr Rodgers Kachambwa denied Lee Waverley Jones' application to have his passport back saying he never made an equivalent application before the courts. Mr Kachambwa said Jones, who is also accused of smuggling gold out of the country using his private aircraft, previously made similar applications through the Attorney-General's office and ordered him to use the same channel. Mr Kachambwa deferred the matter to July 18 after prosecutors Ms Purity Chikangaise and Mr Allan Goche consented with Jones' lawyer Mr Shelton...
(News Day 07/02/13)
MDC-T leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday told top officials of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) that his party had unearthed a massive scam where Zanu PF allegedly plotted to rig the forthcoming harmonised elections using State security agents and a hired Israeli intelligence organisation. Tsvangirai also alleged that Section 56 (1) of the Electoral Amendment Act which prohibited double voting had been clandestinely deleted, a move he described as highly suspicious. Briefing journalists after meeting Zec chairperson Justice Rita Makarau at his Charter House offices in Harare, Tsvangirai through his spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said Zanu PF planned to register over 50 000 police officers as special voters to allow them to cast their ballot before the election date. According...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa has asked the United States to ease sanctions on Zimbabwe’s leaders ahead of scheduled July 31 elections. The sanctions were imposed on President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle because of alleged rights abuses. South Africa argues the sanctions have been counterproductive, hurting the nation’s economy. “Instead of assisting the economy of Zimbabwe, in fact they have had a negative effect on the economy of Zimbabwe," said Lindiwe Zulu, special advisor on international relations to South African President Jacob Zuma, the chief negotiator on Zimbabwe for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). "The purpose for the sanctions was supposed to make those individuals not to be able to travel to countries, which they have not done,...
(The Herald Online 07/02/13)
The World Bank has devised a three pronged new interim strategy note for Zimbabwe covering the period 2013-2015 in an attempt to breathe life into the stagnating economic growth. The ISN is aimed at fostering private sector led growth, strengthening core systems for public sector management, reducing vulnerabilities and strengthening human development. In a statement released last month, the World Bank said the third ISN has been prepared to swiftly respond to changes in the country context. "The ISN has been informed by three scenarios: the status quo, enhanced re-engagement and deterioration-specific features of these scenarios, (and) current assessment of their likelihood". The global lender said not only was Zimbabwe resource rich, but that it had good infrastructure and tremendous...
(The Herald Online 07/02/13)
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has urged persons previously categorised as aliens to claim Zimbabwean citizenship and apply for national identity documents reflecting the changed status. In a statement yesterday, Zec said the process of changing status from alien to Zimbabwean citizenship was free of charge. "Certain persons previously categorised as 'aliens' are now entitled to Zimbabwean citizenship in terms of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. If such a person is a holder of a national identity document, which reflects that he or she is an alien, he or she can apply to be issued with a national identity document that reflects that the person is a Zimbabwean citizen," read the statement. The electoral body explained that there were two types...
(News Day 07/02/13)
AICO Africa Limited operations performed below expectations in the full year to March 31, 2013 due to a 34% decline in seed business profits and losses in both the cotton and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) businesses. In a statement accompanying the group’s results, company chairman Bekithemba Nkomo, however, said the FMCG business improved. “The seed business suffered a 12% fall in volumes to 59 406 tonnes mostly as a result of sales volumes shortfalls in Seed Co Zimbabwe. Slow payment of trade receivables by key customers together with high inventory levels resulted in interest charges escalating by 73% to $7,4 million,” Nkomo said. During the period under review, revenue for the group was 10% lower than last year at $263,9...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa has asked the United States to ease sanctions on Zimbabwe’s leaders ahead of scheduled July 31 elections. The sanctions were imposed on President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle because of alleged rights abuses. South Africa argues the sanctions have been counterproductive, hurting the nation’s economy. “Instead of assisting the economy of Zimbabwe, in fact they have had a negative effect on the economy of Zimbabwe," said Lindiwe Zulu, special advisor on international relations to South African President Jacob Zuma, the chief negotiator on Zimbabwe for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). "The purpose for the sanctions was supposed to make those individuals not to be able to travel to countries, which they have not done,...
(The Associated Press 07/02/13)
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP), The Zimbabwe president's party says U.S. President Barack Obama's calls for more democratic reforms ahead of elections in this southern African nation are "hypocritical." Zimbabwe state radio reported Monday that Christopher Mutsvangwa, a former ambassador to China appointed by President Robert Mugabe, said Obama, currently visiting Africa, voiced "a sinister plan" to influence Zimbabwe's elections to oust longtime ruler Mugabe, 89. Speaking in Cape Town Sunday, Obama criticized Zimbabwe for bad governance and said the country is unlikely to have fair elections later this month due to fear and insecurity among voters and bias by the police and military. In response Zimbabwe's state-owned Herald newspaper said Obama did not acknowledge American law-breaking in Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
President Obama is on the last leg of his three-nation tour of Africa, aimed at promoting U.S. trade with the continent. As Washington turns a fresh eye toward a continent that Obama describes as about to “take off," U.S. government officials and investors alike will find that geopolitical rival China has already made huge strides there. China’s footprint in Africa is huge. The 20-story African Union tower (in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia) which Beijing donated to the continental group is a testament to the size of Beijing’s ambition. “Every country, as it achieves global greatness, seeks to leave behind major landmarks that become evidence of its ascendance into global power," said Wole Soboyejo. Winston Wole Soboyejo spoke...
(Zimbabwe Independent 07/01/13)
Zimbabwe’S unfolding political drama enters the home stretch today with political parties and candidates filing nomination papers for the various positions of a devolved system of government. The Nomination Court is sitting between 10am and 4pm as per the unconstitutional and illegal proclamation made by President Robert Mugabe for elections to be held on July 31 after a Constitutional Court (Concourt) ruling that polls be held by that date. Sadc has, however, urged Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa to seek an extension. The case is still in the courts, although more chaos has unfolded when he filed an application without any input from the MDC formations. MDC-T leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai filed a counter-application arguing that the two-week extension...
(New Era 07/01/13)
The Editor of New Era newspaper on Monday June 24, 2013 had an exclusive interview with President Robert Gabriel Mugabe (RGM) at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe regarding the much harmonized elections that could end the current coalition government led by Mugabe the Zanu-PF leader deputized by Morgan Tsvangirai - a former trade unionist heading the MDC-T. Following are excerpts from the last segment of the interview that was initially published by New Era last week on Friday and The Herald newspaper in Harare. Your Excellency, what do you make of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's move to ask the Constitutional Court to disregard the application filed by Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Hon. Patrick Chinamasa seeking to extend the...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/01/13)
Harare — On the roof of Thomas Phiri's small wooden cabin in Harare's Westlea suburb lies a small solar panel, slightly larger than a sheet of writing paper. It may be small, but the panel is enough to ensure Phiri has a warm meal - and it has become a source of relief amid endless power outages. "This is by far the best investment I have ever made," said the homeowner, one of an increasing number in Zimbabwe who are turning to solar energy as the country battles a power deficit. Cheap solar panels are among the Chinese products now flooding into Zimbabwe, and the government is investing in larger-scale solar as well for the first time. The Zimbabwe Power...
(The Herald Online 07/01/13)
President Mugabe returned home yesterday from Singapore where he had gone for a routine eye check-up, ZBC News reported last night. The President who was accompanied by his son Chatunga and senior Government officials, flew to Singapore on Tuesday last week for an appointment with his optometrist for a scheduled check-up. Vice President Joice Mujuru, Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, National State Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi, senior Government officials and service chiefs were at the Harare International Airport to welcome the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. —
(The Standard 07/01/13)
There have been media reports that the new Constitution, whose provisions relating to citizenship, voting and elections came into operation on May 22 2013 (the publication day of the new Constitution), gives aliens the right to vote in the forthcoming election. These reports are not entirely true. Only citizens will be entitled to vote, but the new Constitution confers citizenship on several classes of people who have hitherto been regarded as aliens and denied the vote. In this article, we shall outline the law on citizenship. Who is a citizen? Effect of the new Constitution Much of our citizenship law has not been changed by the new Constitution; there are still three types of citizenship: citizenship by birth, by descent...
(The Standard 07/01/13)
A high turnout of voters during last week’s Zanu PF primary elections has generated immense debate, with analysts warning that the party may use the figures to justify a possible manipulation of the July 31 polls. But others said the high turnout in some constitutencies would not necessarily work to the advantage of the former ruling party. They said while the party often drew crowds at its events and maximised on the voter registration exercises, there was no correlation between the high turnout and actual votes come Election Day. All card carrying Zanu PF members and those who purport to belong to the party were eligible to vote. This saw a massive turnout in some constituencies, with Defence minister, Emmerson...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/01/13)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday Zimbabwe's economic recovery gave the southern African country an opportunity to advance but only if upcoming elections were "free and fair." Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, at 89 Africa's oldest leader, is seeking to extend his three-decade rule in elections scheduled for July 31. The opposition wants to delay the poll to allow reforms designed to prevent a repeat of the bloodshed that marred the 2008 election. "Zimbabweans have a new constitution. The economy is beginning to recover. So there is an opportunity to move forward," Obama said in a televised speech at the University of Cape Town during his three-nation Africa visit. "But only if there is an election that...
(The Standard 07/01/13)
Alternative Investment Market-listed resource company, Premier African Minerals Limited intends to implement exploration and development programmes in the Matabeleland North province with a view to future production. The company is set to start small-scale tungsten mining operation next year. The RHA Tungsten Project-Zimbabwe covers a 1 800 hectare piece of land near Hwange. The company's executive chairman and chief executive, George Roach said the project had access via the main Bulawayo-Victoria Falls tarred road. "The project, which we believe shows great potential to be developed into a low-capital and operating cost mine in the near term, boasts excellent infrastructure with electrical power available from a Zesa power line, and industrial water available from the mine dam and domestic water available...

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