Saturday 21 April 2018
(Bloomberg 06/18/13)
A ZIMBABWEAN parliamentary committee said tens of millions of dollars of revenue that a diamond-mining company says it paid to the government never found its way to the Treasury. While the 2013 National Budget shows that the Treasury received $41 million from diamond mining in 2012, matching the amount received the year earlier, one company, Mbada Diamonds, says it has paid $293 million to the government since it started mining in 2009, the Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy said in a report that it compiled over four years. The three other companies operating in the Marange fields, which the committee said could supply a quarter of world demand, refused to disclose the payments they made to the government, the...
(The Herald Online 06/18/13)
THE Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is continuing with preparations for harmonised elections on July 31 as proclaimed by President Mugabe last week despite proposals by the extraordinary summit of Sadc Heads of State and Government that Government seek an extension of the poll deadline to accommodate reforms proposed by some parties to the Global Political Agreement. The Sadc summit which convened in Maputo, Mozambique, over the weekend ostensibly to co-ordinate funding for the elections deviated from the original agenda to review the peace and security situation in the region, culminating in the controversial proposal to extend the deadline decreed by the Constitutional Court. ZEC chairperson Justice Rita Makarau told media houses yesterday: "As ZEC we are aware of the urgent debate...
(The Associated Press 06/18/13)
Zimbabwe's official electoral body says it will for the first time take disciplinary action against journalists for unfair reporting ahead of the nation's upcoming elections. Electoral Commission head Judge Rita Makarau said Monday it will start monitoring media reports on the polls set for July 31. Makarau said all political parties must be given "equitable" coverage in the independent media and the dominant state-run media controlled by loyalists of longtime President Robert Mugabe. Equal media access was set as a condition of a power-sharing deal forged by regional leaders between Mugabe and former opposition leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai after violent and disputed elections in 2008. But it has not been adhered to by Mugabe's state media and the sole national broadcaster.
(News Day 06/18/13)
ZIMBABWE’S electricity generation is expected to improve in 2017 after the completion of expansion works at Hwange Thermal Power Station, a report by the energy regulator has shown. According to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) Cost of Service Study on electricity supply completed in April, the country’s perennial power crisis is expected to ease in four years due to increased capacity at Hwange. The report, however, said electricity generated from Kariba Hydro Power Station would during the same period decline due to anticipated water constraints when Kariba South comes on line. The report shows that a cumulative capital expenditure of $2,5 billion over five years — focused primarily on Hwange and new capacity (Hwange and Kariba Extensions, Gairezi Hydro...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/17/13)
(Reuters) - Zimbabweans themselves must resolve a row over President Robert Mugabe's decision to call an election on July 31, the head of the African Union commission said on Monday. Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court ordered Mugabe two weeks ago to hold the poll by the end of July, but Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has rejected his rival's declaration, saying it was too early and accusing him of creating a political crisis. On Saturday, Southern African leaders meeting at a summit in Mozambique told Zimbabwe to ask its courts to extend the deadline. But African Union Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, speaking at a press conference in Geneva, questioned whether it was right to second-guess Zimbabwe's courts. "The courts have said the elections...
(AFP (eng) 06/17/13)
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday backed calls by regional grouping SADC for his archrival President Robert Mugabe to delay crucial polls due by the end of July. "We have to hold elections by October 31," Tsvangirai's spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka told AFP. The constitutional court last month ruled fresh polls have to be held by July 31, a date which Mugabe has backed, but Tsvangirai wants electoral reforms passed first and argues the law allows for three more months. Mugabe's ZANU-PF and Tsvangirai's MDC parties have since 2009 been in an uneasy coalition formed in the aftermath of deadly post-election violence the previous year. On Saturday, the 15-country Southern Africa Development Community urged Mugabe to request a delay from...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/17/13)
MAPUTO — Southern African leaders on Saturday told Zimbabwe to ask its courts to extend a July 31 deadline to hold elections, amid high tension between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai over the timing of the vote. The summit of the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the Mozambican capital came two days after Mugabe declared the election day, a date immediately rejected by Tsvangirai, his partner in coalition and main political rival. Mugabe had argued he was following an order from the Constitutional Court to hold the election by the end of July, but Tsvangirai said it was too soon to allow the reforms of the media and security forces required for a free and...
(The Telegraph 06/17/13)
Mr Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, set the date for elections last week, having fast-tracked changes to election laws. But leaders of the South African Development Community (SADC) said on Saturday that the vote should be postponed until the country was better prepared. "The other parties do not want elections, they are afraid of elections," Mr Mugabe told Zimbabwe's state-owned Sunday Mail. "They know they are going to lose and it's a sure case that they are going to lose." Patrick Chinamasa, the justice minister, said that there was no need for reform to media law or security procedures before the elections were held. He said that he would go to the Constitutional Court, as requested...
(Mail & Guardian 06/17/13)
The Southern Africa Development Community on Saturday called on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to delay elections scheduled for July 31. Southern African leaders on Saturday told Zimbabwe to ask its courts to extend a July 31 deadline to hold elections, amid high tension between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai over the timing of the vote. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in the Mozambican capital came two days after Mugabe declared the election day, a date immediately rejected by Tsvangirai, his partner in coalition and main political rival. Mugabe had argued he was following an order from the Constitutional Court to hold the election by the end of July, but Tsvangirai said it was too soon...
(The Telegraph 06/17/13)
Mr Mugabe was on Saturday night understood to have been told that the date he set should be delayed by up to 30 more days to allow for new voters to register, and reforms to the media and security services to take place. The recommendation for a delay came from Jacob Zuma, the South African president nominated by the Southern African Development Community to lead mediation efforts in Zimbabwe. South Africa is among SADC nations who have been asked to lend up to £100 million to fund the polls. Tendai Biti, a senior figure in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party and Zimbabwe's finance minister in the coalition government, told The Sunday Telegraph by phone that the intervention by the regional...
(The Herald Online 06/17/13)
POLITICAL parties said yesterday that they are preparing to launch their campaigns for the harmonised elections expected on July 31 following the proclamation of the date by President Mugabe last week. The major political parties are preparing for their primaries while others are yet to run the primary elections. Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo said the revolutionary party was preparing for the primary elections slated for June 24 before they start campaigning. "Primaries would be made on June 28 and from there, campaigning will begin," said Cde Gumbo. "There will be several rallies and President Mugabe will also hold star rallies in different areas." Cde Gumbo said everything would be finalised after nominations of the candidates. MDC-T spokesman Mr Douglas...
(The Herald Online 06/17/13)
This means polls are likely to be held on August 14, if the court grants the application. Justice minister, Patrick Chinamasa has been tasked with the filing of the application, an indication that Sadc was getting tough on Mugabe, who last week unilaterally declared July 31 as the date for elections. The directive represented an embarrassment for Mugabe who had invoked his Presidential Powers and set an election date in violation of the Constitution and the Global Political Agreement. Under the GPA which was signed in 2008, Mugabe was supposed to consult other principals before determining when the country could go for elections. In a rare show of unity, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and MDC president, Welshman Ncube, yesterday came...
(Irish Examiner 06/17/13)
It’s not often that losing a court case makes you a winner but a recent constitutional court ruling in Zimbabwe might well lead to that scenario for the country’s president, Robert Mugabe, who is seeking early elections. Earlier this month former journalist Jealousy Mawarire, who now runs an election-monitoring group, won a case against Mugabe in the highest court in the land that forces him to hold national elections before July 31st. Last week Mugabe said he accepted the court’s decision, and called the poll for July 31st. His announcement plunged Zimbabwe into one of its worst political crises since the disputed 2008 presidential elections, when widespread state-prompted violence forced the South African Development Community (SADC) to intervene. The court...
(The Herald Online 06/17/13)
The market appears to be working in Zimbabwe's maize industry, with millers referring to buy grain from Zimbabwean farmers than importing, and still ready to pay the landed cost of imports to local producers. The Grain Marketng Board, which saw its old monopoly vanish in 2009, with the effective abolition of import controls, still offers a basic price, at the moment US$310 a tonne. This is the minimum price a Zimbabwean farmer can expect since the GMB is still obliged to buy all maize it is offered. Millers are easily outbidding the parastatal, prepared to pay up to US$350 a tonne, or roughly what they say it costs them to import maize. That landed cost of imports, in effect, sets...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 15, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is a very lonely man, one of his bodyguards told AFP Saturday, accusing the ailing anti-apartheid icon's medical team of controlling visits like prison guards. As South Africa and the rest of the world held its breath a week after the revered 94-year-old was hospitalised, Shaun van Heerden spoke out against the team run by army Surgeon-General Vejay Ramlakan. "At times it felt like he was back in prison," Van Heerden said. The bodyguard said he was "given leave" by his employers over accusations he leaked the place where Mandela was being treated to the media. Before he was checked in last week to receive treatment for a recurring lung infection, in...
(CNN 06/15/13)
(CNN) -- I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1964, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Civil Rights Act was passed in the United States, and Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. Mine was a relatively idyllic childhood in the affluent and segregated northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Like many white South Africans, I lived in an ignorant cocoon of privilege, with no idea that having two live-in maids, a full-time gardener and a driver was unusual. It was perfectly normal for my African nannies, Rosina and Phina, to live with us rather than with their own children, and there was no need to learn their language or even their last...
(The Herald Online 06/14/13)
The proclamation of election dates by President Mugabe yesterday drew contrasting reactions from other principals in the inclusive Government as Deputy Prime Minister Professor Arthur Mutambara gave it the thumbs up, while Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai sang the familiar boycott tune, drawing brickbats from analysts who reminded him everyone submits to the law. Mr Tsvangirai convened a Press conference at his party’s headquarters on being notified of the election date by President Mugabe and claimed Sadc was forcing him to contest the polls that he wants held on August 25. While Mr Tsvangirai was damning the elections date, Deputy Prime Minister Mutambara — who is also a GPA principal — endorsed the date saying Mr Tsvangirai’s antics were out of...
(The Herald Online 06/14/13)
PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday proclaimed July 31 as the date for the harmonised elections and set June 28 for the sitting of the Nomination Court to accept presidential, parliamentary and council candidates in compliance with the Constitutional Court judgement that harmonised elections be held by July 31. He made the announcement in his capacity as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Section 58 (1) of the Constitution stipulates that an election to the office of the President, a general election and elections of members of governing bodies of local authorities should be held on a day or days immediately following its dissolution. The term of office of the President and that of Parliament expire on June 29 and the President has...
(The Herald Online 06/14/13)
ZANU PF has released rules and regulations governing the conduct of its primary elections to select its candidates for the harmonised elections to be held on July 31. The rules and regulations were released by Zanu PF chairperson Cde Simon Khaya Moyo who is also the chairperson of the National Elections Directorate at the party’s headquarters today. Cde Khaya Moyo said people wishing to contest Senatorial elections on the party’s ticket should be registered voters, be at least 40 years old and must have contributed to the country’s liberation struggle or the development of Zimbabwe consistently and persistently. Prospective candidates must have been a member of the party for more than five years at district level with a clear and...
(Bloomberg 06/14/13)
Johannesburg - The International Monetary Fund will oversee a program of economic policies undertaken by Zimbabwe in a first step toward making the country eligible for external borrowing. The so-called staff-monitored program runs from April to December and was approved by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, the fund said in an e-mailed statement today. While it doesn’t come with any money, it is the first agreement between the lender and Zimbabwe in more than a decade, the IMF said. “Zimbabwe remains unable to access IMF resources because of its continued arrears to the fund,” the Washington-based lender said in the statement. “A strong track record of maintaining macroeconomic stability and implementing reforms, together with a comprehensive arrears clearance strategy supported...

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