Tuesday 24 October 2017
(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)
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...
(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...
(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...
(Xinhua 03/04/13)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 89th birthday on Thursday. He remains Africa's eldest statesman and is now the continent's third longest serving leader. At a party hosted by his office on Wednesday, Mugabe said he had been tasked by God to lead the county and would not backtrack on the "divine task." "In my small way, this is the task the Lord might have wanted me to fulfill among my people and as I carry the burden of fulfilling it, it being a divine task, I read it as a bidding of God; a commandment that this is how you serve your nation," he was quoted by The Herald as having told his officers. However, he disclosed that he...
(BBC News Africa 03/01/13)
FROM BEHIND THE wheel of an air-conditioned car on the Great North Road bisecting northern Zambia it is easy to argue that Africa can be wealthy and well-governed. The country’s road system is so good that many visitors hire a car and drive themselves. The police are benign and rest stops are plentiful. The same goes for much of southern Africa. Lines of tarmac unspool in all directions across fertile savannahs and open deserts. Most roads have been financed with what is found below them: a wealth of minerals and metals. Ever since the arrival of Cecil Rhodes more than a century ago, local miners have generated immense wealth and inspired successive eras of Afro-optimism. From colonial railways to modern...
( 03/01/13)
HARARE – Secrets-spilling WikiLeaks has begun releasing a cache of 5,5 million emails obtained from the servers of Stratfor, a US-based intelligence gathering firm with about 300 000 subscribers, an exposé likely to infuriate the US embassy in Harare.So far, only three Stratfor emails on Zimbabwe have been published by WikiLeaks, the document-leaking organisation that has previously released confidential diplomatic cables wired by US ambassadors to Washington giving a devastating portrait of the US’s low opinion on Zimbabwean politics. The Texas headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency. While in the last batch WikiLeaks gave the...
( 03/01/13)
HARARE: UN monitors on Wednesday urged Zimbabwe to live up to international human rights standards, voicing concerns over violations ahead of next month's constitutional referendum and elections expected in July. The trio of monitors, who oversee countries' respect for freedom of assembly and expression and the treatment of human rights campaigners, said in a statement that they wanted to raise the alarm amid increasing reports of intimidation and harassment, physical violence and arrests. Zimbabwe votes next month on a new constitution drafted by the uneasy unity government of veteran President Robert Mugabe and his arch-rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.The bitter rivals were forced to form a government to avoid Zimbabwe tipping into all-out conflict following a bloody presidential run-off election...
( 03/01/13)
Ni hao, Chinese for "hello," or ting bu dong, meaning "I hear you, but I don't understand," are two expressions one often overhears today in Zimbabwe's capital. It is one of the results of tenacious efforts by governments, private companies and individuals across Africa, but in Zimbabwe particularly, to learn the Chinese language and understand China's culture. Learning Chinese as a second or third language has been a global trend in the last few years. In Africa, the rapid increase of Chinese investments and trade (China is currently the continent's biggest trading partner) has spurred the trend. Zimbabwe's government has been very deliberate in enhancing its bilateral relationship with China. It launched the Look East Policy in 2003 to give...
( 02/26/13)
Feb 19 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's state utility ZESA said it had started paying a $70 million debt to Zambia, a necessary step before the two nations can embark on a joint 1,600 megawatt hydroelectric plant, which could help relieve a power shortage. The two southern African countries have started preliminary work on the Batoka power project, estimated to cost $2.5 billion, and expected to be built and operated by a private company for a period of years before transferring ownership to the two states. Zimbabwe, which currently generates just over 1,000 MW of power or about half of peak demand, has struggled to get funding for new projects to expand capacity, largely due to concerns about President Robert Mugabe's handling...
( 02/15/13)
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has set March 16 as the date for a referendum on a proposed new constitution, a crucial step towards a general election late in the year to end a four-year coalition government. Adoption of a new constitution seems almost certain since both Mugabe's and rival Morgan Tsvangirai's parties have backed it. Once enacted, it will pave way for presidential and parliamentary elections that Tsvangirai said this week were expected in July. "I consider it desirable to ascertain the view of voters on whether or not the said draft constitution should be enacted as the Constitution of Zimbabwe," Mugabe's notice, released on Friday, said. "Now, therefore... I do, by this proclamation, appoint Saturday the 16th March 2013...
( 02/14/13)
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Wednesday he expected presidential and parliamentary elections in July after a nationwide vote on a new constitution next month. Tsvangirai also said he did not fear a repeat of violence that overshadowed disputed polls in 2008 which led to a power-sharing government between his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and rival President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party. When questioned about the date for the elections at a human rights forum to discuss the constitution approved by parliament last week, Tsvangirai said simply "July". ZANU-PF's chief spokesman Rugare Gumbo said the timetable Tsvangirai outlined was in line with the framework Mugabe, the 88-year-old political veteran who has ruled the country since independence from Britain in...
(A.P. 02/14/13)
Zimbabwe's constitutional affairs minister says a referendum on a new constitution has been "tentatively" set for March 16 to be followed by fresh elections later in to end the nation's shaky coalition government. State radio reported Thursday that Minister Eric Matinenga, an aide of Prime Ministear Morgan Tsvangirai, said President Robert Mugabe is expected to proclaim the date in a government notice on Friday. Voting is scheduled over one day, a departure from the routine two days of polling, the radio said. Advocacy groups say such a hasty poll prevents adequate voter education on the rewritten constitution. It was completed on Feb. 6 after three years of disputes, bickering and delays. Democratic reforms to the constitution were a key demand...

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