Saturday 17 February 2018
(The Herald Online 06/05/13)
THE ruling of the Constitutional Court directing President Robert Mugabe to call elections by July 31 is a "good judgement", constitutional law expert Professor Lovemore Madhuku said on Tuesday night. Madhuku, a University of Zimbabwe lecturer, said the judgement affirmed by seven judges with two dissenting opinions was progressive and would prevent lawlessness by ensuring all arms of the State are in place at any given time. “The Constitutional Court was correct. It's a good judgment. It's good for the country and we must all abide by it,” Prof Madhuku told a Southern African Policy and Economic Series Trust Policy Dialogue in Harare.“The logic of the judgment was that we must have all arms of the State all the time...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
HARARE — Just after Zimbabwe's top court told President Robert Mugabe to hold elections before the end of July, he appeared in a documentary combining domestic campaign mode with a diplomatic charm offensive. In the fly-on-the-wall show on South African television the 89-year-old opened up on the armed struggle for independence from Britain and making love to his 47-year-old wife. He also revealed he wanted to add to his 33 years at the helm of the poor, land-locked southern African nation. The footage provided a rare glimpse of Mugabe's human side, surrounded by his family, and turned heads in Zimbabwe's powerful neighbor, which is likely to be a major funder of an election and also a judge of its quality...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
Global hunger, poor nutrition and obesity are costing the world trillions of dollars in health costs and lost productivity, according to a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO report says fighting hunger is not enough. Tackling the more complex problem of malnutrition calls for action across the entire food system, from farm to fork. About 870 million people worldwide are hungry, according to the FAO. But malnutrition is about more than just hunger. “Two billion people are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals," said FAO's Kostas Stamoulis. "One child in four under the age of five is stunted. And 1.4 billion people are overweight.” The FAO report says the combined effects of all these...
(The Herald Online 06/04/13)
COMMUNITY Share Ownership Trusts, their resource mobilisation capacity, are our most effective answer against a foreign regime change and political subjugation agenda long pursued here; more so given that such an agenda has been driven by the west's insatiable appetite for our vast natural resources. To achieve their foreign political agenda the west's strategy has been cantered on the mobilisation and distribution of economic resources. It has been a strategy to deprive the Government of Zimbabwe of its means to mobilise economic resources for distribution to meet the needs of our indigenous majority. Thus sanctions were designed to debilitate Government and ensure it fails its obligation to guarantee the people's socio-economic welfare and livelihoods, thereby crippling Zimbabwe's economy and making...
(Huffingtonpost 06/04/13)
The cells at Harare central police station are packed from wall to wall with political prisoners. Men and women walk barefoot on floors dirtied with human waste. The smell is unbearable. These are the "lucky ones." Other victims of ZANU-PF political violence and intimidation are beaten, tortured, and killed -- their bodies abandoned in deserted fields. As the Secretary for Information and Publicity of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), I receive phone calls daily informing me of arrests of MDC supporters and missing persons who are members of our Party. These calls are nothing new. For 33 years, Zimbabweans have bore the scars of Robert Mugabe's dictatorial ZANU PF regime. We have been kidnapped, robbed, beaten, tortured, and many...
(Dw-World 06/04/13)
Zimbabwe is gearing up for elections which have to be held by the end of July, despite a shortage of funds and unfinished reforms. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has said he will abide by a court ruling to hold elections by 31 July 2013."I do not wish to offend against the law," Mugabe said on the fringes of an international summit on African development in Japan. Zimbabwe's constitutional court announced the deadline for the elections on Friday.However Mugabe has yet to say when the elections will take place.His rival and partner in a four year fractious coalition Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai wants more time for vital reforms before the vote. GettyImages 163766055 Zimbabwe Prime Minister and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai...
(Business Day 06/04/13)
HARARE — Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Monday backtracked after Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai questioned a ruling on Friday by the Constitutional Court that ordered President Robert Mugabe to announce an election date before July 31.The about-turn has drawn criticism from political observers who say the MDC has again given in to Mr Mugabe’s demands.Mr Tsvangirai’s authority, which has been eroded in the past four years in the nominal power-sharing government, has been under scrutiny. Junior Zanu (PF) ministers routinely defy his orders while Mr Mugabe continually makes key decisions unilaterally and the military’s top brass tacitly refuses to recognise him. On Monday, MDC spokesman Douglas Mwonzora dismissed as "Zanu (PF) propaganda" reports that the MDC was seeking...
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...
(News Day 06/03/13)
THE African Guarantee Fund (AGF) says it is in talks with a foreign-owned bank with a Zimbabwean subsidiary for a $2 million facility for the country’s small to medium enterprises, an official has said. The move is a major breakthrough for SMEs to access lines of credit from local financial institutions. AGF was launched last year to give guarantee to financial institutions for SMEs to access lines of credit. It also provides support for capacity development of the client financial institutions to help them improve their SME financing capabilities. AGF chief executive officer Felix Bikpo, told NewsDay last week discussions with the banking group would be concluded by end of June.“One banking group came to us for a guarantee for...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/03/13)
HARARE — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will hold elections by the end of July in line with a court order, angering rivals who want them delayed to allow for reforms to ensure a fair vote, state media reported on Sunday. The Constitutional Court ruled on Friday that parliamentary and presidential polls must take place before July 31 and that Mugabe must set a date for them before parliament's term ends on June 29, stoking a political row over the timing and funding of the vote in the southern African state. The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation quoted Mugabe as saying he would comply with the court decision and would set the date after consulting Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa. The court ruling followed...
( 06/03/13)
Zimbabwe's Supreme Court has in effect backed President Robert Mugabe's call for polls to be held on July 31, earlier than the opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, wants. The country's highest court, headed by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, announced its ruling on Friday after an application by Jealousy Mawarire, a little-known rights activist, for Mugabe to announce an election date. Mugabe will seek regional endorsement for early polls on Sunday at a summit in Maputo of the Southern African Development Community. But Tsvangirai will press demands for immediate political reforms, both in the security and media sectors and in voter registration, which his Movement for Democratic Change says are essential for fair elections. Mugabe was pushed into signing a power-sharing Global...
(News Day 06/03/13)
THE Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy has urged the lifting of sanctions on some diamond firms in the country saying the restrictions fuelled corruption in the trade of precious stones thereby prejudicing Treasury of revenue. Speaking at a preparatory workshop in Boksburg, South Africa, ahead of a Kimberley Process Certification Scheme meeting tomorrow, Committee chairperson Edward Chindori Chininga said the embargo had resulted in “unprecedented economic prejudice both to government and its citizens”. “This is so because the KP has allowed itself to digress from its noble apolitical and development oriented agenda; and is regrettably promoting devastating political and economic vested interests of stronger States, particularly Western countries,” he said. KP is meant to eradicate the trade of...
(New Zimbabwe 06/03/13)
AIR Zimbabwe last week launched a newly acquired Ambraer ERJ 145 aircraft on its domestic routes as it emerged the company’s board had also stepped up efforts to hire a substantive chief executive. Officials said the 50-seat Brazil-made jetliner will service the Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls route as the company moves to increase services on the domestic market ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in August. The development also follows the introduction of one of the airline’s recently acquired Airbus aircraft on the Harare-Johannesburg route which Air Zimbabwe had abandoned after one of its planes was seized in December 2011. The airline, facing huge operational problems, also announced plans to lay off up to...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(News Day 06/03/13)
HARARE — Inadequate funding and limited resources are frustrating Zimbabwe’s efforts to develop plans to deal with the impact of climate change, says a government progress report. Zimbabwe has been facing political and financial turmoil for more than a decade, derailing the government’s ability to function and respond to crises. Sparse and erratic rains have already caused the water table to drop, affecting the country’s ability to produce food and contributing to the spread of water-borne diseases. In 2008, the country experienced one of the worst cholera outbreaks recorded anywhere in recent years; the outbreak killed at least 4 000 people and infected 100 000 others. The government report, Strengthening the National Capacity for Climate Change, says Zimbabwe lacks the...
(Dw-World 06/01/13)
Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court has ordered President Robert Mugabe to hold crucial national elections before the end of July. The judge said Mugabe violated his duties by failing to announce a date. The elections are meant to end an uneasy power-sharing government between Mugabe and long-time political rival Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's prime minister. Friday's ruling came just two weeks after Mugabe signed Zimbabwe's new constitution into law, which allows for a range of reforms, including limiting presidents to two five-year terms and abolishing the role of prime minister. The new constitution also paves the way for general elections, which could see the end of Mugabe's 33-year rule. Because the new presidential term limit does not apply retroactively, the long-time president may...
(BBC News Africa 06/01/13)
Zimbabwe's highest court has ruled that presidential and parliamentary elections must be held by 31 July. The Constitutional Court said President Robert Mugabe should set a date "as soon as possible". Mr Mugabe, of the Zanu-PF party, is likely to face MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the presidential poll. Mr Tsvangirai has been serving as Mr Mugabe's prime minister in a fractious coalition government since disputed elections in 2008. Last week, a new constitution, backed by the main parties and approved in a referendum in March, was signed into law. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) had called for the elections to be held later this year, so that changes in the new constitution could be implemented. Mr Mugabe, who...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/31/13)
(Reuters) - Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court ordered President Robert Mugabe on Friday to hold elections before the end of July, adding to a political controversy over the timing and funding of the vote in the southern African state. "The elections should take place no later than 31st July 2013," the court's Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku said. He was ruling on an application to the court by a Zimbabwean citizen demanding that Mugabe set an election date before the current parliament expires next month. Mugabe, 89, and in power since independence from Britain in 1980, is to face long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai in the vote. Tsvangirai has been arguing that fresh elections after disputed polls in 2008, which led to the formation...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/31/13)
May 31 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe will not renew the licence of a unit of Egypt's Orascom Telecom until it turns over a majority of its shares to local shareholders, state media reported on Friday. Orascom owns 60 percent of Zimbabwe's second-largest mobile company, Telecel, which Transport, Communications and Infrastructure Development Minister Nicholas Goche said was in breach of its licence requirements, the state-owned Herald newspaper reported. The 15-year licence issued to Telecel, which has 2.6 million subscribers, expires next month. Goche said Telecel should meet its licence requirements stipulating that Orascom hold 40 percent, with the majority to be owned by black Zimbabweans, the Herald reported. "If they don't do that I will not renew their licence. They should meet...

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