Saturday 21 April 2018
( 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...
( 02/14/13)
Belgium is pushing for European Union sanctions on a Zimbabwean gold and diamond mining company to be lifted, putting it at odds with some of its EU partners days before a deadline to extend sanctions on Zimbabwe, EU diplomats said on Wednesday. EU sanctions against Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and dozens of other people and companies close to Mugabe's ZANU-PF party are renewed annually and EU countries must agree to extend them before they expire on Feb. 20. EU diplomats say some people and companies are likely to be removed from the list of those covered by visa bans and asset freezes, in line with EU efforts in the last few years to encourage democratic change in Zimbabwe. But a...

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