Sunday 25 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/23/17)
Zimbabwe's Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday pledged that next year's elections will be peaceful, "free and fair" despite opposition concerns about electoral interference. Speaking on the sidelines of a conference aimed at courting South African investors, Mnangagwa noted that the last election in 2013 "was free of any violent incidents." "We believe that we shall have a free and a fair election during 2018," he told reporters, pledging that the upcoming presidential and parliamentary ballot would, like the last, be "free of violence." Previous elections have been marred by violence against opponents...
(The Associated Press 06/08/17)
Zimbabwe's president is angering some back home with his latest trip overseas, this time to a U.N. conference on oceans even though his country is a landlocked state. The 93-year-old leader Robert Mugabe has been criticized as a "non-resident president" for globe-trotting while the economy crumbles. He has visited Dubai, China, Singapore, Mexico, Ethiopia, Swaziland, South Africa, Ghana, Mauritius and Mali this year alone. Mugabe spoke about the threat of climate change during the U.N. meeting this week. South African broadcaster SABC reported that three aides helped him to the podium for a speech that was "at times stumbling." Despite his advanced age, reports
(News24 06/06/17)
Zimbabwe's main opposition MDC party has criticised the selection of a Chinese firm to supply equipment for the registration of voters ahead of the 2018 polls. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chose Laxton Group over German firm, Demalog Identification Systems. Comfortable with China "When you look at the historical links between Zanu-PF as a party and Zanu-PF as a government - it has very strong ties with the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist party," Movement for Democratic Change spokesperson...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/03/17)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe called on Friday for unity in his ruling ZANU-PF party, which has been riven by infighting over who will eventually succeed the world's oldest leader. Mugabe, 93, has ruled the southern African nation since independence from Britain in 1980 and wants to seek another five-year term next year, his last under the constitution, despite concerns over his health. The veteran leader, who looks increasingly frail, has made two trips this year to Singapore for medical checks, which his spokesman said were related to his eyes.
(AFP (eng) 06/02/17)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Friday launched a nationwide 10-venue speaking tour aimed at drumming up support ahead of elections next year when he plans to seek office again. The 93-year-old leader, who appeared in better health than at some recent public appearances, spoke for an hour and a half at a rally outside Harare attended by several thousand ZANU-PF supporters. The ruling ZANU-PF party is widely seen as divided over Mugabe's successor, while opposition parties are in talks to...
(Bloomberg 06/02/17)
A coalition formed by Zimbabwe’s main opposition parties to contest next year’s elections against President Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front is at risk of unraveling as its leaders scrap over who will lead it. Cracks in an accord signed on April 20 by Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Joice Mujuru, head of the National People’s Party, emerged when Mujuru told a conference in Ghana that she was preparing a bid for the presidency. Tsvangirai supporters then threatened to exit the coalition, which includes a breakaway arm of the MDC led by Welshman Ncube. The opposition pact didn’t address the alliance’s leadership structure. Mujuru, 62, claims her experience as
(Bloomberg 05/31/17)
Nigeria, Angola and Zimbabwe are being left in leadership limbo as their ailing rulers spend weeks abroad seeking medical attention. The presidents of the three African nations all wield considerable power, and their absence has stoked investor uncertainty and stirred talk about succession. The situation hasn’t been helped by their governments’ failure to disclose what’s wrong with them. “Despite an average population age of around 17 to 19, many sub-Saharan African countries have elderly leaders in their 70s or above,”...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(New Zimbabwe 05/16/17)
The European Union (EU) head of delegation in Zimbabwe, Philippe Van Damme, says Harare should respect young Zimbabwe's aspirations and views even if they express "dissident opinions" while at the same time creating employment opportunities for them. This, he said, would save the lives of young Zimbabweans who routinely brave "crocodiles" crossing the Limpopo River into South Africa in search of jobs. "... . Let's avoid complacency and let's remain humble. Let's listen to citizens and respect their aspirations even...
(AFP (eng) 05/12/17)
One is a female former teenage guerrilla fighter who became President Robert Mugabe's closest ally, the other is a battle-hardened opposition leader often dismissed as a busted flush. But, despite their differences, Joice Mujuru and Morgan Tsvangirai are in talks to lead a united opposition alliance to try to unseat Mugabe in Zimbabwe's much-anticipated election next year. The president, 93 and increasingly frail, has vowed to stand again to extend his rule, which began in 1980 and has been dominated...
(AFP (eng) 05/11/17)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, is not asleep when he closes his eyes for long periods in public events but is resting his eyes from bright lights, his spokesman said Thursday. Mugabe has regularly had his eyes closed at recent appearances, including when he appeared on a discussion panel at last week's World Economic Forum meeting in South Africa. "I feel like a failure when there is this reading that the President is sleeping in conferences, no," his spokesman George...
(Eye Witness News 05/11/17)
Mugabe's spokesperson George Charamba says President Robert Mugabe’s eyes need advanced detection that isn’t available at home. President Robert Mugabe is in Singapore for medical treatment, once more raising questions about his health and prompting criticism over his decision to get treated abroad. Mugabe’s spokesman says he’s only getting specialised treatment for his eyes that isn’t available in Zimbabwe. Mugabe's spokesperson George Charamba says the president is attended to by a black Zimbabwean physician in Zimbabwe for everything but his...
(AFP (eng) 05/09/17)
Zimbabwe's 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe has flown to Singapore for a "routine medical check-up", state media reported Tuesday. "President Mugabe yesterday (Monday) left Zimbabwe for Singapore for his routine medical check-up," The Herald newspaper reported. "He is expected back in Zimbabwe at the weekend." The leader who has been in power since 1980 regularly travels to the city state for health check-ups and private holidays and his last medical trip was in March. The leader who now walks with difficulty...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/09/17)
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, the government said in a statement, about two months after his previous such trip to the south Asian nation. Aged 93, Mugabe is the only leader the southern African country has known since independence in 1980, and his health is a hot topic ahead of a presidential election scheduled for next year that he is due to contest. He flew to Singapore late on Monday. The Ministry...
(Bloomberg 05/09/17)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party is discussing using a press clampdown and intimidation in rural areas to thwart a newly united opposition’s challenge to its three-decade rule in elections next year, according to three senior officials with knowledge of the matter. Officials of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front are increasingly concerned the health of Mugabe, 93, may undermine his campaign and alternative candidates would struggle to beat a coalition of parties united behind opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement...
(New Zimbabwe 05/02/17)
Opposition MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai says he will not accept any election outcome which is not a victory for party. The country's largest opposition to emerge since independence in 1980, the MDC-T has been troubling President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF since its formation in 1999. In the 2008 elections, Tsvangirai defeated Mugabe in the first round of the Presidential elections but failed to secure an outright majority to avoid a run-off vote, resulting in the MDC-T leader accepting to share...
(New Zimbabwe 04/28/17)
The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has lambasted home affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo for threatening to dispossess beneficiaries of the land reform who are found supporting the opposition. Chombo recently told farmers at a field day that they were not free to join a party of their choice because they were given land by the Zanu PF-led government. PDP spokesperson Jacob Mafume said the utterances are disturbing and unconstitutional as the liberation party has no legal standing to deny any citizen...
(The New York Times 04/28/17)
“Heh, you people, you used to laugh at us. Look at you now. You can’t even buy a bottle of Coke!” It was the early 2000s, during the economic free-fall that had followed Zimbabwe’s Fast Track Land Reform program, which began 20 years after the country had won its political independence from Ian Smith’s settler colonial regime. My parents were visiting Zambia from South Africa and in the town of Livingstone met a woman who, upon discovering that they were...
(Bloomberg 04/20/17)
Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice President Joice Mujuru signed a memorandum of understanding on talks to form a coalition to challenge President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party in 2018 general elections in the southern African nation. Tsvangirai leads the Movement for Democratic Change, while Mujuru, a former deputy to 93-year-old Mugabe, heads the National People’s Party. The ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, in power since independence in 1980, has been accused of human rights abuses, electoral fraud and widespread corruption by groups such as New York-based Human Rights Watch. “This is just the beginning of the building blocks towards establishing a broad

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