Recent News Reports
- 2013/12/15: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zanu-PF Plans Amendment of Electoral Laws
ZANU PF is already planning to amend the country's electoral laws, less than six months since its contested 'victory' in the July polls.
With a return to majority control in Parliament, the party is able to amend the new constitution to suit its own purposes.
The new charter was the result of years of negotiation, disagreement and eventual compromise on the part of ZANU PF's previous partners in the unity government.
Under the new constitution, previously overreaching presidential powers had been limited, while new reforms that enhance human rights had also been introduced.
Despite the charter being approved by Zimbabweans in a referendum earlier this year, changes to the document are already on the cards.
Step one appears to be an amendment to the Electoral Act, and according to the Financial Gazette, the amendment has already been sent for printing before being gazetted and brought before parliament.
- 2013/12/13: AllAfrica:FinancialGazette: ZESA Technically Insolvent
Power utility, ZESA Holdings, the custodian of government equity in the power sector, is technically insolvent and has a negative working capital, creating uncertainty in its ability to continue as a going concern.The situation could have worsened this year after government ordered the parastatal to write-off millions of dollars in electricity bills owed by consumers.
In its latest financial statement published last week for the year to December 2012, the company attributes its woes to outstanding legacy debts estimated to be in excess of US$600 million, which were not being serviced and are now treated as current liabilities.
Analysts fear that unless ZESA receives funding from government, the debt, which is part of the unresolved national debt, would weigh down the company.
- 2013/12/11: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Family of Murdered MDC-T Official Accuse Zanu-PF Activists
Police in Nyamandlovu are investigating the murder of MDC-T Organising Secretary for Ward 15, Bhekinkosi Ndlovu, who died of stab wounds Tuesday last week.
Ndlovu's family accuses Ishmael Moyo, David Moyo and Witness Phiri, Believe Phiri, who are known associates of Umguza MP Obert Mpofu, of murdering him.
- 2013/12/11: AllAfrica:SW Radio: ZBC Workers Not Paid While Boss Takes Home U.S $40,000 a Month
- 2013/12/10: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Timba Back to Court to Request Inspection of Voting Material
The former MDC-T MP for Mount Pleasant, Jameson Timba, on Monday filed an urgent High court application seeking to have voting material in the constituency inspected.
- 2013/12/10: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Deadline Looms for "Foreign" Business Takeovers
- 2013/12/10: AllAfrica:SW Radio: 'Protected' Dutch Farmer Evicted From Property
- 2013/12/08: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: Zanu-PF Succession Battle Will Affect Government Operations
- 2013/12/04: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Fresh Zim Torture Docket Handed to SA Authorities for Investigation
A new dossier containing detailed accounts of torture and abuse at the hands of known ZANU PF perpetrators has been handed to South Africa's prosecuting authorities, in the wake of a landmark ruling that compels this cross border probe.
The South African Supreme Court of Appeal last week set a precedent for the investigation of crimes against humanity committed outside its borders, after upholding a ruling by a lower court that compelled the authorities to investigate torture in Zimbabwe.
- 2013/12/04: AllAfrica:SW Radio: 100 Die From Hunger in Zimbabwe's Prisons
- 2013/12/03: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Mujuru Emerges Victorious in Provincial Polls
Vice President Joice Mujuru's faction scored a landslide victory in the party's provincial elections held on Saturday, making her the odds-on favourite to succeed President Robert Mugabe.
Official results released by ZANU PF's national chairman Simon Khaya-Moyo on Sunday showed Mujuru's faction now controls nine out of the ten provinces. Mujuru has been fighting a bitter turf-war with Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa for the right to replace Mugabe.
- 2013/12/03: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Don't Legitimize Mugabe Regime, Zimvigil Warns the EU
As the EU appears headed towards lifting the remaining targeted sanctions against President Robert Mugabe and his cabal the member states have been urged to consider their move in the light of the worsening situation in the country.
The Zimbabwe Vigil said it was launching a campaign to 'alert British MPs and other opinion formers' to the 'deteriorating situation' ahead of the February 2014 meeting during which the EU will review the measures.
- 2013/12/03: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Calls Grow to Name Torture Perpetrators After Landmark SA Ruling
- 2013/11/29: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zanu-PF Dismisses Landmark SA Order to Probe Zim Torture
ZANU PF has moved to dismiss as a "non-event" and an "unfortunate development" South Africa's decision to uphold a landmark ruling, which compels that country's prosecuting authorities to investigate crimes against humanity committed in Zimbabwe.
The Supreme Court of Appeal in South Africa on Wednesday upheld the order previously handed down by the North Gauteng High Court, which ruled that the country's prosecuting authorities had a duty to investigate crimes against humanity, even if those crimes were committed outside South Africa's borders.
- 2013/11/28: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC-T Election Petitions Dismissed
- 2013/11/28: AllAfrica:SW Radio: SA Court Upholds Landmark Order to Probe Zim Crimes Against Humanity
The Supreme Court of Appeal in South Africa on Wednesday upheld a landmark legal order, compelling the prosecuting authorities in that country to investigate crimes against humanity perpetrated in Zimbabwe.
- 2013/11/28: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Human Rights Activist Says His Court Acquittal Not Worth Celebrating
Human rights activist Abel Chikomo, who was acquitted last week on charges of running an 'unregistered' organisation has said his acquittal is 'not a victory worth celebrating' because the oppressive system is still intact. Chikomo, who is the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum Executive Director, was acquitted Friday after a magistrate found that there was 'absolutely' no case against him.
Speaking on SW Radio Africa's Cutting Edge programme, Chikomo said the state had 'achieved its goal of obstructing my work' because he had lost the 'bulk' of his time defending himself.
- 2013/11/27: AllAfrica:DeutscheWelle: Govt Gives Foreign Firms January 2014 Deadline to Close
Foreign shop owners in Zimbabwe are trying to come to terms with the government announcement that is forcing them to close their businesses by the end of the year. Critics say the move does not promote pan-Africanism.
Earlier this month, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's government announced that retail businesses within the country would only be able to be run and owned by indigenous Zimbabweans. The declaration, the government said, was part of the country's "indigenization policy."
Foreign shop owners in Zimbabwe are mostly Chinese and Nigerian nationals. The newly announced policy will mean businesses like restaurants, farms and hairdressing salons will be reserved purely for indigenous Zimbabweans.
- 2013/11/27: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Glen View Activists Face 'Indefinite' Detention As Trial Postponed
- 2013/11/22: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Mugabe Succession - Things Fall Apart?
- 2013/11/22: BBC: Zimbabwe warns foreign firms of January 2014 arrest
Foreign firms operating in certain sectors in Zimbabwe after 1 January 2014 will be arrested, a senior official has warned.
Economic Empowerment Secretary George Magosvongwe issued the warning in parliament, state media reports.
"Indigenisation" of the economy was one of President Robert Mugabe's main campaign themes in the March election.
Farming, hairdressing and baking are among the sectors now reserved for "indigenous", or black, Zimbabweans.
- 2013/11/19: HRW: [link to 4.7 meg pdf] Troubled Water -- Burst Pipes, Contaminated Wells, and Open Defecation in Zimbabwe’s Capital
- 2013/11/20: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Millions of Lives At Risk Over Govt Water Provision Failures
The Zimbabwe government has been warned that it is putting millions of lives at risk by failing to provide access to clean water in Harare, with a leading human rights group calling the water situation a serious crisis.
Human Rights Watch on Tuesday launched a detailed report on the water situation in the capital, where access to clean water has been severely limited for years. The 60-page report, "Troubled Water: Burst Pipes, Contaminated Wells, and Open Defecation in Zimbabwe's Capital," describes how residents have little access to potable water and sanitation services, and often resort to drinking water from shallow, unprotected wells that are contaminated with sewage. Human Rights Watch said the conditions violate people's rights to water, sanitation, and health.
- 2013/11/20: AllAfrica:RNW: Exiled Zimbabwe Media Keen to Operate From Home Soil
Exiled Zimbabwean media practitioners are keen to return home and set up their enterprises from home soil once the government creates a conducive operating environment.
- 2013/11/16: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Ian Kay Suspended From Party Politics for Five Years
Ian Kay, the former MDC-T MP for Marondera, has been given a five-year ban from politics by his provincial executive in Mashonaland East, for recently suggesting that Morgan Tsvangirai should resign.
- 2013/11/16: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC Suspends Councillors Taking Bribes From Zanu-PF
- 2013/11/16: AllAfrica:NewZim: Mugabe's Seven Steps to Successful Election Rigging
- 2013/11/14: AllAfrica:SW Radio: ZEC Failure to Provide Online Voters Roll Stalls MDC-T Election Challenge
- 2013/11/13: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC-T Member Left for Dead By Zanu-PF Gang
- 2013/11/12: AllAfrica:SW Radio: 'I Touched a Raw Nerve' On Zanu-PF Rigging Says Komichi
Senator Morgan Komichi, the MDC-T's deputy national chairman, has said he 'touched a raw nerve' when he exposed the way ZANU PF was going to rig the July 31st elections.
Komichi was last week sentenced to 350 hours of community service after being found guilty of fraud and contravening the country's electoral laws. He spent 100 days locked up at the Chikurubi maximum security prison during his incarceration.
The senator was arrested in July on two charges of fraud and contravening the Electoral Act, after he was given stray ballot papers found in a bin at the Harare International Conference Centre and handed them over to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) officials. The ballot papers were to be used during the special vote in the run up to the 31 July elections.
Komichi, who lost his appeal against both conviction and sentence told SW Radio Africa on Monday that his conscience is clear that he did not commit any crime.
- 2013/11/12: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Gwanda Forced to Introduce Water Rationing Over U.S $4 Million Debt
An estimated $4 million debt owed to the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) has forced the Gwanda Town Municipality to introduce a water rationing regime which is crippling business across the Matabeleland South capital.
Sources told SW Radio Africa that the water authority is vowing that it will continue to turn off the taps until a part of the debt is settled. This has in turn forced the council to introduce town wide water rationing.
A council statement said water will be cut off daily between 4 pm and 8 am, starting last Thursday.
- 2013/11/09: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Opposition MDC-T Rocked By Dissent
- 2013/11/07: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC-T Dossier Says JOC Controlled the Elections
President Robert Mugabe's trusted Joint Operations Command (JOC) took a vice like grip on proceedings of the July 31st elections, which allowed them to snuff the remaining life out of the opposition through rigging.
In a 48 page-dossier compiled by the MDC led by ex-Premier Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition party claims Justice Rita Makarau, chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), had her authority reduced to nothing more than rubber stamping.
- 2013/11/05: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zuma Granted Another Appeal in Bid to Keep Zim Report Secret
The South African Presidency has been granted another opportunity to appeal an order to hand over a report on Zimbabwe's 2002 elections, with Jacob Zuma's office fighting to keep the contents of the document secret.
- 2013/11/05: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Traditional Leaders and Councillors Named in Partisan Food Distribution
A human rights activist from Manicaland has exposed several traditional leaders and ZANU PF councillors who are distributing government food along partisan lines, denying the MDC-T and other opposition supporters.
- 2013/11/01: AllAfrica:FinancialGazette: Nation Grapples With Power Crisis
Electricity generation in Zimbabwe has remained subdued, averaging 1 000 megawatts (MW), according to Zesa Holdings. This indicates that electricity supply remains a cause of concern given that national demand currently stands at 2 200MW, with the country's installed capacity at 1960 MW.The country has continued to experience power supply shortfalls resulting in daily load shedding across the country. The supply shortfalls have serious repercussions on the recovery of the productive sectors of the economy such as manufacturing, agriculture, mining and tourism, which government wants to drive the country's economic recovery.
- 2013/11/01: AllAfrica:FinancialGazette: Mugabe to Read Riot Act . . as Infighting Threatens his Legacy
- 2013/10/31: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Victory for Freedom of Expression As Concourt Queries Insult Laws
The Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that Zimbabwe's punitive defamation law is unconstitutional as it infringes on freedom of expression.
The judgement was delivered by Justice Luke Malaba, in a case in which two senior NewsDay newspaper staff Vincent Kahiya and Constantine Chimakure allegedly published falsehoods back in 2009.
The charges relate to a story written by Chimakure, then news editor at The Zimbabwe Independent, which fingered certain security agents in the abduction of political and human rights activists, including Jestina Mukoko.
The story, under the headline 'CIO, police role in activists' abduction revealed', went on to name and shame some of the operatives said to have been involved in the abductions.
The State however felt the story undermined public confidence in law enforcement agents", and laid criminal charges against Chimakure and his editor Kahiya, under the Criminal Law (Reform & Codification) Act.
But in a ruling hailed by some as a "sweet victory" and "a positive step in the right direction", ConCourt Judge Justice Malaba ruled Wednesday that sections of the Criminal Law (Reform and Codification) Act violated freedom of expression, which is a constitutional right.
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- 2013/10/29: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC-T to Present "New Dossier" On Zanu-PF Rigging
- 2013/10/29: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC-T Celebrates As Mt Pleasant Ballot Boxes to Be Opened
- 2013/10/27: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: Tsvangirai's MDC-T Creates Dossier On Poll Rigging
- 2013/10/23: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC-N Power Struggles Worsen
Power struggles within the MDC-N are worsening after an expelled provincial leader threatened to launch 'plan B' to remove secretary general Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga.
- 2013/10/23: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC-T Chair Rages At 'Disgraceful' Rebel Councillors
Four rebel MDC-T councillors in Mutare on Monday produced yet another shock move when they voted for ZANU PF councillors to chair the powerful committee portfolios.
The councillors, Farai Bhiza, Pamela Mutare, Richard Mupfura and Mayor Tatenda Nhamarare were suspended by the MDC-T last month for colluding to vote for a deputy mayor of the city from ZANU PF.
- 2013/10/18: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: 700 Harare Firms Close
Hopes of a quick economic turnaround under the new Zanu PF government appear to be fading even faster as more and more companies close shop, throwing tens of thousands of workers onto the streets to join the teeming ranks of the unemployed estimated at above 88%.
Information gathered by the Zimbabwe Independent this week revealed that scores of big companies that used to employ tens of thousands of workers are either on the verge of collapse or have closed down completely leaving workers stranded.
- 2013/10/18: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Man in Court Over a Mugabe Hobo Jibe
Yet another man was this week brought to court facing charges of undermining President Mugabe's name, a newspaper report said Friday.
According to the NewsDay, Norman Shamuyarira appeared before Marondera Magistrate Josephine Sande on Wednesday for allegedly labeling Mugabe a hobo.
An official at the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights told SW Radio Africa that they had recorded 'about 70' such cases since 2010.
- 2013/10/18: AllAfrica:SAIIA: Preventing and Resolving Future Climate and Natural Resource-Related Conflicts in the Zambezi Basin - a Study of Bulawayo and Chinde Districts
Long-term changes in climate are likely to increase a range of risks to human security, including the risk of violent conflict. The city of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, and Chinde district in the Zambezia province of Mozambique have been identified as areas that are highly susceptible to future climate-induced conflicts.
Although it is unlikely that climate change alone will be a direct cause of conflict, research points to the fact that it is a conflict threat multiplier that will intersect with countless other factors, including the quality of political governance, which could make the difference between adaptation or confrontation.
- 2013/10/17: AllAfrica:DeutscheWelle: Food Insecurity Still Uphill Challenge in Zimbabwe
- 2013/10/16: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Eddie Cross Admits Costly Errors Lost the MDC-T Elections
- 2013/10/16: AllAfrica:SW Radio: UN Food Aid Only for Zanu-PF Members, Villagers Say
Food donated by relief agencies and meant for all villagers is being selectively distributed to ZANU PF supporters, amid fears of starvation among rural dwellers.
Future, a villager in the Midlands area of Lower Gweru, told SW Radio Africa's Callback programme Monday that traditional leaders were denying poor and deserving villagers access to the grain, accusing them of being MDC supporters.
Future expressed concern that the grain, in containers bearing the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) label, is being used by ZANU PF to punish and fix perceived political opponents.
- 2013/10/15: AllAfrica:SW Radio: New Zimbabwe Editor Mathuthu to "Officially" Work for State Media
The pending appointment of the NewZimbabwe website's editor, Mduduzi Mathuthu, as the new editor of the state run Chronicle newspaper, has stirred much debate among Zimbabweans who follow the news, as his UK based news site has for a long time been suspected of being a ZANU PF sponsored project. He is to replace Itai Musengeyi.
- 2013/10/13: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: Govt Reads Riot Act On New Farm Invaders
The two new deputy ministers of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development have called for a stop to renewed illegal farm invasions, saying the country was now a laughing stock for failing to produce enough food for its people.
Paddy Zhanda and Davis Marapira told farmers in Matabeleland at a meeting in Bulawayo last week that illegal farm occupiers were disturbing agricultural productivity and contributing to food insecurity.
- 2013/10/12: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Opposition Parties Face Huge Challenge to Dislodge Zanu-PF
The inability of the united MDC in 2008, and a fractured opposition in 2013, to get more than 1.4 million-votes does not bode well for democratic forces in Zimbabwe, according to a report by the Solidarity Peace Trust (SPT)
The report, by renowned academic Brian Raftopoulos, acknowledges the uneven electoral playing field in the country, but paints a gloomy picture in the fight by the opposition to dislodge President Robert Mugabe from power.
ZANU PF has a history of using violence to beat its opponents into submission and this has been their modus operandi since independence.
- 2013/10/11: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Kereke Lawsuit Reveals Ongoing Zanu-PF Infighting
Ongoing factionalism in Robert Mugabe's party has been further revealed this week, with an expelled member taking ZANU PF to the Constitutional Court.
Munyaradzi Kereke, who was expelled from the party in early July for 'insubordination', has approached the Constitutional Court to challenge his ejection from Parliament.
This ejection was announced last week by the Speaker Jacob Mudenda, who said that Kereke ceased to be the Bikita West legislator because he had been expelled from ZANU PF.
But Kereke is arguing that his expulsion in July was done before he won his seat as an independent candidate in the elections that followed, and therefore his ejection from parliament is unwarranted.
- 2013/10/10: AllAfrica:FinancialGazette: Opening of Airwaves Remains Elusive
- 2013/10/08: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Violent Chegutu Farm Eviction Leaves MDC-T Families On Roadside
The families of eight farm workers near Chegutu are reported to be homeless and living on the roadside after the illegal owner of the farm destroyed their houses last week and assaulted some of the women who tried to resist.
The farm workers at Wakefield Farm in Chegutu, Mashonaland West, were accused of voting for the MDC-T during the disputed July 31st elections and had been told to leave their homes about a month ago. There was no legal procedure followed and the police have taken no action to protect them.
- 2013/10/05: AllAfrica:SW Radio: RBZ Seeks Immunity to Avoid Repaying Millions in Looted Forex
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has appealed for immunity from prosecution as it seeks to dodge repaying millions of dollars it seized from foreign currency account holders during the height of the economic meltdown in 2007.
The appeal which is before the Supreme Court, follows an order issued by a lower court in June compelling the RBZ to return $1 million it seized from Trojan Nickel Mine.
- 2013/10/05: AllAfrica:SW Radio: "Junior Officers" Blamed for Pursuing Tsvangirai Eviction
- 2013/10/04: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Grace Mugabe's Son Seizes Control of Mine
Grace Mugabe's son from her first marriage, Russell Goreraza, has seized control of Tolrose Gold Mine in Kadoma, amid reports of an ownership feud.
- 2013/10/02: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Government Legalises Spying on Zim Citizens
A government spy program will now monitor phone calls, text, email and the details will be kept in a national database for use on demand by the state security agencies.
Under a new government regulation gazetted last week Friday, authorities will order broadband providers, landline and mobile phone companies to save the information for up to five years. This is under a security scheme contained in the new constitution that seeks to safeguard national security.
- 2013/10/01: AllAfrica:SW Radio: NCA Forms Political Party
- 2013/10/01: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Rolling Power Outages Plague Zimbabwe
- 2013/09/30: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: Tsvangirai 'Betrayal Unforgivable' - Madhuku
NCA leader Lovemore Madhuku has hit out at ex-premier Morgan Tsvangirai, accusing him of helping foist on the country a constitution that was "more repressive" than the Lancaster House independence charter.
- 2013/09/28: AllAfrica:SW Radio: NCA Congress to Endorse Formation of New Political Party
Delegates to Saturday's National Constitutional Assembly's (NCA) congress in Harare will endorse the formation of a political party that is likely to be led by Professor Lovemore Madhuku.
SW Radio Africa is reliably informed that the congress will rubber stamp resolutions that have been discussed and debated at length ahead of Saturday's gathering.
The inaugural leader of the new party, whose name will also come out of the congress is believed to be Madhuku, who is stepping down as leader of the NCA.
- 2013/09/23: AllAfrica:NewZim: 'Rusty Bolt' Tsvangirai Must Quit - Kay
A top MDC-T official has likened party leader Morgan Tsvangirai to a "rusty bolt" and a captain of a sinking ship - joining party treasurer Roy Bennett who has called on him to stand down after a third election defeat to President Robert Mugabe.
Iain Kay, the party's losing candidate in the Marondera Central parliamentary vote and a member of the party's national council, appeared to suggest that Tsvangirai reluctance to stand down while waiting for the 2016 elective congress could damage the party.
- 2013/09/22: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: MDC-T Fires More Workers
The embattled MDC-T party has fallen on hard times and is in the process of retrenching 55 of its estimated 150 staff members due to financial problems, it has emerged.
Sources at Harvest House said the MDC-T had already notified the affected staff members that their services were no longer required after the party failed to dislodge Zanu PF from power in the July 31 elections.
- 2013/09/22: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: Pupils Drop Out of School As Hunger Stalks Rural Areas
Hundreds of children could have dropped out of school in the past few weeks, as severe hunger hits Zimbabwe's drought-stricken rural areas.
A snap survey by The Standard in the past week revealed that several children had dropped out of school, and more could join them as shortage of food at a household level becomes critical.
It emerged that older children were leaving school for gold panning, vending or taking up menial jobs to enable them to provide for their younger siblings.
- 2013/09/22: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: Who Can Fit Tsvangirai's Shoes?
The MDC-T will implode should it push out its leader, former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai because there is no one charismatic enough in the party at the moment to rally disgruntled supporters, analysts have said.
Calls for Tsvangirai to step down have been getting louder by the day after July 31, when the party suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Zanu PF.
But Tsvangirai, who has maintained that the elections were stolen, said he would continue to lead the movement until the party's elective congress in 2016.
- 2013/09/21: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zimbabwe: Court Acquittal a 'Bittersweet' Experience for MDC-T Activists
- 2013/09/21: AllAfrica:SW Radio: WOZA Leaders Arrested for Second Time in Two Days
- 2013/09/20: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zanu-PF Minister Implicated in Theft of Harare Land
ZANU PF officials continue to act with impunity in the ongoing illegal seizures of land in Zimbabwe, with a newly sworn in government minister implicated in the latest theft of a property in Harare.
Ignatius Chombo, sworn in once again as the Local Government Minister, has been named as one of the instigators of the land theft, according to the legal owner of the property.
Bryan Rogers told SW Radio Africa on Thursday that the Minister is parceling out his property into saleable plots of land, by arguing that the land "hasn't been allocated." This development is the latest in a decade long fight that Rogers has been subject to, with ZANU PF linked individuals fighting over the land.
- 2013/09/20: AllAfrica:SW Radio: WOZA Leaders Beaten and Arrested During Peaceful Harare Demo
- 2013/09/19: EUO: EU to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe [gold & diamond] mining company
- 2013/09/11: AllAfrica:AfricanArguments: Food Crisis in Zimbabwe - 2.2 Million At Risk but Where Do the Figures Come From, and What Do They Mean?
- 2013/09/17: BBC: Zimbabwe's MDC boycotts Mugabe's parliamentary speech
- 2013/09/16: AllAfrica:NewZim: Mugabe Still Annoyed At West Poll Snub
- 2013/09/15: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: 'Election Process Too Flawed to Be Credible'
Statement by Deputy Assistant Secretary Shannon Smith Bureau of African Affairs US Department of State before the US House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organisations September 12 2013.
- 2013/09/13: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Tsvangirai Should Quit MDC-T Leadership - Bennett
Exiled senior Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) official Roy Bennett has called for a new leadership of the troubled opposition party, suggesting that Morgan Tsvangirai's continued stay in power did not reflect the will of the people.
Delivering a sharp assessment in an interview with Business Day, he was at odds with the rest of the MDC-T's top brass, who have endorsed the opposition leader.
Tsvangirai has had the MDC-T change its constitution, which limits the leader to only two terms, saying he would stay on as party president for as long as the rank and file wanted him to.
"Tsvangirai has served two terms and is nearly completing a third," Bennett said.
"Deep introspection needs to be undertaken by our national collective leadership, not for purposes of looking for scapegoats, but for our party to reinvigorate its leadership with a leadership which reflects the will of our people."
Bennett, who served eight months of a one-year jail sentence in Zimbabwe after coming to blows with then justice minister Patrick Chinamasa in 2004 during a parliamentary debate, has been living in exile in South Africa for the past three years.
- 2013/09/11: CSM: Zimbabwe: Mugabe loads new cabinet with hardliners
- 2013/09/11: AllAfrica:NewZim: Mugabe Retains Old Guard As Moyo Bounces Back
- 2013/09/11: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Mugabe Finally Announces His Cabinet
- 2013/09/08: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: Zimbabwe's Economic Future Uncertain - World Bank
- 2013/09/08: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: MDC-T's Blundering Raises Eyebrows
- 2013/09/08: AllAfrica:MISA: SADC Ignores Own Guidelines On Zimbabwe
- 2013/09/06: AllAfrica:IRIN: Hunger Looms for Quarter of Rural Zimbabweans
- 2013/09/06: AllAfrica:NewZim: MDC-T Asks SADC to Retract Membe Report
The MDC-T says it is writing to SADC demanding the revocation of the regional bloc's observer mission report on the Zimbabwean elections which concluded that July 31 polls were credible.
Presenting the SADC Election Observer Mission's "final" report on Monday, head of mission Benard Membe - who is also Tanzania's Foreign Minister - described Zimbabwe's disputed poll which saw President Mugabe clinch a resounding 61 percent sweep of the national vote was "generally credible".
Membe further played down claims by the veteran leader's opponents that the non-availability of the voter's roll and lack of access to public media, among some of the contested points, impacted on the outcome of the poll.
But MDC-T secretary general Tendai Biti told a party press briefing on Thursday that statements by Membe were unilateral and did not represent the collective sentiments of the entire SADC observer mission.
Biti said his party has since established the final report by the SADC mission was not yet out, insisting Membe came on his own accord.
- 2013/08/26: Guardian(UK): Zimbabwe plans 'Disneyland in Africa'
- 2013/08/25: CSM: Zimbabwe's Mugabe threatens foreign-owned companies over Western interference
- 2013/08/25: Guardian(UK): Robert Mugabe threatens to expel foreign firms from Zimbabwe
Newly re-elected president says 'there will come a time when we lose our patience' with pressure for democratic reforms
- 2013/08/23: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Mugabe Rejects SADC Vehicles
Apparently fearing for his life, President Robert Mugabe last week rejected the use of SADC vehicles during the just-ended 33rd SADC heads of state and government summit held in Lilongwe, Malawi, citing security reasons...
- 2013/08/23: EurActiv: EU voices 'serious concerns' after Mugabe's re-election in Zimbabwe
The European Union will review relations with Zimbabwe given its "serious concerns" about the conduct of the southern African state's election, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Thursday (22 August).
The EU's verdict on the fairness of the elections will be crucial to a decision on whether it continues to ease sanctions against Zimbabwe, Ashton said in a statement.
- 2013/08/23: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Tsvangirai Challenges Electoral Court Ruling At Supreme Court
The legal battle to nullify election results, that gave Robert Mugabe a landslide victory, is turning into a judicial nightmare for the MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who has now turned to the Supreme Court to challenge a lower court's decision.
- 2013/08/22: EUO: EU warns Zimbabwe on rigged elections
- 2013/08/22: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Judge Bhunu Under Fire for Call to Arrest Tsvangirai's Lawyers
High court Judge Chinembiri Bhunu's stinging rebuke of lawyers representing the outgoing Prime Minister, and a call for their arrest, is a dangerous decision. Exiled human rights lawyer, Gabriel Shumba, said it may also worsen human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.
Speaking to SW Radio Africa from Johannesburg, Shumba said Bhunu's remarks are a troubling legal throwback. He added that the judge's comments reinforce the often repeated statements that the judiciary is compromised and failing to protect constitutional and human rights.
- 2013/08/21: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Expelled MDC-T 'Independents' Form New Party
Disgruntled former members of the MDC-T who were fired for standing as independents in the July 31st elections, have formed a new political party.
The Zimbabwe Independents Alliance (ZIA), is seeking to capitalise on the tensions within the MDC-T in the wake of the recent election, according to outspoken former Magwegwe legislator Felix Magalela Sibanda.
Sibanda, who is the new party's spokesperson, said the MDC-T had shot itself in the foot by imposing candidates and sidelining long-serving party supporters.
- 2013/08/21: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Concourt Endorses Mugabe While Judge Bhunu Targets Tsvangirai's Lawyers
The Constitutional Court led by Godfrey Chidyausiku declared Robert Mugabe the rightful and duly elected winner of the July 31st election, in a ruling delivered Tuesday.
The judge also dismissed with costs MDC-T leaders Morgan Tsvangirai's legal challenge against the poll outcome, which the MDC-T leader had already withdrawn.
In the ruling, Chidyausiku declared the elections free, fair and credible. He said the presidential polls were held in accordance with the country's laws and reflected the will of the people of Zimbabwe.
- 2013/08/21: AllAfrica:SW Radio: U.S. Sanctions to Remain on Mugabe After Disputed Poll
- 2013/08/22: BBC: Robert Mugabe is due to be sworn in for a seventh term as Zimbabwean president - Thursday has been declared a public holiday...
- 2013/08/21: BBC: Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai may face contempt of court charges for "disparaging remarks" he made about the judiciary
- 2013/08/20: AllAfrica:VoA: U.S. Rejects Call to Lift Zimbabwe Sanctions
- 2013/08/20: AllAfrica:SW Radio: SADC Criticised As Mugabe Chosen for Regional Chairmanship
- 2013/08/20: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC-T Baffled By [Chief Justice Godfrey] Chidyausiku's Move to Hear Withdrawn Petition
- 2013/08/20: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Over 100 MDC-T Candidates to File Court Petitions
Over 100 losing parliamentary candidates for the MDC-T will file petitions challenging electoral results in their constituencies, a senior party member said on Monday.
- 2013/08/20: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Mugabe's SADC 'Comrades' Endorse Disputed Poll Result
- 2013/08/20: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC-T Losing Parliamentary Candidate Survives Knife Attack
The MDC-T's losing parliamentary candidate for Bubi in Matabeleland North province, Mark Harold Ncube was stabbed several times on Friday night in an unprovoked attack by an alleged ZANU PF activist.
Ncube contested against Clifford Sibanda of ZANU PF in the July 31st poll. No one has been arrested for the attack.
- 2013/08/18: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Regional Stability Fears Rise As Zimbabwean 'Exodus' Reported
A reported exodus of Zimbabweans out of the country, in the wake of the disputed July 31st elections, is raising fears for stability in the region.
There are increasing reports of an influx of Zimbabweans entering South Africa and Botswana, amid increased tensions and fears that have followed the polls last month.
- 2013/08/18: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC-T Concerned ZEC and Mudede Manipulating Evidence
The MDC-T is concerned that the delay by ZEC and the Registrar-General, in providing voting materials the party has requested, is a delaying tactic giving them time to tamper with the evidence.
Outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's electoral petition, challenging the July 31st Presidential poll result, is banking on evidence he hoped would be supplied by ZEC and Tobaiwa Mudede, the RG.
- 2013/08/16: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Mugabe's 'Go Hang' Tirade a Telling Sign
- 2013/08/16: BBC: Zimbabwe's MDC drops Robert Mugabe election challenge
- 2013/08/16: Guardian(UK): Zimbabwe's MDC withdraws court challenge against Mugabe's re-election
Spokesman for Morgan Tsvangirai's party says electoral commission has failed to release crucial evidence
- 2013/08/11: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Increasing Political Retribution Against MDC-T Supporters
- 2013/08/14: AllAfrica:SW Radio: UN Urged to Refer Mugabe to International Criminal Court
- 2013/08/14: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Mugabe Criticized for Hate Speech On Heroes Day
- 2013/08/14: AllAfrica:SW Radio: South Africa Announces End of Mediation Role
A spokesperson for South African President Jacob Zuma, the region's appointed mediator to Zimbabwe's shaky unity government, has expressed satisfaction with the way he mediated the Zimbabwean crisis.
Zuma's international adviser Lindiwe Zulu who also told the NewsDay newspaper that her country's mediation role had officially ended on July 31st.
- 2013/08/13: BBC: Robert Mugabe vows to continue Zimbabwe indigenisation
Robert Mugabe has vowed to press on with his policy of forcing all companies to cede economic control to black Zimbabweans.
- 2013/08/12: RT: Mugabe victory in Zimbabwe: Dictatorship or decolonization?
- 2013/08/13: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Chihuri Linked to Corrupt SA Businessman After Illegal Police Convoy
Zimbabwe's police commissioner Augustine Chihuri has been linked to controversial Johannesburg based businessman Phineas Manthata, after the pair was both named as passengers in an 'illegal' police convoy over the weekend.
South African police are investigating several Johannesburg metro police officers for the unauthorised use of an unmarked, blue light cavalcade, which was reportedly used to escort Chihuri to Beitbrigde.
The officers were detained on their return from the border post for allegedly travelling outside their jurisdiction in privately owned unmarked cars, which were seen travelling with "blue lights and sirens blazing."
- 2013/08/13: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Timba Kick-Starts Fight to Have Mt Pleasant Poll Result Annulled
- 2013/08/13: AllAfrica:SW Radio: UN Watchdog Urges International Boycott of 'Disgraceful' Zim [UN World Tourism Organisation] Meeting
- 2013/08/12: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Jailed MDC-T Activist [Rebecca Mafukeni] Dies After Two Years in Prison
- 2013/08/12: Guardian(UK): After Robert Mugabe's victory, what next for Zimbabwe?
- 2013/08/11: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: 'AU, SADC Endorsed Election to Protect Reputation'
- 2013/08/11: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: MDC-T Dossier Exposes Massive Rigging By Zanu-PF
- 2013/08/09: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Tsvangirai Files Court Papers Against Mugabe Win
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday filed a Constitutional Court election petition calling for the nullification of last Wednesday presidential election arguing there were a number of irregularities among them vote buying by President Robert Mugabe.
Tsvangirai in his application filed by his lawyer Chris Mhike cites his main rival Mugabe, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) and Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede as respondents.
Tsvangirai among other reasons said Mugabe bribed voters with food and household items, which is a breach of the electoral laws. He also said the voters roll was in shambles and the Registrar General had failed to release a consolidated and up to date roll to him before the poll.
- 2013/08/09: BBC: Zimbabwe's MDC challenges Robert Mugabe election victory
- 2013/08/09: Guardian(UK): Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe election win challenged in court
Papers filed by Movement for Democratic Change allege poll was rigged in favour of president's ruling Zanu-PF party
- 2013/08/09: CNN: Mugabe's election victory challenged by opposition
The party of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday filed an appeal challenging last week's re-election of the nation's president.
- 2013/08/09: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Election Rigging Scandal Deepens
- 2013/08/09: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Tsvangirai in U-Turn Over Inclusion in Government
- 2013/08/08: BBC: Zimbabwe Electoral Commission: 305,000 voters turned away
Zimbabwe's Electoral Commission has said that nearly 305,000 voters were turned away during last week's elections, which the opposition has said were rigged.
These are the first such official figures - the number of rejected voters has been a major complaint.
It also said 207,000 voters were "assisted" to cast their ballot - another alleged source of fraud.
President Robert Mugabe gained 938,085 more votes than his main rival.
- 2013/08/07: CSM: Is Zimbabwe preparing its own version of apartheid?
- 2013/08/08: AllAfrica:IPS: Electoral Commission Shaken By Vote
As a second commissioner from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) resigns, local opposition parties and analysts are questioning the organisation's credibility and President Robert Mugabe's victory. Professor Geoff Feltoe's resignation Tuesday came soon after that of another commissioner, Mkhululi Nyathi. Nyathi resigned on Jul. 31, the day of the vote, over the way the elections had been conducted. Nyathi told the media he had resigned because the ZEC had failed to ensure that voting was legitimate.
- 2013/08/07: AllAfrica:Daily Maverick: The African Union Stays in Character for Zim Election Whitewash
- 2013/08/07: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Botswana Rejects SADC Endorsement of Zim Poll and Calls for Audit
- 2013/08/07: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Security Agents in Bid to Confiscate MDC-T Poll Fraud Evidence
- 2013/08/07: AllAfrica:SW Radio: 'Dead People' Voted in Last Wednesday's Election
- 2013/08/06: AllAfrica: Observers Question Credibiliity of Election
Cape Town - The dispute over the fairness of Zimbabwe's election last week appears headed for the next summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) after Botswana called the credibility of polling into question.
The Botswana government, long a critic of the standards of governance practised by President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party, issued a statement on Monday saying that the findings of its 80-strong observer team suggested that "an acceptable standard for free and fair elections" had not been met.
- 2013/08/05: Guardian(UK): Zimbabwe's inconvenient truth
- 2013/08/05: CNN: Zimbabwe elections: Why is nobody dancing after Mugabe's latest win?
Robert Mugabe declared winner of Zimbabwe election: Opposition disputes result - Opposition leader Tsvangirai calls election "fraudulent," plans to fight in court -
Mbanga: Ruling Zanu-PF party rigged voter rolls, threatened police officers - Mbanga: Zimbabwe is despondent after Mugabe re-election
- 2013/08/05: CSM: Mugabe's Zimbabwe election victory a 'mandate' to grab foreign banks: minister [Saviour Kasukuwere]
- 2013/08/05: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zanu-PF Militias Threaten Witnesses of Electoral Fraud
- 2013/08/05: AllAfrica:NewZim: ZEC Commissioner Resigns After Vote
A member of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has resigned, citing doubts about the integrity of results...
- 2013/08/05: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zimbabweans React to Five More Years of Mugabe
- 2013/08/05: AllAfrica:SW Radio: SA Opposition 'Rejects' SADC Endorsement of Zim Poll
- 2013/08/05: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zanu PF Victory Signals 'Return to One-Party State'
- 2013/08/04: BBC: Supporters of Zimbabwe opposition MDC allege attacks
- 2013/08/04: CNN: Zuma congratulates Mugabe on win -- US, UK, Australia question election results
Tsvangirai says he'll mount legal challenge - Zuma: Election reflected will of the people - US says it didn't - Australia's foreign minister called for a "re-run"
- 2013/08/04: BBC: US and UK concern over Zimbabwe election results
The US and UK have expressed concern after official results from Zimbabwe's elections gave President Robert Mugabe a seventh term in office amid claims of electoral fraud.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said the results did not "represent a credible expression of the people".
But the regional power South Africa has congratulated Mr Mugabe on his victory.
- 2013/08/04: ABC(Au): Foreign Minister Bob Carr calls for re-run of Zimbabwe's disputed election
Australia has added its voice to international concerns of vote rigging in Zimbabwe's disputed election, calling for the election to be re-run.
- 2013/08/03: BBC: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has won a seventh term in office, officials say, amid claims of electoral fraud
- 2013/08/03: Guardian(UK): UK and US concern over Mugabe's Zimbabwe election win
- 2013/08/03: Guardian(UK): Robert Mugabe declared winner of Zimbabwe election
- 2013/08/03: CBC: U.S. rejects Zimbabwe vote result
Mugabe win doesn't represent will of the Zimbabwean people,' Secretary of State Kerry says
- 2013/08/03: CNN: Mugabe declared winner of presidency in Zimbabwe
- 2013/08/03: Xinhuanet: Mugabe party secures majority seats in Zimbabwe parliament
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's party has secured more than two thirds of seats in the parliament, the country's electoral body said Saturday, giving the party power to effectively decide on major state affairs.
The Zimbabwe Africa National Union -- Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) won at least 140 seats in the 210-member lower house of the parliament, as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is announcing the results of the last batch of parliamentary seats in the July 31 elections.
- 2013/07/31: EmbassyMag: The rehabilitation of Robert Mugabe
Why is the ruling party, ZANU-PF, still backing him as its presidential candidate, given that he has spent the past decade as an international pariah? Ironically, the power-sharing of the past few years has worked to Mugabe’s advantage.
- 2013/08/02: Xinhuanet: [Rugare Gumbo] Interview: Mugabe expected to be re-elected Zimbabwe president with 2/3 votes
- 2013/08/02: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Israeli Agents Rig Results
In a dramatic move which consolidates reports Wednesday's general elections results were largely rigged, shadowy Israeli security company Nikuv International Projects Ltd (NIP)'s founder and CEO, Emmanuel Antebi, was reportedly in the country on Tuesday to meet President Robert Mugabe and other senior Zanu PF officials a day before the elections to finalise the deal to engineer the results, it has emerged.
NIP, which was in 1996 taken to court in Zambia over vote rigging allegations as reported by the Zimbabwe Independent recently, deals with voter registration, creating and printing of the voters' roll, demarcation of constituencies, voter registration cards, nomination of candidates and election results.
- 2013/08/02: AllAfrica:Deutsche Welle: African Union Says Zimbabwe Poll 'Free and Credible' Despite 'Incidents'
- 2013/08/02: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Mugabe Win - Spotlight Back to Zanu-PF Succession
- 2013/08/02: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Observer Teams Endorse Results
The Electoral Commissions Forum of Sadc countries (ECF-Sadc) has commended Zimbabwe for holding a peaceful, free, credible and efficient election, but the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn) said the poll was seriously compromised by a systematic effort to disenfranchise an estimated one million voters.
The African Union (AU) and Sadc observers have already indicated the polls were credible.
However, Zesn said the voter registration process was systematically biased against urban voters.
- 2013/08/02: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Tsvangirai Dismisses Results
- 2013/08/02: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Mugabe, Zanu-PF Head for Landslide
- 2013/08/02: AllAfrica:NewZim: One Million Prevented From Voting - ZESN
- 2013/08/02: AllAfrica:DA: Zim Elections - SADC Must Take Into Consideration Irregularities
- 2013/08/02: BBC: Zimbabwe poll 'free and peaceful' say [AU head] Obasanjo and SADC
- 2013/08/01: Xinhuanet: Counting underway for "free and fair" Zimbabwe election: authorities
- 2013/08/01: Xinhuanet: Zimbabwe PM cries foul of "farce"election despite observers' endorsement
- 2013/08/01: IndiaTimes: Zimbabwe vote 'seriously compromised': Local observers
- 2013/08/01: BBC: Zimbabwe election was 'huge farce' - Morgan Tsvangirai
Zimbabwe's presidential election was a "huge farce", PM Morgan Tsvangirai has said, alleging vote-rigging by rival President Robert Mugabe's camp.
At a news conference, Mr Tsvangirai said that Wednesday's poll was "null and void".
The largest observer group earlier said up to a million people were prevented from voting.
- 2013/08/01: ABC(Au): Observers say Zimbabwean election 'seriously compromised' as Mugabe allies claim victory
- 2013/08/01: CBC: Zimbabwe PM denounces election as 'huge farce'
Challenger Morgan Tsvangirai warns of potential 'serious crisis' after 'shoddy, illegitimate' poll
- 2013/07/31: Guardian(UK): Zimbabwe elections free and fair, says Robert Mugabe after casting vote
- 2013/07/31: Guardian(UK): Mugabe rivals condemn Zimbabwe election as 'illegal and unfair'
- 2013/07/31: AllAfrica:IRIN: Zimbabwe's Elections Maybe Peaceful, but Fair?
- 2013/07/31: AllAfrica:DailyMaverick: Zimbabwe Elections - No Matter the Result, the Future's Bleak, and Comrade Bob's Not Going Anywhere
Zimbabwean citizens (including a surprising number of centenarians and more than a few dead people) are casting their vote on Wednesday. Despite the opposition's fighting talk - not real fighting, that's a ZANU-PF specialty - President Robert Mugabe looks like he's got this one in the bag, with SADC and the AU firmly in his corner.
- 2013/07/31: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Chance of Free and Fair Poll Is Remote Says Civil Society
- 2013/07/31: AllAfrica:GlobalWitness: Diamond Revenues Could Be Funding Zimbabwe Election-Rigging, Says Global Witness
Global Witness today called on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to fully investigate claims that Robert Mugabe's ZANU PF party is attempting to rig the country's elections, due to be held on Wednesday.
The watchdog warned that there is strong evidence to suggest that ZANU PF has secured large funds from the country's lucrative diamond mines which it may now be spending on undemocratic tactics such as tampering with the electoral roll.
- 2013/07/31: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Long Queues As Zimbabweans Go to the Polls in Crucial Election
- 2013/07/31: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zanu-PF Intimidation Continues to Rise Ahead of Poll
- 2013/07/31: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC Raises Concern Over Excessive Ballot Papers
The Ncube-led MDC formation alleges that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is trying to rig Wednesday's election in favour of President Robert Mugabe's ZANU PF party.
The party says the city of Bulawayo has received ballot papers that are three times more than the number of registered voters.
MDC spokesman Nhlanhla Dube said at least 900,000 ballot papers had been sent by ZEC to Bulawayo which has 321,000 registered voters, sparking fears of vote rigging.
- 2013/07/30: DerSpiegel: The Land of Dead Voters: Irregularities As Zimbabwe Goes to Polls
Even before this week's vote in Zimbabwe, it seems clear that President Robert Mugabe will remain in power. Voter lists have been manipulated, critics are being intimidated and the opposition is divided.
- 2013/07/31: CBC: Zimbabwe election to determine Mugabe's future -- Longtime president faces allegations of vote-rigging
- 2013/07/30: BBC: Zimbabweans head for polls amid rigging claims
- 2013/07/30: Guardian(UK): Zimbabwe election: rural violence mars peaceful campaign
- 2013/07/30: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Electoral Commission Fails to Release Voters' Roll to Parties
- 2013/07/30: AllAfrica:NewZim: Voters' Roll - ZEC in Breach of Electoral Act
- 2013/07/30: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zuma Still Blocking Decade Old Zim Election Report
South African President Jacob Zuma is still blocking the release of a report on Zimbabwe's elections in 2002, despite a High Court order to do so.
The report, which a High Court judge has acknowledged contains enough information to cast doubts on the legality of that poll, has remained a closely guarded secret for over ten years.
- 2013/07/30: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Tsvangirai's Chief Elections Agent Arrested Over Binned Ballots
- 2013/07/29: BBC: Zimbabwe elections: Voters' roll concerns SADC observer
- 2013/07/28: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: Mugabe Will Fall - Report
- 2013/07/29: AllAfrica:NewZim: Police U-Turn Over PM Cross Over Rally
In a dramatic U-turn, police have now said Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's so-called 'Cross Over' Harare rally will now go ahead Monday, reversing an earlier decision to block the gathering.
- 2013/07/28: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Tsvangirai's Chief Election Agent Morgan Komichi Arrested
The madness continues. Police have arrested my chief election agent, Senator Morgan Komichi, after he handed over to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission a marked ballot paper found in a dustbin. A police team led by a Detective Inspector Mirimbo picked him up at his home around 6am this morning.
His crime: Presenting ZEC with evidence of underhand dealings involving ballots for the shambolic special vote conducted in mid-June.
- 2013/07/26: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Chegutu On Lockdown As Zanu-PF Force People to Mujuru's Rally
The town of Chegutu was on virtual lockdown on Thursday as ZANU PF supporters forced the closure of all shops, market stalls and schools, forcing its inhabitants to attend a rally that was addressed by Vice President Joice Mujuru.
Those who resisted being frog marched to Pfupajena stadium were beaten up, some in full view of the police who turned a blind eye to the orgy of violence that visited the town.
- 2013/07/25: AllAfrica:DailyMaverick: Maybe We Expect Too Much From SADC On Zimbabwe
Every time Robert Mugabe says or does something outrageous, critical eyes are cast in the direction of SADC - who are meant to be guaranteeing free and fair elections, and shepherding in genuine political reform. Simon Allison argues that, in a region where no one likes to rock the boat, SADC are more interested in maintaining the status quo in Zimbabwe.
- 2013/07/25: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Increased Intimidation Ahead of Next Week's Elections
MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai has called on Zimbabweans to repudiate violence and hatred during and after the upcoming elections, in order to avoid a repeat of the 2008 mayhem.
The Prime Minister made the call during his rallies in Kotwa and Murehwa, Mashonaland East province, where he came face to face with voter intimidation. In Kotwa, vendors and shopkeepers were ordered not to sell airtime or food to anybody wearing an MDC-T shirt.
His rallies were also poorly attended after ZANU PF supporters went around the areas, using loud hailers threatening to deal with anyone seen going to the MDC-T rallies. About 500 ZANU PF youths invaded the venue of Tsvangirai's rally at Mutoko centre, scaring away people who had wanted to attend.
Reports say Tsvangirai, however, managed to address small crowds of between 500 and 2,000 at Mutoko centre and in Murehwa, advising supporters to go ahead and wear the ZANU PF regalia for their safety, but to exercise their free choice inside the ballot box.
- 2013/07/25: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Political Parties Still Don't Have the Voters Roll
- 2013/07/24: AllAfrica:SW Radio: ZEC Prints More Ballot Papers Than Registered Voters
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has defended its decision to print 8 million ballot papers for the July 31st elections despite there being only 6.4 million registered voters.
- 2013/07/24: AllAfrica:IPS: Smallholders Feed a Nation As Land Reform Fails
Small-scale farmers - who previously contributed slightly less than half of the 1.8 million tonnes of grain to the Grain Marketing Board's national reserve annually - have been left to fill it almost entirely.
This is because Zimbabwe's commercial farmers, most of whom are beneficiaries of the country's controversial and violent land reform programme of 2000, are producing way below expectation, despite occupying the most productive land.
- 2013/07/23: AllAfrica:SW Radio: 'Top-Secret Dossier' Shows How Zanu-PF Will Steal the Election
- 2013/07/23: AllAfrica:SW Radio: SA's Zulu Silenced As SADC Yields to Mugabe
- 2013/07/22: AllAfrica:DailyMaverick: Zuma Sacrifices Top Aide in Yet Another Zimbabwe Capitulation
This weekend, President Zuma threw one of his top advisers under a bus (one with Zanu-PF branding and Robert Mugabe's shiny mug on the side).
Lindiwe Zulu hadn't done much wrong in noting that maybe, just maybe, Zimbabwe's election progress was less than perfect.
Still, this was too much for Mugabe - and when Comrade Bob says jump, Zuma still asks how high.
- 2013/07/22: BBC: South Africa's Jacob Zuma silences Lindiwe Zulu on Zimbabwe
South African President Jacob Zuma has told his Zimbabwe envoy to stop making public comments, after she was criticised by Robert Mugabe.
Mr Zuma, the chief mediator in Zimbabwe's 2008-9 political crisis, said only he was authorised to comment ahead of the 31 July elections.
His envoy, Lindiwe Zulu, said last week that electoral preparations were "not looking good".
Zimbabwe's president then asked Mr Zuma to stop "this woman" from commenting.
- 2013/07/20: AllAfrica:SW Radio: 'Unhappy' Zuma to Host Zim Pre-Election Summit
South African President Jacob Zuma will on Saturday host a meeting with his regional counterparts that make up the SADC Troika, to discuss Zimbabwe's looming elections.
The presidents of Mozambique, Tanzania and Namibia will join Zuma at the meeting in Pretoria, according to Zuma's International Relations advisor, Lindiwe Zulu.
- 2013/07/20: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Biti Claims Mudede Created Four Different Voters Rolls
- 2013/07/20: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Beatrice Mtetwa Trial Resumes in Harare Court
The trial of human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa resumed in the Harare Magistrate's Court on Friday, four months since her arrest for allegedly 'obstructing the course of justice'.
Mtetwa was arrested on March 17th and charged after allegedly insulting police officers who were arresting her clients at the time.
Her clients, Thabani Mpofu, Warship Dumba, Felix Matsinde and Mehluli Tshuma, are all from the Prime Minister's office and were arrested on allegations of impersonating law enforcement agents and compiling dockets about corrupt state officials.
Mtetwa was eventually released on $500 bail after spending eight days in detention. Observers believe that Mtetwa's arrest was meant to intimidate her and instill fear among rights lawyers in the country.
- 2013/07/20: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC-T Special Vote Case Dismissed By Justice Chiweshe
- 2013/07/19: IndiaTimes: South Africa admits 'challenges' in Zimbabwe vote
- 2013/07/19: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Mugabe Elections Rush in Disarray
President Robert Mugabe will be on the ropes this weekend as he faces close scrutiny at the Sadc troika on politics, defence and security and the African Union (AU) peace and security council meetings less than two weeks before crucial general elections set for July 31.
Sadc and the AU, guarantors of the now abandoned Global Political Agreement (GPA) and attendant roadmap towards elections, will meet to discuss Zimbabwe's state of preparedness for elections today and tomorrow amid unfolding chaos engulfing the electoral process following a messy and rushed mainly due to lack of funding and capacity within the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec).
The AU meeting will be held today in Addis Ababa, the Sadc one will on tomorrow in Pretoria. The two meetings are expected to scrutinise Zimbabwe's electoral processes and make defining resolutions on the issue.
- 2013/07/19: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Zanu-PF Implicated in Corruption
The Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) Annual State of Corruption report for 2012 shows that mining policies appear to be partisan and are being abused by Zanu PF for private gain.
The report brings to the fore corruption involving those entrusted with power and authority.
Zanu PF officials who use the mining industry for political expediency and self-aggrandisement rather than for growth and development to sustain the industry are on the list of corrupt officials.
Top police and military officers, bureaucrats and influential business people are also cited among the most corrupt.
According to the report, about 62% of Zimbabweans have paid a bribe in different sectors of the economy, including the judiciary, tax revenue and land services.
- 2013/07/19: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: What Does ZEC Have to Hide? [RAU audit]
As the general elections draw closer, it is increasingly becoming clear Zimbabwe is not ready for the polls despite what Zanu PF officials and their state media hacks would have us believe.
President Robert Mugabe, his sycophants - who survive by clinging on his political coat-tails - and grovelling state media journalists who know the truth, but want to railroad the country into chaotic elections for their narrow self-serving ends.
This has always been the strategy: Mugabe and his genuflecting Fifth Columnists will do everything to subvert the people's will by denying them the right to participate in free and fair elections run by professional and impartial electoral institutions and officials before stealing the result.
How do elections become credible when the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Registrar-General (RG)'s Office, bureaucrats, judges and state security forces, mainly the military, are so shamelessly partisan? Why is Mugabe and Zanu PF, as well as their cronies, afraid of free and fair elections? If they are popular, as they would have us believe, why not allow people to register and vote without hindrance in line with the constitution and laws of this country, as well as the SADC and international norms?
- 2013/07/19: AllAfrica:SW Radio: ZEC Urged to Fight for Election Postponement
- 2013/07/19: AllAfrica:SW Radio: SADC Troika Expected to Hold Zim Summit Saturday?
- 2013/07/19: Xinhuanet: Mugabe blasts U.S. for meddling in Zimbabwe elections
- 2013/07/19: BBC: Zimbabwe to protest to South Africa over 'pirate' 1st TV
Zimbabwe's government says it will protest to South Africa over a "pirate" TV station which is to be based there ahead of this month's elections.
1st TV is due to be launched later on Friday and will be broadcast into Zimbabwe by satellite.
Zimbabwe's state-run TV, which has a domestic monopoly, is widely seen as being biased in favour of President Robert Mugabe.
1st TV's head used to work closely with Mr Mugabe's rival, Morgan Tsvangirai.
- 2013/07/18: AllAfrica:SW Radio: High Court Bars [RAU] Advocacy Group From Launching Voters Roll Audit
- 2013/07/18: AllAfrica:VoA: More Than Million Extra Names On Zimbabwe Voters Roll - Audit
An independent audit of Zimbabwe's voters roll has found it contains the names of more than a million people who either are deceased or have left the African country. The research group that conducted the audit spoke to reporters Wednesday after the government blocked it from making a presentation to civil society groups. The findings come less than two weeks before Zimbabwe is due to hold national elections.
The Research and Advocacy Unit [RAU] was supposed to present the findings of its audit of the voters roll on Wednesday to pro-democracy civic organizations in Harare. But the event was cancelled on government orders, said Kuda Chitsike, who heads the RAU.
- 2013/07/18: AllAfrica:FinancialGazette: ZEC Exposed. . . as Clock Ticks Towards Polls
- 2013/07/18: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Special Vote Court Case Postponed As ZEC U-Turns On Voters' Roll
- 2013/07/18: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zanu-PF 'Quits' Govt Watchdog Group [JOMIC], Blames MDCs
- 2013/07/17: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Panicky Zanu-PF Resorts to Intimidation As Election Approaches
With just 15 days left before the July 31st poll, ZANU PF supporters are threatening MDC supporters with a repeat of the 2008 election violence.
The party has been employing various intimidation tactics, particularly in the Masvingo and Mashonaland provinces, where ZANU PF youths and soldiers have been threatening to kill those who will not vote for the party.
Peace campaigners Heal Zimbabwe Trust, who monitor incidents of violence across the country, say that in some areas such as Chipinge South, war vets have set up an intimidation base at Gondwi Primary School.
- 2013/07/16: AllAfrica:DeutscheWelle: Chaos and Delays Mar Zimbabwe's Pre-Election Vote
Local election monitors in Zimbabwe have raised concerns over the early voting which was arranged for security officials. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he will challenge the process in court.
Barely two weeks before Zimbabweans vote in a crucial presidential election, early voting for members of the security services on Sunday and Monday was plagued by delays in the opening of polling stations.
They were also reports of shortages of voting materials such as indelible ink, stamps, voter rolls and ballot papers and boxes.
- 2013/07/16: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Chaotic Special Vote Exposes ZEC's Lack of Readiness for Polls
- 2013/07/15: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: Zanu-PF Leads in Human Rights Violations
ZANU PF supporters and State security agents contributed to 55% of the major human rights violations in the past six months, a report by a local non-governmental organisation has revealed.
According to a Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) analysis between January and June this year, Zanu PF supporters contributed to 29% of the human rights violation cases in the country. At least 13% of the violations were attributed to police and intelligence personnel with 10% each to war veterans and soldiers.
- 2013/07/14: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: Mugabe's Secret Strategy Revealed
President Robert Mugabe has set up parallel structures to campaign for him as he is suspicious of some of his top lieutenants in Zanu PF, it has emerged.
Sources said Mugabe feared that some party bigwigs, positioning themselves to succeed him, could deliberately sabotage him through a protest vote commonly referred to as bhora musango.
An official close to Zanu PF said Mugabe had set up his own "commissariat department" to spearhead his campaign and organise logistics, including distribution of regalia.
- 2013/07/14: al Jazeera: Security forces vote early in Zimbabwe
Early voting starts for police and soldiers as questions linger on whether there is enough money to hold elections.
- 2013/07/13: AllAfrica:SW Radio: State 'Hostility' Towards Civil Society Threatens Credible Poll
An international human rights group has warned that the state's ongoing hostility towards Zimbabwe's civil society sector could threaten the credibility of the upcoming elections.
According to a new report by Amnesty International, the past eight months have seen an intensified campaign of intimidation and arrests of Zimbabwe's human rights defenders and civil society leaders.
The report, 'Walk the Talk' details how the police have conducted systematic raids on different groups' offices, arbitrarily arrested human rights defenders and seized equipment to intimidate and disrupt the work of the organisations.
- 2013/07/13: AllAfrica:SW Radio: ZESN Claims 750,000 Voters Missing From Voters Roll
A scrutiny of the country's voters' roll by election watchdog, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN), has unearthed a disturbing under-registration of voters in mostly urban areas.
With less than three weeks to go before the election this will buttress the MDC-T's recent claims that an Israeli based company with offices in Harare was allegedly contracted by ZANU PF to manipulate the voters roll.
ZESN said it noted serious irregularities in the voters' roll purchased by the organisation from the office of the Registrar General on 19th June. Voting patterns from previous elections show that urban areas are naturally strongholds of the MDC-T.
- 2013/07/13: AllAfrica:VOA: Amnesty Accuses Zimbabwe Police of Intimidation
- 2013/07/13: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Police Block Tsvangirai Meetings
- 2013/07/13: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Leaders Trade Insults As Election Campaign Hots Up
- 2013/07/13: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: MDC Launches Manifesto in Mash East
The MDC led by Professor Welshman Ncube is launching the party's manifesto in Mashonaland East province. Also in attendance are coalition partners Zapu who are represented by their president Dumiso Dabengwa and his deputy Emila Mukaratirwa. Dabengwa has pledged support for the MDC even beyond this election.
- 2013/07/12: Guardian(UK): Robert Mugabe plotted Jacob Zuma assassination, document claims
- 2013/07/12: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Polls' Credibility Already Damaged
- 2013/07/12: AllAfrica:SW Radio: ZEC Adds 672 Polling Stations for Elections
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has put in place an additional 672 polling stations for the upcoming elections. There were 8,998 polling stations in the 2008 election and this year there will be 9,670.
- 2013/07/12: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC-T Deputy Minister's Campaign Team Attacked
Deputy Mines Minister Gift Chimanikire was on Wednesday attacked by ZANU FP thugs while canvassing for his MDC-T party in Harare's Mbare Constituency.
The outgoing MDC-T MP for Southerton and 13 members of his election team, who included 12 women, were on a door-to-door campaign when the youths waylaid them in a cul-de-sac.
- 2013/07/10: Guardian(UK): Robert Mugabe holds all the cards in Zimbabwe elections
- 2013/07/10: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Zanu-PF Wants to Rig Elections - Tsvangirai
- 2013/07/10: AllAfrica:SW Radio: ZANU-PF 'Friends' Among Foreign Observers Invited Ahead of Elections
- 2013/07/10: AllAfrica:CarterCentre: Carter Center Denied Accreditation to Observe Zimbabwe's Elections
- 2013/07/10: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC Youth Leader Challenges Mugabe Insult Law in Constitutional Court
MDC-T Youth Chairman Solomon Madzore filed an urgent application in the Constitutional Court on Monday to have the notorious insult law - Section 33 of the Criminal Code - struck off as unconstitutional, in a landmark case that will determine whether or not an individual has a right to say whatever they want about the presidency.
- 2013/07/06: AllAfrica:DeutscheWelle: Zimbabwe Stumbles Towards the Ballot Box
Zimbabwe goes to the polls on July 31. But can free and fair elections be arranged in such a short space of time? Prime Minister Tsvangirai and Zimbabwe's neighbors have their doubts.
"Under the present conditions, which are neither free nor fair, I don't believe that the upcoming elections will be lawful - irrespective who wins them," Tsvangirai told his supporters.
- 2013/07/08: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: Nation Goes for Elections Without Reforms
Zimbabwe goes to polls in three weeks' time with the scales tilting in favour of Zanu PF as no major reforms were enacted to level the playing field since the violent and disputed elections in 2008, analysts have said.
The confirmation by the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) last week that harmonised elections be held at the end of this month effectively ruled out the possibility of the reforms being implemented before the polls.
- 2013/07/08: AllAfrica:RNW: Complicated Registration Keeps Zimbabweans From Voting
- 2013/07/07: BBC: Tsvangirai rues lack of reforms ahead of Zimbabwe vote
- 2013/07/06: AllAfrica:DeutscheWelle: Mugabe Threatens to Pull Zimbabwe Out of Regional Bloc
President Robert Mugabe kicked off his re-election campaign with a warning to the 15 member southern African regional bloc SADC that Zimbabwe could withdraw amid demands for a free and fair vote.
- 2013/07/06: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Widespread Discrepancies Between Voters' Roll and Population Census
Earlier this week Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede denied reports that the voters' roll had been manipulated, but a report issued on Friday by the Harare based Research & Advocacy Unit (RAU) reveals 'disturbing' discrepancies between the latest voters' roll and the population census.
One of the senior researchers at RAU, Tony Reeler, told SW Radio Africa: "The voters' roll should not exceed the census. In no country do you have more voters than is clearly found on the ground."
In a preliminary report entitled: Key statistics from the June 2013 voters' roll, RAU says there is a gross under registration of people under the age of 30, compared to the census, and that nearly two million young adults are not registered as voters.
- 2013/07/06: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Mugabe 'Threatens' to Withdraw From SADC
- 2013/07/06: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Mugabe Threatens to Pull Zimbabwe Out of SADC
- 2013/07/05: AllAfrica:VoA: Zimbabwe Court Upholds July 31 Election Date
- 2013/07/04: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zimbabwe: Constitutional Court Upholds Mugabe's July 31st Poll Date
- 2013/07/05: AllAfrica:SW Radio: State Media 'Sincerity' Questioned After It Stops Political Advertising
- 2013/07/04: al Jazeera: Zimbabwe court refuses to extend poll date
Top court rules that presidential and parliamentary election will go ahead on July 31 despite appeals to delay it.
- 2013/07/04: BBC: Zimbabwe court rejects Mugabe, Tsvangirai bid to delay poll
- 2013/07/04: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Madhuku Says Court Will Uphold July 31st Poll Date
The ConCourt will hear a number of election related urgent applications, including an appeal by Tsvangirai and MDC leader Welshman Ncube, who both want the ConCourt to extend the voting date from July 31st, to allow the implementation of reforms.
There are already conflicting opinions from legal experts on what is likely to be the outcome of Thursday's hearing. Constitutional expert Dr. Lovemore Madhuku believes the election extension case will be thrown out by the ConCourt, saying it has no basis in law, but another expert, Derek Matyszak, says either way there will be a constitutional crisis in Zimbabwe after the ruling.
The MDC leaders were caught off guard last month when Mugabe unilaterally declared the election date and used the Presidential Powers Act to bypass parliament to pass amendments to the Electoral law.
- 2013/07/03: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Tsvangirai Accuses Israeli Specialists of Rigging Voters Roll
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has again accused a shadowy Israeli company of working with the country's Central Intelligence Organisation to rig the elections on behalf of ZANU PF.
The company, Nikuv, is believed to have former Mossad agents as employees.
Tsvangirai made these allegations during an election preparedness meeting with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) led by Justice Rita Makarau in Harare on Monday.
- 2013/07/03: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zanu-PF 'Criminal' Candidate Manages to File Nomination Papers
The MDC-T will this week approach the electoral court seeking to have the ZANU PF parliamentary candidate for Mazowe North disqualified, on the basis that he has criminal record.
Edgar Chidavaenzi, successfully filed his papers with the nomination court in Bindura last week Friday but failed to disclose the custodial sentence. The aspiring ZANU PF candidate was earlier this year sentenced to three years in jail for stealing a grain silo.
- 2013/07/03: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Soldiers and Police Officers to Cast Ballots in Secret
Members of the country's armed forces will this year breathe a sigh of relief as they will be able to cast their ballots in secret in the presence of presiding officers and not under the supervision of their senior officers.
Unlike previous elections where officers on duty cast their ballots inside police, prison and army camps, this time members who apply for the special vote will use polling stations located in schools or in public areas. The special vote has replaced the postal ballot, under laws contained in the new constitution.
- 2013/07/02: AllAfrica:SW Radio: The Big Flush - a Drop in the Bucket
- 2013/07/02: AllAfrica:SW Radio: SADC Hoping for One Month Zim Poll Delay
- 2013/07/01: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zanu-PF Lashes Out After Obama Calls for Reforms
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