Recent News Reports
- 2014/04/16: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Elephant Protector Steps Aside Over Illegal Hwange Land Claim
The fallout over an 'illegal' land claim in the Hwange National Park has seen one of the country's top elephant protectors stepping aside and shutting down a key elephant conservation project.
The Zimbabwe 'Presidential Elephant Conservation Project' was founded and has been run by Sharon Pincott since 2001, with the aim of monitoring and protecting the Presidential Elephant Herd, a unique herd of wild elephants that are meant to be protected by Presidential decree. In 2011 Pincott successfully lobbied Robert Mugabe to re-pledge his support for the elephant herd. This was in the face of land invasions, poaching and other threats to Zimbabwe's elephant population.
But 13 years since the Project was launched, the elephants now face being left without a caretaker after Pincott announced on Monday that she is stopping her work. The announcement has followed a worsening fight caused by the takeover of a piece of land in the Hwange National Park, which serves as the herd's home range.
The land in the Kanondo area has been claimed by a woman who insists she has an inheritance claim to the land, despite a 2013 directive by Zimbabwe's Cabinet that offer letters for the land be withdrawn. In what has been described as a case that "so reeks of incompetence and lack of care, of ignorance, of greed, of covering butts, of back-handers, and of the corruption that this country is supposedly, right now, trying to stamp out," the Cabinet directive of 2013 has been ignored. Instead, the Kanondo land claimant has forged ahead with the building of a safari lodge.
- 2014/04/16: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Nation Faces Imminent Economic Collapse
As Zimbabwe turns 34 this week indicators are that the country is facing imminent collapse due to a combination of economic mismanagement and bad governance, experts and opinion leaders have warned. Reports this week said 176 companies were deregistered while 634 more are expected to be struck off the register in the next three months. According to a notice from the Registrar of Companies, the majority of the affected entities are in the manufacturing and investment sectors.
- 2014/04/14: AllAfrica:NewZim: Sikhala Urges "War" Against Mugabe
Firebrand MDC-T politician Job Sikhala has urged party supporters to brace for "war" against President Robert Mugabe's regime, which he accused of running the country down and reducing the entire nation into virtual paupers.
The tough speaking former student activist, fresh from a return to the party that gave him national political status, said any solution outside dislodging the 90 year-old leader and his government would see the entire population wiped out by the current Zanu PF imposed penury.
- 2014/04/13: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: MDC-T Got Themselves to Blame for Election Loss
Ever since the heavy thumping of the MDC-T in the July 2013 harmonised elections, its leaders have cried foul and came up with at times, hugely creative and dramatic reasons on why the party lost.
The blame was squarely put on Zanu PF's shoulders as if winning an election is now a crime.
MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai made sensational claims of vote rigging but failed to provide a single iota of evidence to prove their case.
Contrary to Tsvangirai's claims of election rigging, the unvarnished truth is that MDC-T lost the elections as a result of confused party ideologies, intra-party power struggles and the moral decadence of its leaders among other reasons...
- 2014/04/12: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: China Fears Zimbabwe Risk
China is baulking on providing a rescue package through structured deals to President Robert Mugabe's government in the aftermath of last year's controversial general elections, largely because of the country's high political risk profile and the aging Zanu PF leader's succession problems, the Zimbabwe Independent learnt this week.
- 2014/04/12: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Mnangagwa Defends Arrest of Journalists
Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa this week defended the arrest of journalists under the criminal defamation laws.
This was after Parliamentarians condemned the arrest of the Daily News Editor Stanley Gama and his senior reporter Fungi Kwaramba on Monday. The two were charged by the police for allegedly criminally defaming businessman Kamal Khalfan.
Parliamentarians said the ZANU PF government was trying to curtail free speech in the wake of reports on corruption in high places. They argued that the Criminal Law Act, under which Gama and Kwaramba were charged, is now outdated and must be done away with.
The MDC-T shadow minister for communications and Kuwadzana MP, Nelson Chamisa, set the ball rolling in parliament by asking Mnangagwa why the law was still being used and why it was used selectively against independent journalists.
- 2014/04/11: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Mangoma Expelled From MDC-T
The deputy treasurer-general of the MDC-T, Elton Mangoma, has been relieved of his post and expelled from the party for gross indiscipline, the party said on Thursday.
Also expelled from the party is Mangoma's lawyer Jacob Mafume, youth assembly secretary-general Promise Mkwananzi and national executive member Last Maengahama.
- 2014/04/08: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC-T Party to Meet Over Infighting
The next two days will define if the MDC-T will remain united or split again, if warring parties fail to resolve their differences in meetings called for Wednesday and Thursday.
- 2014/04/08: AllAfrica: DailyMaverick: Analysis - Is There Any Hope for Zimbabwe's Beleaguered Opposition?
- 2014/04/08: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Sunday Mail Retracts False Bennett Story, Fires Editor
The State-run Sunday Mail newspaper has apologised to senior MDC-T official Roy Bennett, after falsely claiming that he criticised party president Morgan Tsvangirai's leadership qualities in an interview with the paper.
In a story titled 'Bennett Slams Tsvangirai' published on March 23rd, the Sunday Mail 'quoted' Bennett as saying he and other MDC-T officials had lost faith in Tsvangirai, whom the story labelled "strong-headed and "power-hungry".
When SW Radio Africa contacted Bennett over the story, he denied speaking to anyone from the Sunday Mail, or discussing internal party issues with the media.
- 2014/04/07: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Govt Bars Tsvangirai From Visiting Flood Victims
- 2014/04/07: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: Tsvangirai-Led MDC Set for Yet Another Split
- 2014/04/07: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: Grace Mugabe - New Zanu-PF Kingmaker
First Lady, Grace Mugabe is emerging as a powerful political force in Zanu PF with information emerging that some party bigwigs are now abandoning their factions to rally behind her.
Sources said although Grace was not interested in any position within the party, the First Lady has become an influential figure as she fights to ensure that the interests of the First Family are secured when President Robert Mugabe eventually leaves office.
- 2014/04/07: AllAfrica:NewZim: Tsvangirai Barred From Visiting Tokwe-Mukosi Victims
President Robert Mugabe's government has blocked opposition MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai from visiting the Tokwe-Mukosi flood victims who are being accommodated at Chingwizi holding camp by government.
- 2014/04/02: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Landmines Kill Hundreds of Villagers
Landmines have killed and maimed hundreds of Zimbabweans as inadequate resources and a lack of political will continue to hamper demining efforts.
More than 1,500 people and 120,000 cattle have been killed since 1980, while more than 2,000 people have been maimed, humanitarian groups say.
In 2012 alone 12 people died while 11 were injured countrywide. However, the figures do not include unreported cases, according to the Zimbabwe Mine Action Centre which coordinates demining activities in the country.
Planted by Rhodesian forces during the liberation struggle and targeted at guerillas, the victims are now ordinary villagers, particularly those living along the borders with Zambia and Mozambique.
- 2014/03/31: EUO: South Africa's Zuma to boycott EU-Africa summit
- 2014/03/31: AllAfrica:NewZim: Mugabe Finally Pulls Out of EU Summit
- 2014/03/31: AllAfrica:NewZim: EU Boycott - Zuma Backs Mugabe
- 2014/03/31: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: I Am Not the Problem - Tsvangirai
MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai has urged party members to direct their energy towards dislodging President Robert Mugabe, who he accused of running down the country, rather than calling for his resignation.
Addressing a rally in Zhombe yesterday, Tsvangirai, who is under pressure from senior party members calling for leadership renewal, said those tired of fighting Mugabe must gracefully resign or take a rest from politics.
"Our problem is that we are now fighting internally when the crisis is Mugabe and Zanu PF who, owing to their lack of vision and leadership, are allowing the country to slide back to the economic crisis of 2008," said Tsvangirai.
- 2014/03/31: AllAfrica:NewZim: MDC-T Fires Youth Assembly Leader Madzore
MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai's faction on Sunday took its political bloodletting to the youth assembly, sacking its leader Solomon Madzore and secretary general Promise Mkwananzi.
Madzore was unfazed however, stating: "I have heard that some group of individuals met today (Sunday) but we will not lose sleep because Zimbabweans are free to meet.
- 2014/03/29: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Small-Scale Tobacco Farmers Fuel Massive Deforestation
A drive through Mashonaland Central province -- including Mudhindo village -- will shock any remotely environmentally-conscious person as vast stretches of forests have been left barren, risking denudation due to the massive cutting down of trees by small-scale tobacco farmers who use firewood to cure their tobacco.
- 2014/03/29: AllAfrica:SW Radio: 47 Bindura University Students Arrested
Police on Thursday arrested 47 Bindura University students, on allegations that they held an illegal meeting.
- 2014/03/28: Guardian(UK): Robert Mugabe to boycott EU-Africa summit after wife denied visa
- 2014/03/24: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: MDC-T Factions Intensify Infighting
- 2014/03/20: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Flood Victims Facing Fresh Hunger Emergency
- 2014/03/20: BBC: Mugabe caps Zimbabwe's 'fat cat' state salaries
President Robert Mugabe has moved to ease public anger in Zimbabwe by capping the pay of "fat cat" managers of state-owned companies.
The 90-year-old had faced growing pressure to act after it was revealed that many executives were being paid up to $500,000 (£300,000) a month.
- 2014/03/14: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Broke MDC-T Gets Debt Ultimatum
The crisis-ridden and broke MDC-T has until the end of the week to settle a US$130 000 debt accumulated at Adelaide Acres in Harare for food and accommodation after a district chairpersons meeting held last month, as the party's financial and leadership woes mount.
The party is also struggling to pay its workers amid indications it would not be able to do so at the end of the month.
- 2014/03/14: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Outrage As Malawi Consults Zimbabwe Electoral Commission
- 2014/03/11: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Tsvangirai Vows MDC-T Will Not Split
- 2014/03/13: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Parliamentary Speaker Goes After Chikwinya for Exposing Corruption
- 2014/03/11: AllAfrica:IFRC: A Grandmother's Struggle to Feed Four Grandchildren in Drought-Prone Zimbabwe
- 2014/03/11: AllAfrica:SW Radio: MDC-T Divisions Widen Over Biti's Electoral Comments
- 2014/03/11: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Kasukuwere Exposed As 'Lying' to Mugabe in Herald Report
Current Tourism Minister Saviour Kasukuwere was this weekend accused of 'lying' to Robert Mugabe, when he presented a false multi-million dollar cheque to him in 2012.
The cheque, which Kasukuwere (then Indigenisation Minister) handed over to Mugabe when the ZANU PF leaders launched the Marange-Zimunya Community Share Ownership Trust, was reportedly worth $50 million.
At the time, the money had allegedly been promised by five mining firms operating at the Chiadzwa diamond fields as part of efforts to ensure proceeds from the diamonds benefitted the local communities.
The Herald then reported this weekend that the money was never handed over, was never agreed to by the five firms and the cheque given to Mugabe was 'fake'.
The newspaper quoted officials from the firms, who refuted the claims that they agreed to give $10 million each to the Trust. Some officials reportedly said they only pledged $1.5 million each, while others professed complete ignorance of the existence of the Trust.
- 2014/03/04: AllAfrica:AA: Is Morgan Tsvangirai Going to Be Deposed As MDC Leader?
- 2014/03/04: AllAfrica:IRIN: Unravelling Zimbabwe's "Food Crisis"
Is there a food crisis in Zimbabwe? The UN says 2.2 million people will be in need of food assistance until the end of March, based on a 2013 government-led joint survey by the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC). But the government is now questioning those findings.
The Zimbabwean media have reported extensively on the seeming tug-of-war. But an IRIN investigation found the situation more nuanced, with both widespread hunger and modest signs of improvement.
- 2014/02/23: Guardian(UK): Robert Mugabe celebrates 90th birthday with defiant rhetoric
- 2014/02/22: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Government Abandons Land-Grab Beneficiaries
Government has all but abandoned beneficiaries of its controversial land grab exercise, telling them to approach the banks as it will not fund this year's winter crop season.
This must have come as a blow to the A2 farmers who the government has been supporting with inputs and equipment for about a decade. The A2 farmers are large scale farmers who were awarded the land seized from white commercial farmers under the controversial government exercise.
- 2014/02/22: al Jazeera: Robert Mugabe's economic legacy
As Zimbabwe's president turns 90, we examine the years of economic decline under Africa's longest-serving leader.
- 2014/02/21: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: MDC-T Pressing Explosive Self-Destruct Button
- 2014/02/19: AllAfrica:SW Radio: EU Lifts Sanctions On Members of Mugabe's Inner Circle
The EU has suspended targeted sanctions against eight ZANU PF officials but kept the restrictive measures on President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace.
- 2014/02/13: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Electoral Voters Roll Should Be a Public Document
A civil rights campaigner, who lodged a formal demand for an electronic voters roll from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Rita Makarau, has said the register should be a public document and not a preserve for a select few.
Constitutional lawyer Justice Mavedzenge told SW Radio Africa on Wednesday that if Zimbabwe is to be a functional democracy, such documents should be made available for inspection at any time. He gave Makarau a week to comply, after which he will approach the Constitutional Court if she fails to supply the document.
- 2014/02/10: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Thousands Flee As Dam Threatens to Collapse
Thousands of villagers have been forced to flee their homes, downstream of Tokwe Mukorsi dam in Masvingo, amid fears the dam will burst after torrential rains pounded the province.
- 2014/02/10: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Mujuru Attacks Media for Exposing Corruption
- 2014/02/07: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Mugabes' Fight Over Flat to Open Pandora's Box
The feud between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's family and its erstwhile South African business partner Hsieh Ping Sung (also known as Jack Ping) is set to intensify as the tycoon pulls out all the stops in defence of a US$5 million luxury mansion in Hong Kong which is at the centre of a court dispute between the two parties.
- 2014/02/07: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Zanu-PF, MDC-T Succession Battles Intensify After Polls
- 2014/02/05: AllAfrica:SANews: Govt Evacuates Thousands As Dam Cracks Amid Rains
Harare - Zimbabwean authorities are evacuating thousands of people in a southern province, who are threatened by a nearby dam which partially collapsed amid torrential rains.
At least 4 000 families faced the risk of flooding, with some requiring urgent evacuation, after a wall of an upstream dam partially collapsed, officials said on Wednesday.
- 2014/02/05: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zanu-PF Takes Control of All Maize Imports
ZANU PF has seized total control of all grain coming into the country by barring private traders from importing staple cereals.
The move will worsen the situation for Zimbabweans who have been teetering on the verge of starvation since 2000, when ZANU PF embarked on its chaotic land reform programme.
Two years ago the unity government issued licences to private importers when it became clear that the state-owned Grain Marketing Board (GMB) was failing to feed the starving nation, with stocks at its silos falling below critical levels.
But that arrangement was last month reversed by ZANU PF Agriculture Minister Joseph Made, despite millions of Zimbabweans still facing starvation.
- 2014/02/01: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Zimbabwe: Grace Mugabe Grabs More Land
- 2014/02/01: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Grace Mugabe Grabs More of Mazoe Citrus Estate
- 2014/02/01: AllAfrica:SW Radio: AU Credibility Questioned After Appointing Mugabe to Top Post [First Vice-Chair of the executive council]
- 2014/01/29: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Residents Leaders Detained for Discussing Home Demolitions
Police have arrested and detained leaders of Harare residents organisations for addressing a meeting to discuss the proposed demolition of 14,000 homes in Chitungwiza by the State.
Representatives from two residents' associations were arrested in Chitungwiza's Unit L Tuesday evening for addressing more than 800 residents who had gathered to discuss the state-sanctioned destruction of the homes.
- 2014/01/28: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Khupe Wades Into Leadership Row
MDC-T Vice President Thokozani Khupe has come out strongly in support of embattled party leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who is facing an onslaught from close lieutenants to step down.
- 2014/01/28: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Botswana Commended for Breaking Rank Over Flawed Zim Poll
Botswana has become the first Southern African nation to criticise the regional bloc's endorsement of Zimbabwe's disputed elections, with President Ian Khama moving to break rank with fellow SADC leaders over the polls.
In an interview aired on Botswana's national television station, BTV, Khama said the Zim elections were neither free nor fair. He also announced that Botswana will no longer participate in any SADC election observer missions, because the leadership bloc appears to have let Zimbabwe "off the hook".
SADC has faced serious criticism for endorsing Zimbabwe's 2013 polls in the face of widespread reports of irregularities, witnessed not only by Zimbabweans, but also observer missions from across the region.
- 2014/01/28: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Key NCA Members Part Ways With Madhuku
In what is a seen as a blow to the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), two key members have ditched the Lovemore Madhuku led outfit only four months after it transformed into a political party.
Director of information, Blessing Vava, and his colleague Takura Zhangazha, announced Sunday that they were resigning from the party due to the leadership's arbitrary decision to participate in the weekend's by-elections.
Both Vava and Zhangazha accused the party's leadership of subverting the members' will and of operating without clear policies and structures, reports said Monday.
- 2014/01/28: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Is the MDC-T Headed for Another Split?
MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is facing a fresh revolt within his party, by a faction that wants him to step down, amid fears there is an imminent split in the movement.
Deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma is leading the latest challenge and has confirmed authoring a letter that he personally handed over to Tsvangirai last week at his Highlands house.
- 2014/01/27: AllAfrica: Africans Struggle to See Oil, Mineral Revenues
A major new survey of African countries which depend on mining or oil revenues shows that six in 10 people have difficulty in finding out how their governments spend the proceeds of the resources.
- 2014/01/27: AllAfrica:ZimStandard: Leadership Renewal - Tsvangirai Outfoxes Rivals
MDC-T president, Morgan Tsvangirai appears to have upstaged his rivals calling for leadership renewal as several senior party members and ordinary supporters still stand by him despite his numerous shortcomings.
There have been intensified calls within the party ranks following MDC-T's electoral defeat by Zanu PF in the July 31 elections for Tsvangirai to quit and facilitate leadership renewal as some feel the former Prime Minister has nothing new to offer after leading the party for over a decade.
His critics also cite his sexual escapades with several women since the death of his wife, Susan in 2009 as a major weakness.
But the support that Tsvangirai received on Friday when he was delivering his State of the Nation address in Harare indicated that those calling for his ouster may have a tough time ahead.
- 2014/01/16: AllAfrica:NewZim: Prisoners Face Starvation, Ministry Warns
- 2014/01/16: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Nation Faces Hunger As UN Cuts Food Aid
- 2014/01/08: AllAfrica:SW Radio: Bulawayo's Water Rationing Regime to Stay
Demand for water in Bulawayo continues to outstrip supply with the city currently receiving just a fraction of its estimated daily requirements.
The city has longstanding water restriction measures and these will remain in place despite the improved rainfall in recent weeks, authorities have said.
"Without significant inflows into our dams the restrictive measures will remain," Bulawayo Mayor, Martin Moyo, told SW Radio Africa on Tuesday.
- 2014/01/08: AllAfrica:SW Radio: NCA Activists Hospitalized Following Attack By Zanu-PF Supporters
Three Harare-based National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) activists were hospitalized on Sunday after they were attacked by ZANU PF supporters, the new party has claimed.
A party statement said Taurai Maravanyika, Patson Mangwiro and Olibeletsi Noko were amongst the NCA activists who were campaigning for the forthcoming Sunningdale council by-election, when ZANU PF supporters pounced on them.
- 2014/01/03: AllAfrica:RNW: With a Radio Ban, Mugabe Sharpens the Old Enemy's Weapon
- 2014/01/03: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Naïve Opposition, Clueless Zanu-PF
- 2014/01/03: AllAfrica:ZimIndependent: Zanu-PF Can't Even Run Its Own Businesses
- 2013/12/30: ABC(Au): Ambassador to Australia Jacqueline Zwambila rejects Zimbabwe's assurances after asylum bid
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