Recent News Reports
- 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: Na´ve 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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