2010 Zimbabwe News (July - Dec)
- 2010/12/31: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Zuma Drafting Zimbabwe Poll Roadmap
South African President Jacob Zuma is drafting a roadmap to Zimbabwe's elections to be presented at an extraordinary meeting of the Sadc Organ on Politics, Defence and Security next month.
- 2010/12/31: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Zanu PF - Monument to Failed Nationalism
- 2010/12/31: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: SADC Can't Hold a Candle to ECOWAS
SADC leaders should have turned green with envy as they watched the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) swiftly and firmly intervening in the Ivory Coast political crisis. It was sparked by illegitimate President Laurent Gbagbo's insatiable appetite for power despite being rejected by the people at the polls.
ECOWAS is doing what Sadc should have done in Zimbabwe in 2008 when President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF stole the elections in March and June through a combination of manipulation and violence. Our regional block has neither teeth nor bark. It has not only failed Zimbabweans, but has also failed to act decisively in Madagascar and Swaziland where authoritarian rule and dictatorship have been institutionalised.
- 2010/12/31: BBC: South Africa relaxes Zimbabwe deportation paperwork
- 2010/12/29: WiC: WikiLeaks’ gift to Robert Mugabe
- 2010/12/29: WiC: Mugabe doesn’t need an excuse for attacking Tsvangirai
- 2010/12/28: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Tsvangirai to Remain at the Helm of MDC
- 2010/12/28: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Mugabe Calls the Tune, Delegates Sing Along
- 2010/12/27: Guardian(UK): Morgan Tsvangirai faces possible Zimbabwe treason charge
- 2010/12/26: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Wikileaks Could Quicken Demise of GNU
- 2010/12/26: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Grace Mugabe Slammed [by RSF]
- 2010/12/25: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Zanu PF Financial Woes Worsen Ahead of Polls
- 2010/12/23: AllAfrica: Nation: Nation to Hold Referendum in September 2011
The committee drafting Zimbabwe's new constitution says it expects a referendum on the draft in September next year, casting doubts on the prospects of an early election.
- 2010/12/22: AllAfrica: RSF: First Lady Sues Weekly for Quoting Wikileaks Cable
- 2010/12/21: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mugabe Offered Lucrative UN Exit Package - Wikileaks
- 2010/12/21: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC-M Provincial Chairperson Arrested in Mutare
The MDC-M provincial chairperson for Manicaland province, Sondon Mugaradziko, is still in police custody a day after he was arrested when chairing a party meeting.
Heavily armed police pounced on a provincial council meeting in Mutare on Sunday and disrupted proceedings. While the rest of the council members were told to disperse, Mugaradziko was taken in by the police, facing charges of organising a political meeting without clearance.
- 2010/12/21: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Jabulani Sibanda And CIO Threaten Villagers in Chiredzi
War vet leader and violent ZANU PF thug, Jabulani Sibanda, who has terrorized innocent people around the country, is reported to have brought his campaign to the Chikombedzi area of Chiredzi. Our correspondent Lionel Saungweme says that Sibanda was threatening elderly villagers last week, saying their throats would be cut if they did not support ZANU PF in elections next year.
- 2010/12/20: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Rowdy War Veterans Disrupt [11th Zanu PF] Conference
- 2010/12/20: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Mugabe Admits Losing Election
President Robert Mugabe has for the first time publicly admitted that he lost the disputed March 2008 election.
The octogenarian told delegates attending the 11th people's conference in Mutare on Friday that he lost to MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the presidential election because Zanu PF party activists campaigned against him.
Mugabe said he was saved by electoral laws which allow for a run-off if the winner does not garner more than 50 percent of the ballot.
- 2010/12/18: Guardian(UK): US embassy cables: Easing Robert Mugabe out of office
- 2010/12/18: Guardian(UK): US embassy cables: Obstacles to reform in Zimbabwe
- 2010/12/18: Guardian(UK): WikiLeaks cables: UN offered Robert Mugabe a lucrative retirement overseas
- 2010/12/17: Guardian(UK): US embassy cables: US assesses risks from Zimbabwe cholera outbreak
- 2010/12/17: AllAfrica: WikiLeaks: Observations on the Political Landscape and Relations with the U.S.
- 2010/12/17: AllAfrica: SW Radio: [Justice Minister Patrick] Chinamasa Snubs Parliament Committee for Third Time
- 2010/12/17: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Grace Mugabe Sues [Zimbabwe Standard] Paper Over Diamond Looting Story
- 2010/12/17: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Biti Under Fire
Finance minister Tendai Biti this week came under ferocious fire from political principals of the inclusive government and his ministerial colleagues at a heated high-level meeting over his controversial bid to strip President Robert Mugabe of "regulatory" powers vested in him by the Exchange Control Act.
- 2010/12/17: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Mugabe Vents Fury On VP Mujuru
President Robert Mugabe is furious with Vice-President Joice Mujuru for supporting Finance minister Tendai Biti's bid to amend the Exchange Control Act to usurp his regulatory power given to him by the Act.
- 2010/12/17: BBC: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says his country will nationalise all US and UK companies operating in the country unless Western sanctions are removed
- 2010/12/16: BBC: Wikileaks: Grace Mugabe sues over diamond claims
Grace Mugabe is suing a Zimbabwean newspaper over its reporting of claims released by Wikileaks she had made "tremendous profits" from the country's diamond mines.
The president's wife is demanding $15m (£9.6m) from the Standard newspaper.
The Marange fields in eastern Zimbabwe are said to be among the world's richest.
Army commanders and allies of President Robert Mugabe have been accused of profiting from diamond sales.
- 2010/12/10: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zanu PF a Troop of Baboons, Incessantly Fighting - Wikileaks
- 2010/12/10: Telegraph(UK): Zimbabwe's 'Blood Diamonds' exposed by Wikileaks cable
Wikileak cables from the US embassy in Zimbabwe allege that President Robert Mugabe's family and the central bank governor are directly involved in the illegal smuggling of diamonds from the Marange fields, the world's richest concentration of alluvial gems and the scene of mass slaughter.
- 2010/12/09: AllAfrica: WikiLeaks: Military Plans to Displace Thousands of Residents
- 2010/12/09: AllAfrica: WikiLeaks: Military Expansion Fuels Diamond Chaos
- 2010/12/09: AllAfrica: WikiLeaks: Regime Elites Looting Deadly Diamond Fields
- 2010/12/09: AllAfrica: WikiLeaks: Tsvangirai Asks the West For Help on Changing the Status Quo
- 2010/12/09: AllAfrica: WikiLeaks: Assistant Secretary Meets With Opposition Leader
- 2010/12/09: AllAfrica: WikiLeaks: Ambassador's Courtesy Call on Foreign Minister
South Africa's foreign minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, last year proposed exposing "the dirty actions" of President Robert Mugabe's security chiefs, according to a cable from the U.S. ambassador in South Africa.
The cable, published by WikiLeaks, said that in a meeting between the minister and U.S. ambasssador to South Africa, Donald Gips, in November 2009, she "expressed great frustration with President Mugabe, saying that 'we cannot do quiet diplomacy forever' and calling him 'the crazy old man'."
- 2010/12/09: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Harare Residents Demand Chombo Suspension And Investigation
- 2010/12/08: Guardian(UK): US embassy cables: Zanu-PF like 'a troop of baboons incessantly fighting'
- 2010/12/08: Guardian(UK): US embassy cables: Warthogs delay ambassador's arrival
- 2010/12/08: Guardian(UK): US embassy cables: Warthogs delay ambassador's arrival in Zimbabwe
- 2010/12/08: Guardian(UK): US embassy cables: Tsvangirai sets out options for removing Mugabe
- 2010/12/08: Guardian(UK): US embassy cables: Exiled Zimbabweans' 2007 plot to oust Mugabe
- 2010/12/08: Guardian(UK): US embassy cables: Tsvangirai tells US Mugabe is increasingly 'old, tired and poorly briefed'
- 2010/12/08: Guardian(UK): US embassy cables: US ambassador paints picture of 'frail, soft-voiced' Mugabe
- 2010/12/08: Guardian(UK): US embassy cables: Mugabe, the 'spider at the centre of the web'
- 2010/12/08: Guardian(UK): WikiLeaks cables reveal secret plan to push Mugabe out in Zimbabwe
- 2010/12/08: Guardian(UK): US embassy cables: EU delegation tell of 'physically fit, mentally sharp' Mugabe
- 2010/12/08: Guardian(UK): US embassy cables: South African frustration with 'crazy old man' Mugabe
- 2010/12/07: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Police Seize Radios in Binga
Police have seized shortwave radios in Binga, in what appears to be a countrywide campaign to stifle the voice of the exiled independent media ahead of elections.
- 2010/12/02: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Jabulani Sibanda Terrorizing Lowveld, Threatening Death to MDC
Jabulani Sibanda, the violent ZANU PF thug who is chairman of the National War Vet Association, is reported to be in the Lowveld area, terrorizing innocent villagers and threatening death to anyone who supports the MDC. Our sources said Sibanda has ordered his team to send the names of all known MDC supporters to the war vets office by December 4th, so that his team can 'shed their blood'.
- 2010/12/01: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Standard Editor [Nevanji Madanhire] Arrested As Media Clampdown Intensifies
- 2010/12/01: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Activist Dies After Zanu PF And Police Assaults
The MDC reported on Tuesday that Augustine Mahute, a party activist from Matapi Flats in Mbare Harare, died on Saturday night from injuries he suffered while in police custody.
A statement released by the MDC said Mahute had first been attacked by ZANU PF youths and then by the police officers at Matapi Station, where the youths had taken him by force. The family said the police have refused to hand over a copy of the post-mortem report because they know the beatings led to his death.
- 2010/11/30: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Supreme Court Allows Ongoing, Unlawful, Farm Invasions
- 2010/11/30: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mbeki Bias for Mugabe Highlighted in Leaked Diplomatic Reports
- 2010/11/29: BBC: Wikileaks shows US doubts about Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai
The former US ambassador to Zimbabwe thought then opposition leader, now Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai was a "flawed figure", according to a diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks.
Christopher Dell said Mr Tsvangirai was a brave man, largely a democrat but not open to advice and indecisive.
Mr Dell described President Robert Mugabe as ruthless but a "brilliant tactician". As he left in 2007, he predicted: "The end is nigh" for the Mugabe regime.
- 2010/11/29: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: 'SADC in No Hurry to Solve Nation's Crisis'
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security failed to meet over Zimbabwe's comatose government of national unity (GNU) due to lack of quorum, further postponing the resolution of the logjam in the troubled coalition government.
- 2010/11/26: AllAfrica: RFI: Prime Minister Tsvangirai Sues Mugabe
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has taken the desperate step of suing his main partner in the coalition government - President Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai filed papers in the Harare High Court on Wednesday, accusing Mugabe of deliberately violating the two year-old power-sharing deal.
This court action shows just how frustrated Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has become.
He wants the Harare High Court to nullify President Robert Mugabe's recent appointment of governors to 10 provinces, saying Mugabe didn't consult him in line with the power-sharing agreement the pair signed more than two years ago. This makes the appointments unconstitutional, according to Tsvangirai's lawyers.
It's not clear how successful this court action will be, but it marks a new low in inter-party relations.
- 2010/11/25: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Tsvangirai Takes Mugabe to Court Over Governors
- 2010/11/26: BBC: Zuma seeks to ease Tsvangirai-Mugabe rifts in Zimbabwe
- 2010/11/24: AllAfrica: RSF: Journalist Kept in Prison Despite Judicial Release Order
Reporters Without Borders today condemned the continued detention of Nqobani Ndlovu, the Bulawayo correspondent of the independent weekly The Standard, in defiance of a magistrate's order releasing him on bail.
- 2010/11/23: AllAfrica: SAPA: [South African] SCA Hears Appeal on 2002 Zimbabwe Report Sought by Newspaper
The Supreme Court of Appeal heard argument on Monday on whether the Presidency should give the Mail and Guardian newspaper a 2002 report by two judges on the Zimbabwean Presidential elections.
- 2010/11/22: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Plot to Push Tsvangirai Out of GNU
Hardliners in Zanu PF are trying to provoke Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC into quitting the coalition government and precipitate elections under an environment that still favours the former sole ruling party, analysts said last week.
- 2010/11/22: AllAfrica: SW Radio: SADC Shows Its Allegiance to Mugabe As Zim Meeting Cancelled
Leaders in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have again shown their allegiance to Robert Mugabe, after a planned security summit to discuss Zimbabwe's worsening political crisis failed to take off this weekend.
The summit of the regional bloc's security organ, the Troika, was meant to end on Saturday in Botswana's capital Gaborone. But the meeting was cancelled after Zambian President Rupiah Banda, who currently chairs the SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security, pulled out due to "pressing national commitments." Also missing was Mozambique President Armando Guebuza, which left only South Africa, the other member of the organ, which was represented by its President Jacob Zuma.
- 2010/11/22: AllAfrica: WAN: Spate of Journalist Arrests in Nation Raises Concerns
- 2010/11/22: AllAfrica: MISA: 'The Standard' Journalist Arrested
- 2010/11/20: AllAfrica: SW Radio: SA Urged to Stop Protecting Mugabe
- 2010/11/19: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mugabe Clamping Down On Access to Information
- 2010/11/18: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Standard Journalist Arrested and Charged With Criminal Defamation
Police in Bulawayo on Wednesday arrested Standard journalist Nqobani Ndlovu and charged him with criminal defamation, for a story he wrote on the cancellation of promotional examinations in the force.
In an article that appeared in the latest edition of the Standard, the 26 year-old Ndlovu alleged that the examinations were being scrapped to facilitate the absorption of war veterans and retired officers back into the police force ahead of next year's elections.
- 2010/11/18: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Cabinet Drama as Deputy PM's Resist Security Search
The circus surrounding the crumbling coalition government continued Tuesday, when overzealous security guards attempted to search Deputy Prime Minister's Arthur Mutambara and Thokozani Khupe, who had come for a cabinet meeting.
Reports say Khupe objected vehemently and walked away, while Mutambara took a more confrontational approach and 'bulldozed his way in'.
- 2010/11/15: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Tsvangirai Calls Mugabe a Crook As MDC Says UN Monitors Needed
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has branded Robert Mugabe a crook and has threatened to boycott the elections if they are violent, he told supporters.
The MDC would also want monitors from the United Nations and European Union (EU) to oversee the elections, alongside the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
- 2010/11/15: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zanu PF Hangs Onto Broadcasting Monopoly Ahead of Elections
- 2010/11/15: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Minister Coltart Threatened By War Vets
Education Minister and Senator David Coltart is facing threats by war vets, which he has said are equally a threat to the MDC and the entire unity government.
Coltart has been on the receiving end of written threats by war vets, led by Joseph Chinotimba, since the start of the month. The group has demanded that Coltart retract statements he made in a recent speech, suggesting that the Gukurahundi massacres were akin to genocide.
- 2010/11/15: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Police Block MDC Rally and Offer Venue to Zanu PF
- 2010/11/15: AllAfrica: SW Radio: SADC Accused of Appeasing Robert Mugabe
Leaders in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have been accused of unlawfully undermining the regional human rights Tribunal, and appeasing Robert Mugabe, over their decision to review the role of the legal body.
- 2010/11/05: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Mugabe's Big Election Gamble
President Robert Mugabe is a man generally not known to go back on a particular statement that he makes in public, no matter how irrational it may seem. In our current national political circumstances he has indicated, at least politically, that he is keen to see out the end of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) via the constitutional reform process in order to have national elections by the end of June 2011. He reiterated the same message as recently as at a conference of traditional chiefs in Kariba towards the end of last month.
The circumstances that have led Mugabe to declare such a seemingly absolute position are interesting to say the least. In what one can only view as frustration at what he considers the intransigence of the MDC-T after it protested the unilateral appointments of governors and ambassadors, Mugabe decided to take one of the biggest gambles of his latter-day political career. This is because his decision to announce his intention to ensure that elections are held by June next year is extremely problematic for his party and his leadership tenure.
The most evident problem that Zanu PF and Mugabe face if they go through with holding elections next year is that they are still rather unpopular and would not necessarily be able to win a free and fair election outright.
- 2010/11/05: AllAfrica: MISA: Two Journalists Arrested
Freelance journalists Andrison Manyere and Nkosana Dhlamini were arrested and detained overnight at the Waterfalls police station in Harare on 30 October 2010 while covering a constitutional information gathering meeting.
- 2010/11/05: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Police Launch Manhunt for Editor Based in the UK
In the UK Wilf Mbanga might be running The Zimbabwean newspaper 8200km away from Harare, but this has not stopped police in the Zim capital claiming they have launched a manhunt for him.
- 2010/11/05: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Official Beaten Up for Refusing to Buy ZANU PF Card
The MDC information and publicity secretary for Makoni South constituency is lucky to be alive, after she was set upon by ZANU PF thugs for refusing to buy their party card.
Enia Chiwara is now recuperating at a private clinic in Mutare after she was severely assaulted by a gang allegedly sent by Chief John Rukweza of Makoni in Manicaland province. Makoni South constituency is held by the MDC party and its legislator is Pishai Muchauraya.
Chief Rukweza is known to be closely linked with ZANU PF and has since last week been moving around the district 'forcing anyone' to buy ZANU PF cards for $2 each.
- 2010/11/04: BBC: Zimbabwe arrests six diamond mining officials
Zimbabwean police have arrested six directors of two diamond mining corporations on suspicion of fraudulently obtaining a licence.
The officials work for the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation and Canadile Miners, state media reported.
They are suspected of fraudulently obtaining a licence to mine the controversial Marange fields, in the east of the country.
- 2010/11/04: CBC: Zimbabwe diamond industry under scrutiny
Zimbabwe's diamond industry, accused of using slave labour and other human rights abuses, is the focus as representatives from about 70 diamond-producing countries, including Canada, wrap up four days of talks in Jerusalem.
- 2010/11/02: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: MDC-T MPs Go on Trial
Two Movement for Democratic Change House of Assembly lawmakers go on trial this week for undermining President Robert Mugabe's authority.
Pishayi Muchauraya (Makoni South) is expected to stand before a Murambinda magistrate today while Douglas Mwonzora (Nyanga North) would be in the dock tomorrow at the Mutare Magistrates court for utterances deemed to be derogatory to the ZANU-PF leader under the country's so-called insult laws.
- 2010/11/02: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Chaos, Violence and Stabbing Mar Conclusion of Constitutional Outreach
Efforts to conclude constitutional outreach meetings in Harare and Chitungwiza again ended on a chaotic note after MDC supporter Jonsaya Manyere was stabbed in the head by ZANU PF thugs.
- 2010/11/01: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Zuma Told to Set Election Benchmarks
The civil society in Zimbabwe has urged the South African facilitation team to set benchmarks for the holding of credible elections in Zimbabwe and warned that violence in the next polls could be worse than that experienced in the June 2008 ballot. The recommendation came out of a meeting between the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, a grouping of more than 300 civil society organisations, and the facilitation team, held at the Union Buildings in South Africa, last Wednesday.
- 2010/11/01: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Coup Suspect Set Free
One of the seven alleged coup plotters, Rangarirai Mazivofa, has been released after the High Court ruled that he had been incarcerated for a lengthy period without trial, it emerged this week. Mazivofa was arrested in May 2007 along with Albert Matapo, Nyasha Zivuku, Oncemore Mud-zurahona, Emmanuel Marara, Patson Mupfure and Shingirai Mutema-chena for allegedly trying to stage a coup to oust President Robert Mugabe.
Information obtained by The Financial Gazette this week revealed that Mazivofa was set free three months ago.
But the other accused persons were not as lucky. They were not released because they faced another allegation of having earlier attempted to escape from prison after allegedly bribing officials to secure them tools to enable them to breakaway away from jail.
The case is still pending.
- 2010/11/01: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Heavy Police Presence at Copac Meetings
Heavy police presence prevented what could have been a volatile situation at Copac meetings held in Harare yesterday as Zanu PF and the MDC supporters tried to outdo each other in contributing towards the new Constitution.
- 2010/11/01: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: MDC-M Clamps Down on Group Resignations
The Arthur Mutambara-led MDC has banned group resignations in the party in a bid to stop the embarrassing episodes resulting from the mass quitting of the faction by disgruntled members, The Standard has heard.
The party has experienced group resignations by disgruntled members exasperated by the leadership wrangles between Mutambara and his secretary-general Welshman Ncube, both reportedly eyeing the post of president. Most of those who are resigning are reportedly joining the formation lead by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
- 2010/10/28: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Abandoned Constitutional Outreach Meetings Set for the Weekend
Close to 52 constitutional outreach meetings in Harare and Chitungwiza, abandoned or disrupted because of ZANU PF sponsored violence, will be re-done this weekend. The Political Parties Liaison Committee met on Monday and decided the meetings will be held on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October.
MDC activist Chrispen Mandizvidza was killed by ZANU PF thugs shortly after a constitutional outreach meeting in Mbare. Several other meetings countrywide have been marred by violence, intimidation and the busing in of ZANU PF thugs to try and influence contributions at different venues.
- 2010/10/22: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Diaspora Draft Constitution Ready for Submission to COPAC
A draft constitution produced by exiled Zimbabweans is to be presented to the COPAC management committee before the deadline for submissions next week Tuesday.
- 2010/10/22: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Bennett Says Military Junta Running Zimbabwe
MDC-T Treasurer General Roy Bennett has said the military junta is now running the country and that long time dictator Robert Mugabe is now just a figure head. Speaking on SW Radio Africa's Behind the Headlines series Bennett said: "I think Mugabe is a senile old man. He is no longer in control of events in Zimbabwe and the military junta calls the shots."
- 2010/10/22: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Mugabe Desperate to Secure His Future
President Robert Mugabe seems to be pushing hard to have elections next year at whatever cost, even if it means doctoring the Global Political Agreement (GPA) and misrepresenting issues. This reveals his desperation to extricate himself from the GPA.
- 2010/10/22: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: GNU Parties Diverge On Constitution
The three main political parties in the inclusive government have clashed over the new constitution with MDC-T now declaring that the outcome of the process would be a transitional document paving the way for free and fair elections next year, Zanu PF saying no to a negotiated charter, and MDC-M revealing that the final draft would be negotiated with the Kariba draft as the reference point.
- 2010/10/22: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Mugabe Has No Right to Limit GNU Term -- PM
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said President Robert Mugabe has no powers to determine the lifespan of the inclusive government without consulting other political principals.
The premier was responding to Mugabe's statement last week that Zimbabweans will go for elections by mid next year because he cannot extend the inclusive government lifespan by more than six months.
According to Constitutional Amendment No 19, the inclusive government would be reviewed after the writing of a new constitution, but it does not give the lifespan of the pact.
Tsvangirai told his supporters in Mabvuku on Tuesday that Mugabe had no right to limit the term of the inclusive government which was formed as a result of the sham June 2008 presidential election run-off.
- 2010/10/22: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Mugabe Mobilises Zanu PF for Polls
- 2010/10/22: AllAfrica: IRIN: Election Call Raises Fears of More Violence
- 2010/10/22: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Official to Stand Trial in November for 'Insulting' Mugabe
- 2010/10/22: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zanu PF Scam to Pad Voters Roll in Bulawayo
- 2010/10/22: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mutambara Backs Mugabe Over Ambassadors Row
Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara has tipped the already unbalanced scales of power firmly in Robert Mugabe's favour, by backing him in the current ambassadors row.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai last week told the EU and the UN that ambassadors appointed solely by Mugabe don't speak on behalf of the whole government. This position has put further strain on the fragile coalition government, with Tsvangirai urging foreign hosts of Zimbabwean ambassadors not to recognise those appointed unilaterally by Mugabe.
- 2010/10/21: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Election Commission Says It's Ready to Conduct Polls
The acting chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Joyce Kazembe, has said they are ready to conduct national elections if the leadership in government asks them to do so.
This directly contradicts ZEC chairperson Justice Simpson Mutambanengwe, who in August said the country will not be able to conduct elections next year due to inadequate funding and the need to carry out reforms to make the vote more credible. This he said included grappling with a voters' roll that is a shambles.
With the coalition government having virtually collapsed due to Mugabe's reluctance to genuinely share power, all talk by the political parties has shifted to a fresh election as a solution. Mugabe, who lost the last election in March 2008, remained President by borrowing legitimacy from the power sharing deal.
Last week the 86 year old ZANU PF leader said the coalition government could be dissolved within 4 months...
- 2010/10/21: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Police Bar MDC From Holding Harare Meetings
- 2010/10/20: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mugabe Threatens Retaliation if Ambassadors Sent Back
- 2010/10/18: AllAfrica: Nation: Mugabe Threatens Diplomats Over Appointments
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe will retaliate if European Union (EU) countries heed advice from his rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to expel diplomats that the veteran ruler appointed unilaterally.
President Mugabe and the PM are at loggerheads over several key appointments and the impasse is now threatening the inclusive government formed in February last year.
Last week, Mr Tsvangirai wrote to the United Nations, the EU and some European countries asking them not to recognise the envoys.
While the UN has made it clear that it cannot throw out the ambassadors, the EU has demanded an explanation from Mr Mugabe and the block may soon take action.
- 2010/10/18: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Supreme Court Halts Biti's Challenge Over Illegal Detention
- 2010/10/18: AllAfrica: BusinessDay: Wily Mugabe Has Outmanoeuvred the MDC
The silver cup is broken. Yes, it seems the marriage of inconvenience between Zanu (PF) and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) sanctioned by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is over.
- 2010/10/18: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Gridlock in Govt
- 2010/10/15: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Elections to Be Held By Mid Next Year -- Mugabe
- 2010/10/14: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Tsvangirai, Khupe Boycott Cabinet
- 2010/10/14: AllAfrica: Nation: Mugabe Party Hits Out At PM Over Envoys
- 2010/10/16: BBC: Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe unity deal should end next year
Zimbabwe's president has said a power-sharing deal which expires in four months' time should not be extended.
Robert Mugabe said the country should hold a referendum on a new constitution early in 2011 and then elections.
- 2010/10/15: EurActiv: EU to reject Mugabe's ambassadors
A consensus is emerging among the EU institutions to reject Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's ambassadors-designate to the European Union, after the country's prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, called on the bloc not to recognise Mugabe's unilateral appointment.
- 2010/10/13: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zuma's Facilitation Team Jets Into Harare
- 2010/10/14: BBC: UK resumes Zimbabwe deportations
The Home Office says it will resume enforced returns of Zimbabweans with no legal right to be in the UK, after a four-year moratorium.
The courts stopped deportations to Zimbabwe in 2006 when judges ruled that the country wasn't safe.
That legal bar was lifted two years later, but the Home Office did not resume enforced returns immediately.
Some 13,000 Zimbabweans have sought asylum in the UK over the past five years and a third were granted asylum.
- 2010/10/12: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Coalition on the Edge as Tsvangirai 'Revokes' Appointments
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has carried out his threat to revoke the unilateral appointments by Robert Mugabe, in letters to respective government officials nullifying the appointment of governors, ambassadors, Judges and the Police Service Commission.
Tsvangirai has upped the stakes with Mugabe after the ZANU PF leader's unilateral appointments of provincial governors recently. During a news conference last week Thursday Tsvangirai said his party will not recognize the 10 provincial governors re-appointed by Mugabe, outside provisions of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) that underpins the unity government.
The MDC-T said it would also no longer recognize Reserve Bank Governor, Gideon Gono and the Attorney General Johannes Tomana.
- 2010/10/12: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Date for Referendum on Constitution Set for June 30
- 2010/10/12: BBC: Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai disowns Mugabe ambassadors
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has written to world leaders saying Zimbabwe's ambassadors do not represent his government.
He says the envoys were only chosen by President Robert Mugabe, with whom Mr Tsvangirai is sharing power.
But Mr Tsvangirai says he was not consulted over the appointments, which he says breaks the unity government's deal.
It is not clear whether the EU, UN and South Africa will recognise the envoys.
This is the latest sign of severe strains in the power-sharing deal, with elections due next year.
- 2010/10/11: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: More Like a 'Driven People' Constitution
It is amazing how Zanu PF manages to twist and turn issues upside down, leaving chaos and confusion in its trail.
A case in point is the ongoing circus around the constitutional reform outreach process. In last Tuesday's edition of The Herald Zanu PF's Patrick Chinamasa is quoted as insisting that there should be a people-driven constitution which his party is committed to.
Sounds to me more like a "driven-people" constitution that Zanu PF is referring to.
- 2010/10/11: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Analysts Say Tsvangirai 'Finally Wakes Up And Smells the Coffee'
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's strong rebuke of Robert Mugabe on Thursday has struck a chord with his party supporters, who were increasingly getting worried about his defence of the ZANU PF President.
A number of political analysts have said the outburst by Tsvangirai may have signaled the 'reinvention' of the man who caused Mugabe a lot of discomfort before he agreed to join the unity government.
The Prime Minister's verbal salvo was apparently prompted by Mugabe's unilateral appointment on Sunday of provincial governors from ZANU PF to serve another term, in violation of the GPA.
- 2010/10/11: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: MDC-T Succession Debate Muzzled
- 2010/10/11: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Zanu-PF Structures in Shambles
- 2010/10/08: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Sanctions - SADC Barks Up the Wrong Tree
It's like a dog barking up the wrong tree. That's how critics have described the Southern African Development Community (Sadc)'s decision to set up a presidential team to lobby the West for the removal of sanctions against Zimbabwe. The critics say Sadc should instead be pushing President Robert Mugabe to implement critical democratic reforms.
- 2010/10/08: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Zanu Pf Structures Collapse
Zanu PF bigwigs in Matabeleland are fighting over the collapse of party structures as senior members snub critical meetings.
- 2010/10/08: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Tsvangirai Slams Mugabe Power Grab
President Robert Mugabe has grabbed virtually all executive powers from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai after unilaterally appointing provincial governors, endangering the survival of the fragile inclusive government.
Mugabe's decision to appoint governors on his own without consulting Tsvangirai is one in a series of moves which have been rejected by the premier as a violation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) and thus invalid.
According to the GPA, Mugabe is not supposed to make such appointments without consulting Tsvangirai.
- 2010/10/07: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Tsvangirai Furious As Mugabe Unilaterally Appoints Zanu PF Governors
- 2010/10/07: BBC: Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai lashes out at President Mugabe
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has accused President Robert Mugabe of violating the constitution and unilateral decision-making.
Mr Tsvangirai said his MDC party would not recognise any key appointments made by Mr Mugabe in the past 18 months, including governors, judges and envoys.
He also urged the international community to do the same.
- 2010/10/06: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Harare Council Cutting Off Water Supplies, Despite Ministerial Order
- 2010/10/06: AllAfrica: SW Radio: COPAC Switches Dates for Harare Meetings to Next Week
The COPAC management committee on Wednesday tentatively set next week Saturday and Sunday as the new dates for the rescheduled meetings, disrupted by ZANU PF in Harare two weeks ago.
- 2010/10/04: OpenDem: Targeted sanctions on Mugabe - should the EU appease Jacob Zuma?
The EU must not submit to Zuma's calls for the lifting of sanctions in Zimbabwe, argues Clifford Chitupa Mashiri
- 2010/10/04: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Tsvangirai to Step Down
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will step down as president of the larger faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) next year in line with the party's original constitution that allows an incumbent to hold office for a maximum of two five-year terms.
The Financial Gazette can exclusively reveal that the MDC-T has since passed a resolution to the effect that the movement's third congress - where a new leader would be elected - would only be held after the holding of presidential elections, which both the premier and President Robert Mugabe said would be held next year.
- 2010/10/01: CSM: How a pair of North Korean-built statues reopened ethnic wounds in Zimbabwe
All great artists have their critics. Ask a group of (apparently nameless) North Korean sculptors, whose two bronze depictions of the Zimbabwe freedom fighter Joshua Nkomo -- displayed in Nkomo’s hometown of Bulawayo and in the nation’s capital of Harare -- were dismantled after heavy criticism.
It probably didn’t help matters that North Korea helped to train the notorious fifth brigade, the elite unit sent to crush Nkomo’s ZAPU rebel group in his native Matabeleland region in the early 1980s. By the time Nkomo surrendered in 1987 and joined the government of his former lieutenant, President Robert Mugabe, 20,000 civilians had been killed in Mugabe’s infamous "Gukurahundi" operation. (Gukurahundi means, "the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains").
- 2010/10/01: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Tsvangirai Not Certain on Elections Date
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai this week said he is no longer certain that elections, which are widely expected to unlock the log-jam in the fragile coalition government, will be held next year.
- 2010/10/01: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Calls for Arrest of War Vets Leader Jabulani Sibanda
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party has called on the police to arrest war vets leader Jabulani Sibanda, saying the 'self-styled war veteran' had caused 'so much suffering in Masvingo province during the past three months, without any restraint from the police.'
Under a deliberate plan to disrupt the constitutional outreach programme Sibanda moved around with what the MDC-T called '15 of Zimbabwe's most violent war veterans, preaching hate, intimidating and dividing the people, inciting violence and disturbing peace by forcing people to attend his meetings in the province.'
Despite reports last month that Sibanda had moved out of the province, on Wednesday he disrupted classes at Nhema Primary School in the same province when he ordered teachers and school children to attend his rally. Sibanda later went to Fuve Business Centre in Zaka and threatened hundreds of villagers with violence if they stayed away from his meetings in the area.
Confirming police complicity in the campaign, the Officer in Charge of Mashoko police station several weeks ago actually accompanied Sibanda, instead of arresting him. 'Zanu PF is funding Sibanda in the party's mission to fight ordinary villagers and to interfere with their normal lives,' the MDC-T said. The party said it was clear people in Zaka were being punished for rejecting ZANU PF in the March 2008 election.
The MDC-T have demanded that ZANU PF come clean and denounce Sibanda, if he is not working on their behalf.
- 2010/10/01: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zuma Faces Criticism at European Parliament [for the way he has handled the Zimbabwe crisis]
- 2010/09/30: AllAfrica: IRIN: Struggling to Create a Constitution
- 2010/09/28: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Police Hound Witnesses in MDC Activist's Murder
Two key witnesses in the brutal murder of MDC activist Crispen Mandizvidza are now on the run, after police indicated they wanted to arrest them for the killing.
23 year-old Mandizvidza died from injuries sustained after a group of ZANU PF supporters attacked him. Some of the attackers have been positively identified and are residents of Mbare.
- 2010/09/24: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Govt in Catch 22 Situation Over Mulled Elections
- 2010/09/24: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Tsvangirai Blasts 'Lying' SADC Chief, Tomaz Salomao
- 2010/09/24: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Murdered MDC Activist Mandizvidza to Be Buried Next Week
- 2010/09/23: AllAfrica: IRIN: A Decade of Living in the Aftermath of Flooding
It was 10 years ago that a cyclone hit remote rural communities in eastern Zimbabwe destroying much of the basic infrastructure, but in the absence of any reconstruction it may as well have been yesterday.
In a village in rural Chipinge District on the Mozambican border in Manicaland Province, schoolchildren have become accustomed to being educated in roofless classrooms.
- 2010/09/21: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Home Affairs Min Makone Says Zanu PF Holding Police Captive
Co-Home Affairs Minister Theresa Makone on Monday launched a tirade against ZANU PF for 'virtually holding the Zimbabwe Republic Police captive.
In an outburst directly aimed at her coalition partners in government, the minister said she was 'disgusted and sickened' by ZANU PF's thuggery during the constitutional outreach program.
Responding to weekend reports that police did nothing to stop ZANU PF supporters from the violence that disrupted outreach meetings in Harare, the co-Home Affairs minister said the police were just as paralysed as most victims of political violence.
'If anyone of them (police) dares do what they're supposed to do, they are the ones who will end up in worse trouble. We've got a captive police that is not allowed to do its job which it knows best,' Makone said.
- 2010/09/21: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Constitution Program in Turmoil as Zanu PF Unleashes Violence
- 2010/09/17: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Chegutu Farm Burned Down By Land Invaders
A farmer in Chegutu has become the latest victim of the continued onslaught against the commercial farming community, after her property was burned down by land invaders this week.
Catherine Jouineau-Meredith's Twyford Farm was burned to cinders on Tuesday by the ZANU PF senator who has led violent attacks on the property since last year. Senator Jamaya Muduvuri moved on to the property in March after successfully evicting Jouineau-Meredith, who was ordered to leave the farm and fined US$200 for occupying it "illegally".
- 2010/09/17: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Didymus Mutasa Vows Tsvangirai Will Never Be President
ZANU PF will never handover power to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, even if he wins next year's elections, Presidential Affairs Minister Didymus Mutasa said on Wednesday.
- 2010/09/16: Guardian(UK): Morgan Tsvangirai praises Robert Mugabe 'the hero'
- 2010/09/16: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Violence Forces Cancellation of 23 Copac Meetings in Manicaland
A total of 23 constitutional outreach meetings were cancelled in the last week in some districts of Manicaland province, after ZANU PF supporters resorted to using guns to disrupt the meetings.
- 2010/09/16: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Farm Invasions Continue, 2 Years Since Signing GPA
- 2010/09/16: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Says ZANU-PF Deliberately Delaying Implementing GPA
- 2010/09/15: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zanu PF Kicks Into Election Mode With 'Threats' of More Violence
- 2010/09/14: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zanu PF Torture Trial Begins
- 2010/09/14: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Tsvangirai Agrees Not to Contest 2011 Poll Result
- 2010/09/13: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: No Reforms for ZANU-PF
- 2010/09/13: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Country's Fractious Politics - Who Rules the Roost?
- 2010/09/13: BBC: Zimbabwe has released on bail four US health workers suspected of running a clinic and dispensing Aids drugs without a licence
- 2010/09/11: BBC: Air Zimbabwe dismisses striking pilots
- 2010/09/10: Guardian(UK): Swaziland pro-democracy protesters threatened with torture
Swaziland prime minister says government would consider using sipakatane -- beating the feet with spikes -- to crush dissent
- 2010/09/10: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: ZANU PF a Party Functioning on a Wing and Prayer
- 2010/09/10: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: ZANU PF Chefs to Grab Farming Implements
Top Zanu PF officials in Matabeleland have agreed to share amongst themselves Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe farming implements stored in Bulawayo and meant for farmers.
- 2010/09/10: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Move Over MDCs, Here Cometh ZAPU
- 2010/09/10: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mugabe Required to Consult PM on Elections Under GPA
- 2010/09/07: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Man Jailed for One Year for 'Insulting' Mugabe
- 2010/09/03: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Fresh GNU Row Erupts Over Provincial Governors
- 2010/09/03: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mugabe Regime Resumes Jamming SW Radio Africa Broadcasts
- 2010/09/02: BBC: South Africa to resume deporting Zimbabweans
South Africa is to start expelling Zimbabweans again, from 31 December, the government has announced, ending their special status.
- 2010/08/30: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Pressure Group Says SADC Lacks Credibility to Monitor Zim Elections
- 2010/08/30: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Half of the Population Wants to Leave the Country
- 2010/08/30: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Two State Prosecutors Tortured for Sending War Vets to Jail
Two state prosecutors who were based in Matobo in Matabeleland South province fled the country earlier this month, after they were severely tortured for their role in sending three war vets to prison for stock theft.
SW Radio Africa can reveal that the two public prosecutors, Samkeliso Moyo and Freedom Chaita, are now safe in Johannesburg, South Africa after the state turned against them.
They are said to be highly traumatized at what they went through when members of the dreaded CIO set upon them after they successfully proved in court that the three war vets were guilty of the crime charged.
- 2010/08/30: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Tomana Dismisses MDC-T Report On 2008 Atrocities
Controversial Attorney-General Johannes Tomana has set himself on a collision course with the MDC-T party after he poured scorn on their 2008 report documenting political murders.
In June 2008, MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai had to pull out of the Presidential election run-off due to unprecedented levels of political violence, abduction and torture of MDC activists and human rights defenders.
More than 500 MDC members were killed at the height of the political violence and close to half a million were forced to flee their homes in a campaign that was led by the military.
However the MDC was able to document almost all the atrocities including the dates, times and places where the crimes occurred. On realising the police were taking no action on the document, the MDC sent a copy to Tomana to follow up on the investigations.
But Tomana on Friday brushed aside the report, telling the weekly Zimbabwe Independent that he did not take it seriously, because it should not have been sent to him in the first place.
- 2010/08/30: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Policy of Appeasement [towards leaders who have blighted the region], SADC's Major Weakness
- 2010/08/29: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Accusations And Lies Surface Over GPA Implementation
There has been confusion, accusations and counter accusations between the rival parties in the coalition government over a controversial GPA letter written by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara to President Zuma, regarding governors and sanctions.
Speaking on this week's Hot Seat programme, the Deputy Prime Minister told SW Radio Africa that he was mandated to write two letters, one on June 8 and another on 5 August, to SADC appointed facilitator and South African President Jacob Zuma on behalf of the Principals, prior to the recent SADC summit in Namibia.
But recent comments from both ZANU PF and the MDC-T show that the political parties are still worlds apart on issues to do with the implementation of the Global Political Agreement.
- 2010/08/25: OpenDem: Mugabe's zero sum game
Mugabe seems little constrained by the 2008 Global Political Agreement which established the coalition with the Movement for Democratic Change
- 2010/08/26: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Ten Days Pass With No GPA Implementation
Ten days have passed since the unity government was set a 30 day deadline to implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA), and there is still no sign of any movement towards meeting this deadline.
- 2010/08/24: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC-M Vice President Gibson Sibanda Dies
- 2010/08/24: BBC: Zimbabwe's MDC co-founder Gibson Sibanda dies [of cancer]
- 2010/08/23: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: ZANU-PF's Sincerity Tested Once Again
- 2010/08/23: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: ZANU-PF Hardliners Rub in PM's 'Junior' Status
- 2010/08/23: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mugabe Reneges On GPA Implementation
- 2010/08/23: AllAfrica: SW Radio: ZANU PF Tries to Block Diamond Researcher From Monitoring Job
- 2010/08/23: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Mugabe Wins Big at SADC Summit
The charm offensive by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democractic Change ahead of last week's Southern African Development Community (Sadc) summit created optimism that President Robert Mugabe - the region's oldest black sheep - would finally be brought to heel.
But like the proverbial cat with nine lives Mugabe left Windhoek - the venue of the 30th Sadc heads of state and government summit - with his head high. Instead of chastising him for dragging his feet in implementing the Global Political Agreement (GPA) that led to the formation of the unity government last year, regional leaders stroked Mugabe's ego by "commending the Zimbabwe stakeholders for their efforts towards implementation of the GPA".
- 2010/08/21: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Chihuri to Go?
The three parties in government -- ZANU-PF and the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formations -- are set to cross swords once again when police Commissioner-General, Augustine Chihuri's term of office expires at the end of this month...
- 2010/08/21: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: SADC Gives Govt 30-Day Ultimatum
South African President Jacob Zuma says ZANU-PF and the two formations of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) should resolve, within a month, outstanding issues threatening the government of national unity (GNU).
ZANU-PF, the MDC-T and the MDC-M have been deadlocked over contentious issues relating to the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) since its consummation in September 2008.
- 2010/08/20: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Issue Suspiciously Blocked From SADC Debate
Accusations of political chicanery at the just-ended South African Development Community (Sadc) summit in Windhoek, Namibia, have surfaced following the failure of regional leaders to fully discuss Zimbabwe in their main proceedings and reflect the issue in detail on the communiqué.
- 2010/08/20: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC COPAC Teams Resolve to Cancel Meetings in Violent Areas
- 2010/08/20: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Another MDC MP Arrested As Masvingo Police Hunt More
Meanwhile the MDC is facing more harassment in connection with the constitutional outreach in Masvingo. The police at Masvingo central arrested Jani Varandeni, the MDC MP for Bikita South, on Thursday morning after he reported there to ask what progress had been made in the case involving violent attacks by war vet Jabulani Sibanda, who had terrorized the area. Varandeni signed a warned and cautioned statement and was released on bail till his court appearance on Monday.
Describing the incident, MDC-T organizing secretary for Masvingo, Tongai Matutu, said it was a case of the "police turning a victim into the accused". Matutu, who is also the Deputy Minister for Youth, Gender and Development, said: "The police are now hunting down MDC activists, members, supporters and officials left, right and center."
- 2010/08/20: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Civil Society Remains Skeptical About Implementation of GPA
- 2010/08/20: AllAfrica: SW Radio: SADC's Motives Questioned Over Tribunal Review
Questions are being raised over the true motive behind the Southern African Development Community's decision to review the mandate of the regional bloc's human rights court.
SADC officials have denied that the Tribunal has been suspended, shortly after resolving to review the "role functions and terms of reference" of the court. The review process is set to take six months and during that time the court won't be handling any new cases or completing any current ones. Despite this, SADC executive secretary Tomaz Salamao insists that the Tribunal has not been suspended.
SADC is now facing criticism for using the review process to avoid confronting Robert Mugabe for disregarding the rule of law. The Tribunal ruled in 2008 that Mugabe's land grab campaign was unlawful and discriminatory, and ordered the Zimbabwe government to protect commercial farmers, their rights to their land, and pay compensation for land already seized.
But in Zimbabwe the Tribunal has been snubbed by the government, with Mugabe and Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa declaring that the Tribunal's rulings were 'null and void'. The High Court then ruled that the Tribunal's orders on land reform have no authority in Zimbabwe, despite the country being a signatory to the SADC Treaty.
- 2010/08/18: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC-T 'Happy' With Outcome of SADC Troika Meeting
- 2010/08/17: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: More Zanu PF Jingles Coming
- 2010/08/17: AllAfrica: BusinessDay: Zuma Claims Progress in Easing Logjam
- 2010/08/17: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Villagers Devise Whistling Scheme to Combat War Vets
Fearful villagers in Chipinge and Nyanga have devised a whistle strategy to combat increasing attacks from ZANU PF thugs and war vets, as the police standby, refusing to come to their aid.
Douglas Mwonzora, the national co-chairperson of the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee in Zimbabwe (COPAC), said on Monday that locals were fed up of being harassed at outreach meetings and have resorted to citizen action.
- 2010/08/17: AllAfrica: SW Radio: SADC Gives Principals One Month to Implement Outstanding Issues
- 2010/08/16: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Zanu PF Invaders Leave a Trail of Destruction
- 2010/08/16: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: SADC - More of the Same
Heads of State and Government from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will, for the umpteenth time, converge in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, on Sunday for the regional grouping's 31st summit whose agenda will include the nagging Zimbabwe question.
Bringing finality to the Zimbabwe crisis in which the regional bloc and the African Union are the guarantors of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) that was meant to bring peace and prosperity to the country's long-suffering citizens following a decade of intense rivalry between ZANU-PF and the larger formation of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) has eluded SADC for many years...
- 2010/08/13: AllAfrica: SW Radio: SMS News Message Throws Manicaland CIO Into Panic
Members of the Central Intelligence Organization who were terrorizing villagers in Manicaland Province have removed registration numbers from their cars, after an SW Radio Africa SMS news alert on the 6th August. The SMS exposed the names of officers involved in the violence and gave the registration numbers of the cars used.
The alert exposed the use of a white Nissan double cab ABM0196 used by a CIO officer identified as Shingi, ABM0155 used by the Officer in Charge of Chipinge CID known as Chizemo and another similar truck ABM0203, used by a CIO known as Matake.
On Friday Makoni South legislator Pishai Muchauraya told Newsreel; 'After that exposure by SW Radio Africa the CIO's involved in that violence removed the number plates of the cars operating in Chipinge. They also confronted some of our members, including some drivers, asking us why we are putting them on the internet including their registrations numbers and names.'
The identified CIO officers were moving from village to village ahead of constitutional outreach meetings and terrorizing known MDC supporters. The campaign is part of moves by ZANU PF to silence any opposition to a draft constitution supported by Mugabe's regime. The CIO's named were particularly active in the Chipinge, Chipinge South and Musikavanhu constituencies.
- 2010/08/13: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: MDC Say Agreement Reached on Provincial Governors
The MDC led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has confirmed that it has reached agreement with ZANU PF on the sharing of posts for provincial governors.
An Associated Press report on Friday quoted spokesman Nelson Chamisa saying their party would get 5 governorships, ZANU PF 4 and the Mutambara MDC 1, under a formula previously agreed to. The report further stated that Mugabe would swear in the governors on the 24th August.
The timing of the announcement of the agreement, a few days before a SADC summit in Namibia, would appear to be a calculated attempt by ZANU PF to take the sting out of criticism for its failure to honour the September 2008 power sharing deal. Several times Mugabe has given the impression he would swear in the MDC governors Tsvangirai had appointed, but each time nothing materialized.
- 2010/08/13: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Victory for Tsvangirai as GNU Corrects His 'Junior' Status
- 2010/08/13: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Mugabe's Proposed Amnesty a Form of Further Injustice
- 2010/08/13: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: 'Mugabe Amnesty Rhetoric Mockery to Victims'
President Robert Mugabe's call for amnesty on political crimes has all but ended hopes of justice on Zimbabwe's recurring state-sponsored abuses in the near future.
- 2010/08/12: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Two MDC Activists Hospitalized After Zanu PF Attacks
- 2010/08/12: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Farmers Win Another Victory Against the Government
- 2010/08/12: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Country on SADC Summit Agenda, but No Change Expected
- 2010/08/12: AllAfrica: WFP: Food Security Improves, but 1.68 Billion People Still Need Food Assistance
- 2010/08/12: AllAfrica: ZDN: Government's Volte-Farce
The Zimbabwe Government’s deliberate dismissal of the SADC Tribunal’s jurisdiction led to its legal team being instructed to take the unprecedented step of walking out of a hearing in Windhoek. Thereafter, the Zimbabwe government’s legal team failed to attend all hearings at SADC’s Highest Court of Appeal.
However, when the SADC Tribunal issued a costs award against the Zimbabwe Government and this was duly registered in South Africa, there was an immediate change in strategy.
- 2010/08/12: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Zuma Pressures GPA Partners
- 2010/08/10: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Theresa Makone Remains Silent on War Vets Violence
The Home Affairs Co-Minister Theresa Makone's 'silence' regarding the war vets continued attacks on MDC members is a sign her party is still not in control, a commentator has said.
Last week, assaults on MDC officials and supporters intensified in the Chipinge area of Manicaland, with MDC-T Makoni South MP Pishayi Muchauraya blaming war vets and ZANU PF militia for the violence. On Monday the MDC in Masvingo said war vets leader Jabulani Sibanda has used inflammatory speeches to terrorise thousands of people at meetings for the past few weeks. He recently told villagers that people opposed to Robert Mugabe would be killed.
- 2010/08/10: AllAfrica: SW Radio: War Vets Leader Threatens to Squash Tsvangirai Like a 'Fly'
Notorious war vets leader Jabulani Sibanda has threatened Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, comparing him to a 'fly' that could be easily killed by swatting it against a window. Sibanda who has made a political career out of terrorizing and killing MDC supporters was addressing villagers at Mashoko Business Centre in Bikita West over the weekend.
- 2010/08/10: EarthTimes: Zimbabwe food crisis eases, but over million face hunger says UN
- 2010/08/10: AllAfrica: SW Radio: War Vets Holding Constitutional Outreach to Ransom in Masvingo
The constitutional outreach exercise has been forced to suspend its activities in Masvingo, because of a terror campaign unleashed in the province by war vets supporting ZANU PF with the police's knowledge, according to officials in the area.
On Saturday the MDC members of the outreach team refused to continue with their work because of increased threats of violent attacks and after an MDC committee member's house was torched by suspected ZANU PF operatives.
Angry outreach workers say police are also deliberately allowing the war vets to intimidate locals, making it impossible for them to complete the constitutional outreach exercise in a safe and democratic manner.
- 2010/08/09: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: PM Defies Police Ban
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday defied a police ban and addressed thousands of his supporters for the first time since he was prevented from campaigning in Matabeleland North ahead of the ill-fated June 2008 presidential run-off poll.
- 2010/08/09: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Ministers and Journalists Face Arrest for 'Leaking' Information
The Minister of Media, Information and Publicity, Webster Shamu, on Wednesday threatened to arrest any government ministers who disclose information on cabinet meetings and proceedings to the media, plus the journalists who use such information.
Minister Shamu reportedly said ministers were using confidential information from cabinet proceedings to "further their political agendas" and that some even "distort or misinterpret" the information in order to "promote their narrow party political interests".
The announcement came after ministers reportedly discussed the issue last week in cabinet and agreed that leaks of such information were damaging to government.
But media analysts strongly disagree and have criticized the move as yet another attempt to silence the media, target the MDC and keep Zimbabweans in the dark about political activities.
Political science professor John Makumbe criticized the MDC ministers for going along with this decision, saying the directive by Shamu is aimed at victimizing them.
He said: "The MDC ministers have become sitting ducks really. And there will be no ZANU PF ministers arrested for leaking anything, not just to the Herald, but even to independent newspapers. They will be leaking only those stories that they want to go out into the public domain."
- 2010/08/07: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Civil Society Demands Action From SADC Leaders
Civil society on Friday demanded that leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) take action to prevent state-sponsored violence during the next elections in Zimbabwe.
The call by the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition comes ahead of the SADC Summit in Namibia from August 15 - 17, where Zimbabwe's current political stalemate is set to be debated. The situation fell off the agenda at last month's African Union (AU) summit in Uganda, despite the stalemate that has blocked any real change in the country.
- 2010/08/06: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Crisis Drifts Away From Diplomatic Radar
The Zimbabwe crisis, one of the most dominant political questions on the continent for close to a decade, is disappearing from the radar of regional and continental diplomacy as leaders focus more on pressing issues such as piracy and resurgent terrorism.
A delegation from Zimbabwe civil society that travelled to the African Union summit to lobby for continental leaders to discuss Harare's political stand-off went largely ignored, underlying how attention on Zimbabwe has faded.
- 2010/08/06: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Bizarre Stunt Fuels Further Acrimony in Copac Outreach
- 2010/08/06: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Mugabe Tirade Derails Reengagement
- 2010/08/06: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Sustain Broken Limbs After Zanu PF Attacks in Chipinge
Assaults on MDC officials and supporters intensified in the Chipinge area of Manicaland on Wednesday and Thursday, as ZANU PF continued its campaign of violence linked to the Constitutional outreach program.
Provincial spokesperson and Makoni South MP, Pishayi Muchauraya, told SW Radio Africa that two MDC officials sustained broken limbs and MDC vehicles were attacked and vandalized by youth militia and CIO agents in separate attacks.
- 2010/08/04: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Police Refuse to Return Diamond Researcher Farai Maguwu's Property...in direct violation of a High Court order
- 2010/08/04: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zanu PF Using Soldiers, Chiefs and Militia to Attack MDC
The Constitutional Outreach program which was supposed to peacefully create a new people-driven constitution for Zimbabwe, has instead often brought little more than renewed violence against those perceived to be MDC supporters.
ZANU PF has activated the same machinery used during elections in the past to intimidate opposition officials and supporters. This includes soldiers, the police, traditional chiefs, the youth militia and local thugs, who are paid for each assignment.
Reports of assaults, displacements, arrests and harassments are being received daily from around the country. Many observers are questioning whether the MDC formations should continue being part of this constitutional exercise and also of the so-called inclusive government, when they clearly have no power.
- 2010/08/04: EUO: Mugabe tells EU, US to ‘go to Hell' at sister's funeral
- 2010/08/04: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Warned About Zanu-PF Election Mode
The MDC needs to get serious as Zanu-PF intensifies its election strategy of intimidation and violence, an analyst has warned.
Commentators point to how Zanu-PF has used the troubled constitutional outreach exercise to mobilise support, with widespread reports of its members intimidating and assaulting locals and MDC activists, trying to force them to endorse its views.
- 2010/08/04: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Widow of Murdered MDC Activist Nabanyama Speaks Out
- 2010/08/03: BBC: Zimbabwe attacks Western envoys after burial incident
Zimbabwe has demanded apologies from three Western diplomats for walking out of a burial ceremony on Sunday for President Robert Mugabe's sister.
German, US and EU envoys left after Mr Mugabe attacked Western nations, saying they should "go to hell" for interfering in his country's affairs.
US Ambassador Charles Ray said he had left the ceremony because he was "very disappointed" in Mr Mugabe's conduct.
He had, he added, nothing to apologise to Mr Mugabe for.
- 2010/08/03: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: GNU - Lost Urgency Music to Zanu PF
- 2010/08/03: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Govts Economic Suicide Continues
- 2010/08/02: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: PM Defies Police Ban
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday defied a police ban and addressed thousands of his supporters for the first time since he was prevented from campaigning in Matabeleland North ahead of the ill-fated June 2008 presidential run-off poll.
The last time Tsvangirai tried to campaign in the province two years ago he was detained in Lupane for several hours.
- 2010/07/30: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Government Wants to Be 'Main Player' in Aid Distribution
- 2010/07/30: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Police Trying to Block MDC Hwange Rally
- 2010/07/29: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Harassment Continues as ZPF Start 'Electioneering'
- 2010/07/29: AllAfrica: SW Radio: 'Operation Shut Your Mouth'
The violence and intimidation being perpetrated by ZANU-PF to sabotage the constitutional outreach programme has turned into a fully-fledged official campaign dubbed, Operation "Vhara Muromo", which means "Shut Your Mouth".
This is intended to make it clear that those with views opposed to official ZANU-PF policies are to remain quiet at the outreach meetings being conducted around the country.
Many people are reported to have gone into hiding and others have been assaulted or displaced after making contributions deemed to be sympathetic of the MDC on constitutional issues.
- 2010/07/28: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Court Helps Ensure Bennett's Swearing-in Delayed 'Indefinitely'
The Supreme Court has ensured that MDC Treasurer General Roy Bennett will not be sworn in to his post as Deputy Agriculture Minister any time soon, after postponing his acquittal case 'indefinitely'.
- 2010/07/28: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Constitutional Meetings Rendered Pointless by Zanu-PF Intimidation
- 2010/07/28: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zuma Sends Envoy to Kick Start Mediation in Zimbabwe - Again
- 2010/07/28: AllAfrica: SW Radio: More Intimidation Reported At Constitutional Outreach Meetings
The independent constitutional outreach monitoring organization, ZZZICOMP, has reported that a District Administrator in Masvingo has gone into hiding after being threatened by ZANU PF militias for his contributions at a meeting at Chivi Centre.
At the meeting Bernard Hadzirabwi suggested that the Prime Minister should have executive powers. A contribution that did not go down well with the ZANU PF supporters and CIO's present at the meeting two weeks ago.
ZZZICOMP observers on the ground said that on Monday ZANU PF youths were organising a demonstration against Hadzirabwi at the centre. They also threatened security guards at his offices.
- 2010/07/27: BBC: 'Military junta' rules Zimbabwe, says MDC's Bennett
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is little more than the front man for a military junta, a leading white politician has told the BBC.
Roy Bennett said Mr Mugabe remained in office thanks only to a clique of generals who are enriching themselves.
- 2010/07/23: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Uproar as Funds From Tollgate Fees Benefit Zanu PF Strongholds
- 2010/07/23: Guardian(UK): Counting the cost of Zimbabwe's 'blood diamonds'
Gemstone finds in the country's wild east have brought spies and paranoia and turned Mutare into frontier town
- 2010/07/22: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zanu-PF Thugs Occupy Indian-Owned Business in Bulawayo
- 2010/07/22: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Constitutional Outreach on Verge of Collapse
- 2010/07/22: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC-T Ward Chairman Arrested in Mutare
- 2010/07/22: AllAfrica: SW Radio: International Court Urged to Prosecute Mugabe
- 2010/07/21: AllAfrica: SW Radio: More Reports of Zanu PF Intimidation at Constitutional Meetings
- 2010/07/21: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Activist Stabbed by Zanu PF Youths
- 2010/07/21: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Senior MDC Official Assaulted During Copac Meeting
A senior MDC official taking part in a constitutional outreach meeting was on Monday severely assaulted in front of the police, who shockingly did nothing to arrest the culprits who are alleged to be ZANU PF officials.
The incident took place at Kaziro Business Centre, Madziva in Shamva North, Mashonaland Central province, on the day the consultative meetings resumed after a week long break.
Morgan Komichi, the MDC-T's deputy national organising secretary, said they were deeply concerned by reports of the assault of Martha Muronzi, the MDC Women Assembly's chairperson for the province.
- 2010/07/21: AllAfrica: Namibian: SADC Tribunal Rules Against Zimbabwe Govt
- 2010/07/19: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Mugabe Snubs Tsvangirai Wedding
- 2010/07/19: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Candid Comment - a Litmus Test for a Return to the Rule of Law
Zimbabweans have been patiently waiting over the past days for a Pandora's Box to be opened by the arrest of Zanu PF activist, Temba Mliswa, who stands accused of spoliation on commercial farms.
The spoliation comes in various forms ranging fom alleged fraud to outright theft allegations. The question that Zimbabweans have been asking each other in hushed tones was whether Mliswa was the only one or whether his was only the tip of the iceberg.
So far nothing has come out of it but suffice it to say commercial farmers have piles of case numbers and High Court orders that are not being executed because the police will not assist the aggrieved individuals in the return of the looted property.
The Mliswa case provided a perfect opportunity for Zanu PF to prove that it does not condone corruption by ensuring that everybody who did not use the Acquisition of Farm Equipment and Materials Act to acquire assets from commercial farms is brought to book.
- 2010/07/19: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: MDC-T Slams Alleged Harassment
MDC-T MPs have condemned the alleged harassment of participants in the constitution outreach process by soldiers, Central Intelligence Organisation officers and known Zanu PF activists.
In a caucus meeting held yesterday at Harvest House and chaired by the party's organising secretary, Elias Mudzuri, the legislators complained that there was a lot of intimidation taking place around the country, mainly in Mashonaland East, Mutare and Masvingo during the constitution outreach process.
- 2010/07/16: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zuma Expected to Re-Engage Mugabe and Tsvangirai on GPA Issues
- 2010/07/16: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Document Exposes Zanu PF Chefs Who Looted Farms
Recently appointed co-Home Affairs Minister Theresa Makone is reported to have asked officials in her ministry to explain why ZANU PF officials and military officers, implicated in the looting of white-owned farms, have not been investigated or arrested.
- 2010/07/16: AllAfrica: SW Radio: State Radio and Television Stations Ordered to Play Zanu PF Jingles
- 2010/07/16: CBC: Zimbabwe can sell diamonds under new deal -- Rights groups closely watch country's diamond mines
- 2010/07/16: BBC: Zimbabwe diamonds deal to allow partial exports
The body overseeing the trade in "blood diamonds" [Kimberley Process] has agreed that Zimbabwe can resume limited exports from new diamond fields in the east of the country.
- 2010/07/12: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Food Violence Blamed for Child Malnourishment
ZANU PF supporters are continuing to withhold food aid donations from hungry villagers who refuse to join the party, at a time when a third of children under five in the country have been officially declared as malnourished.
This is according to the civic group, the Zimbabwe Peace Project, which says that hungry villagers are still being told to first join ZANU PF first if they want to receive food donated by food agencies.
- 2010/07/12: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Farmers Union Says Mliswa Case Exposes Looting of Farms
The Vice President of the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) Charles Taffs has said the ongoing court case involving ZANU PF activist Temba Mliswa exposes the looting of white owned commercial farms under the guise of a land reform exercise. Mliswa appeared in court last Wednesday charged with swindling a former commercial farmer of cattle and equipment worth over US$24 million.
- 2010/07/12: AllAfrica: IRIN: Shut Your Mouth or Else
Jairos Mukotosi, 50, is avoiding a team of consultants, sent as part of a parliamentary outreach programme to the Rushinga area of rural Mashonaland Central Province in northeastern Zimbabwe, to find out what people would like included in a proposed new constitution.
But for the past two months the members of the youth militia aligned to President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party - have been warning villagers to either shut up or support ZANU-PF's view on the new constitution, which includes no limit on the number of presidential terms that can be served. They have dubbed their operation "Vhara Muromo", or Shut Your Mouth.
- 2010/07/09: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Bootlicking Creeps Into MDC-T
Kowtowing is rearing its ugly head in the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) as senior party officials fall over each other to ingratiate with party leader, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who party insiders claim is all out to crush dissent within the rank and file of the party.
After Tsvangirai's shock reshuffle a fortnight ago, which saw four top MDC-T officials axed and several others redeployed, senior party officials are reportedly stampeding into the safety of the party leader's patronage network as the premier asserts his authority in the party, ravaged by factionalism, as an elective congress beckons.
Put simply, a lot of senior officials, fearing for their positions, are trying to gain favour from Tsvangirai and those close to him, by cringing and flattering, typical of African politics.
- 2010/07/06: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Change Sweeps Through MDC-T
- 2010/07/06: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zanu PF Intimidation Over New Constitution Continues
- 2010/07/06: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Minister Mutasa Says Police Using Rhodesian Tactics
The personal nature of the feud pitting Presidential Affairs Minister Didymus Mutasa against Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri blew out into the open this week, when Mutasa accused the police force including its chief of employing brutal Rhodesian tactics to settle personal scores.
Mutasa's 47 year old son Martin was arrested alongside notorious ZANU PF activist Themba Mliswa and George Marere last week Monday, after trying to seize shareholding worth US$1 million from a company owned by white businessman Paul Westwood. Mutasa, in the company of new MDC-T co-Home Affairs Minister Theresa Makone, is said to have tried to intimidate police into releasing his son.
- 2010/07/06: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Outreach Process Monitors Face More Arrests and Threats
More independent monitors of the controversial constitutional outreach programme now face official arrest, after being threatened to keep away from the process by the heads of the programme.
The two co-chairpersons of the constitution-making process Paul Munyaradzi Mangwana of ZANU PF and Douglas Mwonzora of the MDC-T, on Sunday gave permission for the police to arrest the monitors, who they say are interfering in the process and are peddling lies. It is feared that many others could disappear into the clutches of the police following this command.
- 2010/07/05: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Reshuffle Double-Edged Sword for MDC-T
- 2010/07/05: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Biti - the Cog of a Combative Cabinet
- 2010/07/05: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Town Clerk Axed for Hiring Out Stadium to MDC-T Political party
- 2010/07/05: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Siege Mood Grips MDC-T
Senior Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) members were reported to be stampeding into the safety of party leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's patronage network after a shock Cabinet reshuffle last week whichleft perceived power contenders scurrying for cover.
Political analysts and commentators said Prime Minister Tsvangirai, who for long had watched as his party lurched from crisis to crisis in protracted power struggles that triggered a split in 2005, has abandoned diplomacy for a head-on battle with internal rivals as the party faced an elective congress next year.
- 2010/07/05: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Food Shortages to Worsen in Drought-Prone Areas
- 2010/07/02: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Villagers 'Coached' to Back Kariba Draft
- 2010/07/02: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Muzzling the Press Will Boomerang On COPAC
- 2010/07/02: AllAfrica: BusinessDay: Tsvangirai Urged to Leave Unity Government
- 2010/07/01: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Country to Buy Maize from Zimbabwean Farmers in Zambia
While farms that were once highly productive lie idle under the new ownership of ZANU-PF officials and cronies, Zimbabwe is in the process of negotiating a deal to import maize from neighboring Zambia. The tragic irony is that the crops being sought after were grown by white farmers who were illegally booted off their land in Zimbabwe. Many wound up in neighboring countries, which are now benefiting from their expertise.
Zambia used to import maize and other food items from Zimbabwe, but with the influx of some of Zimbabwe's best farmers, they've once again produced a surplus maize crop. Zimbabwe on the other hand has recorded a deficit of 500,000 tonnes of the daily food staple this year.
Chiredzi based farmer Gerry Whitehead described the whole situation as "disgusting". He said: "Approximately 90% of these Zambian crops are coming from ex-Zimbabwean farmers who were forced off their land here."
Sipula Kabanje, Zambia's high commissioner to Zimbabwe, confirmed in reports that the negotiations with Zimbabwe were going on through Zambia's maize agent, the Food Reserve Agency (FRA). He said Zimbabwe also wants to import other food items like wheat, beef and dairy products from Zambia.
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