2011 Zimbabwe News (June - Jan)
- 2011/06/29: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Standard Editor And Reporter Picked Up By Police in Harare
- 2011/06/29: EUO: EU calls for reforms in Zimbabwe and diamond consensus
- 2011/06/28: AllAfrica: IPS: Harvesting Water for Food Security
- 2011/06/28: BBC: Zimbabwe [MDC] Minister Mangoma cleared of corruption
Zimbabwe's Energy Minister Elton Mangoma has been acquitted of corruption charges.
He was tried over a multi-million dollar fuel deal negotiated with a South African company.
The High Court in Harare ruled that Mr Mangoma did not benefit from the deal and did not flout tender procedures.
- 2011/06/28: AllAfrica: SW Radio: 'Inconclusive' Decision On Diamond Future Rejected
- 2011/06/28: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Jameson Timba Freed After Court Room Drama
The Minister of State in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Office, Jameson Timba, was on Sunday freed by a special session of the High Court following his controversial arrest on Friday for allegedly calling Robert Mugabe a liar.
- 2011/06/27: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Timba Arrest, Another Sinister ZANU PF Plot
- 2011/06/27: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: State Media Biased - JOMIC
The Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) has said the public media is biased, solidifying claims that both the government-owned electronic and print media act as ZANU-PF mouthpieces.
- 2011/06/27: AllAfrica: RNW: No Rain in South Matabeleland
Driving through the dusty and mountainous villages of Matopo in Zimbabwe's Southern Matabeleland, our car is stopped by a frail and tired looking man.
His name is Robert Sibanda. He is dressed in torn and faded jeans. Robert's eyes are almost popping out and his lips are dry - a sign that he hasn't eaten for some days.
This is Matabeleland South - a province where starvation has become a curse for the locals. As we stop to greet him, Sibanda asks if we have brought some food from the city. This year was another bad season for local farmers. The rainfall was erratic as usual and there was no harvest at all.
- 2011/06/26: Guardian(UK): Zimbabwean minister [Jameson Timba] who branded Robert Mugabe a liar is freed
Minister from Movement for Democratic Change party said to have been denied food during two-day detention
- 2011/06/25: AllAfrica: RFI: Police Arrest MDC Cabinet Minister
Police in Zimbabwe have arrested a cabinet minister from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), reportedly accusing him of calling President Robert Mugabe a liar.
Jameson Timba, who is minister of state in Tsvangirai's office, was taken to Harare Central police station and could well be held inside for the whole weekend.
- 2011/06/24: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Army Wades Into Mugabe's Succession
Zimbabwe's uniformed forces are said to have sunk into an internecine warfare over President Robert Mugabe's successor as ZANU-PF prepares for a life-and-death battle against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) in elections to be held soon after a referendum on the national constitution.
- 2011/06/24: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Zanu-PF Plot to Oust Zuma Blocked
- 2011/06/24: Guardian(UK): No agreement on Zimbabwe diamond sales after Kimberley Process row
EU and US unhappy with claims that international community has allowed Zimbabwe to begin exporting diamonds again
- 2011/06/24: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Moyo's Scare Tactics Must Be Disowned
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to tell that Jonathan Moyo's latest outburst sounds like a veiled threat of a coup in Zimbabwe, albeit he is neither a soldier nor an ex-guerrilla.
After reading his latest instalment, "Livingstone report now a matter for historians", (New Zimbabwe, June 19) it is clear that Moyo has crossed the line by warning the people against negotiating a roadmap for free and fair elections.
- 2011/06/24: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Hate Campaign Must Be Rejected
ZANU PF at this juncture perhaps needs Professor Jonathan Moyo to do its bidding to salvage the party from the major setback of Sandton, but the country -- which is yet to recover from the catastrophe going back 10 years -- certainly does not need his contribution to national discourse; more so if it reminds us of the dark days of violence, media clampdown and state-led repression.
Moyo, who led the ZANU PF advance team to the Sandton Summit in South Africa a fortnight ago, is a sore loser. He does not want to admit that the tide has turned and that SADC no longer treats President Robert Mugabe as a regional hero. Moyo, in what has become his notorious propensity, has taken to throwing punches at every person contradicting the ZANU PF line that his party suffered a major diplomatic defeat in South Africa.
Moyo is currently on a crusade to have Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and senior party official Jameson Timba arrested for calling President Mugabe a "liar". In an article in the Sunday Mail this week, he launched vitriolic attacks on the private media.
- 2011/06/24: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: SADC Moves to Prevent Clashes With GNU Parties
- 2011/06/24: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: SADC Tightens Reins On ZANU PF's Options
The excitement over the resolutions of the SADC Troika meeting in Livingstone, Zambia, at the end of March, was largely focused on the stronger stance taken by the organ over the abuses of the Robert Mugabe regime, and more particularly the continued obstacles placed by ZANU PF over the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
In effect, however, the Livingstone resolutions brought into effect the major strength of the SADC mediation, which has been to lock the Mugabe regime into structures of accountability.
- 2011/06/24: AllAfrica: MISA: Newspaper Offices Ransacked
Unknown criminals broke into the offices of "The Mirror" weekly newspaper in Masvingo on the night of 15 June 2011 where they tampered with computers and laptops before stealing a memory card from an editorial camera.
- 2011/06/23: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC-T Official Abducted As ZPF Crackdown Continues
The MDC-T has reported that Tendai Chinyama, their organising secretary for Kambuzuma district, was abducted Wednesday afternoon at the Harare City Council Bishop Gaul Depot, by three armed men.
- 2011/06/23: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Civil Society Walk Out of Diamond Meeting
- 2011/06/23: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Gloves Are Off As Junta And Tsvangirai Engage in Verbal Spat
The war of words between the Junta and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has continued, with the Herald reporting Thursday on Brigadier-General Douglas Nyikayaramba's astonishing tirade against the MDC President.
Nyikayaramba has dismissed Tsvangirai as a 'political threat,' but labelled him a 'security threat' for allegedly taking instructions from westerners that endanger the security of the country.
But the MDC-T completely refuted these allegations, saying the military chiefs are the ones who pose a great security risk to Zimbabwe, as they have done for the whole of the past decade.
- 2011/06/24: BBC: Zimbabwe diamonds: Kimberley Process approves sales
Zimbabwe has controversially been given the go-ahead to sell diamonds from its rich Marange mines.
The industry's leading certification system, known as the Kimberley Process, was split over the decision.
Participating civil society groups, worried about the effects of so-called blood diamonds, say Zimbabwe's human rights failings have been ignored.
- 2011/06/23: AllAfrica: SW Radio: ZANU PF Offering Bribes to Find MDC-T Youth Leaders
- 2011/06/23: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Nyikayaramba 'Booted' Out of Constitution Making Process
Army Brigadier-General Douglas Nyikayaramba has been removed from the constitution-making process, barely a month after he called for Robert Mugabe to remain in office for life.
Constitutional affairs minister Eric Matinenga said the commander of 3 brigade in Mutare was booted out of COPAC after the MDC formations complained that the military should not be involved in the process.
- 2011/06/23: BBC: Zimbabwe army: PM Morgan Tsvangirai is security threat
A top army officer in Zimbabwe has accused Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of being a security threat.
"He takes instructions from foreigners who seek to effect illegal regime change," Brig-Gen Douglas Nyikayaramba told the state-run Herald paper.
His comments come after Mr Tsvangirai urged military chiefs to remove their uniforms if they wanted to challenge him politically in forthcoming polls.
- 2011/06/22: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Tsvangirai Says Mugabe Lied About the SADC Summit
- 2011/06/21: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zanu-PF, MDC Battles Stalling Constitution Process
- 2011/06/20: AllAfrica: CPJ: Break-in At Newspaper Targets Photos
- 2011/06/20: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: SADC Sets New Course for Zim
The final communique of the summit demonstrated the change in the political stance by SADC leaders and growing impatience with President Robert Mugabe and ZANU-PF. The summit has shown growing regional solidarity on Zimbabwe and the need to achieve free and fair elections as indicated by its decision to uphold the March 2011 Livingstone Troika resolutions. The Coalition reiterates that there is need for urgent security sector reforms before holding of an uncontested credible election.
- 2011/06/20: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: SADC Communiqué - Open Political Epistle
- 2011/06/20: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: SADC Flexes Muscle On Country
If there is one critical lesson to come out of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) extraordinary summit on Zimbabwe in Johannesburg on June 12, it is that the regional bloc would no longer tolerate any form of intransigence by Zimbabwean political parties who have been playing the cat and mouse game regarding the implementation of the agreed issues in the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
The final resolutions of the Johannesburg summit are in content similar to the resolutions of the SADC Livingstone troika meeting of March 31. Although the Sandton communiqué does not refer to the Livingstone communiqué in letter, it broadly captures the spirit of the resolutions in Zambia.
- 2011/06/17: AllAfrica: SW Radio: US Envoy Says Army Already in Charge
The United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Charles Ray, has put the cat among the pigeons by suggesting that Robert Mugabe is now just a figurehead and his departure will not change anything, because the army is already firmly in charge.
- 2011/06/17: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Ministers Not Attending Parliament
A parliamentary question-and-answer session is reported to have been postponed on Wednesday because only one minister was in attendance.
According to Newsday, cabinet ministers have stopped attending parliamentary sessions and nothing is being dealt with.
- 2011/06/17: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: SADC Rejects Mugabe's Directive
Regional leaders have rejected President Robert Mugabe's directive for the bloc to stop recognising Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) president, Welshman Ncube, as a principal ahead of Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara on grounds that it is in violation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
The development has seen Mutambara's world slowly crumbling, and it appears there is little he can do about it as even a bid by Zanu-PF to prop him has failed.
- 2011/06/17: AllAfrica: ISS: SADC Still Hesitant to Take a Tougher Stance On Zimbabwe?
- 2011/06/17: AllAfrica: SW Radio: EU Remains Firm On 'Sanctions' Until Real Change
- 2011/06/17: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: SADC Summit - State Media Spin Exposed
Thank goodness for an alternative press. The Herald this week thought it could get away with claiming that SADC leaders had "rejected" the Livingstone SADC communiqué of March 31 when drawing up the Sandton communiqué. The paper said in a front-page story on Monday, repeated on Tuesday, that when the leaders said they "noted" the Livingstone communiqué, what they meant was that they rejected it.
Fortunately NewsDay was on hand to report Lindiwe Zulu's statement that: "Whether you use 'noted' or 'endorsed', it means the same. As far as the summit is concerned, the Troika report presented in Zambia by President Zuma has now been fully endorsed by SADC."
- 2011/06/17: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Crisis - SADC Shows It Means Business
- 2011/06/17: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Zuma's Controversial Report On Zimbabwe
On March 31, SADC facilitator to Zimbabwe's political crisis, South African President Jacob Zuma, tabled a damning report to the regional bloc's organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation at its meeting in Livingstone, Zambia. The report was condemned by ZANU PF. Below is an edited version of the report.
- 2011/06/17: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: SADC Teaches Mugabe Lesson
President Robert Mugabe got a rude awakening during the extraordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in Johannesburg after his angry protests about the damning Livingstone resolutions were rejected by regional leaders determined to call his bluff.
- 2011/06/15: AllAfrica: SW Radio: COPAC Temporarily Halts Drafting of New Constitution
- 2011/06/14: AllAfrica: SANF: Communiqué - Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State And Government of the Southern African Development Community, Sandton, Republic of South Africa, 11 And 12 June 2011
- 2011/06/14: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zuma Stands Up to Mugabe During SADC Summit
- 2011/06/14: AllAfrica: Herald: What SADC Leaders Agreed On in SA
Full text of the Extraordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government in Sandton, South Africa. 11-12 June 2011
- 2011/06/13: AllAfrica: Contesting Parties Both Welcome Summit Outcome
In a communique publicly welcomed by political leaders on both sides of Zimbabwe's political divide, Southern African presidents have called on them to create an environment conducive to elections on "a level political field" and to speed up the implementation of the agreement which established their unity government.
Spin doctors for both President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) claimed their side had gained ground at a weekend summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). But independent observers suggested that the MDC-T had more to trumpet than Zanu-PF.
- 2011/06/13: AllAfrica: RNW: Protestors Clash On Doorstep of SADC Summit
Hundreds of Zimbabwe's Ndebele speaking people who are exiled in South Africa fought with their rivals of the Shona ethnic group outside the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg which was the venue of a two day SADC summit this weekend.
The Ndebele demonstrated against what they call the marginalisation of the region Matabeleland by the Shona, who dominate Zimbabwe's government. The protests were organised by the secessionist movement Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF).
- 2011/06/12: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Mugabe Caves in to Pressure Over Polls
President Robert Muga-be has stated publicly that fresh elections could be held in 2012, departing from his hard-line stance that the polls were due this year.
While Mugabe is known for political grandstanding, the admission that elections may not be possible this year is a significant climb-down.
'If we fail, then elections should be held during the first few months next year," Mugabe said recently.
There is consensus that Zimbabwe cannot hold free and fair elections before major reforms are implemented.
- 2011/06/10: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: ZANU PF Matabeleland Bigwigs Jostle to Succeed Mugabe
While Vice-President Joice Mujuru, Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and military chief Constantine Chiwenga jostle to succeed President Robert Mugabe, Matabeleland has also been engulfed by a fierce power struggle pitting political heavyweights seeking to strategically position themselves for a post-Mugabe era.
The battle is particularly fierce between Vice-President John Nkomo, ZANU PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo and Mines minister Obert Mpofu, who are all keen to control the province by trying to resuscitate the former liberation movement which has repeatedly lost the Matabeleland vote since the 2000 elections.
- 2011/06/10: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: 'ZANU PF to Deploy 80 000 Militia for Polls'
A coalition of civic organisations has claimed that more than 80 000 youth militia, war veterans and army commanders will be deployed across the country to ensure victory for President Robert Mugabe and ZANU PF in the elections expected after the constitution-making process.
In a damning report titled The Military Factor in Zimbabwe's Political and Electoral Affairs launched in Johannesburg yesterday ahead of the SADC special summit on Zimbabwe Saturday, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition said army commanders and senior Central Intelligence Officers would be deployed in each of the country's 59 districts to coordinate a military campaign to ensure Mugabe's continued rule.
The report is based on research conducted between September 2010 and March 2011. The research included interviews with various policy makers, serving and retired military officers, officials in the inclusive government, security sector experts, civic society and ordinary Zimbabweans.
- 2011/06/10: CSM: Zimbabwe and Mugabe top the agenda at southern Africa summit
- 2011/06/10: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Police Take Over Glen View Home of MDC Member
- 2011/06/09: AllAfrica: SW Radio: ZANU PF Disrupting Civic Events in Johannesburg - ahead of the June 11th SADC Summit
- 2011/06/08: Guardian(UK): MDC minister compares Zimbabwe to Rwanda before the genocide
Tendai Biti, Zimbabwe's finance minister blames bomb attack on his home on his Zanu-PF coalition partners
- 2011/06/07: AllAfrica: 'Astonishing' Findings on Voters' Roll
- 2011/06/07: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC-T Rally Goes On Without Tsvangirai
- 2011/06/07: AllAfrica: SW Radio: South Africa Prepared to Go It Alone Over Nation
Continental powerhouse South Africa is allegedly prepared to go it alone to deal with Zimbabwe, if the regional bloc SADC decides to 'insulate' Robert Mugabe.
Zimbabwe will be discussed at a SADC summit to be held in Johannesburg on Saturday, where President Jacob Zuma is expected to present his electoral roadmap for Zimbabwe.
It is hoped the SADC bloc will endorse this roadmap, as well as the earlier Livingstone Troika report which called on Mugabe to end the violence, intimidation and harassment of his political opponents.
There are fears though that after the fanfare in Johannesburg is over, Mugabe will simply go back to Harare and refuse to implement the roadmap, as he has been doing with the Global Political Agreement.
- 2011/06/06: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Tsvangirai Star Rally Flops
The MDC-T star rally at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare failed to live to expectations after police gave the Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai "unacceptable conditions" to adhere to just a day before the meeting, a senior party official said yesterday.
MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said Tsvangirai did not turn up for the rally because he felt insulted by the conditions given to his party by the police.
- 2011/06/06: BBC: Zimbabwe 'phantom voters' exposed
A leaked version of Zimbabwe's voters' roll contains some 2.5m too many names, according to a report by a respected South African organisation.
There are more than 41,000 people aged over 100 - four times more than in the UK, which has a far larger population and longer life expectancy.
"This phantom vote is more than enough to settle the outcome of any election," said the author, Richard Johnson.
- 2011/06/06: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Glen View Residents Tortured By Police and Charged With Murder
- 2011/06/06: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Odds Still Against ZANU-PF
With one week to go before an extraordinary summit on Zimbabwe in South Africa all signs seem to point to a ZANU-PF that still has a mountain to climb following political setbacks of the past two months.
But the liberation party is not sitting back ahead of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) extraordinary summit: It has lined up a raft of measures to appease the regional bloc, which has been ratcheting up pressure on President Robert Mugabe to implement reforms agreed under the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
- 2011/06/06: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Resistance to Genetically Modified Foods Persists
Each time debate on genetically modified (GM) foods surfaces, it is heated and emotional.
What usually generates the heat is the fact that the subject of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is little understood and many in Africa wonder why a technology that has been resisted by the very countries propagating it is being offered to them as a solution to Africa's increasing food crisis.
- 2011/06/04: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Tsvangirai 'Laughs Off' Remarks That Junta Will Not Salute Him
- 2011/06/03: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Dangers of Mugabe Succession
President Robert Mugabe's simmering succession crisis, which is full of twists and turns, just won't go away. It looks like the burning question will linger on the political landscape for as long as Mugabe himself still hangs around. The issue is now one of the most controversial political debates in Zimbabwe.
- 2011/06/03: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Arrested Activists Severely Assaulted
It has been reported that the MDC-T activists who were arrested in the wake of the murder of a police officer in Glen View are being severely beaten while in detention. The Zimbabwean newspaper quoted "police sources" who said that Last Maengahama, one of the party activists arrested Monday night, had been "brutalized".
Police officer Petros Mutedza died after violence broke out at a beer hall in the Glen View area of Harare on Sunday. The police claim he was killed by MDC activists who were holding a meeting at the venue, and have been arresting MDC supporters randomly since then.
But the MDC-T has denied the allegations and accused the police of arresting people who were not even at the scene of the violence. Lawyers finally gained access to the arrested activists for the first time on Thursday, after police blocked them since Monday.
- 2011/06/02: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: War Veterans Oppose Reforms
- 2011/06/02: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Wheat Production Drastically Declines
Zimbabwe's tale of winter wheat production has been told over and over again to the extent of getting monotonous.
Having declined over the past decade to 12 000 tonnes or less than three percent of the country's annual requirement of between 380 000 and 450 000 tonnes, wheat production is further expected to drop this year because most farmers have since abandoned wheat farming in favour of potatoes, which are offering better returns.
- 2011/06/02: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: ZANU-PF Goes for the Kill
The removal of the Zimbabwe crisis from the agenda of last weeks' extraordinary summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) appears to have disappointed most people amid accusations that the regional body is once again prevaricating on an issue whose contagion has dire consequences for southern Africa.
On the eve of the summit, SADC was expected to read the riot act to the feuding parties in the inclusive government, for long deadlocked over contentious issues in the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
When it was revealed that the Zimbabwe issue was off the agenda of SADC, interest on the extraordinary summit disappeared with suggestions the regional body was at it again - prevaricating on the crisis in Harare.
- 2011/06/02: AllAfrica: Nation: Policeman Gets 10 Days for Using Mugabe's Toilet
- 2011/06/02: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Dead Policeman Described As Notorious Thug By Vendors
A policeman killed on Sunday at a night club in Glen View was a notorious thug who robbed vendors of their wares, demanded bribes and was deeply unpopular in the area, listeners interviewed by SW Radio Africa have said.
- 2011/05/31: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Gun Toting Saviour Kasukuwere And His Violent Past
- 2011/05/31: AllAfrica: SW Radio: ZANU PF Torture Agent Not Immune From Prosecution in the UK
A self confessed ZANU PF henchman, who has controversially received asylum in the UK, will not be immune from prosecution abroad for the crimes he allegedly committed.
The case of former CIO agent Phillip Machemedze is causing a stir in the UK, where his asylum has been granted on the basis that he faces persecution if he is deported back to Zimbabwe.
Machemedze has admitted that he "enjoyed" torturing Mugabe's political foes while working for the notorious CIO. Part of his confessions included pulling teeth from MDC members, giving a white farmer electric shocks, and even whipping a woman and then pouring salt on her wounds.
Despite this, a UK immigration court has granted Machemedze the right to remain in the country, saying that he himself could face torture if he was returned home, after turning his back on Robert Mugabe regime.
- 2011/05/31: AllAfrica: SW Radio: State Drops Treason Charges Against Gwisai And Fellow Activists
The state has dropped treason charges against Munyaradzi Gwisai and five, other activists who were arrested in February while attending a video screening about the people's uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
The six were part of a group of forty-five activists arrested on 19th February when police raided an academic meeting in Harare at which the video was shown.
- 2011/05/31: AllAfrica: SW Radio: ZANU PF Turn Mbare Into a War Zone
Dozens of rampaging ZANU PF youth militia invaded the Harare suburb of Mbare over the weekend, beating up and displacing suspected MDC-T supporters from their homes.
The youths are reported to have declared Mbare a no go area, leaving many of their victims homeless. Perceived MDC-T supporters running market stalls are also having their goods looted and tables taken away.
- 2011/05/30: AllAfrica: Namibian: Zimbabwean Activists Thrown Out of SADC Summit
A group of civil society activists and lawyers were thrown out of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Summit on Friday.
They include Irene Petras of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Joy Mabenga of the Institute for Democratic Alliances for Zimbabwe (IDAZIM), and freelance journalist Jealousy Mawarire, were arrested in the hotel lobby of the Safari Motel where the summit was underway.
The three were detained and arrested by the Namibian police on Friday evening, while another nine civil society leaders were held under police guard.
Lloyd Kuveya of the Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) who was in the city last Friday said the Namibian police "seemed to be acting at the behest of the Zimbabwean officials".
- 2011/05/29: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Brigadier Throws ZANU PF Into Crisis
ZANU PF is in a rut following statements by top army commander, Brigadier General Douglas Nyikayaramba that President Mugabe should stay in power for life, with senior party officials distancing themselves from the utterances.
- 2011/05/27: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Army Demands Elections in 2011
TOP Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) commander Brigadier-General Douglas Nyikayaramba says President Robert Mugabe must remain in office for life and elections must be held this year to ensure "political stability" in the country.
- 2011/05/27: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Police Threaten to Shoot Lawyers for Arrested Activists
- 2011/05/27: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Magistrate Takes Leave to Work As ZANU PF Advisor in Copac
A Harare based regional magistrate, Never Katiyo, has taken sabbatical leave from his Rotten Row court room to work as a ZANU PF technical advisor on the drafting of a new constitution.
He usually presides over his cases using court number 30 at the Rotten Row magistrates' complex, but Katiyo took leave at the beginning of this month to sit on the Lands, Natural Resources and Empowerment thematic committee, where he represents the former ruling ZANU PF party.
The MDC led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai accuse him of regularly denying MDC-T activists bail as they face the trumped-up charges against them.
It appears ZANU PF went to great lengths to try and hide his identity and involvement with the thematic committee, as his name does not appear on the list of officials working there.
But this is nothing new as the names of serving soldiers like the 3 Brigade commander in Mutare, Brigadier-General Douglas Nyikayaramba, do not appear on the list released by Veritas on the 14th May. (Veritas is a watchdog that monitors Legal and Parliamentary affairs in Zimbabwe).
- 2011/05/27: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Farm Invasions Intensify As SADC Snubs Human Rights
Zimbabwe's remaining commercial farming community is facing a fresh onslaught of invasions by ZANU PF land grabbers, in the wake of the closure of the regional human rights court.
Leaders in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) last week dissolved the human rights Tribunal for at least another year, in a move being described as 'regressive' and a serious blow for the protection of the rights of SADC citizens.
- 2011/05/27: AllAfrica: SW Radio: ZANU PF to Snub SADC Election Roadmap
- 2011/05/26: AllAfrica: SW Radio: High Court Orders Release of '2007 Coup Plotters' Against Mugabe
- 2011/05/26: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Massive Looting At the Reserve Bank Unearthed
- 2011/05/26: AllAfrica: SW Radio: SA Joins SADC in Protecting Unlawful Land Reform
South Africa has joined the rest of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in appearing to protect Robert Mugabe's unlawful land grab campaign, in another blow for dispossessed farmers.
South Africa's Constitutional Court has this week dismissed a final attempt by a farmer who lost land in Zimbabwe, to seek compensation for his losses. Crawford von Abo, a South African citizen, was left penniless when his 14 farms in Zimbabwe were destroyed by land invasions under Mugabe's land grab scheme.
- 2011/05/26: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Police Threaten to Shoot Lawyers for Arrested Activists
- 2011/05/24: CNN: Court orders release of alleged  coup plotters in Zimbabwe
- 2011/05/20: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Zuma to Tackle Mugabe in SA
South African President Jacob Zuma and his Southern African Development Community (SADC) colleagues are tenaciously moving to tackle President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe situation at the forthcoming inter-regional tripartite free trade area summit in Johannesburg next month after he wriggled off the hook at today's extraordinary regional meeting in Windhoek.
Following the watershed SADC troika of the organ on politics, defence and security summit in Livingstone in April, Mugabe has been furiously lashing out at regional leaders in public, while at the same time secretly sending envoys to apologise and plead for support.
Zuma and his SADC leaders read the riot act to Mugabe in Livingstone and wanted to deal decisively with him and the Zimbabwe situation today in Windhoek.
However, Zuma failed to make it to the Windhoek summit due to local government elections in South Africa and other pressing commitments, diplomatic sources confirmed yesterday.
- 2011/05/19: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zim Bumped Off SADC Agenda
Zimbabwe will not feature on the agenda of this weekend's summit of Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders, after South African officials finally confirmed that President Jacob Zuma would not be attending the meeting.
- 2011/05/16: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Warped Reasoning Hallmark of Zanu-Pf Politics
- 2011/05/16: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: 'Zuma Will Have Final Say'
SADC is likely to determine when Zimbabwe's next elections will be held since it will fund part of the costs because the inclusive government is broke, it has emerged.
This is despite ZANU PF's insistence this week that elections should be held without fail this year.
- 2011/05/16: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Wheat Season in Disarray
This year's wheat winter season is headed for disaster because farmers are reluctant to start planting the crop due to fears of power outages and inconsistent water supplies.
Commercial Farmers Union president Deron Theron said this winter wheat season is likely to be in disaster in terms of output owing to lack of assurance from Zesa, absence of lines of credit from banks and shortages of inputs on the market.
- 2011/05/13: AllAfrica: RSF: Journalist Arrested, Independent Dailies Harassed in Return to Bad Old Ways
- 2011/05/13: AllAfrica: IPS: World in the Throes of a Human Rights Revolution, Says Amnesty
The growing demands for democratic reforms spreading across the Middle East and North Africa - along with the dramatic rise of social media networks - have triggered "a human rights revolution on the threshold of a historic change", says Amnesty International (AI).
"People are rejecting fear," as spontaneous political uprisings have ousted repressive regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and authoritarian governments in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria have been jolted by mass protests and street battles.
"Not since the end of the Cold War have so many repressive governments faced such a challenge to their stranglehold on power," says AI Secretary-General Salil Shetty.
- 2011/05/13: AllAfrica: SAR: Mugabe Backtracks to Buy Time Ahead of SADC Summit
- 2011/05/13: AllAfrica: AI: Report on Zimbabwe
An excerpt from Amnesty International's 2011 report, The State of the World's Human Rights:
Police continued to arbitrarily arrest and detain human rights defenders and journalists undertaking legitimate human rights work. There was some loosening of restrictions on the media and Parliament debated a bill to reform the repressive Public Order and Security Act (POSA). Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people faced persecution. The victims of the 2005 forced evictions continued to live in deplorable conditions with some being targeted for eviction or facing the threat of eviction.
- 2011/05/13: BBC: Zimbabwe civil servants exposed by World Bank report
Almost half of Zimbabwe's civil servants are either not qualified or are not working, according to a leaked World Bank report obtained by the BBC.
Trade unions estimate that $15m ($9m) of state money is being lost each month paying such workers.
Auditors found that one ministry appointed nearly 7,000 people on one day ahead of the 2008 election run-off.
The BBC's Karen Allen says either the civil service is incapable or state funds are used for political ends.
- 2011/05/10: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zuma's Team to Engage Defence And Security Chiefs
The SADC facilitation team to the crisis in Zimbabwe has resolved to directly engage with the country's defence and security chiefs, on the various concerns raised by negotiators to the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
- 2011/05/09: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: 'Securocrats a Stumbling Block to Political Reforms'
Securocrats and hawks in ZANU PF are the major stumbling block to democratic and political reforms in Zimbabwe as outlined in the Global Political Agreement, the British House of Commons was told last week.
Kate Hoey, a Labour MP and chairperson of the All Party Group on Zimbabwe which visited the country in March, told the Commons that senior military officials benefiting from the status quo were holding back reforms in Zimbabwe.
- 2011/05/09: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Tsvangirai Unscathed
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai successfully managed to quell a potentially devastating mutiny at his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) congress held in Bulawayo last week, at which he was confirmed party president after being unchallenged for the position, which he has held for the past decade.
- 2011/05/09: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Mugabe in a Fix
President Robert Mugabe, plagued by serious health problems, old age and with his political plans collapsing around him, is sinking deeper into political trouble amid revelations that even those close to him - except his military diehards - think he has now reached a dead-end.
- 2011/05/07: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Newsday Journalists Searched as Media Intimidation Continues
- 2011/05/06: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Four MDC-T Activists Released From Police Captivity
Four MDC-T activists from Chikomba district who have been missing since Sunday have been released from custody, but only after police in Mbare forced them to drop charges against members of the Chipangano gang.
- 2011/05/04: AllAfrica: SW Radio: ZANU PF Linked to Poaching Syndicate
- 2011/05/04: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mystery Over Whereabouts of Missing MDC Activists
Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of four MDC-T activists who have not been seen for three days. They were last heard from when they made frantic phone calls from Matapi police station in Mbare.
- 2011/05/03: AllAfrica: SW Radio: ZANU PF Militia Burn Down Village in Cashel Valley
Some 21 villagers from Nyambeya in Cashel Valley have been forced to flee their village after ZANU PF militia carried out an early morning raid on Sunday and burned down seven houses owned by MDC-T officials.
- 2011/05/03: AllAfrica: CPJ: Suspicious Break-in at NewsDay
- 2011/05/03: AllAfrica: MISA: Independent Newspaper's Offices Raided
Unknown criminals broke into the offices of the independent newspaper "Newsday" in Harare on 25 April 2011 and stole the editor's laptop, hard drives and other components from computers used by senior editorial staff.
- 2011/05/02: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Zuma in Last-Ditch Talks
South African President Jacob Zuma's facilitation team is next week scheduled to meet with representatives of the political parties in the inclusive government to mend rifts ahead of an extraordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit later next month.
Zuma's team was said to be trying to iron out differences between the three political parties constituting the inclusive government, whose bickering has angered regional leaders who expressed their impatience over the non-implementation of resolutions agreed at previous SADC summits to heal escalating hostilities between the parties.
The meeting by the facilitation team appeared to be a last ditch effort to resolve the stalemate in the coalition government.
- 2011/05/02: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: MDC-T to Amend Constitution
- 2011/05/02: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: MDC-T Holds Make-Or-Break Congress
- 2011/05/02: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Zanu Pf Blamed for MDC-T Violence
- 2011/04/30: BBC: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has arrived in Rome for the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II
- 2011/04/29: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Fertilizer Manufacturer Suspends Operations
Zimbabwe's sole manufacturer of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, Sable Chemical Industries Ltd, has been forced to suspend operations after the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) cut off power over a US$30 million debt.
A report by NewsDay says most of the workers have now been sent home as a result.
- 2011/04/29: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Finance Minister Says No Funds for Elections This Year
- 2011/04/28: AllAfrica: ICG: The Road to Reform Or Another Dead End?
The situation in Zimbabwe is deteriorating again under a new wave of political violence organised by Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party, and the country faces another illegitimate election and crisis unless credible, enforceable reforms can first be implemented.
Zimbabwe: The Road to Reform or Another Dead End?, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, examines the limitations of the much delayed reform process that threatens to derail the 2008 Global Political Agreement (GPA). President Mugabe's call for early elections has increased fears of return to the unbridled violence of that year.
- 2011/04/28: AllAfrica: RFI: Nation in Peril If Government Collapses, Analysts
There will be "grave consequences" if Zimbabwe 's fragile power-sharing government collapses, the International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned.
- 2011/04/27: AllAfrica: Nation: Nation Too Broke to Organise Elections This Year
Zimbabwe does not have the $400 million needed to organise elections this year, Finance minister Tendai Biti has said.
Mr Biti said the coalition government also faces a $150 million deficit this year because it had missed all revenue targets with almost half the year gone.
The government has set a revenue target of $2.7 billion this year, but the economy has performed poorly due to the unstable political environment.
- 2011/04/27: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Siwela Still in Jail 3 Weeks After Receiving Bail
Paul Siwela, one of the leaders of the Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF), is still in police detention, 3 weeks after he was granted bail by the High Court. The Supreme Court has delayed setting a date for the hearing of his bail appeal case and no explanation has been given. Siwela's lawyer, Kucaca Phulu, told SW Radio Africa that they would take steps to try and find out the reasons for the delay, but conceded there was not much that could be done.
MLF leaders Siwela, John Gazi and Charles Thomas were arrested on March 3rd for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government at a meeting.
They are also accused of distributing flyers calling for the separation of Matabeleland from the rest of Zimbabwe. The activists face treason charges, which carry the death penalty in Zimbabwe if found guilty.
- 2011/04/27: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mugabe Elite Again Exposed in New List of Land Seizures
Robert Mugabe and his cronies have once again been exposed as the top beneficiaries of the unlawful land grab campaign, in a new report published last week.
The report by the Daily News shows that Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, as well as most ZANU PF cabinet members and top military personnel, own multiple farms across the country. The list shows that the land grabbers own a staggering five million hectares of Zimbabwe's best agricultural land, which is a third of all the land seized over the past 11 years.
- 2011/04/27: AllAfrica: SW Radio: 'Jittery' Police Bar May Day Marches
- 2011/04/27: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mugabe Off to Singapore - Again
- 2011/04/27: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Minister 'Traumatised' by Lupane Detention Horror
The Co-Minister of National Healing, Moses Mzila-Ndlovu, says his time spent this month at Lupane Police Station is one of the most horrific and unimaginable experiences for a human being.
Mzila-Ndlovu was arrested on 15 April after police accused him of addressing an 'illegal' memorial service for Gukurahundi victims and survivors, at a Roman Catholic Church Mass in Lupane. A Catholic Priest, Father Marko Mkandla, was also arrested for holding the church mass. Last Tuesday the pair appeared at court in Hwange, shackled together with leg irons and guarded by a heavy police presence. They were released on bail.
Mzila-Ndlovu, who is also the deputy secretary general of the faction of the MDC led by Welshman Ncube, says he underwent intense interrogation and was also denied basic necessities such as food or water.
On Tuesday Mzila-Ndlovu told SW Radio Africa that: "I was denied food and water on the Monday that my colleagues from the party came to see me. There was never any food from the police from the day I was put in police cells." He also spoke of the pain and scars the leg irons inflicted on him. He also said he was still feeling ill.
For decades the government has been suppressing attempts to publicise the Gukurahundi Matabeleland massacres, which were carried out by troops loyal to Robert Mugabe.
Despite his ill-treatment by the state, Mzila-Ndlovu remains determined that the story of the Gukurahundi must be told and those behind the massacres should come forward.
"It is a story that must be told in Zimbabwe. I believe that we cannot bring closure to that case until it is spoken about and until someone steps onto the pedestal and takes responsibility for that," he said.
- 2011/04/22: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Think Twice Before Stealing Elections
- 2011/04/22: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Mugabe Caught Between Rock And a Hard Place
Human rights organisation Amnesty International spoke of a dark shadow over Zimbabwe at the 31st anniversary of its Independence on Monday, but the darkness, diplomats say, has also begun to envelop President Robert Mugabe.
Two choices face the man who has ruled the country since Independence, they said. He can follow the demands of his Southern African neighbours to end the reign of fear and violence he has inflicted on Zimbabweans for the last 11 years since he first encountered a strong opposition, or he can tell them to go to hell, as he has often told the West, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Commonwealth.
- 2011/04/22: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: MDC-T in Disarray Ahead of Congress
- 2011/04/18: AllAfrica: SW Radio: National Healing Minister Ndlovu Remains Locked Up
National Healing Minister, Moses Mzila-Ndlovu, remains locked up in police custody in Lupane following his arrest last Friday, alongside a Catholic priest. Both were accused of addressing a public meeting without police approval.
- 2011/04/18: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Serious Food Shortages Loom
For the eleventh year in a row Zimbabwe will again fail to feed itself, giving credence to arguments by critiques of the country's chaotic land reforms that the exercise was poorly executed. As the 2010/2011 agricultural summer cropping season draws to an end, an estimated two million Zimbabweans are said to be in the queue for food aid.
Although government has dismissed reports from the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWSNET), which monitors food security around the world, that 2,2 million face food shortages, it recently announced that six provinces out of 10 required food aid after yet another unsuccessful cropping season.
- 2011/04/18: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Stung Zanu-PF in Damage Control
ZANU-PF, which had always counted on the region for support in the wake of inexorable international pressure, was this week battling to contain a fallout with President Jacob Zuma and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) after a series of public attacks on a SADC Troika communiqué condemning an orgy of violence across the country.
Zuma is a SADC-appointed mediator to Zimbabwe's political crisis. On Thursday last week, he presented a report to fellow leaders within the Troika -- President Rupiah Banda of Zambia, chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security and Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza -- described as a frank assessment of the political and security situation in Zimbabwe over which the organ based its communiqué damning human rights violations and slackness in the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
An obviously irritated Troika resolved to intervene to help in the crafting of guidelines for proposed elections, creation of a new constitution as well as speedy implementation of the GPA. It will second two individuals to the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) to monitor progress and help in the implementation of these resolutions.
Britain immediately stepped in, promising to bankroll the crafting of an election road-map in its former colony under the auspices of SADC.
- 2011/04/18: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: How Mugabe Turned the Zim Revolution On Its Head
- 2011/04/18: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: 82-Year-Old Political Prisoner Dies
The 82-year-old Nyanga village kraal head, Rwisai Nya-kauru, who was recently incarcerated for three weeks together with MDC-T Nyanga North MP Douglas Mwonzora died yesterday.
- 2011/04/16: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Govt Fights South African Ruling in Favour of [dispossessed] Farmers
- 2011/04/15: CSM: In Zimbabwe, hope behind the horror
Author and journalist Peter Godwin returned to his home country of Zimbabwe to bid a bitter farewell -- at long last -- to the dictator Robert Mugabe. Instead, as he tells in his new book "The Fear," Godwin watched a crumbling African country reach new depths of violence and tragedy after the 2008 election, all beyond the vision of forbidden foreign journalists. I found "The Fear" to be both immensely readable and overwhelmingly sad. Monitor reviewer Tracey Samuelson refers to Godwin's "heartbreaking journey of witnessing," saying "it becomes the reader's burden as well."
- 2011/04/15: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: PM Tsvangirai in Congress Test
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai faces a major political test as his MDC-T party prepares for its third elective congress at the end of this month where the vote over his leadership is likely to reflect growing dissatisfaction within party ranks.
- 2011/04/15: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Mugabe Receives Damning Report
President Robert Mugabe and other leaders of the main political parties, including Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, this week received South African President and SADC facilitator, Jacob Zuma's damning report which has angered ZANU PF officials and triggered a major diplomatic row in the region.
This came ahead of SADC's extraordinary summit on Zimbabwe scheduled for May 20 in Windhoek, Namibia. The meeting has been called to deal with the simmering political problems, particularly in Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
The Zuma report, seen by the Zimbabwe Independent, contains an introduction, a detailed assessment of Zimbabwe's political and security situation, recommendations and the way forward.
- 2011/04/15: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Torture and the Law of the Jungle
Advocate Jeremy Gauntlett, one of South Africa's most respected legal practitioners, recently stingingly rebuked the silence of the lawyers. It is shameful, he told a conference of teachers of law at Stellenbosch University, that the very people who study law and are best acquainted with its meaning are largely uncritical when it is blatantly abused by those in authority.
If this can be said of South Africa with its rich legal traditions and successful social and economic structures, it is a truth of far greater toxicity in the reduced and ill-governed land of Zimbabwe.
For many years our law has been mutilated and mangled by the established authorities. Law courts and other venues where justice ought to be dispensed have been stripped â-'-- by design or negligence -- of their deserved dignity and now resemble schools for apprentice legal panel beaters.
Our administrative procedures and processes have been so badly skewed and twisted that ordinary people have lost faith in the ability of government to govern at all -- let alone to impose an equitable administration.
Yet where one might have expected the legal lions of our society -- those best acquainted with the proper order of civilised living--to angrily shake the Zimbabwean judicial jungle with disapproving roars, the local response to this mayhem has been, with a few notable exceptions, a decidedly muted chorus, resembling rather the genteel tones of a well-modulated church choir.
- 2011/04/13: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Badly Beaten MDC Vice Chair Finally Released
Shakespeare Mukoyi was released on free bail on Tuesday. The MDC Harare Province Vice Chairperson was arrested and beaten by police, who crushed a prayer for peace church service on Saturday in Glen Norah.
Mukoyi was brutally assaulted by police in the church building and denied access to medication after an X-ray examination which showed the need for urgent treatment. Police took him to Harare Hospital during the evening where he was attended to briefly. He was however unceremoniously seized from the hospital and re-detained at Harare Central Police Station.
Twelve of the people arrested with him were released on Monday but police detained him for an extra two days, claiming he assaulted a police officer on the day he was arrested.
- 2011/04/12: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Tekere Says Zimbabwe Now a Dictatorship
Former ZANU PF Secretary General Edgar Tekere has said Zimbabwe is now a dictatorship and that his party has gone against the ideas that shaped the liberation war as greed has set in.
Speaking to the Daily News Tekere said violence, perpetrated particularly by the war vets, also ran contrary to the reasons for liberating the country.
"What is happening is definitely not what we fought for. Things have gone haywire; this is just bad. When I look at what is happening, I just cry in my heart that my party is disintegrating and there is nothing I can do," Tekere told the paper.
- 2011/04/12: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC-T MP Charged With Insulting Mugabe, Again
MDC-T Nyanga North MP, Douglas Mwonzora, was last Friday again charged with insulting ZANU PF leader Robert Mugabe.
- 2011/04/12: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mugabe's Back in Singapore for Medical Treatment
- 2011/04/12: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mugabe's Top Spymaster Menard Muzariri Dies
The deputy director-general of the CIO, Menard Muzariri, has died at the age of 57, SW Radio Africa learned on Monday.
The spymaster, who reportedly died of a liver ailment on Sunday night, directed the country's intelligence network for nearly three decades. He rose through the ranks of the dreaded agency to become deputy head to Happyton Bonyongwe, the director-general.
Unlike most senior operatives who joined the CIO in the 1990's, Muzariri was one of the few former ZANLA combatants to join the organisation soon after independence. During the war of liberation, he was an intelligence officer for the ZANLA forces.
Despite working under the radar for most of his life, Muzariri's name remains synonymous with the Gukurahundi massacres in the Matebeleland provinces. Known in CIO circles as a ruthless operator Muzariri, together with army Colonel Perence Shiri (now the Airforce commander) presided over the suppression of the Ndebele people by the North Korean trained 5th Brigade, in the southern regions of Zimbabwe.
'Generally he remained out of the public eye and shunned the publicity but he was well known in the security services for his brutality. He committed some of the most serious atrocities during the Gukurahundi massacres,' a former CIO operative now based in London said.
He told us Muzariri was one of the officers who led public executions, often forcing victims to dig their own graves in front of family and villagers.
- 2011/04/12: CBC: Swaziland cracks down on pro-democracy protests
Police in Swaziland fired water cannons and tear gas, beat people with batons and arrested activists on the streets to prevent pro-democracy protests Tuesday in sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarchy.
In recent weeks, an online campaign has tried to rally support for Tuesday's protests, which come exactly 38 years after the current Swazi king's father, King Sobhuza II, banned political parties and abandoned the country's constitution.
- 2011/04/08: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: SADC Plans Extraordinary Summit On Govt
An extraordinary SADC heads of state summit has been slated for next month as regional leaders move to decisively deal with Zimbabwe's protracted political stalemate, amid mounting diplomatic tensions among leaders.
- 2011/04/08: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Tsvangirai Tightens Screws On Mugabe
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is tightening the screws on President Robert Mugabe within the southern African region, further isolating him ahead of an anticipated extraordinary SADC summit on Zimbabwe next month which could be a watershed meeting for the country.
This came as it emerged that Mugabe on Wednesday dispatched a top envoy to meet with Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika to "extinguish the fires" in the region.
"Mugabe's remarks have triggered serious tensions within SADC," a senior SADC diplomat said this week.
- 2011/04/08: AllAfrica: ISS: Is SADC Growing Impatient With Zimbabwe?
Over the past decade Zimbabwe has been a constant feature on the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation's agenda. In September 2008, SADC was finally able to mediate a Global Political Agreement (GPA) that sought to chart a way forward for peaceful reconciliation in this country.
More than two years later, Zimbabwe still preoccupies the Organ's peace and security agenda as the main protagonists in Zimbabwe's political saga continue to battle it out. The SADC Organ's growing impatience with the lack of implementation of the GPA and their concern about renewed violence, was evident at a recent Summit of the Troika, held in Livingstone, Zambia on the 3rd of April 2011.
But President Mugabe remains defiant. Does SADC have the necessary willingness, resources and mechanisms to enforce its decisions?
- 2011/04/08: AllAfrica: SW Radio: At Least 14 MDC Hospitalized After Cemetery Attacks By Zanu Pf
Details have been revealed of how ZANU PF youths and "armed men in riot gear" brutally attacked innocent civilians on Wednesday, at a memorial service for five MDC members who were murdered during the 2008 election period.
A statement by the MDC-T said party supporters at Warren Hills cemetery were performing the traditional Shona ritual of "unveiling of tombstones" for the deceased when the attack started.
- 2011/04/08: AllAfrica: SW Radio: GPA Parties Begin Formal Talks On Electoral Roadmap
- 2011/04/08: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Massive Wealth Revealed in ZANU PF Minister's Divorce Case
The remarkable wealth of yet another ZANU PF Minister has been revealed this week, after the assets were uncovered in the Minister's divorce case.
Minister of State in Vice President Joice Mujuru's Office, Sylvester Robert Nguni, is reportedly in the midst of trying to protect his assets from his soon to be ex-wife Tsitsi. Nguni is arguing that only the wealth created during his six year marriage can be divided between the two.
But Tsitsi clearly has her eyes on the rest of the Minister's considerable pile of property and other wealth, claiming she is entitled to at least half of his estate and monthly maintenance.
Mrs Nguni has listed eight houses, a flat in South Africa and a plot in Norton as the real estate owned by the Minister. She has also listed 14 vehicles, including two Mercedes Benz cars.
Also listed were a host of shares in companies like Cottco, Aico, Olam, Seed Co, Underfield Investments, Lombard Investments, Valley Growers, Fitmen Investments, Mike Appel and Interfin. She has also claimed that her husband owns a boat, a service station, two other companies and also has external bank accounts and investments outside Zimbabwe.
- 2011/04/07: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Riot Police And Teargas At Memorial for Murdered MDC
Armed riot police are reported to have assaulted supporters of the MDC-T who attended a memorial service on Wednesday at Warren Park cemetery outside Harare. Witnesses said teargas was also used on the crowd, without any provocation or warning. The incident took place just after MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai addressed the crowd at the cemetery and food was about to be served.
- 2011/04/05: AllAfrica: SW Radio: SADC Leaders Cited in Landmark Legal Case
All 15 leaders in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have been cited as respondents in a landmark legal case, launched by Zimbabwean farmers.
The application, made to the SADC Tribunal last week, is the first time in legal history that a group of heads of state is being cited by an individual as the respondent in an application to an international court.
- 2011/04/05: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mugabe's Poor Health Dominates SADC Summit Talk
- 2011/04/04: AllAfrica: SW Radio: SADC's New Stance Angers Mugabe
SADC's recent censure of Robert Mugabe and its decision to appoint officials to closely monitor the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) have left the ailing dictator seething with rage.
Leaders who attended the Troika summit in Livingstone, Zambia last week Thursday reportedly cornered the ZANU PF leader over the resurgent political repression and violence, leaving him shaken and angry.
- 2011/04/04: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: 'Slap in the Face for Jonathan Moyo'
ZANU PF desperately wanted to win the Speaker of Parliament position last week because the post is of symbolic value to the party, political analysts contend.
According to the analysts, the loss of the post to Lovemore Moyo was a slap in the face for Jonathan Moyo, who together with some MDC MPs had contested the 2008 election of the MDC-T chairman in the Supreme Court.
Moyo's victory saw him become the first Speaker of Parliament who was not elected on a ZANU PF ticket since independence in 1980.
- 2011/04/04: AllAfrica: Mugabe Supporters Lash Out at Zuma
- 2011/04/04: AllAfrica: Pro-Mugabe Paper Publishes Attack on Zuma
- 2011/04/01: AllAfrica: SA Govt: Summit of the Organ Troika on Politics, Defence and Security
13. On Zimbabwe, summit received the report on the political and security situation in the country as presented by the SADC Facilitator H.E. Jacob Zuma, the President of the Republic of South Africa.
14. Summit appreciated the frankness with which the report was presented by the SADC Facilitator and commented him for the work that he has been doing on behalf of SADC.
15. Summit recalled past SADC decisions on the implementation of the GPA and noted with disappointment insufficient progress thereof and expressed its impatience in the delay of the implementation of the GPA.
16. Summit noted with grave concern the polarization of the political environment as characterized by, inter alia, resurgence of violence, arrests and intimidation in Zimbabwe.
17. In view of the above, Summit resolved that:
(a) there must be an immediate end of violence, intimidation, hate speech, harassment, and any other form of action that contradicts the letter and spirit of GPA;
(b) all stakeholders to the GPA should implement all the provisions of the GPA and create a conducive environment for peace, security, and free political activity;
(c) the inclusive Government in Zimbabwe should complete all the steps necessary for the holding of the election including the finalisation of the constitutional amendment and the referendum;
(d) SADC should assist Zimbabwe to formulate guidelines that will assist in holding an election that will be peaceful, free and fair, in accordance with SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections;
(e) the Troika of the Organ shall appoint a team of officials to join the Facilitation Team and work with the Joint Monitoring, evaluation and implementation of GPA. The Troika shall develop the Terms of Reference, time frames and provide regular progress report, the first, to be presented during the next SADC Extraordinary Summit. Summit will review progress on the implementation of GPA and take appropriate action.
18. Summit endorsed the report of the SADC Facilitation on Zimbabwe.
- 2011/04/01: OpenDem: Silent Fear in Zimbabwe by Adele Poskitt
Civicus’ policy coordinator travelled to Harare on Monday, March 28 for an open forum on developing civil society organisation in conflict situations. She describes what happened next.
This week I tasted the bitter-sweet fear that is keeping Zimbabwe on its knees. Narrowly avoiding detention in a notorious Harare prison, fleeing the country in hiding, and escaping persecution due to a case of mistaken identity, are all in a day of the life of a civil society activist in Southern Africa’s failing state.
- 2011/04/01: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: ZANU PF Campaign a Sign of Things to Come
Reports from Bulawayo that ZANU PF youths have been forcing people to sign the anti-sanctions petition will confirm the impression that coercion, of the sort witnessed during elections, is playing a major role in the former ruling party's campaign.
- 2011/04/01: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Cautious Welcome for SADC Criticism of Deadlock
- 2011/04/01: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Another New Paper for Country
Another new newspaper has been revealed in Zimbabwe, making a surprise arrival on the streets on Thursday.
Dummy copies of the paper titled 'The Mail' were handed out free to the public on Thursday, ahead of the paper's official launch, set for some time next week.
- 2011/04/01: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Human Rights Forum Director Charged By Police
After almost 2 months of interrogation and harassment, the executive director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, Abel Chikomo, was formally charged by police on Wednesday, for allegedly running an illegal organization.
- 2011/03/31: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Youths Abducted in Bulawayo, Found At Police Station
- 2011/03/31: CBC: Zimbabwe mass grave used as political propaganda
- 2011/03/30: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC-T Minister Mangoma to Remain Behind Bars
- 2011/03/29: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Jonathan Moyo Accused of Bribing MDC-T MP's
- 2011/03/29: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Lovemore Moyo Wins Election As Speaker of Parliament
MDC-T chairman Lovemore Moyo on Tuesday was re-elected as Speaker of Parliament, after he polled 105 votes to ZANU PF's candidate Simon Khaya Moyo's 93 votes.
- 2011/03/29: CSM: The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe
- 2011/03/29: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Weekend Crackdown As MDC Offices Raided, Rally Cancelled
The relentless crackdown on Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party continued over the weekend, as police chanted liberation war songs and raided the party's Harvest House offices on Saturday.
A report in the weekly Zimbabwe Standard newspaper said the police beat up party activists from the Harare suburb of Mufakose who had come to the party headquarters to hold their primary elections. An alert MDC-T security guard sealed off the entrance and the police failed to gain access into the building.
An MDC-T rally planned for Sunday was also banned by police, who claimed it coincided with the burial at Heroes Acre of ZANU PF chef David Karimanzira.
It's now the third time in a month that police have blocked attempts by the MDC-T to hold their Peace Rally. On the first two occasions police claimed the venues chosen by the MDC-T had already been booked by ZANU PF.
But Harare Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda, whose council runs the venues, said the police were lying.
- 2011/03/28: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: MDC-T Activists in Court Over  Violence
- 2011/03/26: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Daily News Return Marred by Attack on Reporter
- 2011/03/26: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Home Affairs Minister Makone in Hiding
The MDC's co-Minister of Home Affairs, Theresa Makone, was forced into hiding on Friday, as the crackdown against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party intensifies.
Political analyst Professor John Makumbe said this onslaught against the MDC is a deliberate effort by ZANU PF to "whittle down the numbers the MDC has in Parliament ahead of the election of a new speaker.
- 2011/03/26: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Energy Minister Arrested, Again
- 2011/03/25: AllAfrica: RSF: Reporter Attacked As Daily News Resumes Publishing After Seven-Year Ban
Reporters Without Borders welcomes the return of the Daily News after a seven-year closure but is disturbed to learn that one of its reporters was attacked yesterday.
The Daily News reporter in yesterday's incident was Xolisani Ncube. He was attacked by supporters of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai while interviewing people at the headquarters of Tsvangirai's party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). One of his assailants hit him hard in the face and stole his digital camera.
- 2011/03/25: BBC: Zimbabwe MDC minister Theresa Makoni 'fears arrest'
One of the ministers in charge of Zimbabwe's police has told the BBC she is in hiding for fear she would be arrested as part of a state plot.
Theresa Makone is from the MDC, which joined President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party in a unity government in 2009 after years in opposition.
She said that Zanu-PF wants to stop her and other MDC MPs voting in next week's election for a speaker of parliament.
Tension is again rising in Zimbabwe ahead of possible elections this year.
Ms Makone said she had been told that another MP and Lovemore Moyo, the former speaker of parliament, also faced arrest.
Zimbabwe's Energy Minister Elton Mangoma was earlier arrested for a second time this month.
- 2011/03/24: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Farm Attacks Oon the Rise Again
Attacks on the remaining handful of commercial farmers in Zimbabwe are once again on the rise, as ZANU PF's election campaign continues to intensify.
Most recently, Chegutu farmer Bruce Campbell has been fighting off land invaders for several days. Details remain scarce but it is understood that a mob of land invaders have been trying to force him off his property this week.
Campbell's father Mike, and brother-in-law Ben Freeth, led a groundbreaking legal challenge against Robert Mugabe's violent land seizures in the regional human rights Tribunal in 2008. The court ruled in the farmers' favour, saying that Mugabe's land-grab campaign was unlawful. But the ruling has done nothing to protect the remaining commercial farming community in Zimbabwe, with Mugabe's regime openly snubbing the rulings of the court.
- 2011/03/24: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Over 200 MDC Flee ZANU PF Attacks in Chimanimani
The MDC-T has reported that hundreds of their supporters have fled from ZANU PF sponsored violence in the Chimanimani East districts of Cashel Valley and Kubvumbura, in Manicaland province.
At least 20 are being sheltered at the MDC head office in Mutare, with others seeking medical treatment at local clinics.
- 2011/03/24: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Police Lied About ZANU PF Booking Rallies Says Mayor
It has been confirmed by the Mayor of Harare that the police lied in order to block the MDC from holding a rally at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield last weekend.
Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda confirmed to SW Radio Africa that the city of Harare "does not permit block bookings of any of its facilities." The Mayor said there is not a grain truth in any claim of a block booking.
- 2011/03/22: AllAfrica: SW Radio: 15 Hospitalised as ZANU PF Youths and Police Disrupt MDC-T Rally
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party was forced to postpone to next week Sunday a planned peace rally at the Glamis Stadium in Harare, after ZANU PF youths and riot police camped at the venue and beat up party supporters who tried to attend.
- 2011/03/22: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Paul Siwela Wife Hunted Down by Secret Police
- 2011/03/21: AllAfrica: RFI: Govt Warns of Food Shortages As China Deals Signed
A crop assessment carried out in January found that the country had planted more maize than last year, and was expecting to harvest 1.7 million tonnes. But that was still short of the estimated 2.2 million tonnes needed.
- 2011/03/21: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Police Blatant Bias a National Disgrace
The Zimbabwe Republic Police's partisanship was badly exposed last week when they were faced with two parties to the inclusive government intending to hold rallies on the same day.
The ZRP denied the MDC-T permission to hold a single rally in Harare, but allowed ZANU PF to hold innumerable anti-sanction rallies across the country.
- 2011/03/18: AllAfrica: RFI: Tsvangirai Furious As MDC Rally Banned
Zimbabwean police have banned a peace rally scheduled in the capital Harare on Saturday which was to be addressed by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
The MDC is furious. It says the police have banned dozens of its political meetings in the past few weeks.
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai said civilian authority was being undermined in Zimbabwe, and that the country is becoming a police state.
- 2011/03/17: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Police Ban Weekend MDC-T Peace Rallies
- 2011/03/17: AllAfrica: SW Radio: ZANU PF Minister Bars UN Groups From Food Assessments
- 2011/03/17: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Jonathan Moyo's Hypocrisy Exposed
Tsholotsho North MP Jonathan Moyo, on Tuesday tried to whip up public sentiment against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, claiming the MDC leader should be arrested for criticizing judges in the Supreme Court.
But a rebuke of Moyo's rant was to come from respected law lecturer Dr Alex Magaisa, who chronicled the long list of ZANU PF officials, who have criticized judges over the years. Dr Magaisa said concern had to be raised if the law was to be applied selectively, arguing few politicians could claim to have clean hands, not least Moyo himself, who cropped up in most of the examples given.
- 2011/03/17: Guardian(UK): Zimbabweans bailed on treason charges as judge finds 'no iota' of proof
- 2011/03/16: AllAfrica: SW Radio: ZANU PF Crackdown On Activists Continues
The ZANU PF led crackdown on human rights activists and NGOs has continued this week, with leading action groups coming under threat.
On Tuesday police officers from Harare Central Police Station raided the offices of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, before going on to search the home of the group's Director, MacDonald Lewanika. The police were armed with a search warrant signed by Chief Superintendent Peter Magwenzu. They said they were looking for anything 'subversive', such as t-shirts, documents, fliers, or anything incriminating.
- 2011/03/16: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Battle for Speaker of Parliament Post Hots Up
The battle lines are drawn for Tuesday 22 March, when legislators from all three political parties meet to elect a new speaker of parliament.
This follows the shock decision by the Supreme Court to set aside the August 2008 election of MDC-T candidate Lovemore Moyo as Speaker.
- 2011/03/16: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Youth Activist Abducted & Assaulted
An MDC youth activist has been hospitalised in Bindura, after he was abducted and assaulted by a group of men wearing police uniform.
- 2011/03/16: AllAfrica: IRIN: UN Agencies Barred From Food Assessment for 'Political Reasons'
- 2011/03/17: BBC: Last 'Egypt video' Zimbabwe activists get bail
A Zimbabwe court has granted bail to six activists accused of treason for attending a lecture about the Egypt uprising.
The lecture asked "what lessons can be learnt" - which the prosecution says means they were planning a similar revolt.
But High Court Judge Samuel Kudya ruled on Wednesday the evidence was "bold and unsubstantiated".
They reportedly remain in custody while the $2,000 (£1,250) is raised.
- 2011/03/14: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Can Tsvangirai Afford to 'Divorce' Mugabe?
- 2011/03/11: AllAfrica: IRIN: Dry Spell Ends Prospect of Good Harvest
A dry spell that has persisted for over a month, adversely affecting crops in many parts of Zimbabwe, could mean a lean year ahead for farmers.
- 2011/03/11: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: A Country Reeling Under Siege
After temporarily departing from his totalitarian script following the formation of the inclusive government in 2009 in the aftermath of a disputed presidential election, President Robert Mugabe is firmly back on his brutal track: that of systematic political repression and a sweeping crackdown on dissent.
In the process, Zimbabwe is yet again a country under siege. Oppression and brutality are back in currency. The rule of law is being brazenly violated and impunity has returned. Violence against the civilian population has resumed. While politicians bicker on who is responsible the victims continue to suffer.
Ministers, MPs, civil society leaders, ordinary people and real and imagined enemies of the state, ZANU PF and Mugabe are being selectively arrested again.
Journalists, lawyers, political activists, trade unionists, and human rights defenders now have their rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly curtailed.
- 2011/03/11: AllAfrica: Monitor: Mugabe Threatens to Take Over Western Companies
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday repeated his threats to seize foreign-owned companies in retaliation against sanctions imposed on him and his inner circle by the West.
- 2011/03/11: AllAfrica: Monitor: Govt Denies Arms Supply to Gbagbo
Zimbabwe has dismissed a UN investigation into allegations that it has been supplying disputed Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo with arms. Ivory Coast was slapped with an arms embargo by the UN.
- 2011/03/11: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Mugabe, Gaddafi Tight Business Pals
- 2011/03/11: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Zanu Pf, MDC-T Squabble Over Elections
ZANU PF and MDC-T came out 180 degrees apart yesterday when they contradicted each other on elections and a roadmap needed before credible, free and fair polls can be held.
While MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai said it was impossible to have elections in 2011, ZANU PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo insisted that polls would be held later this year after a referendum.
- 2011/03/11: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: MDC-T Threatens Unity Govt Pullout
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday threatened to pull out of the shaky inclusive government after the arrest of Minister of Energy and Power Development Elton Mangoma on corruption charges and the Supreme Court's nullification of the MDC-T Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo's election.
The arrest of Mangoma and removal of Moyo as Speaker of the House of Assembly left the fragile coalition government in turmoil. Tsvangirai was not consulted before Mangoma's arrest. Before a cabinet minister is arrested, the president's approval is sought. Tsvangirai expected to be consulted as he shared executive powers with President Robert Mugabe in the GNU.
Apart from the arrest of Mangoma and the removal of Moyo, Tsvangirai told journalists at MDC-T's Harvest House headquarters he could walk out of government because of political violence, banning and disruptions of political and other public meetings by citizens, hate speech, theft, and corruption.
- 2011/03/10: AllAfrica: SW Radio: War Vets Want to Teach History in Schools
Over the years they have become infamous by beating up and harassing opposition supporters, torturing and often killing MDC supporters. Now war vets loyal to Mugabe's regime say they want to take over schools and offer history lessons on the liberation struggle.
- 2011/03/10: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Police Detain MDC Gravedigger Assaulted By ZANU PF Youth
A funeral held at Granville Cemetery in Harare on Wednesday is reported to have turned into a political rally, after ZANU PF youths attacked a gravedigger they accused of being an MDC-T activist.
According to NewsDay who witnessed the assault, the youths also disrupted a funeral nearby, taking a tent and machinery they did not pay for.
NewsDay said the violent youths pointed out the gravedigger upon arrival and threw him into a minibus they had allegedly commandeered. They then took turns assaulting him for hours, before speeding off.
The abducted gravedigger turned out to be Seven Nehumambi, the MDC youth assembly chairperson for Sunningdale District. In a statement on Thursday the MDC said Nehumambi was assaulted by the ZANU PF youths before he was dumped at Matapi Police Station. He is still in detention there and is being denied medication for the injuries he sustained.
- 2011/03/10: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Supreme Court Nullifies Election of MDC Parliament Speaker
On Thursday the Supreme Court delivered what ZANU PF MP Jonathan Moyo asked for - they overturned the election of the MDC's Lovemore Moyo as Speaker of Parliament. Jonathan Moyo claimed the August 2008 vote that elected the MDC-T Speaker was not secret and violated parliamentary rules on voting.
A Harare lawyer told SW Radio Africa that ZANU PF was desperate to manage the succession problem, given Mugabe's ailing health...
- 2011/03/10: AllAfrica: RFI: PM Calls for End of Unity Government After Minister's Arrest
- 2011/03/10: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mangoma Arrested for Cutting Out ZANU PF Heavyweights From Deals
Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma is paying a heavy price for stopping corrupt ZANU PF heavyweights from benefitting from the procurement of fuel for Zimbabwe.
- 2011/03/10: BBC: Zimbabwe's Energy Minister Elton Mangoma (MDC) has been detained by police, for unspecified reasons
- 2011/03/10: AllAfrica: SW Radio: SA Resumes Fight to Keep Election Report Secret
South Africa's Presidency has resumed its fight to keep a report on Zimbabwe's 2002 elections secret, filing an appeal against a Supreme Court order to release the details.
The Mail & Guardian newspaper has been trying to have the report released since 2008, saying the information gathered by South Africa about Zimbabwe's election was of enormous public interest. In 2002 the then President Thabo Mbeki, commissioned Judge Sisi Khampepe and Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke to visit Zimbabwe and report back on the state of the election. The report was handed over to Mbeki but never made public...
- 2011/03/08: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Accused of Not Doing More to End Political Violence
The MDC has been accused of not doing more as part of the unity government, to end political violence and seek justice for violence victims in Zimbabwe.
In a report by Human Rights Watch, 'Perpetual Fear: Impunity and Cycles of Violence in Zimbabwe', the MDC is accused of "prioritising" the survival of the unity government, above all else.
- 2011/03/08: AllAfrica: SW Radio: ZANU PF in 'Panic Mode' Over MDC Restructuring Exercise
ZANU PF has been caught flat-footed by major inroads made by the MDC-T in its former strongholds, a senior party official said on Tuesday.
Morgan Komichi, the MDC-T deputy organising secretary, told SW Radio Africa that the former ruling party's response to this was to ban all political gatherings. Analysts say it was an attempt by ZANU PF to protect Robert Mugabe from any possible North African style anti-government revolts.
'Don't be fooled that they stopped political meetings because they feared people would revolt against the government like what happened in Egypt or Tunisia.
'They are using this as an excuse because they've been stunned at the level of inroads made by the MDC in the three Mashonaland provinces and others around the country,' Komichi said.
The ban extended to meetings held in offices and homes.
- 2011/03/08: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Release of 39 Activists, But Six Held in Solitary Confinement
A Harare magistrate on Monday freed 39 activists, who had been detained and some of them tortured, on allegations of involvement in trying to mobilize a revolt against the government.
The 39 are part of a group of 45 activists who were arrested in the capital on 19th February while participating in an academic discussion about the uprising in Egypt.
- 2011/03/08: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC Banned From Holding Office, Home Or Public Meetings
The Zimbabwean police have now banned the MDC from holding any rallies or gatherings, according to their representatives. The MDC-T added that the ban extends to holding meetings at their offices or homes too.
Over the past few weeks police have also increased their clamp-down on civic groups, arresting many activists. Observers say is an attempt by ZANU PF to protect Mugabe from any possible North African style anti-government revolts.
This latest ban on political meetings (other than those held by the ruling party of course) suggests the country is now facing an undeclared state of emergency.
- 2011/03/08: BBC: Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has warned that political instability could hamper foreign investment in the country
- 2011/03/04: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: 'Anti-Sanctions Crusade Exercise in Futility'
Political analysts say President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU PF's anti-sanctions campaign will fail to achieve its intended outcome until his regime prioritises the implementation of political and economic reforms.
The former liberation movement blames the sanctions imposed on Mugabe and his inner circle by the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) for Zimbabwe's economic meltdown, but critics have fingered his increasing mal-administration.
- 2011/03/04: AllAfrica: US State Dept: Detention and Allegations of Torture of Political Activists in Nation
- 2011/03/04: AllAfrica: SW Radio: China Helps Build State Intelligence Complex for Mugabe
Construction of the government's secret electronic eavesdropping complex just outside Harare is moving at a 'very fast pace' SW Radio Africa learned on Thursday.
It's believed the complex will, amongst many other things, be used to monitor internet use and telephone calls in Zimbabwe. The 'snooping' project, according to a source, is to become the government agency that monitors communications around the whole country.
- 2011/03/04: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Germany Angered Over Attack On Ambassador
- 2011/03/04: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Chihuri Blames Khupe And Other MDC for Political Violence
Police chief Augustine Chihuri finally showed up for a hearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Home Affairs and shocked everyone by launching into a super-charged tirade that blamed the MDC for directing the violence.
[...] ... even though all the victims of the violence have been MDC-T supporters and officials.
- 2011/03/03: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Magistrate Too Busy to Deal With Case of Detained Activists
A Harare magistrate says he is too busy to attend to a case involving 45 trade union and student activists, arrested on the 19th February and charged with treason for watching video footage of protests in Egypt and Tunisia.
On Monday the same magistrate failed to turn up for a scheduled hearing claiming he was attending a meeting. It was later revealed that the Monday meeting, cited as an excuse, was in fact held with Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, who allegedly 'summoned' the magistrate for unexplained reasons.
The delaying tactics continued on Tuesday as Mutevedzi said he will only deliver a ruling on the 7th March because he will be not be available in court due to some 'prior commitments.'
- 2011/03/02: AllAfrica: MISA: Defamation Charges Against Journalist Dropped for Lack of Evidence
Golden Maunganidze, the editor of the privately owned weekly, "The Masvingo Mirror", accused of defaming ZANU PF Masvingo provincial chairman Lovemore Matuke, was freed by the courts after the state declined to prosecute him on 24 February 2011.
The state said there was no evidence warranting prosecution.
- 2011/03/02: CSM: Zimbabwe's Mugabe tightens grip to prevent Mubarak-style sendoff
- 2011/03/01: AllAfrica: ACNS: Anglican Bishops Fearful After Brutal Murder And Death Threats
Anglican bishops in Zimbabwe are appealing for protection, after being warned of plans to kill them as a power struggle with a rival pro-ZANU PF bishop deepens.
Their plea for help comes after one of their church members was brutally murdered last week.
- 2011/03/01: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Magistrate Fails to Show Up in 'Egypt Protest' Activists Case
- 2011/03/01: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Job Sikhala Arrested And Tortured
Job Sikhala, the leader of the MDC-99, has been severely beaten and tortured in police custody as part of a wider plan to prevent him and others from participating in a planned anti-government march on Tuesday, a party spokesman has said.
- 2011/03/01: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Buhera Village Destroyed By ZANU PF Mob
Forty families from a village in central Buhera have been left with nothing, after their homes were looted and burned by ZANU PF thugs over the weekend.
- 2011/02/28: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Minister [Hubert Nyanhongo, ZANU PF MP - Harare South] Linked to Nyanga Reign of Terror
- 2011/02/28: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Mugabe Moves to Pre-Empt Egypt-Style Uprising
The ongoing arrests of human rights activists in the country is an attempt by an increasingly paranoid President Robert Mugabe to quash mounting dissent before it replicates mass uprisings in North Africa, political analysts have said.
Mugabe, who turned 87 years old last week, fears that the revolution wave, which toppled Tunisian and Egyptian presidents, might cascade down south to engulf the country he has ruled with an iron fist for the past three decades, the analysts said.
- 2011/02/24: CCurrents: Zimbabweans Face Possible Death Sentence For Discussing Egyptian Revolution
- 2011/02/25: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Loyalists Rain Praises on Mugabe's 87th Birthday
- 2011/02/25: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Mubarak, Mugabe Regimes - So Many Parallels to Draw
- 2011/02/25: AllAfrica: MISA: Editor Detained, Questioned Over Satirical Article
- 2011/02/24: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Zimbabwean Army Helping Gaddafi in Libya
- 2011/02/24: Guardian(UK): Zimbabwe charges 46 with treason for watching videos of Egypt protests
- 2011/02/24: AllAfrica: HRW: Zimbabwe - Free Activists Charged for Viewing Mideast Video - Authorities Intensify Repression Ahead of Elections
- 2011/02/24: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Gwisai And 45 Activists Charged With Treason
- 2011/02/23: BBC: Zimbabwe holds 46 for attending lecture on Egypt unrest
The Zimbabwe authorities have detained 46 people for attending a lecture on the unrest in North Africa and the Middle East.
The group has been charged with seeking to overthrow President Robert Mugabe by emulating the protests which toppled the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia.
Police raided their meeting in Harare on Saturday, seizing their equipment.
Correspondents say they could face further treason charges when they appear in court again on Thursday.
- 2011/02/23: CNN: Zimbabwe activists charged with treason
The activists face a possible death sentence if convicted - They are accused of plotting a revolt "the Tunisian-Egyptian way" - Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980
- 2011/02/22: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Police Dismiss Corruption Allegations Against Chombo
The combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) has reacted with fury to comments by the police that corruption allegations against Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo are 'nothing but media hype.'
CHRA recently filed charges against Chombo, for fraudulently acquiring vast tracts of land in Harare. Instead of launching investigations against the minister police have indicated they want to question Simbarashe Moyo, the CHRA chairperson who filed the complaint.
- 2011/02/22: AllAfrica: AfricaConfidential: Activists Versus Authoritarians
- 2011/02/22: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Gwisai Arrested, Badly Beaten, Over 'Plotting' Egypt Style Protest
Munyaradzi Gwisai, the radical leader of the International Socialist Organisation (ISO) Zimbabwe chapter, was on Saturday arrested alongside 53 other activists on charges that they were plotting 'Egypt style protests' during a meeting in Harare.
It's being alleged Gwisai and his group organized a meeting at an undisclosed location in the capital, where they played videos of the footage of the uprising in Egypt. Police claim the idea was to inspire similar protests in Zimbabwe. Invited to the meeting were members of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), Zimbabwe National Students' Union (ZINASU) and other unions.
- 2011/02/19: AlterNet: Hope Deferred: Life Under Zimbabwe's Cruel Dictator
- 2011/02/16: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mugabe's Poor Health Crippling Government Business
- 2011/02/16: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Copac Co-Chairman Mwonzora Arrested Outside Parliament
The Parliamentary Constitutional Select Committee co-chairperson, Douglas Mwonzora, has been arrested after he was picked up by the police outside parliament on Tuesday.
The MDC spokesman for Manicaland province, where Mwonzora is MP for Nyanga North, Pishai Muchauraya, told us the legislator was 'ambushed' outside the parliament building by officers from the Law and Order section in Harare.
'What we know is Mwonzora held a constituency meeting over the weekend that was disrupted by ZANU PF militia sent by ZANU PF's Harare South MP, Hubert Nyanhongo. After the disruption he (Mwonzora) went to the police to make a formal complaint against Nyanhongo and his militia, but to our surprise the victim has now become the accused,' Muchauraya said.
- 2011/02/11: AllAfrica: SW Radio: MDC-N Says They Have 'Donated' Mutambara to ZANU PF
- 2011/02/08: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Hundreds of MDC Members Displaced in Harare
- 2011/02/08: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Kasukuwere Fingered As Being Behind Harare Violence
Saviour Kasukuwere, the ZANU PF Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment, was on Tuesday fingered as the man behind the mob that engulfed the city in chaos and nearly brought the capital to a standstill.
SW Radio Africa has received reports from multiple sources showing that the almost month long stint of violence in Harare is state-sponsored.
- 2011/02/08: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Close to Two Million Still Need Food Aid
A new food assessment report says that close to two million Zimbabweans will still need food aid in the coming months, despite "better economic conditions."
The US-funded Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWSNET) reported this month that about 1.7 million Zimbabweans will be in need of food aid during the next two months. Both FEWSNET and the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) last year estimated that about 1.3 million rural households will be food insecure between January and March.
- 2011/02/08: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Massive Looting By Chombo And Chiyangwa Exposed
The ZimOnline website has revealed details of how corrupt officials in Harare and other urban centers looted assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars over the last ten years.
ZimOnline said they conducted extensive research and found an "unprecedented orgy of self enrichment" linked to top ZANU PF officials, particularly the local government Minister Ignatius Chombo and Harare businessman Phillip Chiyangwa, who is related to Robert Mugabe.
- 2011/02/08: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Harare Descends Into Chaos As Ruling Party Militia Loot Shops
- 2011/02/08: BBC: Zimbabwe arrests after foreigners attacked in Harare
Police in Zimbabwe have arrested eight people for looting after violent attacks by gangs of youths on foreign traders in the capital, Harare.
- 2011/02/01: Guardian(UK): China poised to pour $10bn into Zimbabwe's ailing economy
- 2011/01/24: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mutambara Demoted to Make Way for Ncube
- 2011/01/24: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Wave of Violence Rocks Harare
Dozens of MDC supporters were injured, some of them seriously, in a wave of weekend violence that saw gangs of ZANU PF youths rampaging through the capital.
William Mukuwari, the MDC Budiriro district youth treasurer, is recovering in hospital after he was shot in the leg and assaulted by the youth militia.
The surge in politically motivated violence comes barely a week after the MDC secretary-general, Tendai Biti, warned that Zimbabwe could face a 'bloodbath' at elections this year if the international community does not help to prevent the crisis.
- 2011/01/24: BBC: Zimbabwe tourist lodge invasions condemned
- 2011/01/18: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Soldiers 'Ban' Masvingo Weekly Newspaper in Gutu
Media watchdog group MISA-Zimbabwe on Tuesday expressed concern that soldiers banned vendors from selling an independent newspaper last week, amid growing concerns that the media is once again facing a strict clamp down.
MISA-Zimbabwe said in a statement that soldiers from 42 lnfantry Battalion in Gutu last Friday banned vendors from selling Masvingo province weekly independent newspaper, The Mirror. This was apparently in connection with a story the paper published alleging that army personnel had beaten up people at Mupandawana growth point on Christmas Eve.
- 2011/01/17: CNN: Zimbabwe AG probing Tsvangirai over WikiLeaks disclosures
Attorney general sets up panel to probe prime minister - The panel will look into disclosures by WikiLeaks - An opposition leader says the probe is "nonsense"
- 2011/01/17: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Report Reveals State of Zanu-PF Finances
Zanu-PF has lurched into a financial crisis. The party survived the whole of last year on bank overdrafts currently attracting nearly US$1 million in interest and other bank charges.
The precarious financial position is being blamed on what the party describes as severe economic hardships and insignificant revenue inflows.
- 2011/01/17: AllAfrica: FinancialGazette: Acid Test for Welshman Ncube
Welshman Ncube, the newly elected leader of the smaller faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has started his first term at the helm of the party on a political knife edge as it emerged this week that a splinter group is contemplating taking his executive to court challenging its legitimacy following last weekend's congress described as a sham by some disgruntled members.
Indeed, it has been a baptism of fire for Ncube - an academic lawyer who has been professor of law at the University of Zimbabwe.
On the eve of the MDC-M congress, deposed chairperson, Joubert Mudzumwe, and seven other national council members broke ranks with their colleagues, alleging that the party's third national congress was both illegal and unconstitutional. But their whining could not scuttle the congress, which saw Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara being ousted as president of the MDC-M.
- 2011/01/14: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: The Spectre of World Food Riots [Gwynne Dyer]
- 2011/01/14: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Two Million Need Food Aid in Nation - Fewsnet
An estimated 2,2 million Zimbabweans are in need of food aid, the Famine Early Warning System Network (Fewsnet), an early warning system that monitors food security around the world, said in its latest report.
However, government has dismissed the report, with Agriculture minister Joseph Made suggesting that the Fewsnet projections do not portray the "correct" situation on the ground.
- 2011/01/14: AllAfrica: Fahamu: Power Lies to the East
- 2011/01/12: Salon:GG: How propaganda poisons the mind - and our discourse
- 2011/01/13: AllAfrica: SW Radio: City Councillors Condemn Destruction of Maize in Harare
The MDC has lashed out at orders to destroy maize in Harare, with city councillors distancing themselves from the 'barbaric' act.
Councillors held an emergency caucus meeting on Tuesday at Harvest House after the slashing of maize crops in the city. The city officials said in an MDC statement that they "dissociate themselves and condemn the ongoing barbaric destruction of the staple maize crop in the high density areas of the city."
The officials added that the Harare Council "has never made such a resolution."
"The MDC is a pro-poor political party and is fully behind all livelihood support programmes among them urban agriculture," the MDC statement read.
The instruction to destroy maize is believed to have come from the mainly ZANU PF loyal police, in what the MDC suspects is an attempt to taint their image in the Capital.
- 2011/01/13: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Police in Renewed Crackdown Against MDC Officials
- 2011/01/13: AllAfrica: SW Radio: War Veteran Sibanda Threatens 2000 At Masvingo Rally
Self proclaimed war vet leader, Jabulani Sibanda, is reported to have brought his language of hate and political threats to the town of Triangle in Masvingo over the weekend. According to the Crisis Coalition, Sibanda and his thugs forced about 2,000 people to attend a rally at Gibbo Stadium on Sunday, and threatened them with violence and death if they supported the MDC in the next election.
- 2011/01/07: AllAfrica: ZimIndependent: Confusion Reigns Over Elections
- 2011/01/04: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Government Websites Shut Down Over Wikileaks
- 2011/01/04: AllAfrica: SW Radio: Mugabe Under Pressure to Accept Election Delay
Robert Mugabe's hopes of having a parliamentary election by June this year could be dashed, following reports that Zimbabwe is likely to postpone the poll in order to make constitutional reforms first.
- 2011/01/03: Guardian(UK): US cable leaks' collateral damage in Zimbabwe
If Morgan Tsvangirai is charged with treason, WikiLeaks will have earned the ignominy of Robert Mugabe's gratitude
- 2011/01/03: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: ZANU PF Claims COPAC Victory
ZANU PF has claimed victory in the constitution making process with the party's central committee telling its recent congress that the majority of views from citizens countrywide were aligned to it.
In its report, the committee declared that the Constitution Parliamentary Committee (Copac) outreach programmes confirmed its positions.
- 2011/01/02: AllAfrica: ZimStandard: Battle Lines Drawn As MDC Congress Looms
- 2011/01/01: SlashDot: Zimbabwe Gov't Websites Hit By Pro-WikiLeaks DDoS Attack
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