Archive for April 6th, 2008

(BOPA) President Ian Khama has announced his new cabinet with a number of new faces. The full cabinet is as follows:

Lt. General Seretse Khama Ian Khama

Vice President
Lt. General Mompati Merafhe

Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration
Mr Daniel Kwelagobe

Minister of Local Government
Ms Margaret Nasha
Assistant Minister of Local Government
Mr Ambrose Masalila
Assistant Minister of Local Government
Mr Olifant Mfa

Minister of Trade and Industry
Mr Neo Moroka
Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry
Mr Gobopang Lefhoko

Minister of Finance and Development Planning
Mr Baledzi Gaolathe
Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning
Mr Samson Guma

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture
Ms Gladys Kokorwe

Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources
Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe

Minister of Communications, Science and Technology
Ms Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi

Minister of Defence, Justice and Security
Mr Dikgakgamatso Seretse

Minister of Agriculture
Mr Christian De Graaf
Assistant Minister of Agriculture
Mr Shaw Kgathi

Minister of Works and Transport
Mr Johnnie Swartz
Assistant Minister of Works and Transport
Mr Frank Ramsden

Minister of Labour and Home Affairs
Mr Peter Siele

Minister of Health
Ms Lesego Motsumi
Assistant Minister of Health
Mr Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Mr Phandu Skelemani

Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism
Mr Onkokame Mokaila

Minister of Education and Skills Development
Mr Jacob Nkate
Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development
Mr Lebonamang Mokalake

Minister of Lands and Housing
Mr Nonofo Molefhi

source: allAfrica
Sokwanele (Harare)

6 April 2008

The ZEC has now announced all 60 Senate seats for those Senators who are elected by the people.

The final count, for those 60, is as follows: Zanu PF has 30 seats, the MDC-MT has 24 seats and the MDC has 6 seats.

The Senate is actually made up of a total of 93 Senators:

* 60 directly elected by voters in 60 constituencies;

* 5 Senators appointed by the President;

* 10 Provincial Governors;

* 18 chiefs – 16 elected by fellow chiefs, plus the President and Deputy President of the Council of Chiefs ex officio.

These are the full details for the [continue reading]

source: Saturday Star
April 05, 2008 Edition 1

March 31 2008 will go down in African politics as a watershed moment. Sorry, it has nothing to do with the Zimbabwean elections. The honour belongs to President Festus Mogae of Botswana, who voluntarily relinquished power! This is a miracle in a continent infamous for its greedy despots and presidents-for-life.

African leaders aren’t known for anointing their successors. Robert Mugabe – who has been in power for 28 years – is a case in point. Mogae’s unselfish gesture should be congratulated. Call it an act of heroism. He has peacefully passed the leadership baton to his successor, Ian Khama. After a decade in power, he is leaving active politics. No need to tamper with the constitution to prolong his stay at the helm.

The end of an era for Mogae is a new dawn for Africa. Mogae’s leadership is proof that Africa is capable of [continue reading]

MDC – 24

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source: IOL

April 05 2008 at 11:33AM

By Gcina Ntsaluba

About 5 000 rooms are still needed across South Africa to cater for tourists in the country for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

The marketing and communications manager for the Tourism Grading Council of South African (TGCSA), Lunice Johnston, invited bed and breakfast establishments, guesthouses and lodges to register their services.

“We have been going around the country for the past five months for the 2010 accommodation sign-up campaign and have secured about 5 200 rooms of our target of 10 000,” said Johnston.

Those who are able to provide accommodation can register with Fifa’s official accommodation service [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Tererai Karimakwenda
April 01, 2008

The drama over the delay in announcing results from last Saturday’s presidential election continued on Saturday, when lawyers for the MDC were briefly prevented from entering the High Court by armed police.
Lawyer Alex Muchadehama said the MDC is seeking an order to compel the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to release the results of the Presidential election. He said a guard wearing a ZANU-PF t-shirt told them they could not enter the High Court. He then summoned armed police, who were apparently from Robert Mugabe’s office across the street. The police confirmed that they were not to enter the High Court and threatened to shoot anyone who attempted to.

Muchadehama said they were later allowed in, only to have ZEC ask for more time to prepare a response. As a result the High Court postponed hearing the case until Sunday.
A week after voters cast their [continue reading]

source: BBC News
(30 March 2008)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s party has asked electoral officials to delay the results of the presidential poll and to recount votes, reports say.

The state-run Sunday Mail newspaper said the governing Zanu-PF party requested a recount because there had been “errors and miscalculations”.

The paper also quoted a senior minister as saying it had rejected an opposition approach to form a unity government.

On Saturday, the opposition accused President Mugabe of “preparing a war”.

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai warned that [continue reading]