Archive for April 11th, 2008

source: Mmegi

BAME PIET
STAFF WRITER

Leader of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Morgan Tsvangirai is in Gaborone to ask for the intervention of Botswana and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to end the elections’ crisis in that country. He arrived yesterday morning and it is not known when he will leave.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Phandu Skelemani confirmed that Tsvangirai’s visit prompted President Ian Khama to contact SADC Chairman, President Levy Mwanawasa of Zambia, about what to do.

“This is a matter that cannot be ignored, otherwise you would be saying ‘let people die’ and Mwanawasa promised to contact other SADC Heads of State,” he said.

Skelemani revealed that even the government of Botswana is concerned at the [continue reading]

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source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
10 April 2008

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai beat Robert Mugabe ‘hands down’ in last month’s presidential election and will not participate in a presidential run-off, a top party member said on Thursday.

Tendai Biti, the secretary-general of the party, told a press conference in Johannesburg that final figures collated by his party from all the country’s 10 provinces showed Tsvangirai trounced Mugabe by a large margin. The MDC believes it is the extent of Tsvangirai’s win that has led to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission refusing to announce the results.

‘That figure we gave out last week Wednesday of 50.3 percent was an understated result, those were only from 7 provinces. The final figures we have show beyond reasonable doubt that Tsvangirai should form the next government in Zimbabwe,’ Biti said.

Biti, a lawyer by profession and MDC MP for Harare East, said that Mugabe’s term of office expired on the 28th March and that he was now an illegitimate Head of State.

‘What he’s doing now constitutes a coup d’etat. We have an [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
TSHIRELETSO MOTLOGELWA
STAFF WRITER

Reports within Government Enclave indicate that the leader of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party Morgan Tsvangirai crossed into Botswana territory sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday early morning.

He is alleged to have fled a plot on his life in Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean politician is said to be staying at a Government-owned Guest House in the City Centre.

Unconfirmed information reaching show that Tsvangirai was on his way from South Africa on Tuesday night when he was informed of a planned ‘accident’ that would claim his life. He is said to have immediately turned back just a few hours into Zimbabwean territory after receiving the information.

Tsvangirai met with President Ian Khama yesterday morning to discuss the Zimbabwean situation. The Coordinator of the Government Communication and Information Services body Jeff Ramsay would not confirm whether Tsvangirai met [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
10 April 2008

Twelve days after Zimbabweans cast their deciding votes, Robert Mugabe is still clinging to power by sitting on the results. After days of shuttle diplomacy, which saw MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai meet several SADC leaders, Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa called for an emergency summit of the group this Saturday.

The MDC want SADC to put pressure on Mugabe’s government to respect the will of the people. Tsvangirai told Newsreel in an interview that he hopes to attend the special summit while his spokesman George Sibotshiwe confirmed they were working through diplomatic channels to ensure Tsvangirai was there. Acting Information Minister and Zanu PF MP Bright Matonga has already confirmed Mugabe will travel to the summit.

Tsvangirai insists he won the election without the need for a run-off and wants Mugabe to step down. Whether SADC can put pressure in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
PATRICIA MAGANU
STAFF WRITER

FRANCISTOWN: Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower(BOCCIM) northern region manager Eileen Van der Est said yesterday that they are working hard to improve the northern trade fair this year.

The BOCCIM Northern Trade Fair (BNTF) has in the past received a lot of criticism from the public andexhibitors who rated it as poorly organised. This year’s edition is scheduled for May 22-25. Most people have always complained that the fair grounds are too dusty.

Van der Est said they are addressing the problem and they paved the area between the two main halls to try and reduce the dust. She said preparations for the fair are at an advanced stage and already [continue reading]

source: SouthAfrica.info
Bathandwa Mbola

10 April 2008

A decision on whether South African President Thabo Mbeki will attend an extraordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit called to address the Zimbabwe crisis was to be discussed later on Thursday.

Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa called on Wednesday for an emergency summit of southern African leaders to discuss Zimbabwe, as fears grow in the region that an election deadlock will provoke violence.

No results have emerged from the Zimbabwean presidential election, 11 days after [continue reading]

source: IOL
April 10 2008 at 05:16PM

It is possible that the crime-fighting Scorpions may not be incorporated into the South African Police Services by June, the African National Congress’s (ANC) Siphiwe Nyanda said on Thursday.

“If it is not feasible, then it cannot be done by that time,” said Nyanda, a member of the ANC national executive committee (NEC).

He was speaking at a seminar hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria on the incorporation of the Scorpions into the police services.

This is after the ANC’s December 2007 conference resolved to incorporate the unit into the police by June this year.

He said it was important for the ruling party to separate investigations from prosecutions as this could lead to [continue reading]