Archive for June 22nd, 2008

source: BBC News

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he is pulling out of Friday’s presidential run-off, handing victory to President Robert Mugabe.

Mr Tsvangirai said there was no point running when elections would not be free and fair and “the outcome is determined by… Mugabe himself”.

He called on the global community to step in to protect Zimbabweans.

The decision came after opposition supporters heading to a rally in the capital Harare came under attack.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change says at least 70 supporters have been killed in recent months.

At a press conference in Harare on Sunday, Mr Tsvangirai said: “We in the MDC have resolved that we will no longer participate in this violent, illegitimate sham of an election process.”

“We will not play the [continue reading]

source: Mail & Guardian
London, United Kingdom
21 June 2008 07:40

Canadian company CIC Energy has rubbished reports that it is to scrap a multibillion-dollar Southern African energy project in Botswana due to spiralling costs.

The company plans to build a coal mine to provide 5 000 megawatt of coal-fired electricity-generating capacity to Botswana and South Africa.

The estimated costs of the Mmamabula project have spiralled from an initial $6-billion to $16-billion, Moody’s analyst Kristin Lindow was quoted as saying on Thursday.

“The huge Mmamabula project is in trouble,” she reportedly said, adding that there was a definite possibility of it being scrapped. “They are working tooth and nail to prevent that from happening.”

Johannesburg-based CIC president Greg Kinross said on Friday: “I don’t know where her figures came from. It’s a load of rubbish.”

He said costs were going up in line with the market [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
UN News Service (New York)
20 June 2008
Posted to the web 21 June 2008

Senior United Nations political aide Haile Menkerios met with South African President Thabo Mbeki in Pretoria today, following a five-day visit to neighbouring Zimbabwe, which has been beset by deadly political violence since the first round of the presidential election on 29 March.

Mr. Menkerios, the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, was dispatched to Zimbabwe by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in an attempt to reduce political tensions ahead of the run-off round of the presidential election set for 27 June.

“It appears that he will remain in the area for some additional days,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told journalists in New York.

During his visit to Zimbabwe, Mr. Menkerios met with President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai of [continue reading]