Archive for June 28th, 2008

source: The Times (SA)
AFP Published:Jun 28, 2008

HARARE – Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe, certain of victory following a one-man election, is expected to be inaugurated for a new term as president on Sunday, government sources told AFP.

“The inauguration is tomorrow (Sunday) at 10am (0800 GMT),” said one source close to Mugabe.

Another source who is expected to be part of a delegation to an upcoming African Union summit in Egypt said he was expecting Mugabe to be sworn in before his departure on Sunday.

“We have been told to be on standby for the swearing-in and soon after we will go to Egypt,” said the source, who also requested anonymity.

A visitor to State House, Mugabe’s official residence, said tents were already being set up for the ceremony.

Results from the election were expected before the inauguration.

Friday’s run-off went ahead with [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Global bankers have warned CIC Energy that it could be subject to some sort of corporate takeover by another large player in the region due to its rich Mmamabula resource.

The size of the Mmamabula resource is 2.3 billion tonnes.
CIC Energy CEO Warren Newfield admitted to Miningmx online that they feel the company is vulnerable at this point particularly with the value and progress of the project.

“There are very few projects in the world that are multi-billion tonnes in a jurisidiction like Botswana (Mmamabula) that are fully permitted and ready to go into production.”

Asked how the company could protect itself, he said: “The trick is to keep our investors totally abreast of what is happening and to [continue reading]

source: SW RAdio Africa
By Mandisa Mundawarara
June 27, 2008

The people of Harare today stayed away from polling stations, with reports of queues with ‘no more than five people.’ Thabani Moyo told us that he had visited polling stations in the suburbs of Mabvuku, Mufakose, Chitungwiza, Mbare, Mabelreign, Marlborough, Bluff Hill and Eastgate.

Most of the people that he spoke to said that they had gone to the polls ‘out of fear, and to protect their lives.’ There are reports that the war vets were conducting operation ‘Pasi pechigunwe,’ where they were checking people’s fingers for the indelible ink to make sure that they had voted.

He described Harare as looking like a ‘ghost town’ today with most people staying home to avoid trouble.
Thabani also reported that [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Celia W. Dugger and Barry Bearak
Published: June 27, 2008

JOHANNESBURG: President Robert Mugabe’s enforcers had already begun to rampage across Zimbabwe, beating his political opponents, when television cameras captured a startling image of Mugabe holding hands with the smiling South African president, Thabo Mbeki, a professed champion of African democracy.

It was April 2000. And Mbeki, leader of the continent’s most powerful nation, spoke no evil of Mugabe’s repressive ways.

Eight years later, in April 2008, it was much the same scene. For two weeks, Zimbabwean election officials had refused to issue the results of an election that Mugabe had lost and a new wave of violence was beginning. Again, the despot and the democrat genially clasped hands as Mbeki declared there was no political crisis in Zimbabwe.

The complex relationship between these two men, stretching back almost 30 years, is crucial to fathoming why Mbeki, chosen last year by regional leaders to officially mediate the conflict in Zimbabwe, does not publicly criticize Mugabe or [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The business community here has told the Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry that government needs to expedite the creation of an enabling environment and to deliberately promote small- and medium-scale enterprises.

Keith Kgathi, a local businessman, appealed to the Minister Duke Lefhoko to regulate the market to ensure that small businesses benefited from government tenders.

“When you approach parastatals or government departments, they believe that some projects cannot be carried out by a Motswana,” Kgathi said. “The government should intervene to ensure that local businesses are given a fair chance.”

Representatives of the Selebi-Phikwe business community were meeting with Minister Kgathi at [continue reading]

source: News24
27/06/2008 12:26 – (SA)

Johannesburg – President Thabo Mbeki wrote a stinging report to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe in 2001, pleading with him to stop land grabs and admit that the ruling party has failed to create a democratic state.

In a 37-page analysis of the situation in Zimbabwe, written a year after Zanu-PF lost a referendum to the opposition, a landmark event that triggered violent land seizures, Mbeki warns of the consequences.

“Of critical importance… is the obvious necessity to ensure that Zimbabwe does not end up in a situation of isolation … condemned to sink into an ever-deepening social and economic crisis that would result in the reversal of many of the gains of the national democratic revolution.”

Mbeki, who has been criticised many times for failing to speak out publicly against Mugabe, in this document warns of the dangers of “stripping white capitalists of their wealth”.

He says it “would result in the collapse of the economy with disastrous effects”.

The “discussion document” was written in August 2001 and will appear in the June issue of New Agenda, a journal of [continue reading]