Archive for March 8th, 2009

source: The Zimbabwean
Friday, 06 March 2009

The Ministry of Communications Science and Technology has marshaled a team of about twenty reporters to defend the Media Practitioners’ Act – by “informing and educating the public about the Act”.

The Ministry held a workshop on Tuesday aimed at “establishing a common understanding of the Media Practitioners’ Act which has been bashed by both the local and international private media as ploy by government to interfere in the private media operations.”

Five reporters each from the Botswana Press Agency (BOPA), Radio Botswana, Botswana Television (Btv) and the Government Communication and Systems Office, will be tutored to write “positive stories about the Media Practitioners’ Act”.

Top government spokesperson Dr. Jeff Ramsay, a historian who took an interest in the media after arriving in Botswana many years ago and relentlessly pursued a government appointment as a media expert until he was appointed Press Secretary in the Office of the President by President Mogae, was scheduled to [continue reading]

source: BBC News

Zimbabwe PM Morgan Tsvangirai has flown to neighbouring Botswana for medical tests and rest, a day after a car crash which killed his wife, his party says.

A source close to Mr Tsvangirai told the BBC he was exhausted and needed time to come to terms with events.

His MDC party says it will carry out its own inquiry into the cause of the crash. But officials have said nothing to suggest they suspect foul play.

Mr Tsvangirai has previously spent time in Botswana while in opposition.

He returned from Botswana to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
6 March 2009

Mutare Magistrate Livingstone Chipadze was arrested on Thursday, for ordering the immediate release of Roy Bennett. High Court judge Justice Tedius Karwi had on Tuesday upheld his earlier ruling, granting Bennett bail and late Wednesday Bennett’s lawyers in Mutare successfully posted bail of US$2 000 and surrendered his passport.

But the following day Supreme Court Judge Paddington Garwe ruled in favour of the State, after prosecutors appealed against the granting of bail.

The MDC spokesperson for Manicaland province and Makoni South MP Pishai Muchauraya, said the police Law and Order section picked up Magistrate Chipadze on Thursday evening and he is being accused of acting unlawfully by endorsing the High Court order. “He is being persecuted for actually endorsing justice,” Muchauraya said.

The magistrate is detained at Mutare Central police station and it’s also reported that [continue reading]

source: News24
07/03/2009 16:08 – (SA)

Johannesburg – ANC President Jacob Zuma on Saturday extended his condolences to Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on the death of his wife.

“On behalf of the African National Congress, we wish to extend to Prime Minister Tsvangirai and his family our heartfelt sympathies.

“The tragic passing away of Susan Tsvangirai has been felt by the people of this country and the region,” said Zuma.

The ruling party president said the ANC wished Tsvangirai a “speedy and complete recovery” from his injuries.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) expressed their condolences and wished Tsvangirai a speedy and full recovery, “so that he can resume the struggle for a democratic and prosperous country.”

Spokesperson Patrick Craven said the federation supported the call for a “full investigation into the cause of the accident.”

The MDC in South Africa had earlier said it was “dismayed” by the incident and added that it did not believe it was a “genuine accident”.

“The truth of the matter is that this is not a genuine accident,” said spokesperson Sibanengi Dube in a statement.

“This is a perfect organised hit which was designed to [continue reading]

source: IOL
March 07 2009 at 10:47AM

South African President Kgalema Motlanthe wished Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai a speedy recovery on Saturday.

“The thoughts and prayers of the people of South Africa and SADC [Southern African Development Community] region are with you while wishing you a speedy recovery to enable you to resume your national responsibilities as prime minister,” said Motlanthe in a statement.

On Friday, Tsvangirai and his wife were involved in a collision with a freight vehicle while on their way from Harare.

They were headed to a rally for Tsvangirai’s political party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Tsvangirai’s wife, Susan, reportedly, died on the scene. Tsvangirai is currently being treated for injuries at a Harare clinic.

The MDC in South Africa said it was “dismayed” by the accident and claimed Tsvangirai was the victim of political violence.

“The truth of the matter is that this is not a genuine accident,” said spokesperson Sibanengi Dube in a statement.

“This is a perfect organised hit which was designed to eliminate the President of MDC.”

“We sincerely believe that the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
Gerry Jackson
7th March 2009

Not surprisingly, speculation as to the cause of the accident that killed Susan Tsvangirai is rife.

Adding to the concerns that this may have been a deliberate attempt on Morgan Tsvangirai’s life is the fact that someone who was taking video footage at the crash site, was immediately arrested.

Deon Theron is the Vice President of the Commercial Farmers Union and lives near the scene of the accident. It’s being reported that he arrived quite soon after the crash and was taking video footage of the overturned vehicle. Police immediately arrested him, confiscated his camera and took him to [continue reading]