Archive for July 30th, 2010

source: Mmegi

The Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Peter Siele said the government is committed and willing to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to ensure the success of the Free Movement of Persons within Southern Africa initiative

Siele was speaking at a Southern Africa Development Community Council of Non Governmental Organisation (SADC-NGO) free movement of persons campaign held on Tuesday in Gaborone. The campaign brought together state and non-state actors (NSA) from the SADC region. Siele said the purpose of the gathering was to open up a multi-stakeholder dialogue on how best SADC can make the movement of citizens of the region convenient and efficient. He said that the free movement of people within the region is a phenomenon that spans generations from the pre-colonial period. He said there was need for this movement to be revived because there were better people relations then. Botswana is leading by example as they have already [continue reading]


source: SW Radio Africa
Staff Writer
29th July 2010

ZANU PF has announced that Sabina Mugabe has died after a long illness. She was 76.

ZANU PF spokesman, Rugare Gumbo, said Sabina would be buried at Heroes Acre after the politburo were ‘unanimous in granting her that honour.’

The Associated Press news agency said her death would be a severe blow to Robert Mugabe, as he is a man known to have few friends and she was a most trusted family confidante and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

South East South MP, Odirile Motlhale defected to the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) yesterday, saying that he is fed up with intolerance from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) leadership.

The MP, speaking at a press conference in Ramotswa, said he is not leaving the BDP because of factionalism.

“My defection has nothing to do with factionalism. I realised that the BDP leadership had no intention of addressing the disquiet in the party.

The party was and is still divided,” he said. The legislator added that as a representative of the people, he has grown tired of being forced to toe the party line in Parliament against issues that [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 30 2010 at 07:21AM

By Moshoeshoe Monare Political Editor

The ANC is in a worse state than it was before the Polokwane conference, plagued by faction fighting and power struggles, an internal document suggests.

In a sensational paper prepared for the September national general council – a mid-term meeting to review programmes of the organisation – the ANC acknowledges that it is facing “moral decay”.

Commenting on the document at a press conference on Thursday, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe acknowledged there was a problem of dirty lobbying and cash flowing at ANC conferences.

The document said that the situation had in fact worsened since the Polokwane conference in 2007, and that lobbying for leadership positions was [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
July 29, 2010

The violence and intimidation being perpetrated by ZANU-PF to sabotage the constitutional outreach programme has turned into a fully-fledged official campaign dubbed, Operation “Vhara Muromo”, which means “Shut Your Mouth”. This is intended to make it clear that those with views opposed to official ZANU-PF policies are to remain quiet at the outreach meetings being conducted around the country.

Many people are reported to have gone into hiding and others have been assaulted or displaced after making contributions deemed to be sympathetic of the MDC on [continue reading]