Archive for the ‘Zimbabwe’ Category

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By Lance Guma
29 November 2010

The United States former ambassador to Zimbabwe, Christopher Dell, highlighted what he felt was former South African President Thabo Mbeki’s bias for Mugabe and ZANU PF during his mediation efforts in 2008.
On Sunday the WikiLeaks website released over 250 000 damaging documents made up of US diplomatic and intelligence reports from around the world. According to one confidential 2007 diplomatic report, Ambassador Dell said ‘Mbeki has always favored stability and in his mind this means a ZANU PF led GNU (Government of National Unity), with perhaps a few MDC additions.’

He continued by saying; ‘This solution is more likely to prolong than resolve the crisis and we must guard against letting Pretoria dictate an outcome which perpetuates the status quo at the [continue reading]

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By Alex Bell
26 November 2010

There has been an angry reaction to Robert Mugabe’s planned attendance at a European Union (EU) summit in Libya next week, with the EU coming under fire for continuing to host a known human rights abuser.

Mugabe will be attending the EU-Africa summit in Tripoli next Monday, where ironically one of the issues to be discussed will be ‘good governance’. Under the main theme of Investment, Economic Growth and Job Creation, Heads of States and Governments will address key issues, like peace and security, climate change, regional integration and private sector development, infrastructure and energy, agriculture and food security, migration.

Mugabe has been officially invited to participate as a head of state, despite being the author of Zimbabwe’s economic, political and humanitarian destruction. It is his policies and [continue reading]

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By Lance Guma
26 November 2010

South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in the country Friday as part of endless regional efforts to diffuse political tensions that have paralysed the shaky coalition government. His visit came two days after Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai filed a High Court petition seeking to annul the unilateral appointments of provincial governors made by an increasingly intransigent Robert Mugabe.

Even as Zuma held meetings with the party leaders, political analyst John Makumbe predicted he would go back ‘with half-baked promises from Mugabe’ and the trip was just another ‘wild goose chase.’ Even the fact that Mugabe is the one who met Zuma at the airport sent out its own message. The mediation effort has been littered with deadlines set and deadlines not met and Mugabe has on most occasions reneged on promises, made even to his [continue reading]

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By Tererai Karimakwenda
10 November, 2010

The failure of the government to develop a stable and reliable electricity infrastructure has continued to wreak havoc on Zimbabwe’s landscape, causing massive environmental destruction.

Years of corruption and mismanagement at the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) have created daily power cuts and regular load shedding that negatively affects businesses and homes. This has left many with no choice but to cut down trees, as a business itself.

Lionel Saungweme reports that deforestation is a national problem that has significant consequences, not least the loss of soil, washed away when it rains.

According to Saungweme vast tracts of land without any vegetation can be seen all over the country, and the problem has intensified as the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
EPHRAIM KEORENG
Staff Writer

‘Our Zim policy in tandem with SADC ideals’

President Ian Khama says Botswana’s policy calling for the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe is in consonance with the current regional position taken at the last two Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) summits.

He said contrary to media reports that Botswana has changed her position (which was against lifting of sanctions) there is nothing untoward about it, as Botswana has been consistent with earlier decisions of SADC on Zimbabwe sanctions.

“Own reasons for wanting the sanctions lifted are [continue reading]

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The Nation (Nairobi)
Wene Owino
9 November 2010

Gaborone — President Ian Khama of Botswana said yesterday that he wants sanctions against Zimbabwe to be lifted to deny ZANU-PF the “lame excuse” it uses to undermine the unity government formed with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC.

He said Botswana wants sanctions lifted to help provide a conducive climate for the Global Peace Agreement (GPA) to succeed and because ZANU-PF chooses to use the sanctions as an excuse not to fully deliver within the process they are a part of.

“This lame excuse should be put to the test,” President Khama told the Botswana Parliament in his state of the nation address.

He said that contrary to media reports, his country has not changed its position on Zimbabwe.

Botswana has been one of the most vocal critics of President Robert Mugabe and [continue reading]

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By Alex Bell
05 November 2010

A four day meeting of the international diamond trade watchdog, the Kimberley Process (KP), ended with no sign of an agreement on Zimbabwe’s diamond trade future on Thursday.

KP Chairman Boaz Hirsch told a news conference at the end of the meeting in Jerusalem that “the government of Zimbabwe has not been given approval as yet to sell diamonds recovered from its controversial mine fields in the Chiadzwa area of Mutare.” He said an agreement had not yet been finalised.
“We hope to reach an agreement in the coming days…we are working with Zimbabwe and other countries,” he said.

Zimbabwe Mines Minister Obert Mpofu meanwhile told the media at the conference that the country would sell diamonds from Chiadzwa immediately, echoing the same threats he made earlier this week.
“Zimbabwe will sell diamonds without any conditions,” he said. “There is no opposition to that.”
The KP is now under pressure to find some solution in the coming days, and a report on the situation in Zimbabwe is being debated. According to Hirsch, the report “has found Zimbabwe to be [continue reading]

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The Herald (Harare)
Published by the government of Zimbabwe
Bright Madera
2 November 2010

Harare — The African Development Bank has approved two local projects that require US$58 million to be funded under the Zimfund next year.

AfDB representative Dr Damoni Kitabire told a budget consultative meeting in the capital yesterday that US$28 million would be allocated towards water and sanitation with the remainder going towards power and environmental projects.

“The team preparing the water project is currently in the country working on the details of the project while the team on the power project is expected in the country next week,” said Dr Kitabire.

The water projects are expected to augment ongoing rehabilitation projects in Harare, Mutare, Masvingo, Kwekwe and Chegutu.

The proposed power project is aimed at rehabilitating portions of power supply network and improve environmental and safety management at [continue reading]

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Staff Writer

Zimbabwe’s Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe is on a four-day official visit to Botswana to learn about how the country handles its mineral revenues.

A Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources statement says the deputy prime minister will also pay a courtesy call on President Ian Khama, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Phandu Skelemani and Minerals and Energy Minister Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe. Skelemani confirmed the visit yesterday saying the Zimbabwean deputy premier is not here to discuss political issues. He said that there “isn’t much to discuss” apart from common knowledge that the warring Zanu-PF and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have agreed to go for elections next year. She is also expected to [continue reading]

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By Alex Bell
29 October 2010

Zimbabwean exiles in the UK have urged the British government not to deport any failed asylum seekers back to Zimbabwe before elections are held there next year.

About 300 Zimbabweans gathered at Lancaster House in London this week for a meeting to hear a senior Home Office official Phil Douglas answer questions on the sudden ending of the government’s four year moratorium on sending home failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers. Douglas dismissed fears that the move would influence the decision of a team of judges presently considering the Zimbabwe test case on returns, and insisted that independent courts would continue to decide on individual asylum cases.

According to UK based Zimbabwe pressure group, The Vigil, few Zimbabweans at the meeting were satisfied by Douglas’ explanations. According to a statement “there was laughter,” when Douglas said that returnees could ‘relocate’ to different areas. Many people expressed fears of [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-10-28 16:33

Cape Town – Zimbabweans staying in South Africa can now apply for birth certificates and ID cards in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said on Thursday.

It said the concession was announced by Zimbabwe’s consul general Chris Mapanga during a meeting with MDC leaders in Johannesburg this week.

Mapanga could not be contacted for confirmation.

The MDC reported that Mapanga had also said people in Zimbabwe could apply there for replacements of lost birth certificates of relatives in South Africa.

The MDC said the concessions came after its delegation expressed concern over the [continue reading]

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By Lance Guma
26 October 2010

Zimbabwe entered a new digital era last week Friday when the largest mobile phone network Econet Wireless launched its mobile broadband package available to their estimated 4.5 million subscribers.
Econet CEO Douglas Mboweni said this was the most ambitious project they had undertaken since 1998 when the company was launched adding the broadband would be pivotal in reconstructing the country’s economy.

Reporting from Harare our correspondent Simon Muchemwa said three broadband packages were being offered; “On the Go” for customers on the move using internet capable handsets and laptops, the “@Home” package for home users surfing for leisure, school and light business and “@Work” for business users.
Muchemwa said customers were asked to send a blank text message to 145 and a confirmation would then be sent by Econet confirming if the line has been activated. Subscribers can then buy internet ‘bundles’ ranging from 1 to 1000 megabytes to allow them to connect to the internet. Each megabyte costs 50 US cents although many customers were given a [continue reading]

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by Irene Madongo
25 October 2010

The visit this week of officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to Zimbabwe spells bad news for the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and government officials hostile to transparency, an economic analyst has stated.

It’s been reported that the six-member IMF team will meet a number of senior government officials, including Finance Minister Tendai Biti and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono. The team will examine the state of the economy under its Article IV provision, which requires it to visit member countries, collect information and discuss economic developments and policies.
On Monday, economic analyst Masimba Kuchera said: “To most of the people who have a lot of things to hide, and mainly people in ZANU PF, it is bad news. Some of the advice of the IMF is how to tighten controls on the fiscus, taxes and monetary authority. For the RBZ and ZANU PF I don’t think it will be good news.”

The IMF has been highly critical of the RBZ and has even called for an audit of the institution, a move ZANU PF has strongly resisted. Following another visit this year, the IMF said serious governance problems have remained at the RBZ, stating that accounting and internal controls are weak, and there was no [continue reading]

source: IOL
October 21 2010 at 07:48am

Zimbabwean conservation officials blamed poachers after an elephant trampled a South African man to death in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean conservation officials blamed poachers after an elephant trampled a South African man to death in Zimbabwe, Beeld reported on Thursday.

Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwean Conservation Task Force, said that 55-year-old Don Hornsby from Bedfordview in Johannesburg, was attacked by an elephant at Mutsadona near Lake Kariba last week.

Hornsby was apparently trying to take a photo of the animal.

“Don and some friends were fishing from the bank of the lake when the elephants came to drink water. He was running to fetch his camera when the elephant charged at him.

“Usually the rule at the lake is that people may only catch fish from [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-10-20 19:04

Johannesburg – Rights groups said on Wednesday they have asked a South African court to force the company mining diamonds in Zimbabwe’s controversial Marange fields to reveal how it uses its earnings.

Nicole Fritz, director of the Southern African Litigation Centre which helped prepare the petition, said the documents would show if the diamond wealth is funding President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party ahead of elections that could come as early as next year.

“There is a widespread belief that the Marange diamonds are funding a Zanu-PF election war chest-as well as providing Zimbabwe’s old elite with a new source of illicit wealth,” Fritz said in a statement.

Southern Africa Resource Watch along with three Zimbabweans filed the petition in [continue reading]