Archive for the ‘Zimbabwe’ Category

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
19 October 2010

Robert Mugabe has threatened to retaliate if ambassadors he unilaterally appointed to the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) are sent back to Zimbabwe.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai last week told the EU and the UN that ambassadors appointed solely by Mugabe don’t speak on behalf of the whole government. Tsvangirai wrote a series of letters stating his position that appointments made unilaterally by Mugabe were “null and void,” as they were done without consultation. This included a letter to EU president Jose Manuel Baroso and letters to the UN and four countries.

Tsvangirai also told reporters earlier this month that his MDC party will refuse to recognise these appointments, including Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono, Attorney General Johannes Tomana, five judges named in May, and the six ambassadors, appointed in [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-10-19 17:23

Pretoria – South Africa would again vote “no” to UN sanctions against Zimbabwe should the issue return to the agenda of the Security Council during its second term.

“If a similar situation were to arise, South Africa will vote no,” said international relations director general Ayanda Ntsaluba in Pretoria on Tuesday.

He was referring to last term (2007-2008) when South Africa blocked sanctions against Zimbabwe – also voting against resolutions on Myanmar and Iran – “areas which materially we voted wrongly as some people say. We would contest that.”

South Africa surprised many during its first term on [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
18 October 2010

A farming rights group has warned that there is a “final push” to seize Zimbabwe’s handful of remaining commercial properties, ahead of fresh elections.

In the past few weeks a number of farming families have been left destitute after their properties were seized by local officials from ZANU PF. This includes the Connar family from Masvingo who were forced to flee their farm earlier this month, after ZANU PF central committee member, Clemence Makwarimba invaded the property. Makwarimba evicted the Connar family with the help of violent youth militias who also beat up the farm’s workers.

Justice for Agriculture (JAG) told SW Radio Africa on Monday that there is a visible drive to seize what is left of commercial land before elections are called next year. JAG’s John Worsley-Worswick said the situation is deteriorating rapidly, with ZANU PF governors leading the “final push” for commercial land. Worsley-Worswick explained that ZANU PF governors are running scared, after the MDC contested their [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
14 October, 2010

The delegation sent by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma to Zimbabwe, to try to resolve the latest crisis in the unity government, arrived on Wednesday. Unconfirmed reports say they have met with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai but failed to secure a meeting with Robert Mugabe. We were unable to contact any of Zuma’s delegation members for an update.

Upon their arrival Wednesday the team of Charles Nqakula, Mac Maharaj and Lindiwe Zulu tried to downplay the seriousness of the row that has developed between Mugabe and Tsvangirai, with Nqakula saying: “We are back here as part of our monitoring exercises to check with political parties here what has happened since the last summit.”

But the trio arrived without an appointment, which confirms the fact that the trip was made in a hurry and Mugabe’s lack of interest in seeing them immediately.

Regarding the crisis created in the unity government by Tsvangirai finally standing firm against [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
The Herald (Harare)
Published by the government of Zimbabwe
14 October 2010

Harare — South African President Jacob Zuma’s talks facilitation team jetted into Zimbabwe yesterday to review progress in inter-party dialogue between the Global Political Agreement’s three signatories.

Sadc appointed President Zuma to facilitate dialogue between Zanu-PF and the two MDC formations.

The South African leader in turn established a team to assist him with the task.

The agenda of this week’s meetings and the duration of the team’s stay could not be established yesterday.

Arriving at a Harare hotel yesterday, team member Ms Lindiwe Zulu — who is President Zuma’s adviser on international relations — declined to issue a public statement. The parties have disagreed on [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
BuaNews (Tshwane)
13 October 2010

Pretoria — The Department of Home Affairs has received more than 18 000 applications from Zimbabweans since the start of the documentation process.

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Home Affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni said that by 8 October, 18 454 applications had been received by his department.

Undocumented Zimbabweans living in South Africa have until 31 December to apply to the department to have their stay in the country registered.

Since the process began on 20 September, there have been particularly high volumes of applications at the department’s offices in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Apleni said so far, 465 fraudulent documents had been handed in. He encouraged more Zimbabweans in [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
by Irene Madongo
11 October 2010

A new report shows Zimbabwe is one of the worst places to do business in the world, and it has been ranked at the bottom in the world in terms of lack of economic freedoms for businesses.

The Economic Freedom of the World 2010 Annual Report, released by the Fraser Institute of Canada on Tuesday, ranks Zimbabwe 138 out of 141 when it comes to providing an unfriendly business environment, alongside, Angola and the Republic of Congo.

The annual report rates nations by five criteria: government size, legal structure and protection of property rights, access to sound money, freedom to conduct international trade and credit, labour as well as business regulation.

The report comes at a time when the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) also says [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
by Irene Madongo
11 September 2010

Zimbabwe’s economic policies, including the indiginisation law, are damaging local businesses who are failing to get finance from foreign investors.

The indiginisation law was passed this year and forces foreign-owned companies to cede more than half of their investment to locals. However, instead of helping locals, the law has merely put off potential investors.

In August Zimglass in Gweru, the country’s only glass manufacturer, had to shut down after struggling with power cuts which affected the running of their electric furnaces. The country’s damaging electricity cuts have forced the company to try to raise $18 million, for an alternative form of energy. But finding new sources of funds is extremely difficult at a time when foreign investors are concerned about investing in the country.

On Tuesday, economic analyst Masimba Kuchera used the case of Zimglass as an example. He said that potential foreign investors, like any investor, wants to [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
08 October 2010

A group of representatives from Zimbabwean organizations in South Africa met with officials from that country’s Department of Home Affairs to try and resolve the problem of long queues at application offices. The ultimate goal was to ensure that Zimbabweans who need to legalize their residency status in South Africa meet the December 31st deadline set by the government.

Nqabutho Dube, the MDC-M secretary in Johannesburg, told SW Radio Africa on Friday that the meeting was productive in resolving the procedural matters that will allow faster processing of the applications. But he was concerned that some of the important legal issues that affect applications were not concluded.
Dube said the South African delegation was led by the Home Affairs Director General, Methuni Aplein, who has been under pressure to meet the deadline. Zimbabweans were represented by the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona sibanda
8 October 2010

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s strong rebuke of Robert Mugabe on Thursday has struck a chord with his party supporters, who were increasingly getting worried about his defence of the ZANU PF President.

A number of political analysts have said the outburst by Tsvangirai may have signaled the ‘reinvention’ of the man who caused Mugabe a lot of discomfort before he agreed to join the unity government.

The Prime Minister’s verbal salvo was apparently prompted by Mugabe’s unilateral appointment on Sunday of provincial governors from ZANU PF to serve another term, in violation of the GPA.

‘In the last couple of months people were seeing a different Tsvangirai who was warming up to Mugabe, which was unfortunate. He was over-praising his opponent which shouldn’t have been his role,’ Clifford Mashiri, a political analyst said.

For over a year the MDC leader has diplomatically avoided attacking Mugabe in the hope that [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
7 October, 2010

The state owned Herald newspaper reported on Thursday that government had urged the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to license more radio and television stations, in order to provide remote areas of the country with access to information. The comments were made by Media and Information Minister Webster Shamu at a BAZ strategic planning workshop, held in Harare on Wednesday.

Shamu is quoted as saying: “Universal access to broadcasting services has remained on the government’s wish list for the past two decades, but regrettably little progress has been made in that direction.” Shamu gave no explanation as to why the government had not made progress in over twenty years, when all that is required is for them to issue invitations for license applications. A number of community, church and commercial radio stations would be ready to start broadcasting very quickly.

The Herald is known as a mouthpiece for ZANU PF. The paper refuses to run MDC adverts and only promotes ZANU PF policy. So when Minister Shamu told delegates at the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
6 October 2010

South Africa’s Home Affairs ministry is failing to cope with the huge influx of Zimbabwean immigrants wishing to regularize their stay before the 31st December deadline.

As a result officials from the Home Affairs ministry will on Friday meet with the stakeholders forum, a consultation platform to allow NGOs, human rights organizations and Zimbabwe’s political parties, based in South Africa, to engage with the South Africans. This meeting is expected to review the exercise, amidst calls from Zimbabweans for an extension to the deadline.

The South African government last month gave Zimbabwean immigrants, estimated to be around three million, until year end to regularize their stay or face deportation. This followed a cabinet decision in [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Loyiso Langeni
6 October 2010

Johannesburg — PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma yesterday won over an important regional ally in calling for sanctions on Zimbabwe to be lifted.

Botswana President Ian Khama, a strident critic of President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF), for the first time publicly called for western sanctions on elements of Zimbabwe’s unity government to be lifted.

“We strongly feel that the sanctions are a hindrance … as the political and economic situation is improving,” Lt-Gen Khama said.

He was speaking in Pretoria after talks with Mr Zuma at the start of a two-day state visit.

Botswana has been the lone Southern African Development Community voice insisting sanctions remain. It was also a vocal critic of human rights abuses and the persecution of political opponents . This contrasted with SA’s refusal to rebuke Mr Mugabe.

“I was proven right to some point that the sanctions that were put in place (against Zimbabwe) were correct in my view,” Lt-Gen Khama said.

He said the government of Botswana made a decision to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Financial Gazette (Harare)
Clemence Manyukwe
1 October 2010

Harare — Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will step down as president of the larger faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) next year in line with the party’s original constitution that allows an incumbent to hold office for a maximum of two five-year terms.

The Financial Gazette can exclusively reveal that the MDC-T has since passed a resolution to the effect that the movement’s third congress – where a new leader would be elected – would only be held after the holding of presidential elections, which both the premier and President Robert Mugabe said would be held next year.

What it means is that the MDC-T leader could be forced to relinquish his party post but still continue to lead government should he win the presidential ballot.

The Prime Minister is said to have confided in some members of his [continue reading]

source: News24
2010-10-03 23:29

Johannesburg – SA will on Monday give a report to the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees on progress documenting illegal Zimbabweans, the home affairs department said.

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma would brief the UNHCR in Geneva, Switzerland, spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said in a statement on Sunday.

“The process of documenting Zimbabweans living in South Africa began on 20 September and includes the extension of amnesty to those Zimbabweans who return South African identity documents and permits acquired fraudulently.

“South Africa has been inspired by the huge turnout of Zimbabweans living in [continue reading]