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  • Zimbabwe Update Issue 1/15

    By Mark | January 9, 2015

    This edition of the Zimbabwe Update focuses on the ongoing struggle for the leadership of Zanu PF, the merger of two of the three MDC parties, and the release of the 2002 Khampepe Report in South Africa, concluding that the elections cannot be considered free and fair. It also covers the resumption of EU government to government aid, the latest UK trade delegation to Zimbabwe, the establishment of the Zimbabwe Reconstruction Fund, the abduction and beatings of human rights activists and protestors, the bulldozing of hundreds of homes near Harare and heavy rains cause flooding in many areas. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe Update: Issue 3/2014

    By Mark | August 7, 2014

    Zimbabwe one year on

    This special edition of the Zimbabwe Update, a year after the 2013 elections, focuses on Zanu PF being seen as ‘the only game in town’, the Catholic Commission of Justice and Peace’s report on the 2013 elections, and who will succeed Robert Mugabe as leader of Zanu PF? It also looks at division in the MDC, the US Africa Summit, Mugabe’s promotion to chair of SADC, EU and UK relations with Zimbabwe, fears of another recession and uncertainty in Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe Update: Issue 2/ 2014

    By Mark | June 3, 2014

    This edition of the Zimbabwe Update focuses on the split in Zimbabwe’s largest opposition party, the MDC-T; the European Union- Africa summit, which was boycotted by President Mugabe; Zimbabwe’s increasing debt and worsening economic situation; government challenges to pay its own workers; a new military loan from China; the new electoral amendment bill; police blocking a World Media Day rally, and a report from Chatham House on the west re-engaging with Zimbabwe which has provoked criticism and comment. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe: After elections what next?

    By Mark | December 1, 2013

    Mcdonald Lewinika, Director, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition 

    For the better part of the last decade and a half, Zimbabwe seems to have been embroiled in an unending tragedy. From the economic crises of the late 90’s to the political dilemmas and tragedy of modern day Zimbabwean politics, it seems the land locked country is caught between the devil and the dark blue sea, with little indications for hope and a nation, filled with Read the rest of this entry »

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    UK government: Zimbabwean Court ruling not credible without independent investigation

    By Mark | August 23, 2013

    Foreign Secretary says Zimbabwean Court ruling is not credible without independent investigation. Strong evidence that elections fell short of SADC guidelines.

    Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    Following the announcement by the Zimbabwean Constitutional Court that the presidential election result should stand and President Mugabe can be inaugurated, the Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

    “I am extremely concerned that the Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe elections: preliminary reports

    By Mark | August 3, 2013

    On 31 July 2013 Zimbabwe held presidential, parliamentary and local authority elections. The following statements have been released on the conduct of the elections by election observers, civil society organsiations and international bodies. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe elections update: Civil society group say elections calm but credibility seriously compromised by flaws in voter registration and the voters roll

    By Mark | August 1, 2013

    Zimbabwe Electoral Support Network: 2013 Harmonised Elections Preliminary Statement
    01 August 2013 – Holiday Inn, Harare

    Summary

    The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) as part of its comprehensive effort to observe the 2013 Harmonised elections deployed over 7,000 observers to every province and constituency in the country. Generally the environment was Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe: Ruling sets fear among civic groups

    By Sarah | March 22, 2012

    Mail & Guardian, 22 March 2012

    Activist Munyaradzi Gwisai emerged from court pumping a defiant fist in the air. His conviction, with five of his colleagues, on charges of plotting to topple Robert Mugabe may silence some of the president’s critics.

    The group was arrested last year after police raided the venue of what the activists said had been a discussion on the possibility of an Egypt-style mass protest in Zimbabwe. Read the rest of this entry »

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    SA demands reforms in Zimbabwe before polls

    By Sarah | March 6, 2012

    Mail & Guardian, 5 March 2012

    South Africa on Monday dismissed a push by Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe for new polls without long-delayed reforms required by the country’s unity deal.

    International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said Pretoria expects the power-sharing pact, known as the global political agreement (GPA), to be fully in place with a new constitution approved by referendum before new elections. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zanu PF and MDC T divided on process and content of “ draft” constitution

    By Sarah | February 23, 2012

    Mail & Guardian, 23 February 2012

    Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe’s party said on Thursday it was pushing for a raft of changes to a draft constitution, meant to pave the way to new elections to replace a rocky power-sharing regime. Read the rest of this entry »

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