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  • Zimbabwe Update: Issue 1/2014

    By Mark | March 7, 2014

    This edition of the Zimbabwe Update focuses on the European Union suspending most of its measures on Zimbabwe, but not the travel ban on President Mugabe and preparing to resume bilateral development co-operation, as well as the view of civil society and British government policy on Zimbabwe.  It also covers the forthcoming EU Africa Summit, Tendai Biti’s comments that Zimbabwe’s economy is in a serious and deep crisis, President Mugabe’s 90th birthday, food shortages and news on Zimbabwe’s opposition.   Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe: Mugabe is 90 on 21 February and has ruled Zimbabwe for 33 years

    By Mark | February 20, 2014

    What the papers say

    Robert Mugabe’s lavish 90th birthday plans decried as Zimbabwe struggles

    Source: The Guardian

    Costly celebration, criticised as cultism and hero worship, comes at a time of heavy job losses and slowing economic growth.

    Plans for a lavish $1m (£600,000) celebration of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s 90th birthday have been condemned as the country lurches towards another financial crisis.

    The tribute to Africa’s oldest head of state – and second oldest in the world after Israel’s Shimon Peres – is expected to surpass last year’s party, when special gold coins were minted and Mugabe was presented with a cake said to weigh Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe: EU only Mugabe and his wife remain on travel ban as measures on eight others suspended

    By Mark | February 17, 2014

    Source: Mail and Guardian

    The European Union suspended sanctions on eight of Zimbabwe’s most powerful military and political figures on Monday, but kept them on President Robert Mugabe and his Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe’s ailing economy fuelling child labour

    By Mark | January 9, 2014

    Source: IRIN

    The company closures, downsizings and retrenchments that have led to the demise of Zimbabwe’s 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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    Zimbabwe: Director of Zimbabwe NGO Human Rights Forum acquitted on charge of running an unregistered organisation

    By Mark | November 22, 2013

    Abel Chikomo Executive Director of the Zimbabwe NGO Forum was acquitted on 22 November of a charge on running an unregistered organisation.

    Abel Chikomo was arrested and charged in 2011. On 22 November 2013 on application from his lawyer the magistrate threw out the charge saying it should never have been brought. The state were arguing that Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe: SADC election observer mission summary “elections free, expressed the will of the people and were generally credible.”

    By Mark | September 2, 2013

    The SADC election observer mission has produced its final  summary statement on the Zimbabwe elections, saying they were “free, expressed the will of the people and were generally Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe Update: August 2013

    By Mark | August 31, 2013

    This edition of the Zimbabwe Update focuses on the latest news following Zimbabwe’s elections. It covers Zanu PF’s landslide win, the main concerns about the credibility of the polls, the Constitutional Court’s ruling that elections were free and fair and SADC’s commendation of the polls. It also covers President Mugabe’s 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: Constitutional Court rules elections as in accord with law of Zimbabwe, free, fair and credible and President Mugabe is elected Head of State

    By Mark | August 21, 2013

    Although Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the MDC withdrew their legal challenge to the elections on Friday saying they would not get a fair hearing the court said the petition once lodged could not be withdrawn so it gave its ruling that the elections complied with the laws of Zimbabwe and were free and fair. The Lord Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku is a Read the rest of this entry »

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