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 »
By Mark | June 6, 2014
May 28 2014 was the day Zimbabwe and the world held the inaugural Menstrual Hygiene Day and shocking confessions were made by women from all cross sections of our lovely country. The worst shock was revelation by some young (and old) women that they are using cow dung as sanitary “pads” during their monthly period. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
By Mark | May 19, 2014
A private citizen and constitutional lawyer, Justice Alfred Mavedzenge, on Monday filed a High Court application seeking to compel the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to make the voters’ roll public.
The roll has been kept under Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 »
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 »
By Mark | January 9, 2014
The company closures, downsizings and retrenchments that have led to the demise of Zimbabwe’s Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 »