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  • Zimbabwe's ruling party backs Mugabe, 92, for 2018 election

    12/17/2016 4:52:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2016 11:09 AM EST | Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi
    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who turns 93 in February, was endorsed on Saturday as the ruling party’s candidate in a national election scheduled for 2018. The ruling ZANU-PF party announced its support in the southeast town of Masvingo, where the party’s youth wing even proposed that Mugabe should rule for life with broad powers. Opposition groups have described such adulation as a sign that Mugabe and his loyalists are out of touch with the desperation of a nation that is suffering massive unemployment, cash shortages and company closures. …
  • No more white farmers: Govt vows (Zimbabwe)

    01/26/2015 11:22:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Zimbabwe NewsDay ^ | January 22, 2015 in News | Moses Matenga
    Government yesterday vowed to grab all farms owned by the remaining white former commercial farmers and ruled out joint ventures involving whites. Addressing chiefs during the handover of A2 (small-scale commercial farm) offer letters to traditional leaders in Mashonaland East province yesterday, Provincial Affairs minister Joel Biggie Matiza said government’s new land policy was set to benefit diplomats, chiefs, war veterans, civil servants and others who missed out at the launch of the land reform program in 2000 because of rampant corruption. Speaking at the same occasion, Lands and Rural Resettlement minister Douglas Mombeshora also said government would not allow...
  • Zimbabwe’s First Lady seeks to control more land

    01/22/2015 3:05:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 2015 3:09 AM EST | Farai Mutsaka
    In 2000, Timon Shava was a hero of Zimbabwe’s land reform program when he joined hundreds of other landless peasants in a wave of land seizures and evictions of white farmers. Today, he is homeless after police, acting on behalf of President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace, destroyed dozens of thatch dwellings on a farm that she wants to control. The First Lady, who has another farm in the area, said last year that she wanted to turn this farm into a wildlife conservancy that could raise money for an orphanage. A new twist on the long struggle over land in...
  • Robert Mugabe’s party claims landslide victory…as main rival accuses him of ‘monumental fraud’

    08/01/2013 4:39:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:33 EST, 1 August 2013 | Matt Blake and Daily Mail Reporters
    Robert Mugabe’s party claimed a resounding victory in Zimbabwe’s general election today moments before his main rival accused him of “monumental fraud”. The election had been hailed as a potential turning point in the nation’s troubled history as Mugabe’s long-time nemesis Morgan Tsvangirai again vowed to dethrone the 89-year-old tyrant after 33 years in power. … Releasing unofficial results early in Zimbabwe is illegal, and police had said on Wednesday they would arrest anybody who made premature claims about the result. But a senior source in Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party, who asked not to be named, crowed: “We’ve taken this election....
  • Zimbabwe: Early voting starts amid chaos

    07/14/2013 8:09:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 14, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
    Officials of Zimbabwe’s election commission say early voting has started for police and security personnel who will be on duty during the nation’s crucial elections on July 31. The officials acknowledged there was chaos at many voting stations Sunday. Voting materials were not delivered in time for the special vote for service personnel who won’t be able to vote on polling day. …
  • Eric Holder: Black Panther case focus demeans 'my people'

    03/01/2011 11:15:20 AM PST · by ColdOne · 247 replies ^ | March 01, 2011 | Josh Gerstein
    Attorney General Eric Holder finally got fed up Tuesday with claims that the Justice Department went easy in a voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they are African American. Holder's frustration over the criticism became evident during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing as Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) accused the Justice Department of failing to cooperate with a Civil Rights Commission investigation into the handling of the 2008 incident in which Black Panthers in intimidating outfits and wielding a club stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia. The Attorney General seemed to take personal offense...
  • Harare descends into chaos as ZANU PF militia loot shops

    02/07/2011 1:10:29 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 10 replies
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 7 February 2011 | Tichaona Sibanda
    Harare came to a standstill on Monday when a ZANU PF mob engulfed the city in chaos, destroying property worth thousands of dollars, mainly belonging to foreign owned companies. Our correspondent Simon Muchemwa told us that dozens of shops were looted when the ZANU PF militia went on a rampage, as police details stood by watching ordinary people and shop owners being abused and brutalised. Shops belonging to Zimbabweans were also caught up in the crossfire. The attacks on foreign nationals could easily be construed as xenophobic, according to our correspondent. Muchemwa said the mob, dressed in ZANU PF regalia,...
  • Invasion of tourism facilities near Harare

    01/24/2011 7:02:12 AM PST · by vikingd00d · 9 replies
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 23 January 2011 | Unknown
    In what looks to be the start of the next phase of state-sponsored property heists in Zimbabwe, over 20 tourism facilities have been invaded in Lake Chivero Recreational Park (formerly Lake Mcllwaine), 37 km south west of Harare. The lake is Harare’s main water supply and the surrounding land was declared a national park shortly after construction was completed in 1952. The game park, currently home to some of the last white rhino in Zimbabwe, was opened in 1962. The invasion was reported on Friday (January 21) when a mob of about 150 people arrived without warning on Kumba Shiri...
  • Military plot to keep Mugabe in power

    01/20/2011 9:54:19 AM PST · by vikingd00d · 5 replies
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 19 January 2011 | Jonathan Maromo and Peter Chidembo
    HARARE – More than 80 000 youth militia, war veterans and soldiers will be deployed across the country in an army-led drive to ensure victory for President Robert Mugabe in the next elections that, according to investigations by ZimOnline, look set to be the bloodiest ever witnessed in Zimbabwe. A three-month investigation by ZimOnline that included interviews and discussions with Cabinet ministers, senior military officers and ZANU PF functionaries, revealed a desperate determination by Zimbabwe’s top generals to thwart Tsvangirai, with some even openly bragging that they would topple the Prime Minister should he somehow triumph against the planned violence...
  • Mugabe planning massive violence on MDC after World Cup

    03/18/2010 4:35:22 PM PDT · by vikingd00d · 12 replies · 453+ views
    The Zimbabe Situation ^ | 17 March 2010 | Unknown
    HARARE - Robert Mugabe's Zanu (PF) has started recruiting youths for training in sophisticated murder and torture techniques for a massive campaign of violence against the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) soon after the World Cup, a report said. Investigations by The Zimbabwean have revealed that the vicious campaign of terror is expected to roll into motion in July, soon after the soccer World Cup ends in South Africa and the media spotlight shifts elsewhere. High-level sources within both Zanu (PF) and MDC-T as well as the security services said the purpose of this horrific plan, if it succeeds, was...
  • Are Zimbabwean diamonds about to finance a Mugabe coup?

    02/10/2010 6:18:52 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 10 replies · 448+ views
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 10 Feb 2010 | Paul Trewhela
    JOHANNESBURG - Last week's issue of The Zimbabwean, which is edited from Britain, leads with a report on the possible exchange of Chinese weapons for illegally mined diamonds in Zimbabwe (see below). If the information in this report is proved correct, it would indicate that the Mugabe regime is preparing a bloody coup to preserve itself in office, in defiance of its loss of the general election last year, its subsequent power-sharing deal with the Movement for Democratic Change, the Kimberley Process which regulates the global gem trade and a ruling of the High Court in Harare. The report suggests...
  • Black Zimbabweans to take control of white-owned companies

    02/09/2010 9:46:02 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 39 replies · 1,102+ views
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 9 Feb 2010 | Peta Thornycroft
    White-owned companies in Zimbabwe are to be forced to hand majority control to black businessmen in a move that could lead to chaos rivalling the seizure of the country's commercial farms. The new regulations demand that all foreign and locally owned companies hand over at least 51 per cent ownership to black Zimbabweans. Thousands of firms, including the Zimbabwean operations of giants such as Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and the mining company Rio Tinto, will be affected, and they must submit their plans to comply by March 1. Owners who fail to comply could be jailed. The new law...
  • The last stand of Zimbabwe's white farmers

    03/21/2009 6:06:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies · 1,768+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | March 20, 2009 | GEOFFREY YORK
    Nine years ago, Zimbabwe had more than 4,000 white-owned commercial farms. In a fresh wave of invasions, farmers keep their guns close at hand as ZANU-PF thugs lay siege to many of the 300 that remain . Many of the invaded farms are sitting idle or neglected despite a desperate need for food in Zimbabwe, where three-quarters of the population is dependent on food aid from foreign donors. Largely because of the invasions, Zimbabwe's farm output has dropped by 50 to 70 per cent in the past seven years, and most people subsist on one meal a day. Mr. Mugabe...
  • Zimbabwe cholera surges, as doctors urge charges for Mugabe (crimes against humanity)

    01/13/2009 9:30:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 575+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/13/09 | AFP
    HARARE (AFP) – The death toll of Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic swelled past 2,000 people Tuesday, as a global doctors group called for President Robert Mugabe to be charged with crimes against humanity. Fresh data from the World Health Organization showed that the treatable water-borne disease has killed more than 2,000 people since August with the number of diagnosed cases reaching almost 40,000. The new figures came as US-based Physicians for Human Rights said Mugabe should be charged with crimes against humanity over rights abuses and the collapse of the nation's health system. The recommendation was made in a damning 45-page...
  • Zimbabwe - Fuming Mugabe rattled by hecklers

    08/26/2008 11:43:40 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 130+ views
    BBC News (excerpt) ^ | August 26, 2008 | Brian Hungwe
    Excerpt - Loud jeers and howls accompanied President Robert Mugabe's address to Zimbabwe's newly convened parliament, leaving ruling party members fuming. Such uncouth behaviour from the opposition, one Zanu-PF insider said, was uncalled for. But after gaining control of parliament, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) clearly wanted to make its mark. The opening of parliament had started with the usual pomp and ceremony. ~ snip ~
  • Nine killed in post-runoff violence

    07/03/2008 12:04:00 PM PDT · by vikingd00d · 2 replies · 55+ views
    The Zimbabwe Times ^ | 3 July 2008 | Unknown
    HARARE - A pall of fear a campaign of post-election retributive violence that has claimed nine lives since Friday has descended over Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe is frantically trying to shrug off massive international condemnation over his fraudulent re-election to entrench himself for a further five years. In the aftermath of Friday’s widely-condemned one candidate runoff election, Mugabe’s supporters have intensified a witch-hunt of perceived opposition activists and supporters. Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, told a news conference at his Strathaven residence Wednesday that groups of soldiers and Zanu-PF youth militia had been carrying out a...
  • Village Head Killed And 80 Homes Burnt By Zanu-PF Youth in Shamva

    05/12/2008 4:16:41 PM PDT · by vikingd00d · 15 replies · 98+ views
    SW Radio Africa (London) ^ | 12 May 2008 | Tererai Karimakwenda
    Youth militia descended on the home of a village head in Ward 8 Shamva and attacked the traditional leader and his wife with axes. Our correspondent Simon Muchemwa said Sabhuku Elias Madzivanzira, who was over 70 years old, died on the spot. His wife suffered severe injuries but has been blocked from getting medical treatment. Muchemwa said she may die soon if nothing is done. He explained that Madzivanzira was targeted because his Ward produced a majority of opposition councillors in the March 29 election. The youths went on to burn down about 80 homes in the area, which is...
  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe party defeated, Electoral Commission confirms

    04/26/2008 8:09:43 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 16 replies · 95+ views
    AFP via translation | April 26, 2008
    via translation - ALERT - Zimbabwe / legislation: the defeat of the party Mugabe confirmed HARARE - The defeat of the party history of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980, when the general elections on March 29, was confirmed Saturday by the figures provided by the Electoral Commission.
  • ZANU-PF: Presidential runoff in Zimbabwe (accuses MDC of bribery of officials,will contest 16 seats)

    04/04/2008 10:14:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 80+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/4/08 | Angus Shaw - ap
    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's ruling party said Friday there will be a presidential runoff election between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. ZANU-PF party secretary and Minister of State Didymus Mutasa also charged that the opposition bribed electoral officials and said his party would contest results of 16 parliamentary seats — enough to win back its majority. Mutasa spoke at a news conference after a party politburo meeting, the first since elections results showed it has lost its control of parliament. The opposition claims to have won the presidency, but official returns in that race have not yet...
  • Police surround Zimbabwe hotel (housing foreign journalists, may be detaining some reporters)

    04/03/2008 11:57:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 62 replies · 185+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/08
    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Security agents and paramilitary police in riot gear are surrounding a Harare hotel housing foreign journalists. A man answering the phone at the hotel says they are taking away some reporters. The man refused to give his name but said about 30 police entered the hotel Thursday and were preparing to take away four or five journalists. Foreign journalists have been in Zimbabwe to cover elections in which President Robert Mugabe's party lost control of parliament. He is apparently facing a runoff for the presidency. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information....