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Crisis as Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC Pulls Out of Coalition

Zimbabwe was thrown into constitutional crisis on Friday after Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party pulled out of the unity government, citing President Robert Mugabe's reluctance to fully implement their power sharing agreement. Mr Tsvangirai made the announcement after a crisis meeting of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) national...

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Mugabe Welcomes the West

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday said he was ready to mend ties with Western countries if they were willing to lift targeted sanctions imposed on his inner circle for alleged human rights abuses. The US and the European Union (EU) have maintained a travel and trade embargo since 2002 against senior members of President Mugabe's Zanu-...

U.S. $5.7 Billion Debt Splits Cabinet in Zimbabwe

CABINET is deeply divided over the debt and arrears clearance strategy proposal currently under government consideration, as Zimbabwe battles to extricate itself from a huge debt trap. The division between Zanu PF and MDC ministers has left Finance minister Tendai Biti’s ambitious debt-relief proposal facing stiff resistance from his hostile...

international Food Company Stops Buying Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe's Milk

The international food company, Nestlé, has announced that it is to stop buying milk from a dairy farm owned by Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe. The decision follows threats to boycott Nestlé products, made after a British Sunday newspaper revealed the purchases, made from a farm seized from a white landowner under Zimbabwe's land reform...

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Blow As SADC Fails to Discuss Coalition

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai flew out of Kinshasa before the closing ceremony of the SADC summit after the regional body failed to discuss his troubled coalition with President Robert Mugabe. Mr Tsvangirai had vigorously campaigned for Zimbabwe to be placed high on the agenda at the Democratic Republic of Congo summit arguing that...

Failure of Coalition Meeting Raises Stakes in Harare of Zimbabwe

A CRUCIAL meeting of Zimbabwe's political leaders over a number of divisive issues threatening to wreck the inclusive government failed to take place yesterday amid a growing rift within the ruling coalition. The failure of the meeting in Harare to sort out contentious issues would raise the stakes in President Jacob Zuma 's expected visit to the...

Botswana Faults African Union Decision Over Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

Botswana has said that it does not agree with the African Union (AU) decision to denounce the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to refuse to extradite Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to stand trial for genocide. The ICC has issued an arrest warrant for Al-Bashir over genocide in the strife-torn Sudanese region of Darfur but the AU has...

Zimbabwe Diamonds High on KP Windhoek Meeting Agenda

ZIMBABWE'S diamond trade will no doubt feature high on the agenda of the three-day Intersessional Meeting of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), which began yesterday, with the opening remarks of chairperson Bernard Esau setting the tone for this. The Kimberley Process is a joint government, industry and civil society initiative to...

Reforms 'Irreversible' Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe Tells British PM

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe told his British counterpart in London on Monday that his country was engaged in "an irreversible process" of consolidating democratic values. Speaking to journalists after meeting Gordon Brown at the prime minister's office at 10 Downing Street, Tsvangirai said he was "conscious of the shortcomings in...

President Barack Obama Says GNU Shows Promise

UNITED States President Barack Obama praised Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday for trying to lead the country out of the long running economic and political crisis "under difficult circumstance" but criticised President Robert Mugabe for stalling reforms. Obama met Tsvangirai and promised US$73 million in education, health and governance...

President Barack Obama Boosts Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Cold-Shoulders Unity Govt

President Barack Obama has welcomed Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to the Oval Office in Washington, DC, with a U.S. $73 million aid package for Zimbabwe. But he refused to give it directly to the unity government "because we continue to be concerned about consolidating democracy, human rights, and rule of law," he said. For his part, Tsvangirai...

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in Washington for 2nd Leg of Tour

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai arrived in Washington late on Monday for a 5 day visit that will culminate in a meeting with the United States President Barrack Obama at the Oval office. James Maridadi, Tsvangirai' spokesman, told us from Washington that the Prime Minister has a very busy schedule ahead of his meeting with the U.S. President at...

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to Ask Europe, U.S. to Lift Sanctions

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is today expected to leave for the United States and Europe after being tasked by the Government to call for the removal of sanctions and seek a financial package to revive the economy. President Mugabe met with US Congressman Donald Payne last week ahead of PM Tsvangirai's three-week visit to Washington and...

Visa Waiver 'Encumbering' Trade in Zimbabwe

The South African government's removal of visa requirements for Zimbabweans in April was aimed at easing entry for people still reeling from the crisis in Zimbabwe. But, for Alice Kakwindi, Grace Chimhosva and other cross-border traders, entering South Africa has subsequently turned into a nightmare. On the two occasions that they have visited...

France Invites Prime Minister of Zimbabwe

FOR the first time in 13 years France on Friday sent a senior official to Zimbabwe as part of the West's growing interest in re-engaging Harare in order to play a critical role in the country's recovery programme. France joins an increasing number of Western countries who are willing to give the inclusive government a chance, based on its first...