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British Bank Accused of Propping Up Mugabe Regime

A British bank currently operating in Zimbabwe has been accused of propping up Robert Mugabe, reportedly by transferring money directly to the dictator's regime. The accusations by the UK's Foreign Office were made in internal British government emails last year, which showed concern about the involvement of Standard Chartered Bank in Zimbabwe....

Outrage Over 71 Ministers in Zimbabwe

THE government is still battling to accommodate the 61 new ministers and deputy ministers amid revelations the decision to inflate the number of ministers of state has caused friction in the two Movement for Democratic Change formations. Mavambo, an opposition group yesterday launched a scathing attack on the bloated government saying it reflected...

Zimbabwean PM Says His Government May Need Up to U.S.$5 Billion

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Friday that rebuilding his shattered country would require an international aid package of up to five billion U.S. dollars. Addressing a news conference in Cape Town after talks with South Africa’s President Kgalema Motlanthe, Tsvangirai also signalled that he would not allow a dispute over detained...

WHO Says Cholera Cases In Zimbabwe Rise Above 70,000

The number of Zimbabweans infected with cholera has risen above 70,000, a new update released by the World Health Organisation has stated. A staggering 1,950 new cases were reported on Monday, with 67 cholera-related deaths, whereas only 362 were reported the previous day along, with nine deaths. The humanitarian aid agency, Water Sanitation and...

Eight Abducted MDC Supporters and Human Rights Activists Denied Treatment

Eight MDC supporters and human rights activists abducted by state security agents last year were on Friday denied access to treatment at a Harare private clinic despite recommendations by doctors that they needed urgent hospitalisation. The prisoners, who include opposition activists and civil rights leaders, are being held at Chikurubi Maximum...

Biti Treason Set Free By Court

Tendai Biti, the Secretary General of the Tsvangirai MDC, was set free on Friday after Harare magistrate Olivia Mariga dropped treason charges against him. His lawyers had made an application for further refusal of remand, arguing that the State had failed to serve indictment papers and had delayed the setting of the trial date. Last year Tendai...

Morgan Tsvangirai Received Approval From His Party To Join The Inclusive Government

The first round of negotiations between ZANU PF and the MDC, since last week Friday when Morgan Tsvangirai received approval from his party to join the inclusive government hit a brick wall just as talks began on Tuesday. This latest impasse puts into jeopardy Wednesday's plans to push constitutional changes through parliament to pave the way for...

Barack Obama Plans Increased Pressure on Mugabe

Newly elected US President Barack Obama is in discussion with his top African advisers on adopting a fresh and robust approach towards restoring democracy in Zimbabwe.According to a Times Newspaper report Obama, and his newly appointed UN Ambassador Susan Rice, want the crisis in Zimbabwe to be taken to the UN Security Council, to get tough...

SADC Summit Gives Little Hope

After a 12-hour meeting behind closed doors, Southern African Development Community leaders emerged early on Jan. 27 to announce that bitter political rivals Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai will form a unity government. "The prime minister (Tsvangirai) and the deputy prime ministers shall be sworn in by 11 February 2009 to be followed by...

Mugabe Seeks SADC Mandate to Form Government

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will seek the mandate of the SADC Summit in South Africa on Monday to form a government excluding MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai with a promise to hold fresh elections within two years, the Zimbabwe Independent has learnt. The summit was called after Sadc chairman, South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, Mozambican leader...

Prelate Calls for Fresh Polls Minus Mugabe In Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe should retire and fresh elections be held to save the southern African nation, a Catholic archbishop in the region has said. In his opening address to the January plenary of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC), Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Johannesburg also said that South Africa, the region's economic...

Power-Sharing Talks In Zimbabwe Fail to Break New Ground

ZIMBABWE’s power-sharing talks brokered by regional leaders hung in the balance last night amid fears of a collapse as President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai failed to agree on details for a unity government. Mugabe rejected Tsvangirai’s conditions for joining his government, saying his demands were “...

Zimbabwe Receives U.S. $5 Million Boost From Unicef in Fight Against Cholera Outbreak

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have announced a $5 million donation for Zimbabwe's besieged health sector to help it battle an out-of-control cholera epidemic and the effects of collapsing health services. The death toll in the southern African country's worst ever cholera outbreak has now topped 2,000, with over half the estimated 40...

Magistrate Refers Mukoko Case to Supreme Court In Zimbabwe

Harare Magistrate, Archie Wochiwonga, delivered a ruling on Friday saying the case involving some political detainees, including civic leader and former broadcaster Jestina Mukoko, should be referred to the Supreme Court to determine whether their rights had been violated. Lawyers representing Mukoko and the others, all accused of crimes relating...

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is expected to Return This Week

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is expected back in the country this week for a crucial party meeting that will decide the fate of the stalled power-sharing talks with Zanu PF. This follows an MDC consultative meeting in South Africa last week, which deliberated on the status of the talks, the humanitarian situation in the country and the assault...