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Tortured, Kidnapped Journalist Remanded in Custody

Freelance photojournalist Anderson Shadreck Manyere, who is being charged with banditry, was, on 9 January 2009, remanded in custody to 23 January after Harare magistrate Olivia Mariga threw out defence applications for a refusal of remand. His lawyer, Aleck Muchadehama, had argued that Manyere and his co-accused were victims of the crimes of...

Patients Pay U.S. Dollars for Healthcare

Brian Towanda sits with his wife on a sofa counting down the days to January 15 -- the day his spouse's gynaecologist said she would deliver their first child. Not even the political stalemate between President Robert Mugabe and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai on the formation of a unity government, the cholera epidemic and food shortages can drown...

MDC Begins Crucial Meeting In Johannesburg

Will they or won't they? Only the top leadership of the MDC who are meeting in Johannesburg have the answer to this four month-long guessing game that has kept Zimbabweans on tenterhooks, since talks to form a new government stalled last year. All eyes are now fixed on the 'no holds barred' meeting between Morgan Tsvangirai and his top strategists...

Court Contest Over 'Tortured' Activists In Zimbabwe

THE Attorney General's Office yesterday urged the court to dismiss various court applications being made by lawyers representing Zimbabwe Peace Project director Jestina Mukoko and 15 MDC-T activists, saying they were just tactics employed to delay trial proceedings. Director of Public Prosecution (Criminal Division) in the AG's Office Mrs Florence...

Cholera Deaths Exceed 1,500 In Zimbabwe

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is providing local hospitals in Zimbabwe with critical medical supplies and money to treat pregnant women, amid a collapsing health system and the worst cholera outbreak in the sub-Saharan African country's history which has now claimed over 1,500 lives. Over the past week, UNFPA, in partnership with the...

Detainees Remain in Cells In Zimbabue

THE State has launched an appeal at the Supreme Court against the High Court determination ordering the release of former ZBC newscaster Jestina Mukoko and 31 other co-suspects accused of recruiting people for military training in Botswana. The 32 are still in custody. On Wednesday, High Court judge Justice Yunus Omerjee ordered the immediate...

5.5 Million People In Zimbabwe May Need Food, Says UN

Four independent United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of Zimbabwe and the international community to do more to rebuild the country's health system, end the worst cholera epidemic ever recorded there and ensure adequate food for all people as millions face hunger. "Zimbabwe's health system has completely...

'Join Us Or We Go It Alone', says President Mugabe

PRESIDENT MUGABE has invited MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC counterpart Professor Arthur Mutambara to make themselves available for swearing in as Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister respectively pursuant to the envisaged inclusive Government. Addressing thousands of delegates to the 10th Zanu-PF National People's Conference in...

UN Says Mugabe Receiving Weapons With the Help of SADC Countries

While the whole of the Southern African region earlier this year united in blocking an arms shipment from reaching the murderous regime of Robert Mugabe, a United Nations investigation has revealed that Chinese weapons are getting to Harare, via the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The report says at least two SADC countries are allowing...

Concerns Grows After More Abductions of reporter of the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC)

Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed by the abduction of freelance photojournalist Shadreck Manyere and attempted abduction of Obrian Rwafa, a reporter with the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), in separate incidents on 13 December, just 10 days after the kidnapping of journalist and human rights activist Jestina Mukoko,...

Country Approaching 'Failed State' Status, U.S. Ambassador Says U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe

With a cholera outbreak and the disappearance of Zimbabwean activists added to ongoing economic and political misfortunes, "the human rights situation in Zimbabwe is off the chart right now," says U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe James McGee, who urged Zimbabwe's neighbors to act to improve the situation. Speaking at the State Department...

President Robert Mugabe appears to be losing his 28-year iron grip on the military in ZIMBABWE

ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe appears to be losing his 28-year iron grip on the military, with protests by soldiers this week raising fears that a revolt could be brewing in the armed forces. As the economic meltdown intensified and a cholera epidemic spread, sources told Business Day the Mugabe regime was trying to contain growing discontent...

Annan Visits, the Carter Factor

I have read Graham Hancock's "Lords of Poverty: the Power, Prestige, and Corruption of the International Aid Business" many times since 1992 and love it for laying bare the rotten innards of the international aid business. It is a world of vultures; where the poor are big business for the rich and powerful from the glittering cities of...

Regional Leaders Decide Against Zimbabwe'a Tsvangirai

Southern Africa's leaders have told Zimbabwe's two main parties to form a unity government and to share control of the ministry which supervises the country's police force, but Prime Minister-designate Morgan Tsvangirai has rejected their decision. Tsvangirai told a news conference at the end of a regional summit early on Monday that in view of...

Zimbabwe Govt Accuses Botswana for Extreme Provocation

Zimbabwe has described Botswana's calls for a fresh presidential election to solve the country's long running political crisis 'extreme' provocation as tension continues to build ahead of a regional summit this weekend to discuss the stalled power sharing agreement. Botswana's outspoken President Seretse Ian Khama on Monday called for an...