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Zimbabwe's ‘Hard Road to Reform’ Report

The first independent review of the often turbulent and sometimes violent politics of Zimbabwe’s two-year-old inclusive government indicates there has been some progress and positive change. The report by the Solidarity Peace Trust says continued control of the security sector by President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party has allowed for episodes of...

Desperation, Hope Mix in Zimbabwe Fight for Democracy

Though he has covered wars and conflicts, journalist Peter Godwin wasn't prepared for the surreal mix of desperation and hope he encountered when he returned to Zimbabwe, his broken homeland, in 2008. After ruling for nearly 30 years, President Robert Mugabe finally lost an election. However, instead of conceding power, he launched a brutal...

Zimbabwe Mining Law Boosts Black Ownership

Zimbabwe's new mining regulations are requiring companies to come up with a plan by May 9 to surrender a 51 percent stake in their shares to black Zimbabweans within the next six months.  The shares will be paid for by the value of the minerals underground. Some Zimbabweans fear that changing the mining laws will decimate the mining industry, much...

Southern Africa Region Slams Mugabe

The regional Southern African Development Community or SADC has delivered a sharp rebuke to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and expressed disappointment at the lack of progress in implementing the global political agreement which is the foundation stone of the two-year-old inclusive government. The SADC also decided to call for an extra ordinary...

Human Rights Watch Asks SADC to Pressure Zimbabwe on Harassment, Arbitrary Arrests

Human Rights Watch is calling on the Southern Africa Development Community [SADC] to press Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe on human rights issues. The group refers to what it calls harassment and arbitrary arrests of civil society activists and political opponents. This, as SADC prepares to meet in Zambia tomorrow to consider a report on...

MDC Wins Zimbabwe Parliamentary Speaker Election

Tensions were high in Zimbabwe's capital Tuesday as Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change defeated President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party in the election for speaker of parliament. The election was set to be a close contest as several legislators were in prison at the time of the vote.Former speaker of parliament...

Zimbabwe Prosecutors Keep Tsvangirai Ally Jailed

A close ally of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai remains jailed, despite a Harare court's order that he be released.A judge ordered Energy Minister Elton Mangoma to be on released on bail Tuesday, pending his trial on corruption charges filed last week.But prosecutors then invoked a strict clause of the criminal law statues requiring...

Zimbabwe Tensions Rise Before Regional Meeting

Political tensions are rising in Zimbabwe, where police cancelled a Movement for Democratic Change rally, while Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai made an unscheduled weekend visit to South African President Jacob Zuma before a regional security meeting this week.  MDC officials say they expect more senior members to be arrested this week.Zimbabwe’s...

Zimbabwe Energy Minister Arrested Again

Zimbabwe's Energy Minister Elton Mangoma has been arrested for the second time in two weeks on corruption charges. Officials say he was re-arrested on corruption charges in Harare on Friday for his alleged involvement in a deal to buy electrical equipment.  Mangoma's lawyers deny the charge.Mangoma had been free on bail from his previous arrest on...

Progress Towards New Zimbabwe Constitution

Despite a troubled start, Zimbabwe is making  progress towards producing a new constitution. There is broad agreement on most constitutional principles between the majority party in the legislature, the Movement for Democratic Change, and President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party. A key stipulation in the political agreement that brought the MDC and...

Several African Leaders Criticize Air Attacks in Libya

South African President Jacob Zuma has warned that the Western-led bombings of Libyan military installations must not target civilians. Zuma was one of several African leaders who criticized the bombings, which were meant to establish a no-fly zone in Libyan air space. South African President Jacob Zuma called for an immediate cease-fire in Libya...

Zimbabwe’s Popular Newspaper Returns After Seven Years

Zimbabwe’s Daily News  is back on the streets after a seven-year absence. The newspaper was forced to close after marathon court battles under the former government controlled by the ZANU-PF party.Many Harare residents seemed pleased to have another newspaper choice.Happy readersJill Day is Zimbabwe’s senior public relations consultant, who has...

MDC Energy Minister Arrested in Zimbabwe

Elton Mangoma, the energy minister in Zimbabwe’s fractious inclusive government, and a member of the former opposition Movement for Democratic Change, was arrested Thursday.  Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the MDC, said the government is dysfunctional and that he will push for fresh elections under a roadmap designed by the...

Ivorian President Gbagbo Must Step Down, Says U.S. Congressman

A U.S. Congressman says embattled Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo should be made to cede power because failure to do so would have a negative impact on the 16 or more other African countries that are likely to hold elections this year. New Jersey Democratic Congressman Donald Payne, ranking member of the House of Representatives Foreign...

African Presidents Facing Tough Decisions on Ivory Coast, Libya

Several African heads of state are meeting in Addis Ababa (Wednesday and Thursday) to consider responses to two of the continent’s most vexing challenges, Ivory Coast and Libya. The organization’s credibility, and a chunk of its financing, are on the line. Alassane Ouattara attends AU meetingInternationally-recognized President Alassane Ouattara...