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African leaders call for fair Zimbabwe poll

Zimbabwe: Forty of Africa's most prominent figures have published an open letter calling for Zimbabwe's presidential run-off to be peaceful and fair. On Friday, Mr Mugabe warned that veterans from Zimbabwe's 1970s war of independence were ready to fight to stop the MDC gaining power. The Herald newspaper quoted Mr Mugabe as saying:...

Zimbabweans in cry of aid

Zimbabwe: One third of the population of violence torn Zimbabwe are in food crisis, says UN agency spokesmen. UN officials observed that a very worrying and very serious and deteriorating humanitarian situation are prevalling in Zimbabwe, with up to four million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Briefing the security Council, John Holmes...

Zimbabwe ruling party plan's to deploy war veterans in campaign

Harare: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's party said on Wednesday it would deploy more war veterans to campaign in some opposition areas ahead of a presidential election run-off marred by violence. Opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader (MDC) Morgan Tsvangirai accuses ZANU-PF of widespread attacks on his supporters ahead of the...

S African leader anxious about Zimbabwe unrest

Johannesburg: Leader of South Africa's ruling party Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday he was alarmed and anxious about reports of widespread violence and brutality in Zimbabwe's election campaign. Speaking during a visit to India, Zuma said in a speech released by his African National Congress in Johannesburg: "We cannot rest until the...

Zimbabwe opposition leader rejects consensus

Harare: Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Tuesday ruled out suggestions of a national unity government, saying his party was sure to win a presidential runoff despite government violence. Tsvangirai told a news conference in Harare that Zimbabwe was being run by a military junta and 66 supporters of his Movement for Democratic...

Zimbabwe court orders release of opposition leader

Harare: Zimbabwe's High Court on Sunday ordered police to release an opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) member of parliament, who was arrested on Saturday for the second time in a week. Eric Matinenga was initially arrested on June 1 on charges of inciting public violence in his constituency, but was released on Thursday after a...

Opposition campaign banned in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's authorities have stopped the opposition presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai from campaigning ahead of the 27 June elections. The order banning "several future rallies" came after police briefly detained Mr Tsvangirai ahead of a rally in the second largest city of Bulawayo. The length or extent of the ban,...

Zimbabwe suspends aid agencies

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's government has indefinitely suspended all field work by aid groups and non-governmental organisations. Social Welfare Minister Nicholas Goche accused several of "breaching the terms and conditions of their registration", in a written notice sent to the groups. Earlier, police detained a group of US and UK...

US, UK diplomats detained in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: Police in Zimbabwe detained US and UK diplomats for several hours as they investigated political violence there, US ambassador James McGee has said. Mr McGee told the news agency there had earlier been a bid to force their convoy off the road in the town of Bindura when they refused to go to a police station. He said their tyres were...

Zimbabwe opposition leader freed

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been released by police after being detained for about eight hours, his spokesman has said. He was freed without charge. Police had accused Mr Tsvangirai of violating public security for addressing a rally without authorisation. Mr Tsvangirai was detained as his convoy was going through a...

Zimbabwe bans an Int aid agency for reported political link

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's government has banned at least one international aid group from operating in the country for allegedly campaigning for the opposition.   All operations of Care International are now suspended, pending an inquiry into the claims. Care denies that it "has encouraged or tolerated any political activity". The ban...

Zimbabwe president attacks West at food summit

Rome: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday accused the West of trying to cripple his country through economic sanctions.   He, however, defended his agricultural policies against widespread accusations he was pushing a country once known as the breadbasket of Africa into starvation. "My country's primary agriculture policy...

Briton, Australia criticize Mugabe's presence at Rome summit

Rome: The Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's joining a United Nations food crisis summit has raised criticism from Britain and Australia.   Britain criticised the presence of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at this week's global food summit in Rome, as obscene. "We think it's particularly unfortunate that he has decided to attend...

Zimbabwe Opposition slam Mutambara arrest

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has condemned as a slap in the face of democracy the arrest Sunday of opposition stalwart Arthur Mutambara.   The police arrested Mutambara on charges of writing an article highly critical of incumbent President Robert Mugabe on the just ended March 29 elections...

Zimbabwe army chief declares troops 'must back Mugabe or quit'

Zimbabwe: Gen Chedondo said troops were being deployed to help control violence Zimbabwe's army chief has told soldiers they must leave the military if they do not vote for incumbent President Robert Mugabe in next month's run-off poll.   Chief-of-staff Maj Gen Martin Chedondo said soldiers had signed up to protect Mr Mugabe's principles of...