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AIDS: Fewer People Being Infected, Fewer People Dying

A new report from UNAIDS says significant progress is being made against HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.  The findings are contained in the 2010 report on the global AIDS epidemic. The latest report shows the number of newly infected people in sub-Saharan Africa fell in 2009 to about 1.8 million. That compares to around 2.2 million in 2001. It...

Zuma to Mediate Zimbabwe Political Stand-Off

South African President Jacob Zuma is reportedly to visit Zimbabwe later this week to try to resolve disputes within Zimbabwe's power-sharing government. The president said during a trip to Botswana that Zimbabwe's leaders must implement all the measures in their power-sharing accord before elections can take place. Senior officials of the...

Zimbabwen Prime Minister Tsvangirai Meets Zuma Over Poll Roadmap

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has met Sadc mediator in Zimbabwe Jacob Zuma to push for the immediate implementation of the regional bloc's roadmap towards free and fair elections in the country next year. Tsvangirai met Zuma on Wednesday as a 30-day deadline set by regional leaders for Zimbabwe's coalition partners to implement outstanding...

Country Holds Secret Marange Diamond Sale in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe held a secret auction of diamonds from its Marange fields, where the army has been accused of forced labour and torture, an official said Tuesday. "Yes, the sales were carried out this weekend," Secretary for Mines Thankful Musukutwa told AFP, without giving further details. The auction on Saturday and Sunday was supervised by Abbey...

Zimbabwe’ Diamonds Sale a Damp Squib for Expectant Locals

ZIMBABWE'S much hyped sale of alluvial diamonds has become a damp squib for locals who were hoping for a windfall that would contribute significantly to the revival of the country's economy, which has been in the doldrums for over a decade. Zimbabwe sold 900 000 carats of what Mines minister Obert Mpofu said was just part of a six million...

Principals Clash Over Elections in Zimbabwe

A ROW is brewing within the inclusive government over the timing of the next elections and the level of Sadc's involvement in any such polls as regional leaders increasingly view fresh free and fair polls as the way out of Zimbabwe's decade-long political stalemate. President Robert Mugabe has made it clear that he wants early elections with or...

Tragedy Stalks President Robert Mugabe Family in Zimbabwe

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe's sister, Bridgette, is critically ill and is admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU), officials at the hospital confirmed on Saturday. Bridgette, a younger sister to the late Sabina Mugabe who was declared a national heroine and buried at Heroes Acre in Harare last Sunday, was admitted at one of the...

Zimbabwen Ministers Face Jail Over Cabinet Leaks

GOVERNMENT ministers who disclose information to the media on cabinet meetings and proceedings will be arrested together with offending journalists in a move calculated to stem "damaging leaks", the Zimbabwe Independent can reveal. Media, Information and Publicity minister Webster Shamu yesterday said that even though leaking cabinet details was...

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Condemns Churches That Allow Gay Marriages

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has lashed out at churches that allow same-sex marriages, and said gay rights would not be included in a new constitution being written for the southern African country. "Some of the churches have very beautiful buildings but go against the Bible," Mugabe told tens of thousands attending the annual pilgrimage of...

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe May Close 9,000 Foreign Firms

Zimbabwe has threatened to close 9,000 foreign owned firms after they ignored a deadline to submit plans on how they intend to release some of their shareholding to locals. President Robert Mugabe's government wants the foreign owned companies with a value of over $500,000 to transfer 51 per cent of their shareholding to locals. The tough...

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Gives Up On State House

PRIME Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai has given up on moving into Zimbabwe House and has accepted a "lesser" house in Highlands, as President Robert Mugabe continues to hold onto both the property reserved for the head of government and State House, his official residence. Zimbabwe House is ceremonially reserved for the prime minister, while State...

Zimbabwe Finance Minister Trapped on Budget Issue

The Minister of Finance, Tendai Biti, presented the Mid-Term Fiscal Policy Review to Parliament yesterday. Although the nation expected a lot from the Minister especially with respect to the debilitating liquidity challenges, it was clear that he had limited fiscal space due to the non-performance of the vote of credit (donor funds) and the...

Five Independent Outreach Monitors Arrested in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) report that 5 independent monitors of the constitutional outreach programme were arrested Thursday evening in Chirumanzi and detained at Charandura Police Station. Karikoga Ernest Mudzingwa, Farai Agnes Tete, Rev. Clever Valemi, Isaac Makoni, and Torevei Munhangu were part of a monitoring team deployed...

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Clash as Korean Deal Cancelled

A fresh turf war has emerged between Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai after the veteran ruler reversed a bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (BIPPA) signed by his former rival. Mr Tsvangirai who joined President Mugabe in a unity government in February last year ending a long and bitter...

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Unilaterally Appoints Judges As MDC Cry Foul

Any pretence that the coalition is working smoothly was buried this week when Robert Mugabe appointed a new Supreme Court judge and four High Court judges, without the knowledge of his MDC partners in government. To emphasize his powers Mugabe also promoted Retired Brigadier General George Chiweshe as the new High Court Judge President. Chiweshe...