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Zimbabwan President Robert Mugab Brews Another Shocke

Zimbabwan President Robert Mugab Brews Another Shocke THE inclusive government is headed for another clash over an impending reshuffle in the judiciary and the re-assigning of ambassadors by President Robert Mugabe. MDC-T, which together with MDC-M and Zanu PF formed an inclusive government last year is reportedly alarmed that Mugabe is planning another round of unilateral appointments. This comes at...

Europe Air Flight Ban Derails Zimbabwe-European Union Talks

A new threat has emerged to the immediate resumption of Zimbabwe-European Union re-engagement talks and this time it is not disagreements among the parties involved, but a force of nature. A cloud of volcanic ash following the eruption of Mt Eyjafjoell in Iceland last week has covered Northern European skies and grounded airlines, scuppering the...

Zimbabwe Crisis Talks End in Mixed Bag

Zimbabwe Crisis Talks End in Mixed Bag NEGOTIATORS from the three political parties in the inclusive government yesterday finished the current round of talks with a mixed bag of outstanding contentious issues and agreement on a swathe of items on the agenda. The situation left the negotiators, their political principals and facilitators, as well as regional leaders with the difficult...

Zimbabwean President Jacob Zuma to Meet All Factions in Harare

Zimbabwean President Jacob Zuma to Meet All Factions in Harare PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma held brief talks last night with his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe soon after his arrival in Harare on an official visit during which he will hold critical talks with the country's bickering political leadership. Zuma's intervention in Zimbabwe could determine the future of the weakening coalition government, formed...

Zimbabwean Documentary Wins an Oscar

Zimbabwean Documentary Wins an Oscar Music by Prudence', an inspiring documentary about a group of handicapped Zimbabwean musicians, scooped the best prize for a short documentary at the 2010 Academy Awards held in Los Angeles, on Sunday night. The documentary is about singer-songwriter Prudence Mabhena and her marimba group Liyana, who offer messages of hope through their music,...

President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF party Rallies Against U.S. Sanctions in Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF party Rallies Against U.S. Sanctions in Zimbabwe Youths from President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF party today marched through the streets of Zimbabwe's capital demanding that Western sanctions against the country be lifted. The placard waving youths staged peaceful demonstrations outside the United States Embassy and the headquarters of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Prime Minister...

Lavish Birthday Bash Planned for President Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe

Zanu PF is planning lavish birthday celebrations for President Robert Mugabe despite revelations last week that over two million Zimbabweans need urgent food aid. Mugabe, the country's only ruler since Independence in 1980, turns 86 today. This year's ritzy celebrations kicking off on Friday night at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair include a...

Fresh Elections 'Only Way Out' for Country, Says Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai

Fresh Elections 'Only Way Out' for Country, Says Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has given the clearest indication that his party is preparing for fresh elections when he hinted they were prepared to 'park' outstanding issues in the GPA and go for a poll. The MDC leader told the Zimbabwe Independent that outstanding issues should not inhibit progress and that they were waiting for a report from...

Zimbabwe's Unity Govt Faces Collapse

Zimbabwe's Unity Govt Faces Collapse The shaky inclusive government is facing renewed danger of collapse after ongoing inter-party negotiations yielded a stalemate over contentious issues confronting the three rival parties currently running the country. Informed sources said the inclusive government was now hanging in the balance and under threat following failed talks last week and...

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Party Declares Deadlock in Talks

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Party Declares Deadlock in Talks THE Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has declared a "political logjam" in the inter-party talks and will refer the matter to South African President Jacob Zuma. The party's spokesperson Nelson Chamisa yesterday said they had "come to the end of our patience and the death of magnanimity" over Zanu PF's...

South African President Jacob Zuma Pushes for Early Poll

South African President Jacob Zuma Pushes for Early Poll SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma is now pushing Zanu PF and the two MDC formations to expedite the resolution of outstanding issues in time for the 2011 elections, amid growing impatience among regional leaders and investors. Zuma has been seized with the task of facilitating the resolution of issues that threaten the implementation of the...

Zimbabwe Civil Servants Threaten Strike Over Pay

Zimbabwe Civil Servants Threaten Strike Over Pay Civil servants have given the coalition government 14 days to address their wage demands or face a crippling public sector strike. Three unions representing the bulk of the civil servants held a joint press conference in Harare and made it clear they would strike if their demand for a minimum wage of US$630 per month was not met. They also...

Trial HIV Vaccine Leaves 46 Zambian women Infected

Trial HIV Vaccine Leaves 46 Zambian women Infected A failed clinical trial HIV vaccine that left 46 Zambian women infected with the virus has sparked controversy. The Microbicides Development Programme (MDP) 301 trial, which was testing if the gel PRO2000 would prevent HIV infection took place between September 2005 and 2009. It was conducted at six research centres in South Africa, Tanzania,...

Chiadzwa Diamond Sales Shelved in Zimbabwe

GOVERNMENT yesterday shelved the auction of 300 000 carats of diamonds by Mbada Diamonds to ensure that all requirements of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme are followed. Besides the need to have an external Kimberley monitor present, there were also national requirements that had to be met before the diamonds could be sold. Mbada...

Detained Zimbabwean Moved to Psychiatric Clinic

A 24 year-old Zimbabwean man who has been languishing at an immigration detention centre in Portsmouth for over a year now, awaiting deportation, was last week moved to a psychiatric clinic. There are fears that Tatenda Jera might be suffering from bouts of depression, anxiety and general mood disorders. Tatenda came to the UK in 2000 when he fled...