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Zimbabwe's Unity Govt Agrees on Election Commission

Zimbabwe's Unity Govt Agrees on Election Commission THE three principals to the Global Political Agreement met in Harare yesterday and agreed to the appointment of members of Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission and Zimbabwe Media Commission. Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda announced the appointments yesterday after the meeting of President...

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's Grip On Defence Forces Main Problem in Power Talks

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's Grip On Defence Forces Main Problem in Power Talks Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's refusal to let go the Joint Operations Command (JOC), a state security organisation that is only accountable to the veteran ruler, has emerged as the single biggest threat to Harare's shaky coalition government. JOC is made up of army commanders, Central Intelligence Organisation directors, police and prison...

Tribal Tensions At Zanu PF Congress in Zimbabwe

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will today officially open Zanu PF's congress at a defining moment following its defeat in last year's general election. There have been explosive internal clashes recently which have exposed simmering regional and ethnic hostilities threatening to tear the party apart. The watershed congress, coming at a time when Zanu PF...

South Africa Facilitation Team Meets GPA Negotiators

THE Sadc facilitation team appointed by South Africa's President Jacob Zuma to assist in negotiations between parties to the Global Political Agreement arrived in Zimbabwe yesterday and met negotiators from the three parties. Zanu-PF negotiator Cde Patrick Chinamasa last night said they had held lengthy discussions with the visiting team and had...

Zimbabwe's three governing Parties Close to Deal

imbabwe's three governing parties are close to reaching an agreement on a range of thorny disputes threatening their power sharing agreement, insiders revealed at the weekend. Sources close to the talks said negotiators from Zanu PF and the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formations who have been meeting in secrecy since November 23 had...

Abuses Threaten Zimbabwe's Conflict Diamond Process

The decision to give Zimbabwe no more than a slap on the wrist for the human rights abuses which its army has committed on the Marange alluvial diamond fields in the south-east of the country seriously threatens the future of the diamond industry's initiative to avert consumer boycotts of its gemstones. Last week the Kimberley Process -- the name...

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Lifts Unity Boycott After SADC Talks

Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) last night ended its boycott of the new unity government but will give President Robert Mugabe a month to fully implement a power- sharing deal, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said. "We have suspended our disengagement from the GPA (Global Political Agreement) with immediate effect and...

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to Attend Summit in Maputo

ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe and his political rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will today attend a regional summit in Maputo, Mozambique, in a bid to thrash out disputes undermining the Harare inclusive government. The Southern African Development Community (Sadc) troika summit in Maputo will show if regional leaders are prepared to...

ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe And Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart Joseph Kabila Hold Talks On Crisis

ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe yesterday held critical talks with his Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart Joseph Kabila on the country's latest political impasse. Kabila, who is viewed as Mugabe's ally, said last week that the power-sharing government remained Zimbabwe's only option. The meeting marked a diplomatic escalation by Southern...

Pullout Won't Affect State Operations of of Zimbabwe President

President Mugabe has assured the nation that he will not allow MDC-T's "disengagement" from the inclusive Government to affect State operations. Opening the 78th Ordinary Session of Zanu-PF's Central Committee at the party's headquarters yesterday, President Mugabe said MDC-T had proved that it was not a "true and genuine partner". "We must no...

Country Faces Diamond Market Ban

Zimbabwe could be banned from the world diamond market if a report on human rights violations at one of the country's notorious diamond fields is considered. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is scheduled to meet in Namibia from Monday to Thursday, where it will consider a final report by a review mission recommending a total ban...

Violence Spikes After MDC's Withdrawal From Zimbabwe's unity government.

Violence and intimidation against members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) increased sharply within days of the party "disengaging" from Zimbabwe's unity government, MDC spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka told IRIN. In one incident three armed men accosted MDC security official Edith Mashaire, 32, and tried to force her into a waiting vehicle...

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Meeting Fails to Bridge Differences

ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe yesterday met Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in a desperate bid to salvage the crumbling inclusive government to prevent a return to heightened political instability and precipitous economic decline. The meeting, which went on until late last night, was seen as key to whether Tsvangirai and his Movement for...

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe Refuses to Budge Over Mdc Cabinet Boycott

President Robert Mugabe has shrugged off the former opposition's boycott of Zimbabwe's unity government, saying he would not yield to pressure to make concessions, state media reported on Saturday. Mugabe and his former opposition foe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, formed a power-sharing government in February to end a political stalemate that...

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in SA to Brief Southern African Development Community leade On Unity Crisis

ZIMBABWEAN Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was in SA yesterday ahead of meetings with key Southern African Development Community (Sadc) leaders on the latest political crisis that triggered his disengagement from the inclusive government. Tsvangirai was to meet leaders of Sadc's politics, defence and security organ, including President Jacob...