No running water, frequent blackouts and garbage piling up by the side of the road — these are the scenes of daily life for people in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. In what should be a prosperous and progressive nation, enjoying the proceeds of world-class natural resources including diamonds, gold and silver, Zimbabweans live in conditions of squalor, hunger and disease thanks to the economic mismanagement of the government of President Robert Mugabe, who has been in power since independence in 1980. [Read more...]Tweet
Zimbabwe Minister of Justice,Legal and Parliamentary Affairs’s lawyer Fred Gijima arrives at the Supreme Court in Harare today.The 9 judge constitutional court led by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku postponed indefinately an appeal by Minister Chinamasa for the court to extend the proclamed 31 July election date to August 14,2013. [Read more...]Tweet
Supporters of President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party cast their votes in the Harare township of Mbare on Tuesday in the party’s primary elections. The primaries got underway nationwide as party supporters choose Members of Parliament and councillors to stand in the general elections expected to take place in coming months. The date for the general elections has not yet been confirmed. President Mugabe’s decision of July 31 faces a Constitutional Court challenge by his opponents, who want it pushed back to August 14 to allow time for voter registration and reform implementation. [Read more...]Tweet
In Zimbabwe, the government and its friends control billions of dollars worth of diamonds, yet pregnant women walk for hours to get to run-down clinics lacking proper sanitation as the safest places to deliver their babies.
Most of these pathetic facilities are not built by the authorities, but by non-governmental organisations that struggle to find funding and fight official hostility from a government that regularly accuses them of being agents of the West.
In Matabeleland North, there are not enough beds for the women who arrive on foot at this hospital, their bags balanced on their heads, to wait out the final days of their pregnancies. [Read more...]Tweet
Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai checks his watch as, flanked by aids, he leaves a meeting of opposition party leaders in Harare on Tuesday. The leaders of the Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MDK) MDC, a small splinter group, ZAPU and ZANU NDONGA parties reportedly met following President Mugabe’s unilateral proclamation last week of July 31st as polling day. President Mugabe’s political rivals, backed by the Southern African Development Community, believe the timing is too tight to implement essential legislative reforms.
In Harare, a huge billboard encouraging all Zimbabwans to vote provides the backdrop for a couple walking through the Mbare district. Authorities have just launched the second mandatory national voter registration and inspection of the voters’ roll, with more than 2,000 mobile centres across the country. Zimbabwe is set to hold a general election within months, though the date has yet to be announced. The Constitutional Court has ordered the poll be held by July 31, but many political parties believe the time table is too tight for necessary registration exercises and legislative reforms to be implemented. [Read more...]Tweet