Zimbabwe http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25136/all en Zimbabwe hits voter roll snag that could slow polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/zimbabwe-hits-voter-roll-snag-could-slow-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>HARARE, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Voter registration for elections in Zimbabwe, due to have started last week, has been delayed due to a lack of funds, a cabinet minister said on Thursday.</p> <p>The presidential and parliamentray elections are part of a 2010 agreement between President Robert Mugabe and his rival Morgan Tsvangirai which led to the formation of an interim power-sharing government as a way to end years of political and economic strife.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/zimbabwe-hits-voter-roll-snag-could-slow-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:15:07 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732730 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Mugabe deputy John Nkomo dies after cancer battle http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-2-mugabe-deputy-john-nkomo-dies-after-cancer-battle <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds Mugabe quotes)</p> <p>By Cris Chinaka</p> <p>HARARE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Zimbabwean Vice-President John Nkomo died on Thursday after treatment for cancer in South Africa, President Robert Mugabe said, removing a potential successor to the ageing leader who has his own health problems.</p> <p>Nkomo, 78, was nominated for the joint number two position alongside Joice Mujuru two years ago after a fractious meeting of the southern African nation's ruling ZANU-PF party.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/update-2-mugabe-deputy-john-nkomo-dies-after-cancer-battle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Politics of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Social Issues Zimbabwe Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:45:32 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735622 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe's Mugabe, Tsvangirai agree on new constitution http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/zimbabwes-mugabe-tsvangirai-agree-new-constitution <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Deal clears path for referendum, elections</p> <p>* Parties wrangled over presidential powers</p> <p>* Election in southern African state due in 2013</p> <p>By Nelson Banya</p> <p>HARARE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Zimbabwean leaders Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai said on Thursday they had resolved disputes over a proposed new constitution and would soon call a referendum on the charter, a key step before elections due this year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/zimbabwes-mugabe-tsvangirai-agree-new-constitution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Social Issues Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:00:43 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735728 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe groups condemn crackdown on Mugabe critics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/zimbabwe-groups-condemn-crackdown-mugabe-critics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>HARARE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Zimbabwean rights groups on Friday condemned what they called an escalating campaign against critics of veteran President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party ahead of elections expected this year.</p> <p>A group of 58 civic organisations, including church and legal groups, said in a statement there was a "well-calculated and intensified" assault on human rights activists, journalists and artists through slander, intimidation, raids, arrests, prosecutions and persecution.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/zimbabwe-groups-condemn-crackdown-mugabe-critics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Robert Mugabe Social Issues Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:15:40 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736286 at http://www.globalpost.com Mugabe buries deputy Nkomo, urges peaceful Zimbabwe poll http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/mugabe-buries-deputy-nkomo-urges-peaceful-zimbabwe-poll <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Mugabe: peace crucial for Zimbabwe's future</p> <p>* Zimbabwe leader avoids comments on own health</p> <p>By Cris Chinaka</p> <p>HARARE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Monday buried his deputy, John Nkomo, whose death from cancer has underscored concerns about the 88-year-old leader's own health problems and succession plans.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/mugabe-buries-deputy-nkomo-urges-peaceful-zimbabwe-poll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Robert Mugabe Social Issues Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:15:22 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737252 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe orders diamond fraud probe as election looms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/zimbabwe-orders-diamond-fraud-probe-election-looms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>HARARE, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party has told police to investigate five provincial leaders accused of swindling nearly a million dollars from diamond mining companies, an apparent image clean-up ahead of elections expected this year.</p> <p>State media said on Friday a ruling party politburo meeting chaired by Mugabe this week had ordered the probe amid allegations two diamond mining firms were forced to donate $750,000 for use by the party. The cash was later diverted to personal projects, state media said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/zimbabwe-orders-diamond-fraud-probe-election-looms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:30:41 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739254 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe draft constitution curbs presidential powers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/zimbabwe-draft-constitution-curbs-presidential-powers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* President must share power with cabinet</p> <p>* Limited to two, five-year terms</p> <p>* Draft charter paves way for election this year</p> <p>By Nelson Banya</p> <p>HARARE, Jan 29 (Reuters) - A draft constitution in Zimbabwe that paves the way for an election this year curbs presidential powers and strengthens cabinet and parliament, which have been weakened under veteran President Robert Mugabe's rule.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/zimbabwe-draft-constitution-curbs-presidential-powers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Politics of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Social Issues Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:30:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741070 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe central bank now backs indigenisation laws http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/zimbabwe-central-bank-now-backs-indigenisation-laws <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Zimbabwe's central bank chief who has previously warned government against the seizure of foreign banks on Thursday appeared to make an about-turn, but cautioned the process must be orderly.</p> <p>"All banks should observe the laws of the country including the indigenisation ... law," Gideon Gono said in his monetary policy statement in Harare.</p> <p>"The process to indigenise the banks should, however, take cognizance of the sensitivities around the operation of the banks to restore confidence, trust and stability in the sector."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/zimbabwe-central-bank-now-backs-indigenisation-laws" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa bank Gideon Gono Politics Zimbabwe AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:00:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743033 at http://www.globalpost.com RioZim fights gold mine seizure by Mugabe allies http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/riozim-fights-gold-mine-seizure-mugabe-allies <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Tourism minister seizes gold mine, company says</p> <p>* RioZim accused of breaking black empowerment law</p> <p>* Minister says he only intervened in pay dispute</p> <p>* Empowerment Minister criticises "irrational" takeover</p> <p>By Nelson Banya</p> <p>HARARE, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's RioZim Limited has gone to the High Court to fight off seizure of a gold mine by allies of President Robert Mugabe, who accuse it of flouting a black empowerment law, the company said on Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/riozim-fights-gold-mine-seizure-mugabe-allies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Business Government of Zimbabwe Politics RioZim Limited Zimbabwe Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:45:52 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5743081 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe pro-democracy group rejects draft constitution http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/zimbabwe-pro-democracy-group-rejects-draft-constitution <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A pro-democracy group that has long fought for an equitable new constitution for Zimbabwe said Tuesday that a draft text still gives the president too much power.</p> <p>"The ... draft is neither people-driven nor democratic and must be rejected," the head of the National Constitutional Assembly told journalists.</p> <p>The proposed basic law, which is before parliament and will be put to a referendum later this year, ignores most suggestions received from the public, said NCA chairman Lovemore Madhuku.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/zimbabwe-pro-democracy-group-rejects-draft-constitution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:46:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746663 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe draft constitution cleared for referendum http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/zimbabwe-draft-constitution-cleared-referendum <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* New draft constitution cleared for referendum</p> <p>* Funding problems could delay referendum</p> <p>* Draft curbs presidential powers, strengthens parliament</p> <p>By MacDonald Dzirutwe</p> <p>HARARE, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's parliament has been presented with a long-awaited draft constitution, opening the way for a referendum followed by elections this year in the impoverished southern African country.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/zimbabwe-draft-constitution-cleared-referendum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Politics of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 19:00:49 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5747976 at http://www.globalpost.com EU urged to delay lifting Zimbabwe sanctions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/eu-urged-delay-lifting-zimbabwe-sanctions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Global rights monitor Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged the European Union to insist on tangible human rights reforms and free and fair elections as a precondition for lifting targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe.</p> <p>"It would be premature for the EU to lift targeted sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and members of his inner circle simply for holding a referendum on a new constitution," Tiseke Kasambala, Africa advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/eu-urged-delay-lifting-zimbabwe-sanctions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business European Union Politics Technology Zimbabwe Zimbabwean presidential election AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:17:06 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748822 at http://www.globalpost.com AFRICA INVESTMENT-Maize or myth: Zimbabwe farming bounces back? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/africa-investment-maize-or-myth-zimbabwe-farming-bounces-back <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ed Cropley</p> <p>JOHANNESBURG, Feb 7 (Reuters) - More than a decade after the chaotic and violent seizure of white-run farms by allies of President Robert Mugabe, food production in Zimbabwe is returning to 1990s levels as the new owners get to grips with the job, according to a new book.</p> <p>The farm takeovers led by pro-Mugabe independence war veterans from 2000 onwards are widely seen as the catalyst for an economic meltdown that culminated in hyperinflation and an estimated 40 percent contraction in output over eight years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/africa-investment-maize-or-myth-zimbabwe-farming-bounces-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Food and drink Zimbabwe Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 14:15:16 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5750085 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe man jailed for Mugabe bar insult http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/zimbabwe-man-jailed-mugabe-bar-insult <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Zimbabwean man has been jailed for three months for comparing a fellow bar-goer to President Robert Mugabe's anus, his lawyer said Monday.</p> <p>Norman Mangena said his client Clemence Zikhali -- a cement factory worker from the south west of the country -- was convicted after being charged for behaviour likely to cause public disorder.</p> <p>"He mentioned the president in jest while referring to a fellow patron in a bar. It was not a direct insult to the president," Mangena told AFP.</p> <p>Zikhali reportedly told his fellow patron "You are Mugabe's arsehole."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/zimbabwe-man-jailed-mugabe-bar-insult" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Politics of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:16:31 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752632 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe to crack down on offshore cash hording http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/zimbabwe-crack-down-offshore-cash-hording <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Zimbabwe's central bank on Monday warned it would go after local businesses stashing foreign currency in offshore accounts as it seeks to claw back much-needed revenue.</p> <p>The Reserve Bank expressed "great concern" that some exporters were "unnecessarily keeping export proceeds offshore," Morris Mpofu, a senior bank official said.</p> <p>"This has resulted in a staggering overdue amount of $360 million as at 4 February 2013," said Mpofu adding that the practice "contributed to the prevailing liquidity crunch in the market."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/zimbabwe-crack-down-offshore-cash-hording" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Zimbabwe AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:00:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752924 at http://www.globalpost.com