All posts tagged: Zimbabwe


Brian Nichols

US ambassador says Biti arrest ‘worrisome’

By Idah Mhetu US ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols Thursday made a surprise appearance at Tendai Biti’s court hearing telling journalists soon after that the decision by Zimbabwean authorities to charge the MDC Alliance politician was “worrisome”. Biti was Thursday charged with inciting poll related violence as well violating the country’s electoral laws through claims

Heather Nauert

US says to confront Zambia over Biti asylum debacle

By Staff Reporter THE US government has condemned Zambian authorities for handing Tendai Biti back to Zimbabwe following the embattled MDC Alliance co-principal’s failed bid to seek asylum in the neighbouring country Wednesday. Biti was among opposition officials and activists targeted in a widely condemned state crackdown on opposition leaders linked the violence that erupted

Harriett Baldwin

UK minister speaks doubt over Zimbabwean polls

By Staff Reporter THE United Kingdom says Zimbabwe still has to do more to inspire confidence in its often controversial electoral processes. This was said by UK Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin in the wake of Zimbabwe’s July 30 national elections whose outcome is being disputed by the MDC Alliance. “While polling day passed off

US: Civilian killings by army dent peaceful Zimbabwe poll

By Staff Reporter THE United States of America says the use of live ammunition by Zimbabwe`s armed forces leading to the death of six civilians in Harare last Wednesday has dented what was set to become the country’s most peaceful election since independence. In a statement, the Donald Trump led government said Zimbabwe has squandered

Amnesty International urges probe into army killings

By Staff Reporter GLOBAL rights lobby, Amnesty International has urged the Zimbabwe government to put up a prompt and effective investigation into army killings on six people and the injury of a dozen others following post-electoral violence in Harare last Wednesday. In a statement, acting secretary general Colm Ó Cuanacháin regretted the use of firearms

Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa urges calm in Zimbabwe after post electoral violence

By Staff Reporter SOUTH AFRICAN President and current SADC chair, Cyril Ramaphosa has appealed to Zimbabwean political players aggrieved by the outcome of Monday’s elections to either accept the results or take their grievances to the courts for redress. Ramaphosa made the appeal in a press statement attributed to him by his office Friday. “President

Zimbabwe poll records 75 percent voter turnout

By Idah Mhetu                    ZIMBABWE’S general election recorded an average 75 percent voter turn, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) revealed soon after polling ended Monday evening. Addressing a media conference at Harare’s Rainbow Towers Monday night, ZEC chair Justice Chigumba praised Zimbabweans for turning out in their millions to exercise their right to vote. “At

Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga

Zim election: Female candidates face scathing abuse

“Are you married?” The frequent question for Fadzayi Mahere, a Zimbabwe opposition politician, isn’t from men trying their luck. Instead, people of all genders approach her with the concern that a woman — a single woman — aspires to lead them. Ahead of Monday’s historic election in the largely conservative country, the few female candidates

Donald Trump

US extends Zim sanctions ahead of Monday polls

THE US senate and congress have passed a bill meant to extend the sanctions the world superpower imposed on Zimbabwe back in 2001. The Bill, titled the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act (S. 2779) was passed on Wednesday, ahead of the southern African country’s elections on Monday July 30, 2018. Zimbabwe has been