Africa Featured Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe: Police fire tear gas and beat protesters in Harare

Zimbabwe police on Friday fired tear gas and beat many opposition supporters who gathered in central Harare for a protest march. The government had banned an anti-government protest although the country’s high court upheld it. Protesters largely members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) defied the ban. In an attempt to prevent the protest from taking place, police officers clashed with protesters. Police had to fire tear gas and water cannon and in some instances chased protesters from one of the city’s main squares with batons. There were reinforcements…

Read More
Africa Business Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe secures $108 mln to fix power crisis

Zimbabwe’s government said it has secured combined loans of $108 million from the Export-Import Bank of China and Export-Import Bank of India to fix its power crisis. The state-run Herald newspaper reports that the government concluded the loan agreements in the last few months. The loans according to government officials should significantly help to the country’s power generation projects and broadband expansion. Areas to receive boost and upgrade according to the government are Bulawayo and Hwange. Zimbabwe has been experiencing power crisis since May this year, with parts of the…

Read More
Africa Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwean born becomes first black to win Miss London

In May this year Zimbabwean born Vimbai Chapungu made history by winning the Miss London 2019 beauty pageant. She thus became the first black woman to hold the title. It gave Vimbai the chance to represent the city in the Miss England pageant this month. Vimbai is a student undergoing her masters degree at a top university in London. She has a passion for learning about the world and the people in it. Vimbai also hopes to use her platform as a beauty queen to create awareness about development issues…

Read More
Africa Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

Food crisis hits Zimbabwe with over 5 million in need of aid

Zimbabwe has been hit by a food crisis with more than five million people in dire need of food aid. The United Nations has said that most of those without food are close to starvation. The World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday launched a $331m appeal to help the country. Zimbabwe is currently battling the effects of drought, a cyclone and an economic crisis. David Beasley, head of the WFP has said that many people are “in crisis emergency mode… marching towards starvation”. Mr Beasley said at the launch that “We…

Read More
Africa Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe hospitalized in Singapore

Former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has been hospitalized in a Singapore Hospital, local media reported. According to sources in Zimbabwe and those close to the former leader, he has been hospitalized since April this year. He is however reported to be in a stable condition and will remain at the hospital for a while on the advice of his physicians. This is the first time in months that details about Mugabe’s where about has been disclosed. Current President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a statement on Monday evening said “Former President and…

Read More
Africa Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe dresses like a ‘rapper’

There are tons of reactions on social media after former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe was seen dressed like an American hip-pop ‘rapper’. The 95 year old former leader can be seen in a picture circulating on social media sitting in a wheelchair. Posing with his son for a photograph moment on Friday, Mugabe was dressed in an Adidas truck suit. The 27-year-old Robert Junior is a basketball player for the Zimbabwe national team. He posted the picture on Instagram with the caption “Hot boys up 20 in the fourth…

Read More
Black life matters on planet Earth OP-ED Zimbabwe 

AN OPEN LETTER TO AFRICAN UNION, SADC, ECOWAS, EAC AND MAGHREB ABOUT ZIMBABWE

A tree that is watered at the stigma dries before any fruits. Nature and creation says; WE MUST water the roots of the tree if we expect it to bear fruits. Your organizations [then] were watering the roots particularly when you had former names like Organization of African Unity [OAU]. You asked other nations to sacrifice their own citizens for those fellow Africans from other nations fighting for liberation of their States. Today AU has monopoly to that, xenophobia in South Africa and hatred of other states is rampant and…

Read More
Mnangagwa-Trump Southern Africa Southern. Africa Zimbabwe 

Calls mount on West to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe

by AKANI CHAUKE JOHANNESBURG – CHURCHES, youth organisations and advisory organs of the African Union (AU) have called on Western governments to lift sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe. Among the organisations calling for the lifting of the restrictive measures include the Africa Union Youth Organisation, AU’s Economic,  Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) and Zimbabwe Amalgamated Churches Council (ZACC), which said the sanctions were hurting the majority poor people. The calls came at an AU-sponsored conference attended by members of the civic society, business community and youth organisations in Johannesburg  on Tuesday (today). Jimayi Muduvuri, the ZACC Patron, said…

Read More
Nigerian Police Human Rights World 

‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

The State of the World’s Human Rights, delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights around the world, covering 159 countries including 10 in Southern Africa. It warns that punishment of dissenting views and politically-motivated attacks on peaceful protests and the right to freedom of expression are on the rise in countries such as South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.   “From #FeesMustFall in South Africa, to #ThisFlag in Zimbabwe and the #UnemploymentMovement in Botswana; 2016 was a difficult year for human rights defenders and activists in the…

Read More
Opinions Southern Africa Southern. Africa 

Zimbabwe: Dangers of an Exclusively Religious Nation

I was born and raised in Zimbabwe and I never got to witness the struggle that brought my country independence. I grew up enchanted by stories of the liberation struggle and as a child, one of my many ambitions was to become a soldier…apart from being a superhero with super powers. Like everyone else born after independence, I was referred to as a “Born Free.” It is a title that hints a great degree of privilege: we were born in the right time period of the right country. This is…

Read More