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"Zuma, Mugabe Failed to Deal with Shit of Xenophobia" - Elinor Sisulu

While Robert Mugabe was being wined and dined on his state visit to South Africa Zimbabweans and other foreigners in that country were being butchered in what is likely to turn out to be the worst xenophobic violence in South Africa.

Shocking images of people being necklaced and stoned in the street in broad daylight are emerging in violence which has prompted the South African News Service News24 to put the word "shit" in a headline for the first time.

The South Africans were responding to the call by the Zulu King Goodwills Zwelithini to drive foreigners out of their country because he holds them responsible to the lack of job and business opportunities.

Below is the News 24 report:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 10:14

Zimbabwe Media Inquiry Report Quietly Slipped Into Public Domain

zhangazhaIMPI's Report: Waiting on Benevolence of Government, 'Waiting for Godot'

The report of the inquiry - controversial for its expenditure on a nationwide tour by co-opted journalists, chaired by Geof Nyarota, has been quietly slipped into the public domain without fanfare. Takura Zhangazha has had a look. He writes:

Over a fortnight ago the Information and Media Panel of Inquiry (IMPI) presented its report on the state of the media to the Ministry of Media. It is also available to the public. However re theport not been the subject of broader debate, let alone serialising by the mainstream media whose key challenges it seeks to address.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 22:08

Zimbabwe Sleepwalking Into African Free Trade Area?

chinamasapatrickCompetitiveness of Zimbabwe's manufactured products remains compromised mainly due to high production costs - borrowing costs which are more than double or even three times the levels in the region and commercial electricity which is also almost double the average cost in the region.

The latest monthly economic review by the African Development Bank says Zimbabwean businesses also pay on average twice the taxes for imported inputs than neighbouring countries due to high import tariffs (inclusive of the introduced 25% import surtax).

The situation is likely to worsen with the launch of a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) tentatively in 2017 to create a single continental market for goods and services with free movement of business persons and investment.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 19:23

Threats of Political Violence As Mugabe Prepares to Exit

Although Zanu (PF) ideologue, Nathaniel Manheru, claimed in his Other Side Column this week that his boss has now resolved the succession question in the party, there was a conspicuous absense of even one mention of the name of the person who has been anointed by Mugabe.

Ten eyes keeping vigil on Robert Mugabe's feet in case he falls.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 15:50

"Free Fair Election Not Possible in Zimbabwe Without New Voters Roll, MDC"

ZANU PF heroism ended in 1980 with the attainment of independence.

Since then and to date the party and its members have turned into heroes of economic destruction, heroes of opposition party massacres and persecution of opposition voices, heroes of false arrest, heroes of torture and abductions, heroes of poverty and inhuman treatment of ordinary Zimbabweans and above all heroes and masters of rigging elections.

Just last week, disturbing reports said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) will not compile a new voter’s roll to replace the current one that is fraught with countless irregularities.

MDC Tsvangirai's Organising Secretary Abednigo Bhebhe perplexed by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chair, Rita Makarau's, reluctance to compile a new voter's roll.  

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 16:51

An Easter Postcard from Chra


Zimbabwean citizens are now wide awake and will not allow their local councils nor their central governments to take them for a ride anymore - here they unfurl their banners inside a the Harare City Council Chamber while a full council meeting was going on. The issue was prepaid water meters. It is still an issue. Happy Easter

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 01:31

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Bhadharai Pano