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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 Read more...
 

"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 Read more...
 

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 Read more...
 

US MDC Chairman Calls for Global Protests on Sat April 18

"The desire for freedom is a universal aspiration that should not be denied,"  Den Moyo, MDC USA chairman.

He has called on Zimbabweans to take a stand  and hold protests Globally for Mugabe to Go.

Video: Martin Chinyanga leading Vigil and ROHR protests which shut down the Zimbabwean in London. 

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 03:17 Read more...
 

An Easter Postcard from Chra

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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 Read more...
 

“Reject Makarau's Attempt to Rig 2018 Election”

MakarauRitaReleased simultaneously yesterday the Election Resource Centre (ERC)’s report on the recent by-elections and Zimbabwe Electoral Commissioner (Zec), Rita Makarau’s announcement of a 2018 voter registration exercise expose how Zec is trying to push an election down the thoughts of reluctant NGOs and political parties.

Rita Makarau, a former Supreme Court Judge who has been said to have no control over her commission, also does not seem to understand the need for transparency to give confidence to voters about the voting process.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 April 2015 14:04 Read more...
 


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