Articles tagged 'au'

Diplomatic offensive needed to achieve reforms 7 May 2018 HARARE - Last Friday, we reported that the United States' offer to lift sanctions slapped on the country's leadership was on the verge of collapsing because of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's failure to implement reforms needed to level the political playing field. Despite charming the world wi...
Civil society calls for regional solidarity ahead of elections 21 August 2017 HARARE - Civil society organisations have called for regional solidarity from southern African partners in ensuring that the 2018 elections in Zimbabwe meet the Sadc standards for free and fair elections. During a session on human rights and elections at the Sadc People’s Summit on August 17, ...
UN, AU please help Zim 3 August 2017 EDITOR — Following a clear defeat at the hands of Morgan Tsvangirai in 2008, President Robert Mugabe withheld the announcement of results as he planned a way of robbing Zimbabweans of sweet victory and force himself back onto the people of Zimbabwe. The alleged strategy involved misrepresentin...
MDC seeks AU, Sadc intervention on 2018 polls 1 July 2017 HARARE - The MDC has said it is engaging the African Union (AU) and Sadc to ensure that next year's elections are free and fair. This comes as several concerns have been raised over the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)'s capacity to conduct a free and fair poll, outside the influence of Pre...
AMG coins gain value 5 June 2017 HARARE - The African Medallion Group (AMG)'s special coins to commemorate the African Union (AU)'s 54th anniversary have risen by 1 400 percent in value — barely two weeks after they were launched. This also comes as the Frank Buyanga-led outfit has launched at least two batches of these uniqu...
Convert the cows to cash, AU tells Zim 20 May 2017 HARARE - The  African Union (AU) has asked government to auction the 300 herd of cattle donated by President Robert Mugabe and give the regional bloc cash instead. In donating the cattle, Mugabe had envisaged they would “grow and reproduce”, and help the Union in sustaining itself. Instead,...
AMG to launch more gold medalions 19 May 2017 HARARE - The African Medallion Group (AMG) is next week expected to launch another batch of its gold medallions to commemorate the African Union (AU)'s 54th anniversary, officials say. This also comes as debate over the use of these bullion coins as a future currency and the need for greater b...
AU launches African passport 19 July 2016 KIGALI - Outgoing African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has managed to tick at least two big items off the to-do list she had in her term at the helm of the continental body. In her last opening speech at the AU's heads of state on Sunday, she said the one item the AU man...
'Sadc, AU must heed early warnings from Zim' 12 July 2016 HARARE - The 15-member Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and the African Union (AU) must heed the early warnings from Zimbabwe as public unrest escalates in the crisis-torn country, the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition warned yesterday. The warning comes as Zimbabweans stayed away last...
No clarity on Dlamini-Zuma's plans after AU 8 April 2016 HARARE - While there has been grand speculation that African Union chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's may be returning to South African politics when she steps down from her role as AU head later this year, her office said it was unaware of her future plans. "Yes, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini...
Mugabe's cattle donation riles critics 29 February 2016 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has come under withering attack for donating 300 cattle to the African Union (AU) to help it become less dependent on outside donors, instead of coming to the aid of Zimbabwean villagers in the middle of one of the worst droughts in decades. The ridiculed donat...
Mzembi leads African tourism reform lobby 14 September 2015 MEDELLIN - Zimbabwe's Tourism minister Walter Mzembi has pledged to lead a strong lobby for the African Union (AU) to fully recognise tourism's contribution to the continent's economy by facilitating policies that help its growth. This also comes as the Masvingo South legislator has been re-el...
Obama warns African leaders 28 July 2015 ADDIS ABABA - US President Barack Obama has warned that Africa will not advance if its leaders refuse to step down when their terms end. He also called for an end to the "cancer of corruption", saying it took money away from development . Mr Obama made the comments in the first ever address...
'Mugabe helped dictator al-Bashir escape' 22 June 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe apparently played a key role in facilitating the escape of wanted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from South African law enforcement authorities last week owing to warrants of arrest that he faces issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC). South Africa...
Zuma assured AU al-Bashir would not be arrested: Mugabe 17 June 2015 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa President Jacob Zuma gave the African Union summit assurances that Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir  (pictured) would not be arrested, President Robert Mugabe has said. Responding to questions by journalists following the close of the AU summit in Sandton just befo...
SA court to rule on Sudan's Omar al-Bashir arrest 15 June 2015 JOHANNESBURG - A South African court is due to decide shortly on whether Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir should be arrested for war crimes and genocide. The Pretoria High Court will rule on whether he should be handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) who have charged him with t...
'Mugabe's AU post immaterial' 1 February 2015 HARARE - Analysts and prominent political figures say the assumption of the ceremonial chairmanship of the African Union by President Robert Mugabe will neither dim the critical spotlight on him and his warring Zanu PF party nor help to resolve Zimbabwe's well-documented political and economic cr...
Mugabe AU post welcome, but… 1 February 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s ascendency to the helm of the African Union as its chairman was no doubt a done deal despite attempts by some quarters to block it. Mugabe, who turns 91 this month, will now hold one of the most powerful posts on the continent for a year, but no sooner had th...
The irony of Mugabe's AU chairmanship and Zanu PF's prolonged infighting 1 February 2015 HARARE - The significance of the Zambian election to many Zimbabweans is not so much its outcome, but the reception that President Robert Mugabe got, which in my view underscored the disdain of many in the region towards the incoming AU chairman who is also the Sadc chairperson. I am referring...
Mugabe new AU chairman 31 January 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has been elected by his fellow heads of State to replace Mauritania's Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz as honorary chairperson of the African Union (AU) — a position which rotates among the continent's five regions. This comes after State media reports yesterday that...
Mugabe rejects fresh polls 20 August 2014 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has rejected opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's call for an early return to the polls,  rubbishing the demand as “ridiculous.” George Charamba, Mugabe’s official spokesperson, told the Daily News yesterday that Tsvangirai’s letter to Southern African Develop...
Fix economy first 12 August 2014 HARARE - An astonishing level of outrage has been ignited by President Robert Mugabe's plea to Zimbabweans to temporarily forget the mounting economic difficulties and smile to delegates at the Sadc heads of State and government summit in Victoria Falls later this week. The summit, that will s...
'Mugabe's Sadc chair will burden Zim' 12 August 2014 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s imminent takeover as Southern African Development Community (Sadc) chairman will not bring any benefits to Zimbabwe, an opposition leader has said. Sadc will hold its 34th Sadc heads of State and government summit at the Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls...
'Sadc chair post reward for Mugabe' 29 July 2014 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's ascension to the chair of (Southern African Development Community) Sadc was a reward for staging a violence-free poll and a show of solidarity among African leaders, analysts have said. Mugabe's assumption of the Sadc chair comes amidst opposition disquiet ov...
Mugabe flies out again 25 June 2014 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday flew to the Equatorial Guinea capital Malabo to attend the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) while the country's economic crisis worsens. Zimbabweans are expecting Mugabe to address the nation on the economic crisis that has forced hundr...