Articles tagged 'african union'

Major blow for Mugabe 26 February 2018 HARARE - In a major blow to former president Robert Mugabe and his followers, it has emerged that the high-level African Union (AU) mission that met with him at his palatial Borrowdale mansion last week did not take him seriously when he moaned to them that he was being ill-treated by President E...
Mugabe's $1m AU donation stirs controversy 5 July 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe is sharing Zimbabwe's wealth by donating $1 million to the African Union (AU), but his goodwill is being slammed by opposition parties who believe the donation showed misplaced priorities. The uproar comes after Mugabe presented a $1 million cheque to the AU du...
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...
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...
'US to lift Zim sanctions only after reforms' 16 April 2017 HARARE - The United States will only ease sanctions on Zimbabwe after there are demonstrable economic and political reforms, Washington’s envoy said, after an African Union envoy maintained most of US’s economic restrictions were impoverishing poor citizens. US ambassador to Zimbabwe Harry Tho...
Zim youth wins AU logo design contest 8 February 2017 HARARE - A 22-year-old Zimbabwean graphic designer, Quentine Nyoni, has won a competition to design the logo for the African Union (AU) — a 54-member State continental body. Nyoni — whose logo will now be the official AU 2017 theme emblem — beat contenders from other African countries to bag $...
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...
Morocco seeks to rejoin African Union 18 July 2016 RABAT - Morocco has formally announced its wish to rejoin the African Union, 32 years after leaving the organisation. In a message to the AU summit in Rwanda, the Moroccan King Mohammed VI said the time had come for his country to retake its place within its institutional family. Morocco le...
'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...
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...
Nkurunziza lobbies Mugabe to whitewash 'genocide' 28 January 2016 HARARE - Embattled Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has been busy seeking support ahead of the forthcoming African Union (AU) summit amid escalating Western pressure on African leaders to “work behind the scenes” to force the tiny African State to accept the deployment of international troops ...
Mugabe's AU chairmanship ends 26 January 2016 HARARE - After jetting into Harare on Friday evening to meet with Equatorial Guinea president Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo — on the back of his month-long holiday overseas — President Robert Mugabe is expected to fly to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to hand over the chairmanship of the African Union. ...
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...
Where is Sadc, AU? 20 April 2015 HARARE - Three years ago in August 2012, the world watched in horror as 44 mainly underground mine workers were massacred by South African police in the Marikana area of Rustenburg as President Zuma attended a Sadc summit in Maputo to discuss Zimbabwe’s endless toxic politics. Marikana was arg...
Mugabe off to Addis for AU summit 28 January 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe flew to Addis Ababa yesterday to attend the 24th ordinary session of the African Union. He is due to be enthroned AU chairman at the summit. Mugabe, who returned from his annual holiday in the Far East last week before proceeding to the inauguration of the n...
Zim wants 'popular uprisings' criminalised 2 June 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe has flatly refused to identify itself as an ally of the popular uprisings in North Africa, amid debate in the African Union (AU) that the putsch represented real democratic revolutions. Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe's Justice and Legal Affairs minister, at the first meeting of...
Final AU report on Zim elections 3 November 2013 HARARE - While in the end, the ZEC was provided the necessary resources to conduct the 31 July, 2013 Harmonised Elections, the AUEOM observed with concern, that the funding was not consistent or timely at various stages and tended to generate undue anxieties. To this end, it is recommended tha...
'AU, Sadc have institutionalised failure' 13 August 2013 HARARE - Prominent academic Ibbo Mandaza has said the move by regional and continental observers to lend legitimacy to Zimbabwe's flawed election shows the bodies have institutionalised failure. The head of the AU Observer mission and a Nigerian former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, described t...
Observer missions grossly indecisive 13 August 2013 HARARE - After years of political turbulence, Zimbabwe is a country desperate for normalcy. It is, thus, unsurprising to hear people say, despite the suspicious conduct of the last election, we must move on. The “move on” brigade discourages current legal recourse over the election. It is, ...
AU cites poll flaws 3 August 2013 HARARE - The African Union yesterday reserved its verdict on the bitterly disputed Zimbabwe's elections amid mounting allegations of vote-rigging. The head of the AU's 70-member observer mission, Olusegun Obasanjo, said yesterday that the poll was held in a largely peaceful environment but qui...
AU statement on Zim polls 2 August 2013 HARARE - Below is the African Union's preliminary statement on Zimbabwe's July 31 harmonised elections. I. Introduction The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, deployed a 60 member African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to the...
Observers must be honest 30 July 2013 HARARE - The practice of observing elections is aimed at ensuring the transparency of an election. Impartial observation of the electoral process can also help ensure the credibility of elections. Election observation is concerned with electoral outcomes only to the degree that they are reported ...
What is Nkosazana Zuma smoking? 29 July 2013 HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has understandably taken serious umbrage with African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma s declaration that all is well in Zimbabwe ahead of Wednesday s national polls. Dlamini-Zuma said on Friday, after meeting the country s warring political ...
They want to rig: Tsvangirai 26 July 2013 HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday raised alarm over the prospect of electoral fraud with observer missions from the African Union (AU) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa). Luke Tamborinyoka, Tsvangirai's spokesperson, told reporters after a meeting with...