Articles tagged 'eu'

EU envoy presents credentials 23 October 2018 HARARE - The European Union (EU)’s new ambassador to Zimbabwe Timo Olkkonen presented his credentials to President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday. Speaking after the occasion, Olkkonen said he was honoured and excited to start his tour of duty as the EU’s head of delegation to Zimbabwe. “Zimb...
£90 000 to fight cholera 28 September 2018 HARARE - The European Union (EU) has availed £90 000 humanitarian funding to help control the deadly cholera epidemic, which has killed at least 49 people to date. In a statement yesterday, the EU said the funding is part of its overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund of the...
Biti arrest sparks outrage 11 August 2018 HARARE - The arrest of former Finance minister Tendai Biti has triggered widespread condemnation of the on-going crackdown by government, targeting MDC Alliance leaders. Biti had gone into hiding to escape the authorities who launched a manhunt on those perceived to have been behind the violen...
Theresa May battles for political survival as ministers resign over Brexit 10 July 2018 LONDON - UK Prime Minister Theresa May is attempting to face down the biggest crisis of her leadership, as she denounced her former Foreign Secretary for resigning over her Brexit strategy and demanded loyalty from the rest of her Cabinet. May delivered a stinging rebuke to Boris Johnson, who ...
EU to monitor complaints after elections 30 May 2018 HARARE - A European Union Election Observer Mission (EOM) expected in Zimbabwe any time soon will monitor electoral complaints that may be lodged after the elections. This comes after the Zimbabwe government invited the EU in March to deploy an observation mission for the upcoming harmonised e...
SB Moyo meets top EU official 28 April 2018 HARARE - European Union vice president of the Council and High Representative, Federica Mogherini, yesterday met with Foreign Affairs and International Trade minister Sibusiso Busi Moyo in Brussels – and accepted the invitation by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to send an election observation missi...
EU injects $2m to save Zim wildlife 9 April 2018 HARARE - The European Union (EU) has injected close to $2 million into Zimbabwe aimed at reducing poaching and conserving wildlife. African Wildlife Foundation senior communications officer Grace Wairima said the funding will be used for improved anti-poaching and compatible land use in commun...
ED govt yet to formally invite us for Zim poll: EU 26 February 2018 HARARE - Our staff writer Farayi Machamire sits down for a wide-ranging interview with European Union head of Delegation Philippe Van Damme. Find below, excerpts of the interview. Q: We have heard President Emmerson Mnangagwa stating that foreign observer missions would be welcome to monitor t...
EU envoy slams partisan ZBC coverage 3 February 2018 HARARE - A top European Union (EU) envoy in Harare has decried the partisan coverage of political events by State broadcaster ZBC saying it is still closed to opposition political players and does not reflect the new democratic trajectory espoused by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. This comes am...
We can't continue blaming sanctions 24 April 2017 HARARE - If there is one thing that Zanu PF politicians, including President Robert Mugabe, have perfected in the last decade, it is to blame sanctions for everything that has gone bad in this country. This very disconcerting propaganda has been given legs by government which is funding a rese...
Don't blame sanctions: VP 22 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans must stop blaming sanctions and focus on reviving the country's dying economy, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Thursday. This comes as most Zanu PF government officials, including President Robert Mugabe, have continuously blamed sanctions — imposed over a decade...
EU gives rural farmers $2,4m 15 April 2017 HARARE - The European Union (EU) has given Zimbabwe $2,4 million to help farmers alleviate the impact of the lean season that peaked from January to March 2017. Once the bread-basket of the region, Zimbabwe has since 2000 struggled to feed its people due to droughts and President Robert Mugabe...
EU slams CSOs' silence on Zim's imploding economy 15 March 2017 HARARE - The European Union (EU) has slammed civil society organisations (CSOs) for turning a blind eye on Zimbabwe’s imploding economy that is causing untold suffering of the masses. The union’s envoy to Zimbabwe, Philippe Van Damme, pictured, said the CSOs were all buttoning their lips as th...
EU denies interference in Zim election 4 March 2017 HARARE - The $5 million European Union (EU) support to Zimbabwe civil society is not meant to influence next year’s harmonised elections, the EU Delegation in Harare has said. This comes after government said it was is alarmed that EU may seek to interfere in its national elections next year, ...
Zanu PF slams Mugabe sanctions renewal 23 February 2017 HARARE - Zanu PF has rubbished the European Union (EU)'s decision to renew sanctions imposed on President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace for another year, saying the move is “shameful and disgraceful”. The union, which also upheld sanctions on the Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI), announced...
French firm wins $300m Kariba Dam contract 15 February 2017 HARARE - A French company — Razel BEC — has been granted a $300 million contract to rehabilitate the Kariba plunge pool and flood gates in order to stop the dam's wall from collapsing. The project — funded by the European Union, World Bank, African Development Bank, the Swedish government and ...
'Don't pop champagne yet' 18 November 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe has been warned against celebrating the recent lifting of International Monetary Fund (IMF) remedial measures imposed on the country nearly 15 years ago.  This was after the global moneylender this week eased sanctions on the economically-stricken nation when Zimbabwe paid it...
EU mulls fresh sanctions on Mugabe govt 7 October 2016 HARARE - The European Union (EU) Parliament wants President Robert Mugabe's government slapped with fresh sanctions over torture of human rights defenders and abductions of pro-democracy activists. This comes as Mugabe and his government are facing growing resistance from angry and fed up Zimb...
Mugabe makes Chinamasa job harder 7 August 2016 HARARE - While Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa (pictured) is going around the West with a begging bowl, to try and rescue Zimbabwe out of a monetary crisis,  back home his boss President Robert Mugabe is singing an entirely different hymn biting the hand that is supposed to help his nation. ...
Moyo threatens EU ambassador 2 August 2016 HARARE - Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo has threatened “to deal politically” with European Union (EU) Ambassador to Zimbabwe Philippe Van Damme, accusing him of using the social networking site to “play politics against Zanu PF”.  Van Damme has been very vocal on Zimbabwe's political ...
Mugabe stumbling block to Zim revival 24 July 2016 HARARE - As Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa runs around to secure $1,8 billion to clear the country's arrears to multi-lateral lenders, most experts have remained sceptical, arguing Zimbabwe's problems can only end with leadership change. In an effort that has been described as futile by mo...
Zanu PF rapped for Local Govt Bill fast-track 3 July 2016 HARARE - The European Union (EU), Zimbabwean civil society and opposition have ganged up on Zanu PF for brazenly disregarding the new Constitution and using its tyranny of numbers in Parliament to fast- track the Local Government Amendment Bill. The Bill was gazetted on May 9 and on June 7, it...
Anger as EU parly debates Brexit 28 June 2016 BRUSSELS - There have been bitter exchanges in the European parliament during a debate on the UK's vote to leave the EU. A central figure in the Leave campaign, UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage, was booed, called a liar and accused of using "Nazi propaganda". But in his spee...
China warns Brexit will 'cast shadow' over global economy 26 June 2016 BEIJING - China finance experts have warned that Britain's decision to leave the European Union will "cast a shadow over the global economy". Finance minister Lou Jiwei said the "repercussions and fallout" will emerge over the next five to 10 years. Huang Yiping, a member of China's central...
'Scotland could veto Brexit' 26 June 2016 LONDON - Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told the BBC that Holyrood could try to block the UK's exit from the EU. She was speaking following a referendum on Thursday which saw Britain vote by 52% to 48% to leave Europe. However, in Scotland the picture was different with 62% b...