Articles tagged 'elections'

Poll violence fear grips Zim 17 January 2017 HARARE - Fear of violence hangs over Zimbabwe as the country heads to polls next year. In the election, President Robert Mugabe is likely to face his former deputy Joice Mujuru and his long-time nemesis Morgan Tsvangirai, among several other opposition figures. But in a country with the tra...
'Forget political reforms before 2018' 14 January 2017 HARARE - With only a year and few months left before the 2018 elections, political and social analysts contend that the governing Zanu PF government will not entertain any electoral reforms as this will be tantamount to surrendering power. Election Resource Centre (ERC) director Tawanda Chimhi...
Prepare for elections now 10 January 2017 HARARE - Political activists and opposition political parties should change tack this year and stop spending their energies on trying to push President Robert Mugabe out of office — instead they should start preparing the masses for next year’s crucial elections. There is a lot that they can d...
Fear mounts as campaign year arrives 10 January 2017 HARARE - The possibility of political violence this year is high as political parties start campaigning for what has been described as a do or die election next year. Political and social analysts interviewed by the Daily News said the pattern over the years is that all campaign years have tur...
Mujuru solicits Tsvangirai help 7 January 2017 HARARE - Faced with a tough by-election in Bikita West in two weeks' time, former Vice President Joice Mujuru's Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) is banking on the heavyweight support of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the crucial dress rehearsal for next year's eagerly-anticipated national elec...
Mahofa threatens election violence 7 January 2017 HARARE - Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Shuvai Mahofa has made veiled threats to unleash violence and abductions in Bikita West if the forthcoming by-election in the constituency does not go Zanu PF's way. The threats come as local human rights watchdog, Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT), has ex...
Mugabe will fall, Mujuru predicts 1 January 2017 HARARE - Former vice President Joice Mujuru, who now leads the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZPF), says the country's mooted grand coalition — which is set to be in place this year — will bring to an end President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF's long rule. In her State of the nation address on...
Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats 30 December 2016 LONDON - The Obama administration on Thursday announced its retaliation for Russian efforts to interfere with the US presidential election, ordering sweeping new sanctions that included the expulsion of 35 Russians. US intelligence services believe Russia ordered cyber-attacks on the Democrati...
Zanu PF steps up NGO surveillance 29 December 2016 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF has launched an invasive mass surveillance of nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and health workers in a move that risks violating their right to privacy and freedom of expression. A Zanu PF central committee report that was presented before ...
Tsvangirai bins 'dodgy' parties 27 December 2016 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has once again indicated that he will not be working with his former top aide, Tendai Biti, and other so-called “briefcase” political parties in a grand opposition alliance ahead of the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections. This comes as MDC ...
Recruiting Mujuru targets chiefs 27 December 2016 HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru (pictured) who now leads the opposition Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) has set her sights on recruiting one of Zanu PF’s powerful tools, the chiefs, as part of strengthening her fledgling party ahead of the watershed 2018 national elections. Mujuru, who...
Zec dogged by trust deficit: Makarau 27 December 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is on track to compile a credible voter register ahead of nationwide elections in 2018 despite a credibility crisis dogging the Zimbabwe Election Commission (Zec), the head of the Zec has said. Zimbabwe is hoping thumb print scans and voter cards with electronic bar codes wil...
MDC keen to reclaim Mat South seats 17 December 2016 BULAWAYO - The mainstream MDC has vowed to reclaim all the 13 seats it lost in Matabelelend South. Zanu PF swept all the dozen-plus seats in the 2013 parliamentary elections. With a year-and-a-half to go to the next general election, the Morgan Tsvangirai-led party has vowed to “bring back ...
Mugabe scoffs at electoral reforms 16 December 2016 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has scoffed at anti-government protestors who unprecedentedly took to the streets in recent months while he also mocked calls for electoral reforms. Speaking at Zanu PF's central committee meeting at the party's headquarters in Harare Wednesday, the frail-looki...
Zec moves to acquire biometric voting kits 16 December 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has initiated the process to ensure 2018 elections are held with a clean voters' roll, with the body floating a tender for the procurement of biometric voter registration kits software. The tender process — to be conducted online — will be carried o...
Marine Le Pen: No free school for foreigners 8 December 2016 PARIS - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has called for an end to free education for foreign children. In a speech in Paris, the National Front's candidate in the 2017 presidential race next spring said she had nothing against foreigners. [GoogleAd] "But I tell them: if you come to ...
'Coalition without MDC, ZPF weak' 7 December 2016 HARARE - Any opposition coalition without the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC and Joice Mujuru's ZPF would be weak, less decisive and with no serious expected outcomes, analysts said yesterday. The sentiments come at a time 13 small opposition parties met in South Africa to forge a coalition at a me...
Zec in major climbdown 7 December 2016 HARARE - The under-fire Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has set up multi-party committees to work at ensuring transparency in the processes leading up to the 2018 national polls. About 18 political parties, coalescing under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) have bee...
Opposition takes aim at Zec 20 November 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson Rita Makarau has become embroiled in a row with opposition parties and civil society groups after conceding that in the absence of reforms to prevailing laws governing polls, she was powerless to effectively deal with electoral malpractices...
We are toothless, says Zec 17 November 2016 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) on Tuesday admitted that they are powerless to act on electoral irregularities. Speaking to journalists, Zec chairperson Rita Makarau said the law does not empower them to adequately enforce electoral laws. [GoogleAd] “Our laws are weak,” ...
'New voters' roll by 2017' 5 November 2016 HARARE - Government will use a new voters' roll in 2018 and political parties and other stakeholders will be availed with copies before the elections, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) said. The electoral body's acting chief elections officer, Utoile Silaigwana, told a conference in Bula...
Woodward elected Harare Rugby chair 3 November 2016 HARARE - Roger Woodward is the new chairperson of the Harare Rugby Association board after he was elected at last weekend's Annual General Meeting held at Prince Edward School Cricket Pavilion. Woodward, who is the Old Johannians Rugby Club manager, will supervise the rugby activities in Harar...
Vote buying, Zanu PF's software 30 October 2016 HARARE - Parcelling of land to Zanu PF youths in Norton ahead of last Saturday’s by-election which eventually won by an independent candidate and former legislator Themba Mliswa is akin to vote buying, political and social commentators contend. In a bid to win votes in the hotly contested Nort...
Zanu PF already rigging: MDC 27 October 2016 HARARE - After a humiliating defeat at the hands of independent candidate Temba Mliswa, Zanu PF is now allegedly sharpening its rigging tools and has ring fenced rural areas ahead of the 2018 elections, the main opposition MDC has said. Former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC, which is c...
Zanu PF thugs terrorise Norton 16 October 2016 HARARE - Seemingly deranged Zanu PF supporters ran amok in Norton yesterday, battering supporters of prominent politician Temba Mliswa and fighting running battles with police — in barbaric scenes which turned the usually sleepy dormitory town into a war zone. The chaotic scenes, which left sc...