Articles tagged 'elections'

Scared authorities lock down Harare 23 March 2017 HARARE - Jittery authorities yesterday deployed heavily-armed police on all of Harare's major roads — mounting multiple roadblocks to thwart the mega demonstration that had been planned by the country's opposition. As a result, the opposition parties coalescing under the banner of the National...
'Malpractices soil Mwenezi election campaign' 23 March 2017 HARARE - The Mwenezi East by-election has been blighted by accusations of politicisation of food aid, abrogation of the right to freedom of assembly and intimidation and harassment, a rights group has said. The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) said it was worried by the unfolding events in Mwenezi...
Big week for troubled Zim 21 March 2017 HARARE - The coming few days promise to be very tense starting tomorrow when the country's angry opposition holds a massive demonstration in Harare, after they were given the go-ahead by edgy security commanders yesterday. And on Thursday, disaffected war veterans will also gather in the capit...
We'll crush G40, Mnangagwa's camp vows 17 March 2017 HARARE - The Zanu PF faction rallying behind Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's mooted presidential aspirations has vowed to crush moves by the party enemies of the Midlands godfather to impose their candidate to lead the key, but volatile province of Masvingo. This comes after the Zanu PF po...
Mwenezi East candidates in war of words 15 March 2017 HARARE - The battle for the Mwenezi East seat is escalating, with Zanu PF and Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) candidates embroiled in a war of words ahead of the by-election. ZPF's Kudakwashe Bhasikiti is accusing his former party, Zanu PF, of deploying the full might of its terror machinery and e...
Tsvangirai speaks on Mujuru, Mutasa 11 March 2017 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says the public spats between former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her erstwhile Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) colleagues, Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo, will not scuttle the country's mooted grand coalition. Addressing the media on Thursday after...
War veterans, churches pledge to reinforce peace 11 March 2017 HARARE - War veterans, churches and rights groups wound up a crucial election meeting last week with a promise to restore peace and dignity to Zimbabwe, scarred by violent previous polls. Drawing wide support for a pledge to impose peace after previous elections plunged Zimbabwe into election-...
Zanu PF in 'forced' voter registration 6 March 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF is forcing Mwenezi East villagers to obtain birth certificates and identity cards for the purposes of registering for the forthcoming by-election, a human rights group has claimed. The poll — proclaimed by Mugabe on February 3, and gazetted in Statuto...
Mujuru launches new party 4 March 2017 HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru began a new political journey yesterday when she formally cut ties with the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) by forming a new party, the National People's Party (NPP) — bringing to an end a rocky relationship with her former top allies Didymus Mutasa and Rug...
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, ...
'Zim must introduce compulsory voting' 2 March 2017 HARARE - A youth pressure group has called on Parliament to amend the Electoral Act to introduce compulsory voting ahead of the 2018 elections. According to Youth Advocacy for Voter Enlightenment and Progressive Orientation (Yavepo), the number of people who voted in 2013 elections was so low ...
'MDC, opposition lose electorate's trust' 24 February 2017 HARARE - The Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC and other opposition political parties have lost the electorate's trust in recent years, a leading think-tank — Afrobarometer — has claimed. The research firm's assistant project manager for southern Africa, Rorisang Lekalake, said a survey, which involve...
Govt hasn't hijacked BVR kits procurement: Mnangagwa 23 February 2017 HARARE - The procurement of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits for the 2018 elections remains under the control of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with government only funding the process, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa told Parliament yesterday. Responding to a question d...
Protest threats over voter registration kits 22 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's powerful National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) yesterday threatened to hold a general protest against government’s plans to hijack the acquisition of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits to be used for the 2018 elections. Under pressure from the opposition for reforms ...
'Govt should reveal source of BVR funds' 22 February 2017 HARARE - Government must come out clean on the source of the $17 million it says it has raised for the purchase of Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits. President Robert Mugabe’s government is so broke, hence the suspicion from several quarters when it announced that it was going it alone i...
Outrage over UNDP 'ouster' in voter registration kits deal 20 February 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) may be forced to let the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) procure Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits, as calls to let the technical expert handle the process grow louder. Opposition parties and civil society are concerned over ri...
'Zec must independently buy voter registration kits' 18 February 2017 HARARE - The Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC yesterday said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) must independently acquire bio-metric voter registration kits (BVR). This comes as the stone-broke President Robert Mugabe government announced this week that it raised $17 million to acquire the kits...
Women seek to change electoral course 13 February 2017 HARARE - As the eagerly-awaited 2018 national elections approach, a civic society group has launched an aggressive campaign to galvanise young women to register and vote — in an exercise that is set to change the way women perceive electoral issues. Senior Assistant Editor Guthrie Munyuki spea...
'Another bhora musango looms in 2018 poll' 30 January 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's deeply divided Zanu PF is likely to face another debilitating crisis, a second “Bhora Musango” in 2018 general elections, analysts have said. Mugabe's Zanu PF is being consumed by deadly factional and succession wars pitting embattled Vice President Emmerson ...
Mthwakazi to challenge Zanu PF in 2018 election 29 January 2017 BULAWAYO - Opposition secessionist party, Mtwhakazi Republic Party (MRP),  will field local government and parliamentary candidates to challenge President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF in the forthcoming key 2018 election. Since its formation three years ago, MRP had declared that it would not take ...
Another acid test for Mujuru 27 January 2017 HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her fledgling Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party face another big political test when they square up against Zanu PF in yet another by-election — this time in Mwenezi East. This comes as Mujuru and ZPF are still smarting from the brutal electoral ...
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...