Articles tagged 'independence'

Uhuru celebrations without Mugabe 15 April 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe celebrates its 38 years of independence on Wednesday in a rare occasion which for the first time is not going to be presided over by former president Robert Mugabe, who resigned in November last year following a military intervention. Since the country's independence from the...
Flag ban sours independence celebrations 23 April 2017 HARARE - With helicopters instead of jet fighters zooming overhead, President Robert Mugabe marked Zimbabwe's 37th independence anniversary on Tuesday with sour celebrations and defiance, saying the country must remain wary of Western-style democracy. Mugabe, 93, who has ruled the country sinc...
Citizens wail over Zim's stolen dream 19 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans from all walks of life yesterday bemoaned the wretched life that they continue to endure under President Robert Mugabe and his warring Zanu PF's misrule of the past 37 years of the country's independence from Britain. This comes as Zimbabwe's economy continues to die — as ...
Which economy do you mean, Mr President? 21 April 2016 HARARE - On Monday, Zimbabwe celebrated 36 years of independence with prospects for the country looking gloomy. The euphoria that accompanied the attainment of independence was fairly predictable for a country that had gone through over a decade of fighting. However, 36 years down the line,...
Mugabe's positive spin on economy sledged 20 April 2016 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's optimistic talk about a buoyant Zimbabwean economy has been sledged by economists who alleged either his ministers are feeding him with wrong information or he is simply taking Zimbabweans for granted. The president maintained the upbeat tone during his Indep...
Stop misleading Mugabe 20 April 2016 HARARE - The speech presented by President Robert Mugabe on the occasion of Zimbabwe's 36th Independence Day celebrations where he glowed about the country's “growing economy” shows that the veteran leader is — as has always been the case — out of touch with reality. The Zanu PF leader on Mond...
Queen Elizabeth II congratulates Zimbabweans 19 April 2016 HARARE - Britain's Queen Elizabeth yesterday wished Zimbabwe a happy independence and wished her former colony best wishes in the coming year. The 90-year-old British monarch sent the message to the people of Zimbabwe from Buckingham Palace yesterday, the day the southern African country gaine...
Mugabe promises govt pay increase 19 April 2016 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday said government will find ways to improve the welfare of civil servants by increasing their salaries to match the poverty datum line. Addressing thousands of Zimbabweans that gathered at the National Sports Stadium in Harare to celebrate the country's...
Happy birthday Zim 18 April 2016 HARARE - Today Zimbabwe marks 36 years of majority rule and isn't it sweet to say Happy Birthday to the resilient people of this long suffering nation. Unfortunately, if we are to look at the period since 1980 when we attained independence, the tales are not so sweet but sour and our nation's ...
51 years of Uhuru not 36 18 April 2016 HARARE - Due to widely-held beliefs based on a flawed analysis of history and misinterpretation of past political events, the majority of Zimbabweans and indeed the world at large believe that the territory between the Limpopo and the Zambezi, formerly known as Rhodesia and now called Zimbabwe, h...
Independence Day now a farce: Zapu 15 April 2016 BULAWAYO - With economic challenges leaving Zimbabweans hanging by the skin of their teeth, Zapu says the Independence Day on April 18 is no longer worth celebrating as the present Zanu PF regime has turned the country into a heap ruins. In a statement issued ahead of Independence Day celebrat...
35 years of murder, graft 4 December 2015 BULAWAYO - Unless you were under the influence of powerful drugs, you would hardly describe as memorable or exciting the first 35 years of our independence. For a start, 20 000 innocent lives have been confirmed as slaughtered by people believing themselves to be taking revenge on some injury ...
Zim@35: Nothing much to celebrate 17 April 2015 HARARE - Tomorrow, some Zanu PF supporters will throng various platforms across the country to celebrate independence day but for the majority of Zimbabweans, who have had to endure hardships and suffering in the past 35 years, it will be just another day. What is there to celebrate when more ...
Zim@35: From giant steel works to scrapyard 15 April 2015 HARARE - Thirty five years ago, Zimbabwe's biggest integrated steelmaker, Ziscosteel, was the pride of the nation, a source of livelihood for a population of over 100 000 people in Redcliff. It used to employ over 6 000 workers. But today, it is a pale shadow of its former self, with the plant...
President Mugabe's speech refreshing 19 April 2014 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's statements at the National Sports Stadium yesterday on the confusion around the indigenisation programme are most welcome given the spectacular slide our economy is going through. In a surprise but welcome address during Independence celebrations yesterday, M...
What's the real Zim story? 18 April 2014 HARARE - There has been a long argument about how to tell “the real Zimbabwe” story. According to people who style themselves as patriots, the story does not include the 20 000 people killed during the mindless carnage that was Gukurahundi. It doesn’t even include a pronouncement by a VVIP tha...
Police warn transporters against hiking fares 18 April 2014 HARARE - The police have warned public transport operators against hiking fares during the Independence and Easter holidays, saying it was prejudicial to the public and will inconvenience those who want to visit their loved ones. Addressing journalists in the city, national police spokesperson...
At 34, do we really need Smith's laws? 15 April 2014 HARARE - As we prepare to celebrate 34 years of independence, the country’s leadership, led by President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party must reflect on aspirations of the liberation war heroes who perished in their fight for freedom. Great sons of Zimbabwe and real liberation struggle her...
Queen congratulates Zimbabweans 24 April 2013 HARARE - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has wished Zimbabwe a happy Independence and prosperity in the coming year. The 86-year-old British monarch sent the message to the people of Zimbabwe from Buckingham Palace on April 18, the day the southern African country gained its independence from Britis...
33 years of ramshackle life haunts citizens 23 April 2013 HARARE - A dirty strip snakes into a rundown compound in Caledonia, a bustling settlement established to house victims of President Robert Mugabe s Operation Murambatsvina (drive out trash) seven years ago. In this midst of extreme poverty, residents here, 20 kilometres east of the capital Harare...
Zim @ 33: Promise of life, liberty, happiness undermined 21 April 2013 HARARE - It is official; Zimbabwe is now 33 years old. In 1980, I was 20 and a student in the United Kingdom so I did not witness first-hand the experience and real time excitement of independence. Notwithstanding, I am fortunate to have been a part of the entire post-colonial experience and, the...
Zim @ 33: Little cheer as hunger, instability wreak havoc 19 April 2013 HARARE - Zimbabwe marks 33 years of independence today with the future of the country still in limbo despite the successful completion of a contentious constitution-making exercise in which citizens endorsed a new governance charter. The drums of war are already sounding as parties gird themselve...
Independence did not bring freedoms: Tsvangirai 19 April 2013 HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says Zimbabwe s independence did not come with basic freedoms as generally propagated. We still have a huge deficit when it comes to respect for human dignity and human rights because we take for granted the people s basic freedoms of assembly, speech and...
Not yet Uhuru 19 April 2013 HARARE - For many people around the world, a day like today variously known as Independence Day, Freedom Day or National Day in different countries is a very special and joyous occasion indeed. Be it in South Africa, the United States of America, or China for that matter, the day is not just mark...
Independence fails to bring political freedoms 18 April 2013 HARARE - Tomorrow, April 18 is an important calendar date for Zimbabweans as we celebrate 33 years of self-rule. There has been mixed reactions to this year s Independence Day, with analysts and social commentators giving different views in interviews carried out by the Daily News. Rashweat Mukun...