Articles tagged 'mdc'

Crisis as police bans big demo 22 March 2017 HARARE - Panicking authorities went back on their word yesterday, effectively banning the opposition's planned mega demonstration in Harare today, which was set to be led by MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai. After security chiefs — who met the organisers of the protest march on Monday — had app...
Zec, opposition in bitter fallout 22 March 2017 HARARE - The strained relationship between the country's distrustful opposition and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) sank to an all-time low yesterday when the parties called for the immediate resignation of its chairperson, Rita Makarau, as well as the disbandment of the elections managem...
Tsvangirai owes me, says Mujuru 21 March 2017 HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru says opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai owes her and her late revered husband, Solomon, a huge debt of gratitude for helping to engineer President Robert Mugabe's stunning defeat by the MDC president in the hotly-disputed 2008 polls. “Anyone who has...
'Zanu PF always wanted me dead' 20 March 2017 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday told his supporters in Chitungwiza how he had survived numerous assassination attempts at the hands of Zanu PF goons — further assuring anxious Zimbabweans that change was inevitable after next year's eagerly-anticipated national elections. ...
Tension rises as 2018 looms 19 March 2017 HARARE - Security commanders have summoned opposition parties to a meeting in Harare tomorrow, ahead of Wednesday's planned mega demonstrations — amid fears by panicking authorities that the spirit of resistance which swept across the country last year is once again gathering steam ahead of next ...
'No going back on BVR' 19 March 2017 HARARE - Our production editor Eddie Zvinonzwa speaks to opposition Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) president Jacob Ngarivhume about Zimbabwe's political and economic terrain as the 2018 elections beckon. Below are excerpts of the interview. Q: Who is Jacob Ngarivhume? A: I grew up in the village, ...
Tsvangirai soars as 2018 beckons 18 March 2017 HARARE - Former Finance minister and leader of Mavambo/Kusile Dawn (MKD) Simba Makoni yesterday became the latest prominent politician to throw his weight behind opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai heading the planned coalition alliance which will take on President Robert Mugabe and his warring r...
'Fears of e-voting unfounded' 16 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's election watchdogs have said fears that the bio-metric voter registration (BVR) and electronic voting system were vulnerable to computer hacking were unfounded. This comes after State media has hazarded that e-voting was vulnerable to hacking, costly and was not a means to ...
MDC murder convicts' relatives fume 15 March 2017 HARARE - Relatives of three MDC activists serving 20-year jail terms for murdering a cop were left fuming yesterday after the trio’s application for leave to appeal was struck off the roll. The three — Yvonne Musarurwa , Last Maengahama and Tungamirai Madzokere — were jailed last year after be...
Electronic voting faces stiff resistance 15 March 2017 HARARE - The process to compile a credible voter register ahead of the 2018 general elections has been thrown into disarray after authorities argued biometric voter registration (BVR) and voting is a luxury government cannot afford. Zimbabwe is hoping thumbprint scans and voter cards with elec...
Biti appeals to Tsvangirai 14 March 2017 HARARE - Former Finance minister and now leader of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Tendai Biti, has made an impassioned plea to MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai to move decisively on the mooted grand opposition alliance — warning that any further dithering on the matter could gift Zanu PF vic...
'Zanu PF wants Tsvangirai dead' 13 March 2017 HARARE - The MDC has reacted angrily to threats by a State media columnist who said yesterday that popular opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was only being saved from harm by the “grace” of President Robert Mugabe. Speaking to the Daily News after reading the controversial column, Tsvangirai...
We will disrupt election: MDC youths 13 March 2017 HARARE - MDC youths are threatening to disrupt next year's general elections if the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) decides to go ahead with the polls without instituting far-reaching electoral reforms to level the electoral playfield that they allege favours Zanu PF's favour. For the past...
Kombayi lodges court appeal against expulsion 12 March 2017 BULAWAYO - Former Gweru mayor Hamutendi Kombayi has appealed to the High Court here to compel the government to set aside the decision by an independent tribunal to expel him. This comes after Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere last month expelled Kombayi and ward 4 councillor, Kenne...
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...
Villagers victimised after Tsvangirai tour 11 March 2017 HARARE - The countrywide tour by MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, pictured, has reignited victimisation of opposition activists in rural areas, a political pressure group has said. Tsvangirai recently wrapped up a 29-day countrywide tour under which he met ordinary citizens.  In the aftermath ...
'You will all be safe under me' 10 March 2017 HARARE - A buoyant opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, says he will give President Robert Mugabe and fearful security chiefs immunity from prosecution when he forms the country's next government. Speaking in Harare yesterday, after holding a crucial meeting with the MDC national executive, t...
Tsvangirai picks coalition partners 7 March 2017 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is set to end months of frenzied speculation around the country's mooted coalition alliance — with insiders telling the Daily News yesterday that the dogged former premier will soon announce his preferred political partners for next year's watershed na...
Zanu PF stifles Khupe's aid efforts 7 March 2017 BULAWAYO - MDC deputy president Thokozani Khupe has expressed disgust at the frustrating moves made by government officials when she tried to donate to floods victims in Sipepa, Tsholothso. The former deputy premier said she was made to wait a long time, “pushed back and forth,” before she was...
Tsvangirai pleads for more floods aid 7 March 2017 HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday appealed for more assistance from Zimbabweans in providing emergency relief to people affected by the country’s worst floods in decades. Government is struggling to raise needed funds to aid flood-affected regions after a disappointing response f...
MDC supporters arrested for 'unlawful assembly' 7 March 2017 HARARE - A group of alleged MDC supporters in Beitbridge have been arrested for convening a rally without police clearance and inciting others to join. The accused — a teenager and nine other residents — face charges of assembling unlawfully. They were arrested on Saturday and charged under...
It's Tsvangirai or no one else: Mutasa 6 March 2017 HARARE - Former Presidential Affairs minister and one of the caretaker leaders of the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party, Didymus Mutasa, says the popular former prime minister during the government of national unity, Morgan Tsvangirai, is the only person “capable and deserving” of leading the cou...
SADC petition over voter registration kits 6 March 2017 HARARE - Opposition Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) plans to petition Sadc over government's alleged move to hijack the procurement of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits from the United Nations' Development Programme (UNDP). A few weeks ago, President Robert Mugabe's hard-pressed administration a...
Tsvangirai narrows Byo Senator search 4 March 2017 HARARE - MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai, poised to pick a new Senator for Bulawayo Metropolitan province, has been in talks with key officials in the second city and promised to unveil his nominee soon, with three officials among those under close consideration. Tsvangirai has been in talks w...
Opposition plots massive protests 3 March 2017 HARARE - Angry opposition parties coalescing under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) will hold mass protests on March 22, to force the government to abandon its plans to hijack the procurement of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits for next year's make-or-break nationa...