Articles tagged 'protests'

Court frees 74 'anti-Mugabe protesters' 23 March 2017 HARARE - Harare magistrate Barbra Chimboza yesterday freed 74 protesters accused of burning State-owned vehicles during an anti-President Robert Mugabe demonstration dubbed #MyZimbabwe last year. The 74 — together with freelance journalist James Jemwa — were acquitted following a successful ap...
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...
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 State witness in Mkwananzi trial 18 March 2017 HARARE - Anti-President Robert Mugabe activist Promise Mkwananzi yesterday notified the court of his intentions to file for further remand refusal because there are no State witnesses for trial to progress. He — together with 21 other activists — appeared before magistrate Lazini Ncube facing ...
Xenophobic attacks unacceptable 1 March 2017 EDITOR — The resurgence of xenophobic attacks in neighbouring South Africa is quite disturbing. We point out to the fact that part of progress in South Africa was a result of African efforts through the support of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU), especially duri...
Zvorwadza removed from remand 28 February 2017 HARARE - National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (Navuz) leader Sten Zvorwadza was yesterday removed from remand in a case he is alleged to have threatened to burn a local five-star hotel. Zvorwadza was removed from remand by Harare magistrate Victoria Mashamba after considering that the State witn...
Church condemns xenophobia 27 February 2017 HARARE - Local clerics have slammed Friday's xenophobic attacks on Zimbabweans and other foreign nationals in South Africa — demanding that their regional peers must intervene to force President Jacob Zuma's government to stamp out the violence. The call comes as President Robert Mugabe's gove...
Xenophobia protests in SA 24 February 2017 JOHANNESBURG - Roads leading in and out of Atteridgeville have been barricaded with burning tyres, stones and other objects. Chairperson of the Coalition Against Xenophobia, Temba Ncalo says protesters are throwing stones and preventing vehicles and people from entering the township. "There...
Should Mawarire have come back? 13 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans across the divide have been debating on whether it was wise for activist clergyman and founder of #ThisFlag movement, Evan Mawarire to come back to the country after his six months self-exile in the United States. Mawarire returned to Zimbabwe on February 1 only to be arre...
#Tajamuka to appeal Mugabe 'protests' ruling 10 February 2017 HARARE - Political activist Promise Mkwananzi said he is appealing against a Wednesday Constitutional Court (Con-Court) ruling which dismissed his challenge that President Robert Mugabe was violating Zimbabwe’s Constitution by violently quashing street protests. The #Tajamuka/Sesijikile protes...
Con-Court dismisses Mugabe fitness suit 9 February 2017 HARARE - The Constitutional Court (Con-Court) yesterday threw out on a technicality, an application filed by Tajamuka/Sesijikile leader Promise Mkwananzi, challenging President Robert Mugabe's fitness to remain in office, given his advanced age and alleged violations of the national Constitution....
Shock arrest for Mawarire 2 February 2017 HARARE - Activist clergyman and founder of the laudably patriotic #ThisFlag movement, Evan Mawarire, made a surprise return to Zimbabwe yesterday evening, and was immediately arrested by State security agents at Harare International Airport. Mawarire's lawyer, Harrison Nkomo, told the Daily Ne...
Rights Commission brings demos into spotlight 10 January 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) chairperson, Elasto Mugwadi, has set the cat among the pigeons after he reaffirmed that every Zimbabwean had a right to demonstrate and freely associate with a political party of their choice, in a statement which flies in the face of President...
Kabila to step down 2 January 2017 KINSHASA - Joseph Kabila will step down as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo after elections held before the end of 2017, under a draft agreement reached by political parties, according to a lead mediator from the Catholic Church. Under the deal, reached on Friday but not yet signe...
2016 political highlights 1 January 2017 HARARE - Inter and intra party political fights dominated the year 2016 as President Robert Mugabe faced perhaps the greatest challenge to his political career. Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabweans have known since independence from Britain in April 1980 was confronted with demonstrators who we...
Mugabe, govt to face more demos in 2017 28 December 2016 HARARE - As the warring Zanu PF shifts its attention to the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections, opposition forces have warned that they will mount more crippling anti-government demonstrations in 2017, to force President Robert Mugabe to address the country's deepening economic rot or qu...
Gunfire in DRC capital as tension rises over Kabila 20 December 2016 KINSHASA - Gunfire erupted in several parts of Kinshasa early on Tuesday as Democratic Republic of Congo's long-serving President Joseph Kabila appeared set to stay on despite the expiry of his mandate and announced a new government. Shots rang out in several parts of the sprawling city of 10 ...
Zanu PF running scared 19 December 2016 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF is panicking that a combination of economic  decay, mass protests and factionalism  would result  in  internal instability,  the party's  central committee  report tabled at the just-ended conference in Masvingo says. According  to the report,  the  r...
DRC may block social networks as Kabila mandate expires 15 December 2016 KINSHASA - Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo plan to block social networks such as Facebook and WhatsApp soon before President Joseph Kabila's mandate expires, four internet service providers said Thursday. "The instructions of the government (are that) all social networks be blo...
Protesters warn police against crushing demo 18 November 2016 HARARE - Protesters have warned law enforcement agents against crushing today's “mega demonstration”, saying the situation could spiral out of control if heavy-handed methods are used. National Vendors Union (Navuz leader) Sten Zvorwadza told a press conference yesterday that they have been in...
Police block Bulawayo demo 16 November 2016 BULAWAYO - Police here have refused to clear a demonstration by civic society organisations, citing the grouping’s failure to file their application within stipulated time. The protest — under the banner #This Constitution, Our Constitution Campaign — was targeted at compelling President Rober...
We don't need police clearance: Protesters 15 November 2016 HARARE - Unrelenting anti-President Robert Mugabe activist Sten Zvorwadza has vowed to stage a demonstration on Friday — with or without police clearance. He said they would not “validate an illegality by seeking clearance from the police to practice their constitutional right”. Section 59 ...
'Zvorwadza has case to answer' 10 November 2016 HARARE - The State yesterday argued that National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe leader, Sten Zvorwadza, has a case to answer on allegations of disorderly conduct emanating from a January 2013 incident. Zvorwadza, 47, of Greystone Park, had applied for discharge at the end of the State's case, argu...
Mugabe's end imminent, says Tsvangirai 9 November 2016 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says one of the options available to long-suffering Zimbabweans to force President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF out of power is to embark on peaceful mass protests. Tsvangirai's comments come as Zimbabwe is caught deep in the throes of a debilitating p...