Articles tagged 'protests'

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...
State brutality unacceptable 3 November 2016 HARARE - Among the plethora of issues that qualify Zimbabwe to be a full-bloodied failed, banana republic are the grand corruption by Zanu PF bigwigs, the country's dying economy that has wreaked so much havoc among the poor, and the escalating thuggery by the State against citizens. Just in c...
State brutality hits new highs 31 October 2016 HARARE - Political violence in Zimbabwe has increased dramatically in 2016, with record levels of assault, abduction and torture recorded as opposition to President Robert Mugabe's 36-year rule escalates. About 654 cases of political violence were recorded by a local non-governmental organisat...
Mudzvova protests over corruption 27 October 2016 HARARE - Protest artiste and fierce anti-President Robert Mugabe campaigner, Sylvanos Mudzvova, yesterday staged a one-man demonstration at Parliament against government's silence concerning corruption, abductions and human rights violations. Spotting a helmet, prison garb, handcuffs and leg i...
Civil protesters on the increase: Report 25 October 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe has seen an increase in the number of civil protesters — anti-President Robert Mugabe demonstrators not aligned to any political party — in the past months, a human rights group has said. In the country’s political history, protests have always been led and taken part in by m...
Protesters mull 'guerrilla tactics' 24 October 2016 HARARE - Defiant anti-President Robert Mugabe protesters have said they will now be secretive about their demonstration strategies, as they devise ways to evade the repressive government's moves to thwart them following the lapse of police's demonstrations ban. This comes as the police have vi...
Mutare 'flier' activists freed 19 October 2016 MUTARE - Zimbabwe Activists Alliance (ZAA) founder Lynette Mudehwe and fellow activist Tapuwa Chitambo — who were arrested over a flier that claimed police brutality, lack of rule of law and political violence — have been freed. Magistrate Langton Mukwengi refused to have Mudehwe, 35, and Chit...
MDC MP freed 14 October 2016 MUTARE - Mutasa Central MDC MP, Trevor Saruwaka — who was facing charges of participating in an unsanctioned demonstration — has been removed from remand. The State had been dragging his trial citing incomplete investigations. The case will proceed by way of summons. Saruwaka was being char...
Zvorwadza's busy court schedule 10 October 2016 HARARE - Pro-democracy activist Sten Zvorwadza had a busy day at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday as he hoped from one courtroom to another attending to three different cases. At 8am, the National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (Navuz) chairperson appeared before the court answering to c...
Defiant protesters plan more demos 6 October 2016 HARARE - The opposition and pressure groups who were dealt a body blow when the High Court upheld a police ban on demonstrations in Harare have promised to roll out more protests in the coming weeks  — setting the stage for a brutal fight with government. On Tuesday, the High Court ruled in fa...
Moyo warns student protesters 5 October 2016 HARARE - Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo has warned students against using politics to interfere in academic processes, cautioning that those who do it will face “costly” consequences. His warning comes after three University of Zimbabwe (UZ) students embarrassed President...
More protestors freed 4 October 2016 BULAWAYO - Eighty-six protesters, who were arrested during the July stay-away, have been freed by a Bulawayo magistrate after the State failed to produce solid evidence against them. State prosecutor Jeremiah Mutsindikwa conceded that there was no sufficient evidence to enable commencement of ...
Tsvangirai tells Mugabe to quit 2 October 2016 BULAWAYO - A fired-up opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, raised the political stakes yesterday when he bluntly told President Robert Mugabe to heed the growing calls for him to quit power now peacefully, to save Zimbabwe and to avoid the risk of being removed from office violently. Addressi...
Zvorwadza faces 3 trials in one day 2 October 2016 HARARE - Militant chairperson of the National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe (Navuz) Sten Zvorwadza will on October 5, attend three different court hearings, as the State seeks to nail him. At 8am Zvorwadza will appear before Harare magistrate Tendai Rusinahama for continuation of a case he is accu...