Officials interviewed by Zimbabwe's National Economic Conduct Inspectorate (Neci) over the alleged looting by senior politicians at the state-owned steel-making enterprise Zisco, have threatened to spill the beans. Zisco employees said this week that they were ready to reveal the names of top government officials allegedly involved in pillaging the firm.
Fresh infighting has flared up in Zanu-PF as the party's rival camps square up over President Robert Mugabe's hotly contested succession, with dossiers of alleged corruption surfacing as the latest political weapons. Sources said this week the two factions have intensified the power struggle over Mugabe's job.
South African President Thabo Mbeki has relaunched his diplomatic offensive to engage President Robert Mugabe in a bid to resolve Zimbabwe's escalating political and economic crisis, it emerged on Thursday. Official sources said Mbeki on Thursday dispatched Minister of Intelligence Ronnie Kasrils to Zimbabwe.
Opposition political groups and civil society movements in Zimbabwe have started consultations to form a united front to support a single candidate in the 2008 presidential election, 23 months ahead of the crucial poll -- along the lines of Kenya's National Rainbow Coalition, which brought President Mwai Kibaki to power in 2002.
Zimbabwe's state security agency, the Central Intelligence Organisation, is seeking to emulate South Africa's apartheid-era information blitz by covertly taking over newspapers hitherto seen as independent of state control, the Zimbabwe Independent reported on Friday.
The ruling Zanu-PF in Zimbabwe has set its sights on achieving a two-thirds majority in the parliamentary elections scheduled to take place on March 31. The party's secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, told the <i>Mail & Guardian</i> that "judging by the situation on the ground and the turnout at our rallies, the opposition presence in Parliament will be cut to 15 seats".
Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) will face a daunting task if -- as widely expected -- it decides to contest the March parliamentary elections. The MDC is on record that it will not participate unless Zimbabwe complies with the Southern African Development Community guidelines on democratic elections adopted in August last year.
Zimbabwe's Information and Publicity Minister Jonathan Moyo performed a dramatic volte-face four years ago, turning full circle from being President Robert Mugabe's trenchant critic to become his toadying spin doctor. But now he faces the grim reality of dismissal and crushing out-of-office ignominy. And Moyo has brought about his own crisis of credibility.
Zimbabwe's beleaguered Information Minister, Jonathan Moyo, is facing yet another blow to his faltering career at a time when he is battling for his political life. Having failed to secure election to the central committee of the ruling Zanu-PF last week, Moyo is now likely to be barred from taking part in the forthcoming primary elections.
South Africa must speedily address inequitable land ownership patterns to avoid Zimbabwe-style farm invasions, the International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned. The ICG, which deals with conflicts around the globe, said South Africa faced rising tension over land and should act quickly to avert a grabbing of farms.
The influential Zanu-PF Women's League has entered the Zimbabwean ruling party's succession race and is now lobbying for a prominent woman politburo member to be nominated as vice-president during the party's forthcoming December congress.