Fanuel Jongwe

Tsvangirai: ‘A storm is on the horizon’

Zimbabwe's veteran opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was on Sunday elected for a fresh tenure to lead his splintered party which has posed the most serious challenge to President Robert Mugabe's long rule. ''The president has been nominated unopposed,'' declared Movement for Democratic Change national chairperson Isaac Matongo after a two-day convention in the capital.

Zimbabwean villagers reel under food shortages

Chipo Mapako, a village head in the eastern Zimbabwean district of Nyanga, does not remember when he last had a square meal. ''The daily struggle for us is to find enough food to stave off hunger,'' says Mapako, who heads a village in the district renowned as much for its picturesque mountain ranges as for its dry, stony fields.

Zim’s divided opposition plan separate congresses

Feuding factions of Zimbabwe's main opposition are to hold separate congresses in coming weeks to elect new leaders, officials said on Tuesday, in a move that would confirm the split within the party. The Movement for Democratic Change has become mired in infighting over leader Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to boycott Senate elections last November.

‘Nothing positive to predict about Zim’

Zimbabweans are heading for a dismal new year, with food shortages and an economic crisis expected to worsen while prospects for political change appear dimmer than ever, analysts say. While President Robert Mugabe's government is forecasting growth of up to 3,5% in 2006, economists and ordinary Zimbabweans are bracing for more hardship.

‘Senate is not for us, but for ruling elite’

As Zimbabweans go to the ballot on Saturday to elect members to a new and controversial Upper House of Parliament, the buzz is not about the polls but rather on chronic food shortages and the economic meltdown. The country's major labour movement said the Senate is a waste of scarce money.

Zimbabwe’s farmers lacking ‘passion’

Zimbabwe on Tuesday launched its strongest criticism of black farmers who benefited from its controversial land reforms, saying their apathy was responsible for a serious food crisis. ''We have a few people that are really committed to production while many others are doing nothing on the farms,'' said Deputy Minister of Agriculture Sylvester Nguni.

New Zim Bill is ‘rape of democracy’

Zimbabwe's Parliament on Tuesday approved a widely condemned Bill that stops white farmers from challenging land grabs in court and curtails the travel and voting rights of those without full citizenship. The Bill was passed by 103 votes against 29 in the 150-member house where President Robert Mugabe's party has 107 parliamentarians.

Zimbabweans living with HIV turn to herbal medicines

After the Chinese herb mocrea in the 1990s and the African potato five years ago, moringa powder is the latest craze for Zimbabweans battling one of the world's highest HIV/Aids infection rates. ''Do you want to feel well, have a healthy appetite and live longer?'' a pamphlet on a supermarket noticeboard screams in bold print.

Zim economy in dire trouble

Prospects of a respite are dim for Zimbabweans as the southern African country's currency continues to tumble and runaway inflation sends prices of basic goods soaring. The council says the food basket for a family of six has increased by more than 200% since January.

Zim informal businessmen in dire straits

Simbarashe Muchemwa points at a heap of broken asbestos and charred metal sheets -- remnants of his makeshift furniture shop in Harare's Glen View township -- and shakes his head. ''This was my means of livelihood. It's a loss that will take me years to recover from,'' says the 30-year-old father of three.

Zim opposition leader walks free

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai walked out of court a free man on Tuesday after prosecutors scrapped treason charges that had been hanging over his head since 2003. Prosecutor Florence Ziyambi told the court that the state was ''withdrawing the charges before plea'' without stating any reasons for the about-turn.

Zim’s slums resemble battle scenes

Porta Farm, a well-known slum west of Zimbabwe's capital Harare, resembled a village hit by an aerial attack as it was visited late on Thursday by United Nations special envoy Anna Tibaijuka. Mounds of brick rubble, plastic sheeting, broken asbestos and smashed furniture were all that remained of the homes of 1 500 families.

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