June 2009

Will Finance Minister Be Charged With Treason?

Will Finance Minister Be Charged With Treason? - There are reports that the Attorney General is ready to formally charge Finance Minister Tendai Biti with treason, and to also arrest Economic Planning Minister Elton Mangoma on kidnapping charges, SW Radio Africa has been told. [All Africa : Zimbabwe]

Constitutional Reform Faces Collapse

Constitutional Reform Faces Collapse - AS the constitutional reform process rumbles on amid growing divisions between the two main political parties driving the exercise, it has now become clear the country is heading for a dead-end unless a major rescue operation occurs. [All Africa : Zimbabwe]

Forced Labor And Torture Follow Military Massacres That Killed More Than 200

Forced Labor And Torture Follow Military Massacres That Killed More Than 200 - Zimbabwe's armed forces are engaging in the forced labor of children and adults, and are torturing and beating local villagers on the diamond fields of Marange district in eastern Zimbabwe, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

Tsvangirai Launches Newsletter to Counter State Propaganda

Tsvangirai Launches Newsletter to Counter State Propaganda - Fed up with negative publicity emanating from state owned media outlets, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's office has launched a weekly newsletter updating people on the 'progress and problems' in government. The first run of the newsletter, made up of 40 000 copies, was distributed on Wednesday. [All Africa : Zimbabwe]

Social Economic Conditions Remain Desperate Say Amnesty

Social Economic Conditions Remain Desperate Say Amnesty - Irene Khan, Amnesty International Secretary General, said on Thursday the human rights situation in Zimbabwe is precarious. [All Africa : Zimbabwe]

'Brace for Increased Load Shedding'

'Brace for Increased Load Shedding' - CONSUMERS should brace for increased load shedding after Zesa Holdings has been forced to stop power generation at Hwange Thermal Power Station due to coal shortages. [All Africa : Zimbabwe]

Residents Petition Marondera Council

Residents Petition Marondera Council - MARONDERA residents have petitioned council over the revised budget, which they described as "still too exorbitant". [All Africa : Zimbabwe]

Govt Considers Making Rand Official Currency

Govt Considers Making Rand Official Currency - Finance Minister Tendai Biti says the government is weighing up the prospect of using the South African Rand as Zimbabwe's official currency. The country is currently using a system of multiple currencies which resulted in the local currency dying a natural death. Biti says they are exploring 3 different options, including using the Rand, bringing back a redenominated Zimbabwe Dollar or sticking with the current multiple currency system.

Recovery Will Cost More

Recovery Will Cost More - The international humanitarian community has increased its donor appeal for Zimbabwe by over 30 percent to better reflect the depth of need in the ongoing crisis. [All Africa : Zimbabwe]

U.S. $480 Million Required for Road Project

U.S. $480 Million Required for Road Project - At least US$480 million is required to dualise the Harare-Beitbridge road, a senior Government official said yesterday. [All Africa : Zimbabwe]