- The heads of the umbrella organisation for all of Zimbabwe's NGOs have arrested amid worsening signs of the disintegration of the country's fragile coalition government.
Spokesperson, Farai Ngirande, says that chief executive of the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO), Cephas Zinumhwe, and NANGO chairperson, Dadirai Chikwengo, were arrested at the small airport in the northern resort town of Victoria Falls after a NANGO meeting.
Ngirande says Zinumhwe and Chikwengo are accused of holding a public political meeting without approval - a claim NANGO rejects - and were held by police overnight.
The two will appear in court, while President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai are scheduled to meet in Harare to discuss the paralysis in their eight-month-old unity government.
To read the article titled, “NGO leaders held in Zim,” click here.Source:Independent Online
- A Zimbabwean official says several top officials and cronies of President Robert Mugabe being sued for torture have been renounced by the state and will not receive legal assistance.
Deputy attorney-general, Prince Machaya, points out that the state will not represent officials being sued by prominent human rights activist, Jestina Mukoko and eight others.
The activists are seeking US$500 million for wrongful arrest, torture and abduction after their terror charges were dropped.
To read the article titled, “State dumps Mugabe cronies,” click here.Source:<br /> News24
- Zimbabwe's adult HIV prevalence rate is continuing its downward trend, showing a drop from 14.1 percent in 2008 to 13.7 percent in 2009, according to new estimates released by the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare.
The 2009 Antenatal Clinic (ANC) Surveillance Survey, based on blood specimens collected from 7,363 pregnant women anonymously screened at 19 clinic sites throughout the country, estimated that 1.1 million Zimbabweans in a probable population of around 11 million were living with HIV.
A slowdown in Zimbabwe's HIV/AIDS epidemic was first observed in the late 1990s and was supported by data from a 2005/06 population-based survey.
The prevalence rate is expected to continue decreasing; investigations have shown that the decline "most likely resulted from a combination of an increase in adult mortality and a decline in HIV incidence, resulting from adoption of safer sexual behaviours", said Dr Douglas Mombeshora, Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare.
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Source:<br /> Irin News
- The Zimbabwe’s National Revival Initiative (ZNRI), a coalition of churches, NGOs and government has taken a bold stand in which the organisation attempts to get rid of the garbage in Harare.
ZNRI project manager, Aaron Mushoriwa, says that the project aims to keep the environment clean while improving the image of Zimbabwe prior the 2010 World in South Africa.
Director in the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity, Sylvester Maunganidze, argues that the initiative will contribute to the attraction of visitors in Harare.
To read the article titled, “Churches, NGOs embark on clean-up exercise,” click here.Source:<br /> All Africa
- A top European Union (EU) team will travel to Zimbabwe to work on normalising ties, the first such visit since the EU sanctioned Zimbabwe's hard-line leaders in 2002.
Swedish International Development Cooperation Minister, Gunilla Carlsson, and EU Aid Commissioner, Karel de Gucht, will travel there after an EU-South Africa summit.
Carlsson and de Gucht will be meeting President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, other ministers, officials and representative of NGOs during their visit.
The weekend visit comes three months after the EU and Zimbabwe held their first official talks in seven years, with the EU vowing to fully restore ties once "sticking points" are overcome.
To read the article titled, “EU announces landmark visit to Zimbabwe,” click here.Source:Mail&Guardian
- Zimbabwe has received more than US$500 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after 10 years of financial restrictions from the institution, following the injection of US$283 billion into the global economy to boost member countries’ dwindling foreign exchange reserves.
The money, most of which has already been deposited with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, will offer only temporary respite for an economy facing a severe liquidity crunch.
Zimbabwe needs up to US$10 billion for economic recovery; slightly more than US$1 billion has been secured since February.
To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe gets $500m bail-out from IMF,” click here.Source:Business Day
- The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Southern African leaders to put pressure on Zimbabwe's unity government to make greater political reforms to prevent the country from sliding back into turmoil.
"The region's leaders need to press Zimbabwe openly and publicly for human rights reforms to prevent the country from backsliding into state-sponsored violence and chaos," says HRW Africa director, Georgette Gagnon.
Gagnon further calls on Southern African leaders to stop looking at Zimbabwe through what she calls “rose-colour glasses”.
The comment come as leaders from the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) meet next week in Kinshasa, where they are set to discuss progress made by the unity government formed in February.
To read the article titled, “HRW urges tougher line at summit,” click here.
Source:<br /> News24
- Three regional countries, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe are set to benefit from mini-hydro-power stations being developed by Practical Action.
Practical Action has started pilot projects in Manicaland to ensure communities and farmers in marginalised areas have access to electricity. The project involves generating power from small sources of water such as waterfalls and perennial rivers.
Speaking at the Harare Agricultural Show, Practical Action project manager, Fungai Matahwa, said that Manicaland was identified as the most suitable area because of its terrain and availability of perennial rivers.
To read the article titled, “NGO develops mini Hydro-power stations,” click here.
Source:<br /> All Africa
- Restoration of Human Rights Zimbabwe (ROHR) is perturbed by the massive plunder of the AIDS Levy Fund by the National AIDS Council (NAC) when thousands of HIV/AIDS patients are dying and 400 000 more are in dire need of anti-retroviral drugs.
ROHR Zimbabwe says it strongly believes that development depends on good governance and respect for people's rights. As the country is in need of aid from the international community to combat the AIDS pandemic, it is incumbent upon the leaders to exercise high-level transparency and accountability to foster donor confidence in the handling of public funds.
In 1999 the government introduced an AIDS levy on all taxpayers to fund the work of the NAC. The percent AIDS levy that is deducted from the workers' hard-earned salaries should automatically make them important stakeholders of the fund, with full rights to inquire about the way it is managed to hold NAC accountable.
To read the article titled, “Abuse of AIDS levy fund deplorable,” click here.Source:<br /> All Africa
- The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition is to issue a damning report, highlighting the shortcomings of the seven-month coalition government.
According to the Coalition’s Programmes Manager, Pedzisai Ruhanya, the report, ‘Can Apples be Reaped from a Thorn Tree: The Inclusive, Exclusive and Elusive Government’, criticises the inability of the inclusive government to deal with issues of transitional justice.
Ruhanya says victims of last year's political violence are still crying out for justice and yet no attempts are underway to address this.
To read the article titled, “Crisis group to issue damning report on unity government,” click here.Source:All Africa