Zimbabwe

Zim Groups Protest Cops' Bail for Murder

Zimbabwean youth groups are condemning the release on US$50 bail for each of six policemen accused of beating a mineworker to death.

The Zimbabwe Youth Forum says that their release shows bias in courts, considering a youth leader and 28 alleged accomplices in the prime minister’s party have remained in jail awaiting trial for nearly a year on allegations of murdering a policeman.

NGO Unhappy With Fund Cancellation

Humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has expressed regret at the cancellation of Round 11 of the Global Fund assistance to Zimbabwe.

The organisation says that the latest development will reverse all the gains made in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in that country.

MSF head of mission in Zimbabwe, Paul Foreman, points out that his organisation has ratcheted up pressure on the Global Fund to find ways of ensuring the gains made so far would ‘not go down the drain’.

Zimbabwean Governor Bans NGOs

The governor of the Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe has banned charitable organisations, spelling doom for the donor-dependant locals.

Governor Titus Maluleke, a loyalist to President Robert Mugabe, accuses the voluntary organisations of using western donor funds to campaign clandestinely for Mugabe's rivals.

Mugabe Slams Homosexuals and NGOs

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has delivered a long speech in which he lashed out at homosexuals, western cultural values and NGOs.

Mugabe, who was celebrating his 88 birthday, is adamant that there should be no violence in the next polls.

Meanwhile, critics slammed the extravagance of the festivities while Zimbabwe continues battling with typhoid and crop failures across three provinces.

To read the article titled, “Mugabe still commands support,” click here.

Zimbabwe Bans ‘Unregistered’ NGOs

Zimbabwe has banned 30 NGOs operating in Masvingo, ostensibly for failing to register with central and local authorities.

The latest ban, which includes Care International, the Zimbabwe Peace Project and the Community Development Programme, is fuelling speculation about widespread intimidatory campaigns to follow.

Justifying the ban, Masvingo, Titus Maluleke, argues that: “These organisations have left us with no choice except to suspend them from operating in the province with immediate effect, because they have twice failed to submit to the requirements of our laws."

Zimbabwe Criticised Over NGO Ban

Civic activists say moves to ban 29 humanitarian organisations in southern Zimbabwe are a breach of the nation's laws and affected groups need to ignore banning orders by ZANU-PF.

In a new crackdown of NGOs, a provincial governor appointed by President Robert Mugabe, suspended the activities of the groups this week, alleging they did not clear their operations with his office.

Zim Cracks Down on Newspapers

The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) has warned that several top South African publications circulating in Zimbabwe could face a ban, along with the UK-published Zimbabwean, unless they register their operations.

ZMC head, Godfrey Majonga, points out that, "None of the publications or their journalists appears on our registers and we are very concerned at this development."

Zim Threatens to Punish Homosexuals

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, says that homosexuals and lesbians will be punished severely for their behaviour, saying the inconsistent with African and Christian values.

Mugabe, who was speaking at the launch of the Tongogara Community Share Ownership Trust at Unki Mine, has been quoted as saying that, "Do not get tempted into that (homosexuality). You are young people. Mukaenda ikoko we will punish you severely."

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