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.
The organisation further states that even police commanders acknowledged a breakdown of discipline led to the mineworker’s death and injuries to 11 others during a theft investigation last month.
To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe groups protest cops' $50 bail for murder,” click here.Source:Sowetan Live
The Zimbabwean civil society representatives say that they will negotiate with the government to get free access to the mining fields as and when they want.
Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition Representatives in Zimbabwe have emphasised the need for the government to allow its members based in Mutare, to visit the mining fields anytime they wanted.
Crisis Coalition in Zimbabwe acting programmes officer, Nixon Nyikadzino, has described their visit to the mining fields as a ‘guided tour’ as they did not have the flexibility of finding out some of the things they wanted.
To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe: Civil society speaks on Chiadzwa,” click here.Source:All Africa
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’.
To read the article titled, “NGO unhappy with fund cancellation,” click here.Source:News Day
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.
In the same vein, the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) has urged defiance and argues that the governor was not an authority regulating their operations. NANGO programmes coordinator, Machinda Marongwe, states that, “We will not respect such a directive by the governor."
To read the article titled, “NGOs banned from drought-ridden province,” click here.Source:All Africa
Reports say concern is building in Zimbabwe over the fate of a human rights activist who has been missing for 20 days.
Pressure group, Sokwanele, posted an alert on its website that Paul Chizuze, an activist, allegedly left his home around 20h00 on 8 February and that what happened after this remains a mystery.
"Over the last three decades, Paul has been either employed by, or active with, the Legal Resources Foundation, Amani Trust Matabeleland, The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, ZimRights, Churches in Bulawayo, CivNet, and Masakhaneni Trust," explains a press statement from his friends.
To read the article titled, “Concern for missing human rights activist,” click here.Source:All Africa
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.Source:Eye Witness News
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."
To read the article titled, “NGO ban causes alarm in Zim,” click here.Source:Mail & Guardian
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.
In a press statement, an alliance of independent civic groups say the governor does not have legal powers to wage ‘this fresh onslaught’ against humanitarian work providing food, medication, water and vital services in the drought-prone Masvingo province.
To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe civic groups dismiss NGO ban,” click here.Source:News24
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."
Majonga has been quoted as saying that the ZMC has resolved to appeal to the relevant law enforcement authorities to bar affected newspapers from entrance into and circulation within Zimbabwe, until they comply with Zimbabwe's laws.
To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe cracks down on SA, UK newspapers,” click here.Source:Mail & Guardian
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."
He also took a swipe at recent utterances by British Prime Minister, David Cameron, that his country will not aid countries that do not respect gay rights.
To read the article titled, “Gays will be severely punished, says president,” click here.Source:All Africa