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Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa hails Russia’s Putin as ‘my dear friend’ and ally

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa hails Russia’s Putin as ‘my dear friend’ and ally

ZIMBABWEAN President Emmerson Mnangagwa cast President Vladimir Putin as "my dear brother" and said Russia was a consistent ally of Zimbabwe. Mnangagwa, speaking at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, praised Putin for defending the independence and territorial integrity of Russia. "Zimbabwe considers the Russian Federation as a consistent global ally," Mnangagwa said on a stage shared by Putin in St Petersburg. "Strength lies in our unity, adaptability and innovation." "It is regrettable and unacceptable that the collective West continues to peruse hegemonic tendencies that blatantly violate the sovereign equality of nations, justice and fairness," Mnangagwa told the forum. Mnangagwa…
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Zimbabwe approves licensing of Musk’s Starlink internet service

Zimbabwe approves licensing of Musk’s Starlink internet service

ZIMBABWE'S telecom regulator has approved the licensing of Elon Musk's Starlink, allowing the satellite unit of SpaceX to operate in the southern African country, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said. The decision "is expected to result in the deployment of high speed, low cost, LEO (low-Earth-orbit) internet infrastructure throughout Zimbabwe and particularly in all the rural areas," Mnangagwa said in a statement. He said Starlink will provide services through its sole and exclusive local partner, IMC Communications. A World Bank report in 2021 said only 34.8% of Zimbabwe's population had access to the internet. The country's internet service is dominated by three…
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Hunger grips southern Africa as Zimbabwe declares drought a disaster

Hunger grips southern Africa as Zimbabwe declares drought a disaster

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa declared Zimbabwe's drought a national disaster and said the country needed more than $2 billion in aid to feed millions facing hunger. Mnangagwa's statement follows similar announcements by Zambia in late February and Malawi in March, as drought induced by the El Nino global weather pattern triggers a humanitarian crisis in southern Africa.d More than 2.7 million people in Zimbabwe will go hungry this year, Mnangagwa told journalists at the state house in Harare, adding that 80% of the country had received poor rains. "Preliminary assessments show that Zimbabwe requires in excess of $2 billion towards various…
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Zimbabwe to link exchange rate to hard assets, create currency board

Zimbabwe to link exchange rate to hard assets, create currency board

ZIMBABWE is working on new measures to stabilise its local currency including linking the exchange rate to hard assets such as gold and creating a currency board, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said. The Zimbabwean dollar has fallen about 40% since the start of the year, hurt by increased foreign-currency demand from civil servants being paid December bonuses and weaker commodity prices denting inflows. Last week President Emmerson Mnangagwa said authorities were looking to introduce a "structured currency", without explaining how that would work, and the central bank governor said that work was ongoing. "The idea going forward is to make sure that…
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Zimbabwe cabinet scraps colonial-era death penalty law

Zimbabwe cabinet scraps colonial-era death penalty law

ZIMBABWE'S cabinet agreed to abolish the death penalty following months of debate in parliament, choosing instead to impose lengthy prison sentences for the worst offences. The cabinet passed a private member's bill introduced last year in the National Assembly to abolish the death penalty inherited from British colonial rule. "In view of the need to retain the deterrent element in sentencing murderers, it is expected that the new law will impose lengthy sentences without violating the right to life," the cabinet said in a statement. "The existence of aggravating circumstances may attract life sentences." Zimbabwe carried out its last execution…
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Nepotism is stealing Africa’s future

Nepotism is stealing Africa’s future

Nepotism is not limited to isolated cases in Africa, but a trend throughout the continent. Allowing nepotism practices through family, friends and those least qualified to occupy leadership positions is tantamount to stealing Africa’s future from its young generation. The liberation movement of the 1960s has not succeeded in addressing nepotism successfully as we see today that the post-colonial project has failed to resolve many socio-economic issues. ZIMBABWEAN President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently raised a number of eyebrows – and elicited no shortage of criticism – when he appointed his son, David Mnangagwa, as Deputy Finance Minister. What further irked opposition…
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Boxing legend Mayweather attends political rally in Zimbabwe

Boxing legend Mayweather attends political rally in Zimbabwe

FORMER world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather attended a political campaign event in Zimbabwe, part of the ruling party's attempts to woo youth voters ahead of a general election next month. Mayweather was welcomed with song and dance by ZANU PF party supporters in Mabvuku, one of Zimbabwe's oldest townships, on the outskirts of the capital Harare. One of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's closest allies, gold magnate Scott Sakupwanya, who is looking to reclaim a parliamentary seat from the opposition, said he had invited Mayweather. "People thought I was lying when I said I would bring Mayweather, but he is here. This…
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Dream or reality: Zimbabwe’s 12 billion dollar-a-year mining target

Dream or reality: Zimbabwe’s 12 billion dollar-a-year mining target

ON July 5 2023, a Chinese mining company officially opened a lithium processing plant worth US$300 million in Zimbabwe. The Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt plant is located in Goromonzi, about 80km southeast of Harare. Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who officiated at the commissioning, told those gathered for the event that the investment would help the country's mining industry grow its value to US$12 billion by the end of 2023 and contribute to achieving the country's Vision 2030 to elevate Zimbabwe to an upper middle-income economy. "This investment will undoubtedly contribute to the mining sector targets set out in the national development…
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Zimbabwe president pledges economic revival as election campaign kicks off

Zimbabwe president pledges economic revival as election campaign kicks off

NYASHA CHINGONO ZIMBABWEAN President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed to do "what we can to remain in power", promising to revive an economy that has collapsed under his watch as he launched his bid for a second five-year term. Zimbabwe will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on August 23 which are expected to pit Mnangagwa, 80, of the ZANU-PF party against pastor and lawyer Nelson Chamisa, 45, of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC). The election comes amid a raging economic crisis, with high inflation and a currency that plunged more than 50% this month against the U.S. dollar. In remarks aimed mostly at…
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Zimbabwe’s ‘Patriotic Bill’ outlaws criticism of government before election

Zimbabwe’s ‘Patriotic Bill’ outlaws criticism of government before election

ZIMBABWE'S parliament has outlawed criticism of the government ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections in August, with violations of a new law punishable by up to 20 years in jail. The Criminal Law Code Amendment Bill, widely known as the "Patriotic Bill", contains a clause that criminalises "wilfully damaging the sovereignty and national interest of Zimbabwe". Opposition activists said the law, passed late on Wednesday, was designed to punish citizens, civil society organisations and political adversaries of the ruling ZANU-PF party. It has raised fears that the government could launch a crackdown on dissent ahead of the general election on August 23,…
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