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1 Oct
Crisis Group Says Zimbabwe May Become Failed State | Blessing  Zulu
WASHINGTON DC—The International Crisis Group (ICG) says mounting tensions in Zanu PF over President Robert Mugabe’s succession, First Lady Grace Mugabe’s entrance into mainstream politics, the dire economic crisis and related issues could see Zimbabwe sliding into a failed state.
In its latest report titled ‘Zimbabwe: Waiting for the Future’, the ICG says Zimbabwe’s politics and economy are precarious raising the need for Zanu-PF to address  on President Mugabe’s successor at the party’s elective December congress.
The report says despite “visibly waning capacities, 90-year-old Robert Mugabe shows no sign of wanting to leave office.
"The succession battle within his party is presented as a two-way race between Vice President Joice Mujuru and Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, but the reality is more complex. Public battles have intensified, with intimidation and violence a disquieting feature."
FULL ARTICLE (Voice of America)
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Crisis Group Says Zimbabwe May Become Failed State | Blessing  Zulu

WASHINGTON DC—The International Crisis Group (ICG) says mounting tensions in Zanu PF over President Robert Mugabe’s succession, First Lady Grace Mugabe’s entrance into mainstream politics, the dire economic crisis and related issues could see Zimbabwe sliding into a failed state.

In its latest report titled ‘Zimbabwe: Waiting for the Future’, the ICG says Zimbabwe’s politics and economy are precarious raising the need for Zanu-PF to address  on President Mugabe’s successor at the party’s elective December congress.

The report says despite “visibly waning capacities, 90-year-old Robert Mugabe shows no sign of wanting to leave office.

"The succession battle within his party is presented as a two-way race between Vice President Joice Mujuru and Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, but the reality is more complex. Public battles have intensified, with intimidation and violence a disquieting feature."

FULL ARTICLE (Voice of America)

Photo: Gregg Carlstrom/flickr

9 Sep
Grace Mugabe poised for political power in Zimbabwe | David Smith
Even as he received red carpet treatment in Beijing last month, lauded by China as an “old friend” and “renowned leader”, Robert Mugabe was in danger of being upstaged by a colourful, charismatic presence at his side. His first lady, Grace Mugabe, sporting a series of vivid outfits during the official visit to China, was once a lowly member of the presidential typing pool. Then she caught Mugabe’s eye. Now the woman better known to headline writers as “DisGrace” or “First Shopper” is making a surprise entrance on to the political stage and, it is speculated, might be central to her autocratic husband’s plan to build a dynasty.
The 49-year-old was recently nominated as leader of the ruling Zanu-PF’s women’s league, as well as having a place on its central committee. She insists she is ready. “The time has come to show people what I am made of,” she told a crowd in Mazowe, the Zimbabwe Standard reported. “People should learn to wait for their time… I had never dreamed of entering politics, but you have approached me and I am ready to go.”
FULL ARTICLE (The Observer)
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Grace Mugabe poised for political power in Zimbabwe | David Smith

Even as he received red carpet treatment in Beijing last month, lauded by China as an “old friend” and “renowned leader”, Robert Mugabe was in danger of being upstaged by a colourful, charismatic presence at his side. His first lady, Grace Mugabe, sporting a series of vivid outfits during the official visit to China, was once a lowly member of the presidential typing pool. Then she caught Mugabe’s eye. Now the woman better known to headline writers as “DisGrace” or “First Shopper” is making a surprise entrance on to the political stage and, it is speculated, might be central to her autocratic husband’s plan to build a dynasty.

The 49-year-old was recently nominated as leader of the ruling Zanu-PF’s women’s league, as well as having a place on its central committee. She insists she is ready. “The time has come to show people what I am made of,” she told a crowd in Mazowe, the Zimbabwe Standard reported. “People should learn to wait for their time… I had never dreamed of entering politics, but you have approached me and I am ready to go.”

FULL ARTICLE (The Observer)

Photo: GovernmentZA/GCIS/flickr

18 Aug
All eyes on Mugabe as he takes Sadc chair | RAY NDLOVU
HARARE — AT 90, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe assumes chairmanship of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) this weekend.
Mr Mugabe’s year at the helm of the 15-nation grouping will begin at Sadc’s 34th summit on Sunday and Monday at Victoria Falls.
The imposing setting will provide the backdrop as Mr Mugabe seeks to polish his profile, worn out in the last decade of Zimbabwe’s political and economic instability.
"Mr Mugabe has never been chair of Sadc before so it’s very symbolic. It is also an opportunity for him to use this platform to rescue some vestiges of a positive legacy," the Southern Africa director of the International Crisis Group, Piers Pigou, said.
FULL ARTICLE (Business Day Live)
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All eyes on Mugabe as he takes Sadc chair | RAY NDLOVU

HARARE — AT 90, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe assumes chairmanship of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) this weekend.

Mr Mugabe’s year at the helm of the 15-nation grouping will begin at Sadc’s 34th summit on Sunday and Monday at Victoria Falls.

The imposing setting will provide the backdrop as Mr Mugabe seeks to polish his profile, worn out in the last decade of Zimbabwe’s political and economic instability.

"Mr Mugabe has never been chair of Sadc before so it’s very symbolic. It is also an opportunity for him to use this platform to rescue some vestiges of a positive legacy," the Southern Africa director of the International Crisis Group, Piers Pigou, said.

FULL ARTICLE (Business Day Live)

Photo: GovernmentZA/flickr

14 Aug
Grace Mugabe divides Zanu-PF | Bulawayo 24
Even before First Lady Grace Mugabe has formally assumed the leadership of the Women’s League for which she has been nominated, there are growing fears within the upper echelons of Zanu-PF that she will further deepen divisions within the faction-ridden party and “prove to be an unmitigated disaster”.
Senior party leaders who spoke to the Daily News yesterday described President Robert Mugabe’s wife as a “an ambitious but divisive character” who would “subtract more than she will add” anything to Zanu-PF.
"The people who have manipulated the political process for their selfish interests by nominating the First Lady to chair the Women’s League know that they are virtually setting the party up to fail because with all due respect to her, she will subtract more than she will add to efforts to build and strengthen the party," the Central Committee member said.
"Everyone in the party knows that she is an ambitious but fairly divisive character who will sadly erode the president’s hard-won standing and legacy not just in Zanu-PF and Zimbabwe, but around the world."
FULL ARTICLE (Bulawayo 24)
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Grace Mugabe divides Zanu-PF | Bulawayo 24

Even before First Lady Grace Mugabe has formally assumed the leadership of the Women’s League for which she has been nominated, there are growing fears within the upper echelons of Zanu-PF that she will further deepen divisions within the faction-ridden party and “prove to be an unmitigated disaster”.

Senior party leaders who spoke to the Daily News yesterday described President Robert Mugabe’s wife as a “an ambitious but divisive character” who would “subtract more than she will add” anything to Zanu-PF.

"The people who have manipulated the political process for their selfish interests by nominating the First Lady to chair the Women’s League know that they are virtually setting the party up to fail because with all due respect to her, she will subtract more than she will add to efforts to build and strengthen the party," the Central Committee member said.

"Everyone in the party knows that she is an ambitious but fairly divisive character who will sadly erode the president’s hard-won standing and legacy not just in Zanu-PF and Zimbabwe, but around the world."

FULL ARTICLE (Bulawayo 24)

Photo: DandjkRoberts/Wikimedia Commons

31 Jul
Zimbabwe: Big Turnout for Vote on Mugabe’s Fate | Angus Shaw and Gillian Gotora
In an election that poses one of the biggest threats to President Robert Mugabe’s 33-year grip on power, Zimbabweans flocked to polling stations Wednesday despite suspicions that vote-counting could be rigged in a nation beset by bitter division and economic hardship.
FULL ARTICLE (Associated Press)
Photo: Sokwanele - Zimbabwe/Flickr

Zimbabwe: Big Turnout for Vote on Mugabe’s Fate | Angus Shaw and Gillian Gotora

In an election that poses one of the biggest threats to President Robert Mugabe’s 33-year grip on power, Zimbabweans flocked to polling stations Wednesday despite suspicions that vote-counting could be rigged in a nation beset by bitter division and economic hardship.

FULL ARTICLE (Associated Press)

Photo: Sokwanele - Zimbabwe/Flickr

'Boxing' Mugabe lays down the gloves on Zimbabwe election eve | Cris Chinaka
Flanked by his defense minister and two stuffed lions in the colonial grandeur of State House in Harare, the 89-year-old leader likened the run-up to the July 31 vote to a boxing bout that ends in a handshake, not bloodshed.
"I’ve got my fair share of criticisms and also dealt back rights and lefts and upper cuts. But that’s the game," Mugabe said, mimicking the movements of a boxer as he sat behind an ornate wooden table on the front steps of the mansion.
FULL ARTICLE (Reuters)
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'Boxing' Mugabe lays down the gloves on Zimbabwe election eve | Cris Chinaka

Flanked by his defense minister and two stuffed lions in the colonial grandeur of State House in Harare, the 89-year-old leader likened the run-up to the July 31 vote to a boxing bout that ends in a handshake, not bloodshed.

"I’ve got my fair share of criticisms and also dealt back rights and lefts and upper cuts. But that’s the game," Mugabe said, mimicking the movements of a boxer as he sat behind an ornate wooden table on the front steps of the mansion.

FULL ARTICLE (Reuters)

Photo: GovernmentZA/Flickr

19 Jun
Examining Prospects for Democratic Reform and Economic Recovery in Zimbabwe
On Monday, 18 June, Crisis Group’s Senior Vice President, Mark Schneider, testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His complete testimony can be found here.
The uncontested constitutional referendum in March enabled Zimbabweans to participate in a voting process without fear of retribution. The pending parliamentary and presidential balloting is another matter. SADC remains the point vehicle for pressing for conditions on the ground to allow for credible elections and a process with integrity, including adequate domestic and international monitoring of all aspects of the process. The U.S. should support those efforts.
Watch the video of the hearing on the Senate website.

Examining Prospects for Democratic Reform and Economic Recovery in Zimbabwe

On Monday, 18 June, Crisis Group’s Senior Vice President, Mark Schneider, testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His complete testimony can be found here.

The uncontested constitutional referendum in March enabled Zimbabweans to participate in a voting process without fear of retribution. The pending parliamentary and presidential balloting is another matter. SADC remains the point vehicle for pressing for conditions on the ground to allow for credible elections and a process with integrity, including adequate domestic and international monitoring of all aspects of the process. The U.S. should support those efforts.

Watch the video of the hearing on the Senate website.

13 Jun
Zimbabwe in crisis as Mugabe sets election for July 31 | AFP
By Reagan Mashavave
"The interpretation of the word ‘consultation’ is a bit of a challenge," said Trevor Maisiri of the International Crisis Group.
"If you speak to ZANU-PF they’ll say consultation means the president can ask the principals what they think. With their suggestions he can make a decision."
"The MDC say ‘we’ll make the decision together’."
FULL ARTICLE (AFP)
Photo: Al Jazeera English/Flickr

Zimbabwe in crisis as Mugabe sets election for July 31 | AFP

By Reagan Mashavave

"The interpretation of the word ‘consultation’ is a bit of a challenge," said Trevor Maisiri of the International Crisis Group.

"If you speak to ZANU-PF they’ll say consultation means the president can ask the principals what they think. With their suggestions he can make a decision."

"The MDC say ‘we’ll make the decision together’."

FULL ARTICLE (AFP)

Photo: Al Jazeera English/Flickr

8 Sep
Zimbabwe’s draft constitution remains in limbo | Mail & Guardian
By Ray Ndlovu
But the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) wants to put it to a referendum.
Political observers have interpreted this as a sign that Zanu-PF will spurn the mediation efforts led by the Southern African Development Community and South African President Jacob Zuma. Earlier this year, Mugabe said his party reserved the right to reject Zuma as the SADC facilitator if he showed “any bias”.
FULL ARTICLE (Mail & Guardian)
Photo: Jesse B. Awalt, U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons

Zimbabwe’s draft constitution remains in limbo | Mail & Guardian

By Ray Ndlovu

But the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) wants to put it to a referendum.

Political observers have interpreted this as a sign that Zanu-PF will spurn the mediation efforts led by the Southern African Development Community and South African President Jacob Zuma. Earlier this year, Mugabe said his party reserved the right to reject Zuma as the SADC facilitator if he showed “any bias”.

FULL ARTICLE (Mail & Guardian)

Photo: Jesse B. Awalt, U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons

7 Sep
Zimbabwe: Anti-Graft Crusade Real or Politicking? | allAfrica.com
By Njabulo Ncube
PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s formation of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) summarily fired 12 councillors last month, including the deputy mayor of Harare and the mayor of Gweru, over graft charges, in what critics say is probably the first salvo in the aftermath of a damning report about his party’s diminishing political fortunes.
FULL ARTICLE (The Financial Gazette via allAfrica.com)
Photo: Sokwanele - Zimbabwe/Flickr

Zimbabwe: Anti-Graft Crusade Real or Politicking? | allAfrica.com

By Njabulo Ncube

PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s formation of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) summarily fired 12 councillors last month, including the deputy mayor of Harare and the mayor of Gweru, over graft charges, in what critics say is probably the first salvo in the aftermath of a damning report about his party’s diminishing political fortunes.

FULL ARTICLE (The Financial Gazette via allAfrica.com)

Photo: Sokwanele - Zimbabwe/Flickr