Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Videos| Trailers | First Look

NEWS BY REGION

East Africa North Africa
South Africa West Africa

MUSIC VIDEOS CHANNEL

Search In

August 2014 (1)
July 2014 (77)
June 2014 (83)
May 2014 (8)
September 2013 (1)
August 2013 (60)
July 2013 (19)
<br /></noframe>
Tagged with "Robert Mugabe"
'Go Hang', Mugabe Tells Zimbabwe Opposition (VIDEO) Tags: Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe Politics

PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday said if MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai could not fathom losing the harmonised elections, he was free to go hang. The Zanu-PF First Secretary and President who triumphed in the Presidential race after polling over 61 percent against Mr Tsvangirai's 33,9 percent, made the remarks while addressing thousands of people who thronged the National Heroes' Acre for the Heroes Day main celebrations in Harare.

Zanu-PF also scooped 160 out of the 210 National Assembly constituencies, wrestling back 61 constituencies the MDC formations won in the 2008 elections.

A visibly shaken Mr Tsvangirai refused to accept results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and has since approached the Constitutional Court seeking nullification of the results citing alleged irregularities.

VIDEO

"Saka vanenge vachirwadziwa nekukundwa hameno zvavo kana vachizvisungirira ngavazvisungirire. Kana imbwa hadzimbofa dzakanhuwidza nyama yavo vakafa vakadaro," President Mugabe said.

He said Zimbabwe held elections in line with the electoral democracy the West claims to advance.

"Takavhotaka maererano nechinangwa chikuru chinonzi democracy. Ndozvamakataura vemhiri zvikabvumwa pasi rose kuti kuve nedemocracy. Heyoka tauya nayo. Tauya nayo munotii?

"We are delivering democracy on a platter. Do you take it? We say take it or leave it, but the people have delivered it and forward ever. Never will we go back on our achievement, on our victory. Tinoramba tichienda mberi. Hatisi vekudududza isu."

The UN, AU, Sadc, Comesa and other observer groups from Africa have endorsed the elections while the United States, Britain and its dominion Australia -- who were not invited to observe -- have joined MDC-T in condemning the election.

This has effectively put MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai and his Western sponsors on one side, and Africa and Zanu-PF on another side aping the contestation in Zimbabwe over the past decade.

President Mugabe said two themes defined this year's Heroes' Day commemorations.

The first was a day when Zimbabweans reflect in remembering all the departed cadres who sacrificed their lives to liberate the country.

The President said it was an opportunity for Zimbabwe to prove to the heroes and heroines that their sacrifices were not in vain as Zanu-PF's resounding victory ensured that objectives of the liberation struggle would be safeguarded.

"Ndima yepiri inoti nhaka yavatisiira heyo yanga iri mumaoko edu, tiine shoko rabva kwavari rekuti kuenda taenda asi heyo nhaka yatakupai moichengetedza.

"Pakati apo ndokuita bishi. Ny'any'a hedzo dzotungamira dzichitungamidzwa sezvimbwasungata kuti vaye vatakamborwisa vachitorazve nhaka iyi vogova ndivo vanotigovera. Ndimi inoti tinotenda vana veZimbabwe.

"Izuva ramauya kuti takagona kuchengetedza nhaka yedu. Chokwadi yakanga yobvutwa asi takazviona nemeso tikazvinzwira nenzeve tikava nemushandu mukuru.

"Takarwisa, takakunda. Saka tirikuti isu vachengeti venhaka pazuva ranhasi kwamuri imi vakatungamira makairwira mukaifira tiritose. Chamakafira mukatipa, zvamakayambira tikazvinzwa. Tauya kuti titi nhaka tirikuichengetedza, nhaka ticharamba tichiichengetedza. Nhaka haichazobva mumaoko edu. Ndiyo mhiko yatirikuita.

Zvimbwasungata zvakasairirwa musango. Takakunda," President Mugabe said in apparent reference to the crushing defeat the western-sponsored MDC formations suffered at the hands of Zanu-PF in the just-ended harmonised elections.

The election results, the President said, showed detractors that unity of purpose was at play in Zimbabwe.

President Mugabe said the election of the country's Government was a preserve of Zimbabweans and not the West.

He said the Heroes' Day commemorations also followed two "happy and historic" milestones.

President Mugabe cited the successful conclusion and adoption of a new home-grown Constitution and the widely-endorsed harmonised elections.

"Both events were conducted in a peaceful manner proving wrong those who doubted that Zimbabweans are able to conduct their affairs without external interference. We did it as Zimbabweans. We did it in a peaceful way. We did it in a united way.

"At this point I wish to convey my sense of deep gratitude to all political parties for the peace that we all created in the environment. To churches and all Zimbabweans for upholding the peace before, during and after the elections. Indeed we should continue to cherish our unity in diversity and everything that binds us together as a nation," said President Mugabe.

He hailed regional and continental bodies among them Sadc, Comesa and the African Union for supporting the country.

President Mugabe also expressed gratitude to friendly international countries whom he said always wished Zimbabwe well in its endeavours.

"Indeed, the emphatic vote that was recently reposed in the ruling revolutionary party Zanu-PF assures us that Zimbabwe shall never be a colony again. Never, never, ever!," President Mugabe said.

President Mugabe said the country's foreign policy objectives would continue to be anchored in safeguarding Zimbabwe's peace and security, sovereignty and territorial integrity and pursuit of policies that improve the standard of living of all Zimbabweans.

In adherence to these principles, President Mugabe said Zimbabwe concurred with all regional and continental organisations that have pursued regional integration, peace and security, gender equality and good governance and socio-economic transformation.

President Mugabe said Zimbabwe continued to work under the auspices of the African Union Committee of 10 in pushing for 'long overdue' reform and democratisation of the United Nations by having Africa represented in the United Nations Security Council.

Source

Mandela And Mugabe: Different Visions On Africa Tags: Nelson Mandela Robert Mugabe News Zimbabwe South Africa Icons Famous Africans

Both are hailed as African liberation heroes and both preached, and were praised for, messages of reconciliation and unity when their countries threw off the shackles of white minority rule.

But while South Africa's Nelson Mandela, now 95, retired and ill in hospital, is basking in glowing world tributes, Robert Mugabe, 89, who helped turn former Rhodesia into independent Zimbabwe, is fighting to stay in power as Africa's oldest ruler.

Mugabe still defends the farm seizures as an act of national right and sovereignty, however chaotically accomplished.

In a rare interview with South African state broadcaster SABC last month, he acknowledged the seizures of white farms had been violent and disorderly, but he said they were fundamentally right to recover native land occupied by invading white settlers in the 19th century.

"After all this is our land, you see, we did not need to negotiate taking it back," he said.

By 2008, Tsvangirai's MDC and most of the world were accusing Mugabe of blatant strong-arm tactics to try to win another disputed vote. The MDC says 200 people were killed during the 2008 polls.

Even the retired Mandela - who maintains an enduring loyalty to liberation era allies like Cuba's Fidel Castro - joined the criticism of Mugabe's rule, lamenting a "the tragic failure of leadership" in Zimbabwe.

Mugabe clearly revealed his difference from Mandela in the interview aired on June 2 - barely a week before the ailing South African anti-apartheid hero returned to hospital for a recurring lung infection.

The Zimbabwean leader did not flinch from swiping at the halo of the global icon of racial harmony, saying Mandela had "gone a bit too far in doing good to the non-black communities".

"He's been too saintly, too good, too much of a saint."

His words highlight a debate in South Africa over Mandela's much-praised role in negotiating the transition from apartheid.

Some radical critics of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) say Mandela's moderation and concessions mortgaged the economic freedom of South Africa's black masses, who still suffer poverty and unemployment while much of the land and mineral wealth remains in the hands of a white and black elite.

Mandela's defenders point precisely to Zimbabwe and its damaged economy, and to the current turmoil in Egypt, as cases which underline the wisdom of his reconciliation strategy.

"(It) makes my blood boil to hear some romantic revolutionaries criticize Mandela for being too conciliatory, too soft on the whites, in negotiating our transition," South African journalist Allister Sparks, a veteran white liberal, wrote in an newspaper column this month, without naming Mugabe.

Mugabe party claims Zimbabwe election win, rival cries foul Tags: Zimbabawe Robert Mugabe Elections Politics

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's party claimed a landslide election victory on Thursday that would secure another five years in power for Africa's oldest head of state, but its main rival said the vote was invalidated by "monumental fraud".

Wednesday's voting was peaceful across the southern African nation, but the conflicting claims heralded an acrimonious dispute over the outcome that increases the chances of a repeat of the violence that followed a contested vote in 2008.

Releasing unofficial results early in Zimbabwe is illegal, and police have said they will arrest anybody who makes premature claims. Election authorities are due to announce the official outcome by August 5.

But a senior source in 89-year-old Mugabe's ZANU-PF party, who asked not to be named, said the result was already clear.

"We've taken this election. We've buried the MDC. We never had any doubt that we were going to win," the source told Reuters by phone.

Responding to the claim, a high-ranking source in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party described the election as "a monumental fraud".

"Zimbabweans have been taken for a ride by ZANU-PF and Mugabe. We do not accept it," the source, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.

The MDC was to hold an emergency meeting later on Thursday.

As riot police took up position outside the MDC headquarters in central Harare, an independent election monitor, who also could not be named for fear of arrest, said early results were looking like a "disaster" for Tsvangirai.

Western observers were barred, but the head of an African Union monitoring mission said on Wednesday the polls had initially appeared "peaceful, orderly and free and fair" - an assessment at odds with the view of the MDC and independent agencies.

The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN), the leading domestic monitoring body, said the credibility of the vote was seriously compromised by large numbers of people being turned away from polling stations in MDC strongholds.

It also cast doubt on the authenticity of the voters' roll, noting that 99.97 percent of voters in the countryside - Mugabe's main source of support - were registered, against just 67.9 percent in the mostly pro-Tsvangirai urban areas.

In all, 6.4 million people, nearly half the population, had been registered to vote.

"It is not sufficient for elections to be peaceful for elections to be credible," ZESN chairman Solomon Zwana told a news conference. "They must offer all citizens... an equal opportunity to vote."

QUESTION OVER SANCTIONS

Several political sources told Reuters that top MDC members had lost their parliamentary seats, including some in the capital, Tsvangirai's main support base since he burst onto the political scene in the former British colony 15 years ago.

Party insiders spoke of their shock at the result.

If confirmed, Mugabe's victory is likely to mean five more years of troubled relations with the West, where the former liberation fighter is regarded as a ruthless despot responsible for serious human rights abuses and wrecking the economy.

More than a week before the election, the United States, which has sanctions in place against Mugabe, expressed concerns about the credibility of the vote, citing persistent pro-ZANU-PF bias in the state media and partisan security forces.

The view from Brussels, London and Washington is key to the future of Zimbabwe's economy, which is still struggling with the aftermath of a decade-long slump and hyperinflation that ended in 2009 when the worthless Zimbabwe dollar was scrapped.

An easing of sanctions against Mugabe and his inner circle would allow Harare to normalize its relations with the IMF and World Bank and access the huge investment needed to rebuild its dilapidated economy.

It would also spark a rush to exploit rich reserves of minerals such as chrome, coal, platinum and gold.

Source: Reuters

Temperature rises in build-up to Zimbabwean poll Tags: Zimbabwe News Robert Mugabe Elections Politics

As Wednesday’s national election nears, the political temperature in Zimbabwe is steadily rising, suggesting weeks of peaceful election campaigns by the country’s two main political parties, Zanu (PF) and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), could easily spiral into fresh conflict.

Several events at the weekend appear to have the potential to turn the political tide.

On Sunday President Robert Mugabe, campaigning in Harare, threatened MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai with arrest should he unilaterally announce election results and usurp the privilege of making the announcement from the Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC).

The MDC, frustrated by the ZEC’s bungling of the special voting exercise for police and soldiers earlier in July, has expressed reservations about the competence of the ZEC to run the election, in which 6.4-million people are expected to vote.

Political observers say the air of paranoia has been increased by the arrest of a top MDC official, Morgan Komichi, who was found in possession of special vote ballot papers, and attempts by the police to ban the MDC’s final rally on Monday.

Police later backtracked from their intention to fully ban the MDC rally, but placed restrictions on its organisation. The ZEC, in response, said it had handed Mr Komichi over to the police as it had "severe reservations" and did not find "credible" his telling of how he had received the special vote ballot papers.

There are also indications that the ZEC is now in a last-minute attempt to change the electoral laws, which would see ballot papers counted at its command centre in Harare and not at the 9,600 polling stations — a move that is raising eyebrows over transparency.

An independent think-tank, the Research and Advocacy Unit, said the ZEC was being swayed by political considerations and presidential preferences rather than its duties and mandate under the electoral act. "The ZEC should thus not be surprised if any confidence that the public may have had in its impartiality and independence has been seriously shaken," the unit said.

Last week, the Constitutional Court ruled in favour of the ZEC’s application to extend a second chance to 26,000 members of the uniformed forces who were unable to cast their ballot during the two-day special vote. They will now be able to do so on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe’s electoral laws do not allow a second chance to vote and legal experts have warned of the possibility of "double voting", as the ZEC has sole discretion to determine which police and soldiers would vote again.

Voters roll

Access to the voters roll has also been an issue. ZEC chairwoman Rita Makarau said on Monday that the voters roll would be available only on hard copy from the registrar-general’s office.

"We don’t have the voters roll. Under law, all political parties must have access to it, but we are concerned that days away from the election we still have not had access to it. There is a lack of transparency on the part of the ZEC," said Alex Magaisa, a senior adviser to Mr Tsvangirai on Monday.

Education Minister David Coltart, who is also the secretary for legal affairs in the smaller faction of the MDC, said: "The provision of a voters roll goes to the very heart of a free and fair election and its nonsupply undermines the credibility of this election. It also raises very serious questions about what the registrar-general’s office is up to regarding the roll.

"This matter has been brought to the attention of the AU and Sadc observer teams and we look forward to receiving their comments regarding this very serious breach of the law and the electoral process."

Ms Makarau said: "Copies of the voters roll can now be obtained from the registrar-general’s office in hard copy, but electronic copies cannot be obtained.

"Each polling station will now have a copy of the voters roll. Due to logistical problems we can’t issue out electronic copies of the voters roll.

She said, however, that the electoral commission was ready and did not have any "nightmares" over bungling the election on Wednesday.

The ZEC had printed 35% more ballot papers than needed — 8.7-million ballots had been printed against 6.4-million voters — in case of mistakes, and "each and every ballot would be accounted for".

Registrar-general Tobaiwa Mudede refused to answer questions on allegations of voters roll irregularities that include dead persons and ghost voters. "I have briefed Sadc and am yet to brief other observers, that is all I can say for now," Mr Mudede said.

Despite the logistical nightmares of preparations for the election, the thumbs-up given last week by African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has partially helped to boost the credibility of the election in Zanu (PF)’s favour.

Mr Mugabe needs a credible election to be endorsed by both regional and continental peers, which would bring a modicum of legitimacy to his rule, should he win again.

The European Union earlier in July indicated its shifting stance and said it was ready to remove all the outstanding sanctions imposed against Mr Mugabe and Zanu (PF)’s top brass pending the findings of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) election observer mission’s report.

An election special report released by the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition noted that political parties had made efforts to restrain political violence, as they were desperate for a Sadc-endorsed election outcome should they win.

"Sadc has been clear about its distaste for political violence and intimidation, and this will be one of the clear templates through which this election will be judged," the report said.

Mr Mugabe is seeking a seventh consecutive term in office but faces a stiff challenge from his rival and former partner in the unity government, Mr Tsvangirai.

Despite his old age, Mr Mugabe addressed 10 rallies across the country in the lead-up to the election. They were marked by an average of two-hour-long speeches that included tirades against the West, the mediation efforts of South Africa, gay rights and the philandering ways of Mr Tsvangirai.

Pedzisai Ruhanya, director of the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute, said Mr Mugabe’s rallies were boosted by the use of state institutions to force crowds to attend them. He said the numbers were not necessarily indicative of support for him.

"The huge rallies are misleading. They are provincial rallies where most of the districts bus their supporters in because the president is only addressing a single rally in the province. This mainly explains the huge numbers at the rallies," Mr Ruhanya said.

Source: bdlive

Mugabe blasts Mandela for being 'Too much of a saint' Tags: Nelson Mandela News Robert Mugabe South Africa Politics Interviews Zimbabwe
Johannesburg - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has blasted former president Nelson Mandela's reconciliation policies, and has labelled him "too much of a saint" in a television interview, The Sunday Independent reported.
 
"Mandela has gone a bit too far in doing good to the non-black communities, really in some cases at the expense of [blacks]...," Mugabe reportedly told talk show host Dali Tambo in an interview.
 
"That is being too saintly, too good, too much of a saint," he said.
 
The interview, filmed for Tambo's show People of the South, would be aired next Sunday, the newspaper reported.
 
According to The Sunday Independent, the interview included footage of the Mugabe family and interviews with Mugabe's wife Grace at a dairy farm.
 
Tambo filmed the interview in Zimbabwe before Christmas and showed the family the final edit in Harare last weekend.
 
'Mugabe is an icon'
 
The newspaper reported that Tambo had denied accusations that he was sprucing up Mugabe's image through the "rare" interview and said he did not mind who was angry with him for interviewing the Zimbabwean leader.
 
"I interviewed Rhodesian leader Ian Smith in Cape Town in a previous series. This programme is not HardTalk.... It is not a political programme. We all have a nice lunch together. Mugabe is an icon," he told the newspaper.
 
The Sunday Times reported that Mugabe told Tambo in the interview that it was not time for him to go yet, and that Zimbabweans still needed him.
 
He reportedly told Tambo age would not force out of office.
 
"My people still need me, and when people need you to lead them it is not time, sir - it doesn't matter how old you are - to say goodbye."
 
- SAPA
RSS
 
 

comments powered by Disqus

Comments
"WHY ALL OF THIS ARE HAPPENING IN AFRICA.IS THIS A CASE OF END..."
In: African woman Naked Her Self For RICHES (PHOTOS, Cameroon)
by: dcopoku
  • SEARCH  NEWS. PEOPLE. VIDEO. MUSIC






























































  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
Loading
Papa Mandela: Updates & News Tim' Daughters Graduated Ghana's Gyan Set Record 
  • LATEST AFRICAN NEWS  SEND NEWS






























































  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • AFRICANS IN PICTURE  PHOTO. VIDEO






























































  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
 
 

This website is powered by Spruz

Web Apps