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About Leopold
I am a Reporter and TV Producer with NewZimbabwe.com, one of Zimbabwe's largest online news sites. Previously I have been with The Mirror (Masvingo) where I was appointed Acting News Editor between 2013 and 2014. I was Editor of MatchDay Zimbabwe a Zimbabwean football magazine.

Currently I am writing Politics, Features and Current Affairs.

I have also featured a number of times in the respected Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) publication, Thinking Beyond.
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Chamisa mobbed by supporters in Masvingo

10 May 2024  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
Nelson Chamisa, the opposition leader, was warmly greeted by supporters in Masvingo town during a surprise visit to OK retail store. Amidst chants of his name, Chamisa purchased confectioneries and interacted with the crowd. This event occurs as Chamisa has left the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), which is now fragmented into multiple factions. Chamisa's allies, including Ostallos Siziba, are touring nationally to introduce what is believed to be his new party, while the CCC faces disintegration due to internal strife and external pressures.

Passport fees hiked despite initial uproar; government adds US$20 QR Code fee

07 May 2024  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
The Zimbabwean government has increased passport application fees to US$170 for ordinary applications and US$270 for emergency ones, including a new US$20 QR code fee, effective from New Year's Day. This hike comes despite initial resistance from the public to Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube's proposal to raise fees to US$200 and US$300, respectively. The fee increase is set against the backdrop of an economic crisis in Zimbabwe, which has led to a surge in citizens seeking passports to pursue job opportunities abroad, particularly in the health and education sectors, with many Zimbabweans working in the UK's NHS.

Zanu PF still hunting down, harassing opposition polling agents, observers month after election – says Human Rights organisation, describes behaviour as a severe threat

03 May 2024  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum reported that Zanu PF officials are harassing opposition supporters and polling agents following the August elections. The report details 153 cases of violence, including two killings, and calls for an independent body to investigate. Historical context of political violence in Zimbabwe is provided, referencing the 1980s and 2000s. Recent arrests of human rights lawyers, legislators, and a losing candidate are mentioned, along with the arrest of 610 students. The Forum urges the diplomatic community to pressure the Zimbabwe government to address post-election victimization and establish an independent commission of inquiry.

Zanu PF’s move to offer Mnangagwa third presidential term worries MDC

02 May 2024  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
Zanu PF's consideration of a third presidential term for Emmerson Mnangagwa, which goes against the Zimbabwean constitution, has raised concerns for MDC leader Douglas Mwonzora. Mnangagwa has not rejected the growing calls within his party for an extended term, despite constitutional provisions limiting presidents to two terms. Mwonzora warns that such a move would undermine Zimbabwe's democracy and international reputation. Zanu PF's parliamentary majority and recent Senate nominations could potentially enable a constitutional amendment to remove presidential term limits, a legacy issue from Robert Mugabe's lengthy tenure.

Human Rights Commission investigating cases of post-election violence; notes Zanu PF, Chiefs’ promises to ‘deal with’ those who voted for opposition

Time for Zimbabweans to stand up for themselves – says CCC’s Kufahakutizwi after ZEC declares rival Sakupwanya uncontested MP in Mabvuku

Zimbabwe headed into dark cloud of uncertainty – says CCC after arrest of three leaders, barely two weeks after Mnangagwa’s inauguration

Mumba touches raw nerve after comments on FAZ; Zanu PF calls SADC head of observer mission to ‘order’

‘Robbery’ hitmaker Freeman interviewed by police over questionable, continued association with criminals

11 Apr 2024  |  newzimbabwe.com
Zimdancehall artist Freeman, also known as Emegy Sylvester Chizanga, was interviewed by the Zimbabwe Republic Police's Homicide division regarding his connections with armed robbery suspects. This follows the death of a third armed robber linked to him. Freeman had previously been questioned after the killing of Charles Chirara, his bouncer, in 2021 by ex-cop Joseph Nemaisa. Recently, Freeman's close friend and music promoter Godknows Machingura was killed in a shootout with a ZRP CID squad.

Biden announces end of US sanctions program on Zimbabwe; tightens restrictions on Mnangagwa over ‘corruption, serious human rights abuses’

09 Apr 2024  |  newzimbabwe.com
U.S. President Joseph Biden has terminated the sanctions regime on Zimbabwe, which has been in place since 2003, while maintaining restrictions on 14 individuals, including President Emmerson Mnangagwa, due to concerns over human rights abuses and corruption. The move signals a potential thaw in relations between the U.S. and Zimbabwe, which had been strained by issues such as violent land seizures and contentious elections. The sanctions program had targeted individuals undermining democratic processes or involved in corruption, and its end follows extensive lobbying by the Zimbabwean government and support from allied countries.

Opposition Deputy Spokesperson to Sue State After Court Throws Out Charges of Tearing Zanu PF Campaign Posters for Lack of Evidence

04 Apr 2024  |  newzimbabwe.com
Ostallos Siziba, the Deputy Spokesperson for the Citizens Coalition for Change, plans to sue the State for damages after being acquitted of charges related to defacing campaign posters and inciting violence. The charges, which Siziba claims were fabricated by Zanu PF to target opposition members, had required his attendance in court since August. The dismissal of the case on the grounds of insufficient evidence has prompted Siziba to seek at least $100,000 in compensation. Other CCC members, including Job Sikhala and Patrick Cheza, have also faced legal challenges.

CCC disengages from Parliament, Councils as Chamisa threatens total withdrawal if issue is not resolved

04 Apr 2024  |  newzimbabwe.com
Nelson Chamisa, President of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), has announced a disengagement from Parliament and Councils in Zimbabwe, threatening total withdrawal of his party's elected officials if their recent controversial recalls are not addressed within 14 days. The recalls were based on a letter from an alleged phony party Secretary General, Sengezo Tshabangu, which led to Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda declaring 15 vacancies. Chamisa has put key stakeholders on notice about a constitutional crisis and disputed election in the country. The CCC's disengagement follows resistance to Mudenda's actions, including running battles with anti-riot and Parliament police.

PF's Move to Offer Mnangagwa Third Presidential Term Worries MDC

01 Mar 2024  |  allAfrica.com
Moves within Zanu PF to secure a third term for President Emmerson Mnangagwa, against Zimbabwe's constitutional limits, have raised concerns from MDC leader Douglas Mwonzora. Despite Mnangagwa being in his final term, calls for his extended stay are growing, with no distancing from Mnangagwa himself. Mwonzora condemned these calls as unconstitutional and damaging to Zimbabwe's democratic image. Zanu PF's parliamentary majority and recent nominations could facilitate constitutional amendments, echoing past concerns over long-term rule seen during Robert Mugabe's presidency. Mwonzora urged adherence to the constitution to avoid further international isolation.

Zimbabwe: Chinamasa Urges Mabvuku-Tafara Residents to Take Advantage of CCC Crisis to Vote Sakupwanya Into Parliament

08 Dec 2023  |  allafrica.com
Patrick Chinamasa of ZANU PF encouraged Mabvuku-Tafara residents to vote for Pedzai Sakupwanya in the upcoming by-election, capitalizing on the internal crisis of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC). Sakupwanya, who previously lost to Munyaradzi Kufahakutizwi, is contesting again after Kufahakutizwi's recall by CCC's Sengezo Tshabangu, which was later admitted as a mistake. Despite legal battles, a High Court ruling has barred MPs recalled by Tshabangu from running on a CCC ticket. Chinamasa highlighted Sakupwanya's past contributions to the constituency and urged voters to support him over the opposition.

Zimbabwe: Last Supper? Sakupwanya Treats Supporters to Bag of Maize Meal, Flour and Loaf of Bread As Second Election Showdown Nears

08 Dec 2023  |  allAfrica.com
ZANU PF candidate Pedzai Sakupwanya treated supporters to food hampers at a rally in Mabvuku-Tafara, ahead of a parliamentary election. The event saw a large turnout, with attendees expressing support and hope for Sakupwanya's potential win. The rally was attended by ZANU PF officials, and there was some confusion regarding a High Court judgement affecting CCC candidates. The article highlights the political dynamics and the community's response to Sakupwanya's campaign efforts.

Zimbabwe: Gold Deliveries Down to 550kg From Usual Two Tonnes - 75% Drop the Lowest in Years

07 Dec 2023  |  allAfrica.com
Fidelity Gold Refineries reported a significant 75% decline in monthly gold deliveries from artisanal miners, dropping to 552kg from 2,643kg in October. This marks the lowest contribution in years, attributed to the government's policy of paying miners partly in Zimbabwe's weak dollar. Artisanal miners, who contribute about 60% of the national gold output, have largely halted deliveries in protest, complicating the government's efforts to raise funds for civil servants' bonuses.

Zimbabwe: Chamisa Shocked By Mnangagwa's Silence After Murder of CCC Supporter, Continued Abductions and Torture of Opposition Supporters

18 Nov 2023  |  allAfrica.com
Nelson Chamisa, president of the Citizens Coalition for Change, is shocked by the Zimbabwean government's silence on the murder of CCC supporter Tapfumaneyi Masaya and the continued abductions and torture of opposition supporters. Masaya was abducted, tortured, and killed by suspected Zanu PF supporters in Mabvuku, Harare. Chamisa highlighted the lack of government statements condemning the violence or offering condolences, as well as the absence of convictions. Other victims mentioned include Mboneni Ncube, Moreblessing Ali, Takudzwa Ngadziore, and Tinashe Chitsunge. President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the Justice Ministry have not commented on the killings, with only the police indicating an investigation is underway.

Widow of murdered CCC supporter says she didn’t think the worst, thought husband was just having trouble getting a ride home

17 Nov 2023  |  newsfounded.com
Maria Zhuwawo, widow of the murdered Citizens Coalition for Change activist Tapfumaneyi Masaya, initially thought her husband was merely struggling to find transportation home. Masaya, a pastor, was involved in door-to-door campaigns for the CCC before the December by-election. He was abducted by suspected Zanu PF youths in vehicles linked to Mabvuku Constituency candidate Scott Sakupwanya. Zhuwawo faced additional distress due to a mix-up by President Emmerson Mnangagwa's spokesperson, George Charamba, who incorrectly identified the body and suggested the CCC was seeking international sympathy. Masaya's abduction and murder have left Zhuwawo in a state of grief, awaiting divine intervention, while raising serious concerns about political violence in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe: A Cornered Rat Will Eventually Strike Back - Says CCC Activist Who Helped Identify Battered Body of Murdered Colleague

17 Nov 2023  |  Allafrica.com
Tonderai Dombo, a CCC activist, warned of potential retaliation after identifying the battered body of his colleague, Tapfumaneyi Masaya, who was abducted and murdered by suspected Zanu PF youths. Dombo, known for his 2016 protest against then-President Mugabe, expressed outrage at the political violence in Zimbabwe. Masaya's body showed signs of severe assault and was identified by his clothing at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals. An independent postmortem and DNA test are expected, amidst accusations from the government's spokesperson against the opposition. The CCC is demanding answers from the police, and an interview with Masaya's widow is scheduled to be broadcast on Destiny TV.

Zimbabwe: Widow of Slain CCC Supporter Says She Never Assumed the Worst, Thought Husband Was Just Struggling to Get Transport Back Home

17 Nov 2023  |  allAfrica.com
Maria Zhuwawo, widow of murdered CCC activist Tapfumaneyi Masaya, recounts her initial hope that her husband was merely delayed in returning home, only to face the grim reality of his abduction and murder. Masaya, a pastor and political campaigner, was reportedly abducted by Zanu PF youths using vehicles linked to Scott Sakupwanya. Zhuwawo also contends with accusations from President Mnangagwa's spokesperson, George Charamba, who claimed she misidentified her husband's body. The incident underscores the ongoing political violence and tension in Zimbabwe.

I am a typical field negro, I have gone through worse than this – says solitary confined Sikhala, as incarcerated opposition activist details rough upbringing

14 Oct 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
Incarcerated opposition legislator Job Sikhala shares his tough upbringing in a public letter marking 18 months in pretrial detention at Chikurubi Maximum Prison. Arrested for allegedly inciting public violence and obstruction of justice, Sikhala details his resilience and past hardships, comparing them to his current imprisonment. Despite multiple bail applications and advocacy from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, his release has been denied. The letter underscores his enduring spirit and the challenges faced by opposition figures in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe: CCC Disengages From Parliament, Councils as Chamisa Threatens Total Withdrawal If Issue Is Not Resolved

12 Oct 2023  |  allafrica.com
Nelson Chamisa, President of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), has announced a disengagement from Parliament and Councils in Zimbabwe following the controversial recall of 15 CCC legislators. The recall was based on a letter from an alleged phony party official, which Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda acted upon, declaring vacancies to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. Chamisa has threatened a total withdrawal of CCC members if the issue is not resolved within 14 days and has notified international stakeholders of a constitutional crisis. The CCC's disengagement comes amidst physical confrontations with anti-riot and Parliament police, and Mudenda has stated that his decision is final, with the courts being CCC's only avenue for reprieve.

Zimbabwe: CCC Seeks High Court Intervention - Move Meant to Bar Controversial MPs, Councillors Recalls

11 Oct 2023  |  allAfrica.com
The Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) has filed a case in the High Court in Bulawayo to reverse the recall of 15 MPs and 17 councillors by Sengezo Tshabangu, who claims to be the party's Secretary General. Tshabangu's actions, allegedly funded by Zanu PF, aim to destabilize CCC and secure a two-thirds parliamentary majority for the ruling party. The CCC seeks a declaratory and consequential relief to nullify Tshabangu's claims and maintain their elected positions. If the recalls are upheld, Zimbabwe may face another election in the affected constituencies, potentially allowing President Emmerson Mnangagwa to amend the constitution.

END OF A “MISTAKE”: Market rejects $50 Mbuya Nehanda note as inflation rises

05 Oct 2023  |  newsbeezer.com
Vendors and retailers in Harare, Zimbabwe, are rejecting the ZW$50 note introduced by Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor John Mangudya in 2021 due to its significant devaluation, now worth less than $0.10. The note, named after the legendary spirit medium Mbuya Nehanda, is part of a series of banknotes that have been rejected by the public. Zimbabwe faces the world's highest inflation rate at 284.94%, surpassing even Venezuela. The RBZ-Zanu PF-led government attributes economic difficulties to sanctions and external forces, while President Emmerson Mnangagwa claims the local currency is the strongest in the SADC region, despite evidence to the contrary.

Chinamasa urges Mabvuku-Tafara residents to take advantage of CCC crisis to vote Sakupwanya into Parliament

05 Oct 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
Patrick Chinamasa, ZANU PF Treasurer, urges Mabvuku-Tafara residents to leverage the internal crisis within the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) to vote for Pedzai Sakupwanya in the upcoming by-election. Sakupwanya, a significant gold buyer, faces CCC's Munyaradzi Kufahakutizwi, who was recalled by CCC's Interim Secretary General Sengezo Tshabangu. Chinamasa emphasizes Sakupwanya's contributions to the constituency and criticizes CCC's internal conflicts, positioning ZANU PF as the solution to local issues.

CCC left in turmoil as Parliament acknowledges recalls by ‘impostor’ Tshabangu, notifies ZEC of 15 vacancies

04 Oct 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda has informed the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of 15 vacancies in the lower house following the recall of opposition legislators by Sengezo Tshabangu, who claims to be the interim Secretary General of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC). Tshabangu's actions have been denounced by the CCC, which asserts that he is an impostor. The recalls put the CCC in a difficult position shortly after the August 23 elections. The vacancies could potentially allow Zanu PF to achieve a two-thirds majority in Parliament, which could enable President Emmerson Mnangagwa to extend his term limits.

2028 is too far, help us save Zimbabwe – Zapu says in latest act of defiance

03 Oct 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
Opposition Zapu Secretary General Mthulisi Hanana calls for immediate action from young Zimbabweans to address the country's economic and social issues, criticizing the ruling Zanu PF for looting state resources and failing to develop the nation. Hanana emphasizes the urgency of acting before the 2028 elections, highlighting the negative impact of current policies and the mishandling of the recent election by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. The article also references historical and current political figures and organizations involved in Zimbabwe's political landscape.

Biden announces end of US sanctions program on Zimbabwe; tightens restrictions on Mnangagwa over ‘corruption, serious human rights abuses’

02 Oct 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
American President Joseph Biden announced the end of the US sanctions program on Zimbabwe, marking a significant shift in the two-decade-long strained relations between the two countries. Despite lifting the sanctions, Biden expressed ongoing concerns about corruption and human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. The decision follows extensive lobbying by the Zimbabwean government and regional allies. However, 14 individuals, including President Emmerson Mnangagwa, remain on the sanctions list under the Global Magnitsky Act. The sanctions were initially imposed in response to violent land seizures and election-related violence in Zimbabwe.

Chamisa fires Harare Mayor Mafume, six other councillors for “scheming” with Tshabangu

02 Oct 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), has expelled Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume and six other councillors for aligning with self-proclaimed party Secretary General Sengezo Tshabangu, who has been causing disruptions within the party. Mafume's expulsion follows his controversial re-election as Harare Mayor. The other expelled councillors include Bulawayo's Deputy Mayor Edwin Ndlovu, Mutare Mayor Sophia Gwasira, her deputy Cloud Nengomasha, and two unnamed councillors. Tshabangu has been recalling CCC Members of Parliament, a move allegedly hijacked by Chamisa's deputy Tendai Biti, who is reportedly working against the party's interests.

After failing to pay nomination fees, Masarira proposes power-sharing following disputed elections; says move reduces chances of violence from ‘spoilers’

01 Oct 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
LEAD party President Linda Masarira has proposed a power-sharing arrangement in Zimbabwe following contested electoral results. Masarira, who could not afford the nomination fees to run for presidency, suggests a 10-year hiatus from elections to allow for a negotiated government to amend laws and promote national healing. She argues that this approach would reduce the risk of violence from opposition supporters and address the socio-economic and political conflicts in the country. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission declared President Emmerson Mnangagwa the winner of the recent elections, a result disputed by main rival Nelson Chamisa and his Citizens Coalition for Change party. Observer missions from SADC, the European Union, and The Commonwealth have also raised concerns about the election process.

Widow of slain CCC supporter says she never assumed the worst, thought husband was just struggling to get transport back home

01 Oct 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
Maria Zhuwawo, widow of murdered CCC activist Tapfumaneyi Masaya, initially believed her husband was struggling to find transport home after going missing. Masaya, a pastor, was abducted by suspected Zanu PF youths using vehicles linked to Scott Sakupwanya's campaign. Despite accusations from President Mnangagwa's spokesperson George Charamba that she misidentified the body, Zhuwawo remains certain of her identification. The incident underscores the political violence and tension surrounding Zimbabwe's elections.

Big Blow! New UK immigration regulations deny right to bring in dependants for foreigners in health care

01 Oct 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
The UK will soon bar dependents of foreign health workers from entering via the Health and Care visa, impacting thousands of African health workers. The new measures aim to reduce net migration, increase minimum salaries for overseas workers, and ensure companies prioritize local professionals. The policy change is expected to affect Zimbabwean and Nigerian health professionals significantly, many of whom work in the UK's National Health Service. The UK government plans to tighten regulations to curb the exploitation of the immigration system and reduce public service usage by non-working dependents.

Zimbabwe Headed Into Dark Cloud of Uncertainty - Says CCC After Arrest of Three Leaders, Barely Two Weeks After Mnangagwa's Inauguration

15 Sep 2023  |  allAfrica.com
The Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) has signaled a troubling future for Zimbabwe following the arrest of three opposition leaders shortly after President Emmerson Mnangagwa's inauguration. Sunningdale MP Maureen Kademaunga, Harare Deputy Mayor Kudzai Kadzombe, and CCC's Chirumanzu South candidate Patrick Cheza face various charges, while CCC Deputy Spokesperson Ostallos Siziba and former CCC Legislator Job Sikhala have also been targeted. CCC Spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi fled the country after an alleged abduction attempt. The CCC views these events as evidence of a government crackdown on dissent and a closure of democratic space, which they believe will negatively impact the economy and highlight the illegitimacy of the current leadership.

For once be professional – police told amid clampdown on opposition

15 Sep 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
Wilbert Mandinde, Acting Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, urges the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to act professionally amid a series of arrests targeting the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC). The police are accused of partisanship and ignoring crimes committed by ruling Zanu PF supporters. Recent arrests include CCC legislators Ostallos Siziba and Maureen Kademaunga, with allegations of violence and attempted murder. The article highlights concerns over the police's selective enforcement and the broader implications for human rights and political fairness in Zimbabwe.

AU, SADC, COMESA Described Zimbabwe's Election as the Worst They Had Ever Witnessed - Says Ibbo Mandaza

14 Sep 2023  |  allAfrica.com
Political Analyst Ibbo Mandaza revealed that regional bodies SADC, AU, and COMESA, along with former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, criticized Zimbabwe's recent elections as the worst they had ever witnessed. Despite assurances from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, the election was marred by delays, voter intimidation, and arrests of observer mission members. The legitimacy of Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory is under scrutiny, with SADC considering nullifying the election. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa indicated that the regional body would review the final report.

Adds Government Misguided Itself By Assuming Regional Body Would Support Them

06 Sep 2023  |  allAfrica.com
Nevers Mumba, head of the SADC Election Observer Mission, criticized the Zimbabwean government for blaming him for the regional body's critical preliminary report on the August 23 elections. The report, which questioned the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission's handling of the polls and mentioned controversial laws, was seen as uncommon for SADC. Mumba defended the mission's adherence to its mandate and emphasized the importance of democratic norms in the region. He clarified that the report was a SADC initiative, not his personal work, and urged Zimbabwe to address its grievances through proper channels.

ZRP struggles to justify arrest of election monitors; says charges to be made public in court following late night blitz on polling day

24 Aug 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has been unable to justify the arrest of 41 officials from the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) and Election Resource Centre (ERC) on election day. The ZRP raided locations where these officials were collating election results, a process deemed illegal by the ZRP but similar to activities conducted by the Central Intelligence Organisation-backed Forever Associates Zimbabwe (FAZ), who have not faced similar arrests. The arrested individuals, including a minor, are represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and are set to appear in court. The ZRP's actions have raised questions about bias and the legality of their operations.

Three ZIMRA officers involved in ‘well-thought-out’ fuel fraud arrested; ZACC hunting remainder of suspects as one flees to Zambia

24 Aug 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
Three ZIMRA employees at Chirundu Border Post were arrested for fraud, accused of misrepresenting the passage of two 40,000-litre fuel tanks to evade approximately US$30,000 in tax. The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) confirmed the arrests and revealed that a fourth suspect fled to Zambia. The accused allegedly diverted fuel intended for Zambia to Harare, bypassing ZIMRA's tracking system. ZACC recovered the trucks and continues to pursue the remaining suspects.

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Flexes Muscles, Shuts Down Business Centres, Buses and Dumps Thousands of Villagers to Mnangagwa's Last Rally in Show of Power

21 Aug 2023  |  allAfrica.com
Zanu-PF demonstrated its organizational capacity by transporting thousands of supporters to President Emmerson Mnangagwa's final rally in Shurugwi, Zimbabwe, ahead of the elections on August 23. The event showcased the party's financial resources, as children watched the unusual traffic and villagers were given free meals and party merchandise. Despite some looting, attendance was high. Mnangagwa emphasized his achievements and bid for a second term, while the rallies serve as a numbers game against the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change.

Violence chasing women, aspiring leaders from politics; Zapu claims more black people have suffered under Zanu PF as compared to colonial era

16 Aug 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
Zanu PF's culture of violence is deterring women and men from aspiring to public office, according to Zapu Secretary General Mthulisi Hanana. Speaking at a Chatham House discussion, Hanana highlighted the extreme political landscape in Zimbabwe, marked by state-sponsored violence. He traced Zanu PF's violent history to the Gukurahundi era and accused the party of ongoing intimidation, particularly in rural areas. Zanu PF Spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa responded by urging opposition figures to seek election and enact change if they are dissatisfied with the current political environment.

One person was reported dead and several others injured as violent thugs attached a campaign rally in Kwekwe addressed by CCC leader Nelson Chamisa

CCC President Nelson Chamisa's Madzibaba speaks on his future, Douglas Mwonzora and Thokozani Khupe

US Aid Saves Pregnant Zimbabwean Women from Water Crisis

05 Apr 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
The article discusses the severe water crisis in rural Manicaland, Zimbabwe, and its impact on pregnant women's health and childbirth. It highlights the recent improvements due to a USAID-sponsored program, implemented by Africa AHEAD with UNICEF funding, which installed solar-powered boreholes at clinics. These interventions have provided reliable, clean water, improved sanitation, and facilitated better obstetric services. The initiative has significantly reduced the hardships for expecting mothers, who previously had to choose between home births without skilled help or clinics lacking water. The availability of water has also allowed for the establishment of nutritional gardens and improved infection control at the clinics. The article includes testimonies from local women and healthcare workers who express the positive changes brought by the water systems, such as access to hot showers and modernized facilities.

Inside Zimbabwe’s Biggest Hospital: Decay, Neglect and Sewage

05 Apr 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
The article by Leopold Munhende reports on the deplorable state of Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Zimbabwe's largest referral hospital. Despite its size and importance, the facility is plagued by unattended sewage, a foul smell, and a plethora of other maintenance issues. The hospital's infrastructure has been neglected for over three years, with incidents such as ceilings collapsing on patients. Nurses and healthcare providers are working in poor conditions, with outdated equipment and a lack of necessary supplies. The article suggests that the decline of the healthcare system is due to poor funding, maladministration, and corruption under two Zanu PF regimes. High profile officials avoid the hospital, seeking medical treatment abroad instead. A promised major refurbishment in 2004 failed, and the hospital spokesperson disputes the presence of sewage despite evidence to the contrary.

The Fear of Being Outed: Zimbabwe's LGBTQI+ Community and Their Families

05 Apr 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
The article by Leopold Munhende discusses the challenges faced by the LGBTQI+ community and their families in Zimbabwe, a country with conservative views on sexuality. Stella Makunike, a mother of a gay child, shares her experiences of discrimination, including being excommunicated from her church and ostracized by her family. The article highlights the abuse and exclusion faced by members of the Parents, Friends and Allies (PFLAG) movement and the LGBTQI+ community at large. Research by Out and Proud indicates widespread social exclusion in Southern Africa. Despite the risks, organizations like GALZ provide support and counseling to affected families. The article also touches on the legal barriers, with Zimbabwe's constitution prohibiting same-sex marriages and criminalizing same-sex intercourse. The story underscores the need for support and understanding for the LGBTQI+ community and their families in the face of societal and religious prejudice.

Hands waved frantically, in awe, excitement and appreciation as African Parks trucks make their way through villages near Matusadona National Park

05 Apr 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
The article by Leopold Munhende focuses on the positive impact of the partnership between African Parks (AP) and Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) on the Matusadona National Park and the surrounding communities. Since the agreement in 2019, significant investment has been made into the park's rehabilitation, including anti-poaching efforts, resulting in a rise in wildlife populations. The local communities have benefited from employment opportunities, improved healthcare, and education, with AP investing in infrastructure such as clinics and schools. The park's success has led to a change in local perceptions, with wildlife now seen as a valuable heritage and source of livelihood. The article also highlights future plans to introduce more species like black rhinos and cheetahs to the park, which spans 1,470km2 and is part of AP's network of protected areas across Africa.

Zimbabwe: All-Female Anti-Poaching Unit Changing Mindsets

24 Mar 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
The article discusses the impact of the all-female anti-poaching unit Akashinga, The Brave Ones, on conservation efforts and women empowerment in the Zambezi Valley. Founded by Damien Mander in August 2017, Akashinga recruits disadvantaged women from rural Hurungwe, including single mothers, widows, and victims of gender-based violence. The unit has successfully changed community mindsets, inspired young girls, and increased wildlife sightings by 400%. They have also prevented elephant poaching for three years, stopped ivory shipments, and intercepted ivory deals. The initiative has led to community development, with women being able to buy land, build houses, and improve their families' lives. The success of Akashinga has been celebrated by the community and has spread to three other countries, covering nine million acres of African safari.

Over 700 houses collapse due to heavy rains in Epworth, thousands at further risk

10 Jan 2023  |  www.newzimbabwe.com
Over 700 houses in Epworth have collapsed due to heavy rains, leaving hundreds homeless and in desperate need of aid. The ongoing rains pose a continued risk to thousands living in illegal settlements. Local residents, including Douglas Matatani and Moline Muzuku, have suffered significant losses and are unable to rebuild their homes. The Epworth Local Board has documented the affected homes but has yet to report to the Civil Protection Unit, raising concerns about negligence. Epworth North legislator Zivai Mhetu has called for government assistance to provide building materials and prioritize the regularization of the area to prevent further loss of life.
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