Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

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Postby CielOnTap on Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:47 pm

While Mr. Mugabe remains rigid in his stance with regards to government and policies (IHT article), he apparently did not tell his wife some public relation tips to keep in mind while vacationing abroad. Mrs. Mugabe attacked a photographer in Hong Kong, who wanted to photograph her enjoying herself while her fellow citizens are suffering back in Zimbabwe.

From The Sunday Times
January 18, 2009

Mrs Mugabe assaults our photographer outside her luxury Hong Kong hotel

Jon Swain and Michael Sheridan in Hong Kong
A Sunday Times photographer has been beaten up and punched repeatedly in the face by the wife of President Robert Mugabe.

Grace Mugabe, 43, known as the First Shopper of Zimbabwe, flew into a rage when she was spotted last week leaving the exclusive Shangri-La hotel in Hong Kong. She has been staying there with her entourage at a cost of £2,000 a day while her country endures poverty, hunger and disease.

Holding a Jimmy Choo-style bag estimated to be worth at least £2,000, and hiding behind Cavalli rhine-stone-framed glasses with a red cashmere shawl over her head, she ordered her bodyguard to attack the photographer, Richard Jones.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article5537251.ece

Other news involving Mr. Mugabe: documents submitted to court over torture of opposition members
Opponents of Mugabe tell court of torture
By Celia W. Dugger Published: January 16, 2009
JOHNANNESBURG: Jestina Mukoko, a well-known human rights campaigner in Zimbabwe, was forced to kneel on gravel for hours and was beaten on the soles of her feet with rubber truncheons during interrogations, she said in a sworn statement recently submitted to a court in Zimbabwe.

Chris Dhlamini, an aide to the Zimbabwean opposition leader and prime minister in waiting, Morgan Tsvangirai, said in an affidavit that his head was pushed down into a sink full of water until he believed that he would drown. http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/01/16/africa/zimbabwe.3-409371.php

Now journalists are under pressure to conform to new fees in US dollars to continue to report the news in Zimbabwe:
Reporting from a war zone called Zim
Published:Jan 19, 2009

Reporting from Zimbabwe is a dangerous way of earning a living, writes Moses Mudzwiti
BEING a journalist in Zimbabwe is as perilous as being a foot soldier on a battlefield.

There are no bullets to dodge but there are many pitfalls to negotiate. Any slip-up could be costly and injurious to a negligent scribe.

The Zimbabwe government has put in place a tedious and expensive process of accreditation.

Journalists face arbitrary arrest if the state deems their work offensive or unpatriotic. http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=920653
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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:35 pm

The prolonged debate over which person controls which ministry has not concluded yet. Mr. Mugabe appears to be content to do as he pleases, country being on its own more or less except for money and justice matters.

Posted to the web on: 20 January 2009
Zimbabwe talks fail to break new ground
Dumisani Muleya
Harare Correspondent

ZIMBABWE’s power-sharing talks brokered by regional leaders hung in the balance last night amid fears of a collapse as President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai failed to agree on details for a unity government.

Mugabe rejected Tsvangirai’s conditions for joining his government, saying his demands were “unacceptable”.
Tsvangirai presented a position paper by his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) demanding control of the “key” home affairs, finance, information, agriculture and local government ministries.
http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/frontpage.aspx?ID=BD4A921625
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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:07 pm

Traction for the deal--there is an agreement on the power-sharing reached.

Zimbabwe power-sharing deal reached
DOMINIC MAHLANGU Published:Jan 27, 2009

A deal has been reached for Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai to form a unity government after marathon talks in Pretoria.

The SADC extraordinary summit declared that all parties in Zimbabwe should endeavour to cause parliament to pass constitutional amendment 19 by 5 February 2009.

Journalists camped outside the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria for 14 hours before being ushered inside at 5.30am this morning to be briefed about the deal.

The Prime Minister will be Tsvangirai and the Deputy Prime Minister will be Arthur Mutambara. http://www.thetimes.co.za/SpecialReports/Zimbabwe/Article.aspx?id=926343

But there was a protect outside of the summit where the deal was brokered. People are suffering from health, safety and economic issues.
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Postby CielOnTap on Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:24 pm

More than half of Zimbabweans will need food aid
Reuters
Published: January 29, 2009

More than half of Zimbabwe's population, suffering under a severe economic and political crisis, will need food aid in February and March, the World Food Programme said on Thursday.

The WFP said in a statement that it aims to assist 5.1 million people in February while a group of U.S.-sponsored aid organizations plans to assist 1.8 million more people in the southern African country.

"The overall total for people in need of assistance in February and March is around 7 million," the WFP said.

Zimbabwe's economic meltdown has been worsened by a cholera outbreak across the country which has killed nearly 3,100 people and infected 58,993. It is the worst death toll from cholera in Africa in 15 years. http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/01/29/africa/30zimFW.php

Mr. Mugabe's family has been living the high life while fellow citizens starve or undertake dangerous crossings into South Africa or elsewhere. Human trafficking is also a concern. Is the president trying to empty his country for personal greed?
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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:04 pm

Obama will not back Mugabe
Moses Mudzwiti
Published:Feb 03, 2009

THE US government says there will not be any reprieve for President Robert Mugabe, even if Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC joins the unity government.

While the AU has resolved to rally behind Mugabe, the US and the EU continued to press for the 84-year-old leader to step down. http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=930890

A step in the right direction--taking a stand against politicians who don't know they have long surpassed their expiry dates as leaders.
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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby dreamon on Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:50 am

Tsvangirai sworn in as Zimbabwe's PM
Unity government faces challenges amid economic woes, cholera outbreak

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in as prime minister Wednesday under a power-sharing deal with longtime President Robert Mugabe that Zimbabweans hope will bring help as they suffer through economic and humanitarian crises.

Tsvangirai, 56, who won a first round presidential poll against Mugabe last year but boycotted a subsequent runoff over electoral violence, took the oath of office administered by Mugabe at a ceremony in Harare.

Quick solutions are unlikely given the enormity of Zimbabwe's problems and the legacy of a long, bloody rivalry between Tsvangirai and Mugabe.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29134750/


It wont last long, Mugabe will still do as he pleases and control the flow of cash, mostly to his own bank account. Cooperation is not something he has done in the past. The AU should have removed him long ago, which has me wondering what he has to hang over their heads. The people have been crossing the border to escape disease, starvation, beatings and the others pay the price by taking care of them. One would think they would have removed him long ago and worked to stabilize Zimbabwe. I have to wonder why they let the border crossings continue without finding a solution. Mugabe in charge is not a solution, just more reason to continue the down hill spiral the country is in. They are way past hitting rock bottom.

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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby reeceracer on Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:46 pm

Rows mar Zimbabwe oath ceremony

The swearing-in of Zimbabwe's new power-sharing cabinet has been marred by the arrest of one minister and a dispute over several others.

Roy Bennett, the MDC's choice to become deputy agriculture minister, was reportedly seized near a Harare airport just before the ceremony.

Several extra Zanu-PF ministers of state then turned up to be sworn in. The issue was only resolved after intense closed-door negotiations - and nearly a year after disputed polls.

The new cabinet was sworn into office by President Robert Mugabe two and a half hours behind schedule.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7888516.stm


You could see this coming a mile away. No doubt there will be more arrests and beatings. Mugabe will continue to do as he pleases. In his mind he does not have to listen to them, hes still in control and will do as he pleases.
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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby dreamon on Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:08 am

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No doubt there will be more arrests and beatings


At least one arrest we know of and he has probably been beaten as well. The gentleman should have stayed in exile. Zimbabwe is still too unstable and its been well reported that Mugabe was arresting his opponents that were trying to put the power sharing deal together.

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Zimbabwe opposition official faces new charges
Development threatens credibility of new coalition government

An official in Zimbabwe's MDC party has been charged with planning terrorism and insurgency just days after the opposition joined in a unity government with President Robert Mugabe, his lawyer said on Sunday.

The development threatens the credibility of the new government, whose formation after long negotiations was aimed at leading Zimbabwe out of a political and economic crisis.

MDC Treasurer General Roy Bennet is expected to appear in court on Monday to face the charges, his lawyer, Trust Maanda, said.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29207012/

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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:32 pm

Here is someone in the upper echelons of wealth in Zimbabwe who benefits from mines--talk about power-sharing:

From The Times
February 25, 2009
Zimbabwe's vice-president foiled in 3,600kg gold deal
Catherine Philp, Diplomatic Correspondent and Graham Keeley in Barcelona
The Vice-President of Zimbabwe has been accused of trying to sell millions of dollars in gold nuggets and diamonds in defiance of international sanctions.

Joyce Mujuru used her daughter as a go-between to seek a deal for the gold, according to Firstar, a commodities trader based in Britain, which says that it was approached in November.

Mrs Mujuru, appointed by Robert Mugabe five years ago, is among the 200 Zimbabweans under European Union and United States sanctions for alleged human rights abuses.

Firstar claims that Mrs Mujuru’s daughter and Spanish son-in-law, Nyasha and Pedro del Campo, offered to sell 3,700kg of gold for $90 million to Firstar Europe Ltd, a precious metal dealer. At the present market rate, one kilo of gold sells for $30,700 (£21,500). http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article5796426.ece

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe government fails to provide any food, water sanitation or medicine for its population.
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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Mar 01, 2009 7:33 pm

Continuing to keep the populace in dire straits, Mr. Mugabe had a party paid with the money of others. People who showed up at the party to get food risked getting beaten.

For Zimbabwe, party is a chance to eat, not cheer
By Barry Bearak
Published: March 1, 2009
JOHANNESBURG: By the extravagant standards of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, his birthday bash on Saturday was a modest affair, a mere $250,000 spectacle with but 3,000 people attending and a cake said to weigh approximately 187 pounds.

In the past, Mugabe, who turned 85 on Feb. 21, has enjoyed festivities that were far more ostentatious. But perhaps hard times call for restraint.

Even by the measures of the global economic crisis, Zimbabwe's economy is a disaster. Some seven million Zimbabweans, more than half the population, need emergency food aid to stave off starvation. Store shelves are mostly empty. The national currency has lost all value. A cholera epidemic, spread largely through contaminated water, has killed nearly 4,000 people.

Indeed, on Saturday, after Mugabe had addressed the crowd at his party in the city of Chinhoyi, 60 miles northwest of the capital, a melee broke out in a dining hall among the thousands lined up to get a free meal of porridge and vegetables. http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/03/01/africa/01zimbabwe.php
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