Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

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Postby deja vu on Sun Jun 28, 2009 9:18 am

Zimbabwe army 'runs diamond mine'

Lobby group Human Rights Watch has accused Zimbabwe's army of using forced labour, including children, to mine diamonds in the east of the country. Local villagers who do not co-operate with the military are beaten and tortured, the US-based group says.

Their report also details an alleged massacre of diamond diggers last year, after the disputed elections. It urges the unity government to take control of the mines and use the revenue to help rebuild the country.

"Zimbabwe's new government should get the army out of the fields, put a stop to the abuse," Human Rights Watch's Africa director Georgette Gagnon said. "The police and army have turned this peaceful area into a nightmare of lawlessness and horrific violence," she said.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8120931.stm


Blood Diamonds, Im not surprised. Mugabe would do anything to keep his hold on power. He's not going to let a litle thing like a Unity Government stop him from doing what he wants to do. He kept his title so in his mind hes the only one ruling the country and the power sharing is just an annoyance to him. The Unity Government exists on paper only and is a joke. No changes will happen until Mugabe is completely out of the picture and that wont happen until he dies, even then its no guarantee. The world needs to stop buying his Blood Diamonds, stop supporting a murderer.
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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby no1home on Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:22 pm

The International Monetary Fund has told Zimbabwe that it will not provide the country with more funds until its existing $1bn debts are settled. Zimbabwe's government estimates it will need $10bn (£6bn) of foreign aid to help rebuild its battered economy.

But the IMF said that Zimbabwe would need to clear its debts and show a sustained record of sound policies before it could give financing. China recently agreed to give Zimbabwe a loan of $950m. China was one of the few countries to retain economic support for Zimbabwe in recent years.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8131707.stm


Thats a laugh. Pigs will fly before Mugabe pays back any debt . To do that would mean he empties his bank account and probably a few close advisers as well.

We are in a world wide recession and yet China has 950 million to throw away, they must know they wont be getting any of it back.
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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:02 pm

The constitutional talks are not making progress; pouring water on the Speaker is just making matters more difficult.

Zimbabwe conference chaos
Moses Mudzwiti Published:Jul 14, 2009

WAR veterans loyal to President Robert Mugabe yesterday disrupted Zimbabwe’s first all-stakeholders’ conference, meant to kick-start the crafting of a new constitution.

Singing old revolutionary songs, the war veterans stormed the conference at the Rainbow Hotel, in Harare, while Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo was addressing the delegates.

The rowdy veterans said they wanted the Kariba draft constitution, which Mugabe prefers because its adoption would keep him in his job, to be the basis of the new constitution.

In the ensuing chaos, the Speaker was sprayed with cold water by the veterans and had to be escorted from the conference by security personnel. http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=1033379
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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby fishandchips on Mon Nov 30, 2009 4:06 pm

November 29, 2009
Zimbabwe cabal seizes diamond riches to buy power
Jon Swain

A fabulously valuable diamond field in Zimbabwe has fallen under the control of a select few at the top of the country’s security forces. It is feared they intend to use the wealth to enrich themselves and entrench their power as the battle for succession to President Robert Mugabe, 85, heats up.

Sources close to the government said the military chiefs had positioned themselves to profit from millions of pounds’ worth of diamonds flowing out of the Marange diamond field in the east of the country.

Heavy mining machinery has arrived, capable of extracting thousands of carats of diamonds an hour. Valuations vary wildly but one source said: “It will be much more money than they have ever had. We could be talking about between $25m [£15m] and $100m a month. It is extraordinary what they can do with that. They will just close ranks and do what they want.”
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article6936317.ece

Another case of greed first, people last or lives lost. Always the hard work falls on the locals and the government officials don't care who's in the way.
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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Dec 10, 2009 12:00 am

Zim's year-end deadline
Dec 10, 2009 12:28 AM | By Moses Mudzwiti

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says the ongoing negotiations to end months of political bickering must be concluded before Christmas.

"The fundamental issue is that the negotiators must complete the dialogue and report to the principals [President Robert Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara] so that we can finalise the implementation plan this side of Christmas," Tsvangirai said yesterday.

Representatives from all parties have been chipping away at 27 points of contention.
http://www.timeslive.co.za/news/africa/article227281.ece

How many Zimbabwe natives are living in other countries due to the problems at home? Are water and food issues and monetary inflation still holding lives in traction?
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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:44 pm

ZImbabwe working to reform media laws
Mar 27, 2010 4:09 PM | By Sapa

Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Tendai Biti said Zimbabwe was working to reform its harsh media laws, with work on a new constitution expected to get under way next month.

"If we look at our situation both from a legal and operational position, we are lagging behind" in media freedoms, Biti said he opened a two-day congress of the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) in Harare.

"The good news is that we have begun to take decisive steps to ensure we extricate ourselves out of the media deficit. http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/article376799.ece/ZImbabwe-working-to-reform-media-laws

Then there was an incident under current laws that involved an exhibition, police and now an order to return photos to the exhibition: http://www.timeslive.co.za/africa/article371731.ece/Zimbabwean-police-ordered-to-return-photos-seized-from-exhibition
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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:01 pm

Zuma's credibility eroded in Zim
Malema's visit a blow to SA's mediation efforts

Apr 6, 2010 10:09 PM | By S'Thembiso Msomi

The March 31 deadline has come and gone and still there is no deal in Zimbabwe.

President Jacob Zuma announced the deadline at the end of his "successful" three-day visit to Zimbabwe during which he met the three protagonists in that country's political conflict.

In a statement issued after meeting President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara last month, Zuma said that the parties had agreed on a road-map, the detailing of which was to be concluded by the end of last month.

But, as we approach the second week of April, Zuma has had to send his mediating team back to Harare because little progress appears to have been made since his visit. http://www.timeslive.co.za/opinion/columnists/article389239.ece/Zumas-credibility-eroded-in-Zim

It has been 10 months since that article (about the Zimbabwe army and diamond mine control allegations) was posted. Also, that was during the time that water pipes were broken or lacking and food and money issues impacted daily life. All these situations happened during Mugabe's government. What has been fixed or improved since those issues arose?
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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby alohasand on Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:16 pm

Can't believe that Branson is going to help out Zimbabwe. He must have help bypassing any government touch on his charity money. Its two summers since stories came out of how dire life is there. Have the water pipes been repaired?
Branson Charity Seeks to Aid Zimbabwe
By STEPHANIE STROM
Published: September 20, 2010

Richard Branson is challenging conventional wisdom once again. Mr. Branson, the billionaire founder of the Virgin Group, a collection of companies popular with consumers around the world, is announcing a new philanthropic venture that aims to do nothing less than put Zimbabwe back on its feet.

Zimbabwe is considered to be one of the most difficult nations in Africa to help. Its gross domestic product has fallen to $1.8 billion from a peak of $13 billion, its official unemployment rate is 90 percent and it president, Robert Mugabe, is notorious for repression of his political opponents. But where others see a sadly failed state, Mr. Branson sees hope. He has established Enterprise Zimbabwe with the Nduna Foundation and Humanity United, an organization backed by Pam Omidyar, wife of the founder of eBay.

“Since the coalition government was established a couple of years ago, things have changed,” Mr. Branson said in an interview Monday morning. “Most kids now have schoolbooks, and hospitals now are open as nurses are getting paid.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/business/global/21branson.html?_r=1&ref=world

Do those kids with books have uniform and food money? No uniform, no school over there right. Then the kids need something to keep them focused on studies--food.
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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby deja vu on Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:20 pm

This deal was a joke from the start. No one could have possibly thought that Mugabe could suddenly play nice with the other kids in the sandbox. Now at 89 he has been put back in the big chair, and that is not a surprise.

Win or lose he would remain leader. The other side can argue until the cows come home, but until the world stands up to Mugabe, a court hearing over the fairness is just a waste of time. As usual nothing will come out of it, because according to Mugabe, the vote was fair and in his favor.

Curious as to what will happen when he dies in the job. He will probably appoint a leader for life to replace him.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013 ... -challenge

Africa's oldest leader Robert Mugabe was declared winner of Zimbabwe's disputed election on Saturday, while his main rival Morgan Tsvangirai dismissed the result as a fraud and said he would challenge it in court and in regional forums.

Mugabe, 89, who has ruled the former British colony in southern Africa since its independence in 1980, was formally proclaimed re-elected for a five-year term barely an hour after Tsvangirai announced his planned legal challenge. "We are going to go to court, we are going to go to the AU (African Union), we are going to go to the SADC (Southern African Development Community)," Tsvangirai angrily told a news conference in Harare. He rejected the result as "fraudulent".


No African Union is going to oppose Mugabe. Their bosses will guarantee the observers are puppets that do their bidding.
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Re: Mugabe agrees historic power-sharing deal

Postby rocks on Sun Jan 05, 2014 2:12 pm

An insider from Zimbabwe's ruling government has posted information suggesting that longtime president of the African nation Robert Mugabe has collapsed.

Happyton Bonyongwe, the Director-General of the Zimbabwean Central Intelligence Organisation, has reportedly tightened security at State House in Zimbabwe, a day after fears for Mugabe's health surfaced, according to internet commenter Baba Jukwa. Baba Jukwa, an insider in the ruling Zanu-PF party who uses a Facebook page to expose corruption in the regime, on Saturday reported rumours that Mr Mugabe had collapsed.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/zimbabwe-le ... hv7ka.html

Oh boy, this is dangerous territory, if you ask me. If true they will bend over backwards to keep it quiet. If not, the danger is he or someone closer to him will seek revenge for spreading a rumor.
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