Industrial investment in Africa by BRICS nations has been mired in scandal at times but on the whole appears to be welcomed. Farai Maguwu takes a closer look at the real impact of BRICS investments in Zimbabwe, and questions what is required for Zimbabwe’s long term benefit.
On July 30, a day to Zimbabwe’s presidential elections, President Robert Mugabe gave a press conference at State House, Harare, in what could have been his last had he lost the election the following day. But rather than present a pensive 89-year-old man, Mugabe instead cracked up the journalists, especially when he responded to a question about how he planned to spend his time if he lost the election.
By Charles Mwanguhya Mpagi, Daily Monitor, Uganda
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says that there have been no reforms to guarantee that upcoming July 31 polls in Zimbabwe will be free and fair. “There are no reforms in the media, and other reforms to ensure free and fair elections have not been achieved,” said Tsvangirai on Sunday as he launched his campaign against President Robert Mugabe.
07 Jul 2013, AFP/ M&G online
Journalists in Zimbabwe have never had it easy. The Mugabe regime has a history of arresting and detaining reporters it believes are guilty of crimes such as “undermining public confidence in a law enforcement agency”.
Mail & Guardian, 08 MAY 2013, SARAH EVANS Continue reading Defiant journalist tells of Zimbabwe police intimidation tactics
It is no secret that governments and the media generally do not like each other. Not that they need to – many argue this antagonism is healthy and that the real problem would be if they actually took to each other.
By Lee Mwiti, The Monitor (Uganda) 5 May 2013
In a ground-breaking move, South African prosecutors will investigate President Robert Mugabe’s political party for crimes against humanity for an alleged campaign of mass rapes in Zimbabwe’s last election. Continue reading South Africa steps in over alleged Zimbabwe mass rapes
Two civil society groups on Monday launched a legal bid to compel South African authorities to investigate and prosecute Zimbabwean officials accused of crimes against humanity. The Southern African Litigation Centre and the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF) said there were 18 high-level Zimbabwean officials in South Africa accused of committing acts of torture.