· October, 2005

Stories about Zimbabwe from October, 2005

Zimbabwe: demolitions continue

28 October 2005

Sokwanele – Civil Action Support Group - posts on the continued harassement of Zimbabwe's poorest of the poor by the authorities and that demolitions are continuing, as out of desperation, displaced people return to the orignal sites of their homes to try and rebuild them again. The group reports that...

Zimbabwe: Constitutional Amendment 17

26 October 2005

ZimPundit considers and explains the irony that Zanu PF may have given the people hope in the form of the Constitutional Amendment No. 17 – The overbearing legislation set out to limit the movements of citizens deemed hostile to national security, protect the government from domestic litigation over their botched...

Voices from Zimbabwe Plus 3

  26 October 2005

Welcome to the inaugral edition of the “Voices from Zimbabwe Plus 3″ where I hope you'll find news from several small African blogospheres. Zimbabwe:-In what has now known as the MDC Senate Debacle, the Movement for Democratic Change, Zimbabwe's main opposition party is locked in a stalemate over whether they...

Roller coasting in Zimbabwe

  25 October 2005

Zimbabwean Pundit has a guest writer, Eddie Cross who has written an article on the “roller coaster” politics in Zimbabwe and it's affect on the lives of ordinary citizens.

Zimbabwean Disease

  24 October 2005

Zimbabwean author, Chengerai Hove, writes in this weeks Pambazuka News of a “Zimbabwean disease” which dictates that once an institution is formed it becomes a national cause to tear it apart.

Southern Africa social forum

  19 October 2005

The 3rd and final day of the Southern African Social Forum, held in Harare, dealt with the crisis in Zimbabwe. “Briggs Bomba, a representative of the parallel Uhuru Youth Forum of the SASF, said that Zimbabwe faces its worst economic crisis ever. The hospitals are no longer hospitals but ‘death...

Food aid for Zimbabwe

  18 October 2005

Sokwanle – Civil Action for Zimbabwe has issued a press release “Crimes against humanity: The Case for Urgent Action Against Zimbabwe. In today's press release , Cardinal Napier and Archbishop Pius Ncube, two leading clerics in the Roman Catholic Church, stress that if the United Nations’ Security Council does not...

Mugabe banned from Europe

  18 October 2005

The Bearded Man questions why Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, who is supposedly banned from travelling to the EU is allowed to attend a conference in Rome on world hunger where he will be speaking.

Mugabe's Excuses

18 October 2005

Zimbabwean Pundit revists the eviction of thousands of urban dwellers by President Robert Mugabe last July. As the world watched outraged, Mugabe came up with the excuse that new homes would be built. The people are still waiting!

Zimbabwe: MDC controversy

  14 October 2005

Zimpundit has more on the current debate with Zimbabwe opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change over whether or not to contest the forthcoming senate elections. “I think this might be the end of the MDC as we currently know it,” he writes.

Zimbabwe: Just say no

  12 October 2005

Sokwanele blogs about a petition entitled “No Shaking Hands With Mugabe” to be presented to Britain's Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street Wednesday, urging Tony Blair to bring up the problems in Zimbabwe at the United Nations Security Council.

Zimbabwe: Senate debate

  12 October 2005

Senior pro-democracy political adviser Eddie Cross writes on The Zimbabwean Pundit about the debate now ensuing among the Movement for Democratic Change about whether to fight elections to an upper house they never agreed with in the first place.

Zimbabwe: Gogo's journey

  10 October 2005

Sokwanele tells the story of a Zimbabwean grandmother, “Gogo”, and her attempt to get home in the face of growing fuel shortages across the country.

Zimbabwe: Call to arms at PTA meeting

  7 October 2005

Sokwanele has a report from “Housewife – Harare” about a brief speech by a grandparent at a recent meeting to discuss fees at a local school. ” I used to earn enough money by selling vegetables,” the elderly man told assembled parents, teachers and leading ruling party officials. “Now I...

Zimbabwe: Sexual assault charges

  7 October 2005

Zimpundit comments on a report that top Mugabe bodyguard Winston Changara has been removed from his longtime assignment amidst unconfirmed allegations of sexual advances on the first lady.

Zimbabwe: Shocking prices

  6 October 2005

Sokwanele flags a price-list for a typical basket of Zimbabwean groceries, illustrating the average person's daily struggle with inflation.

Zimbabwe: Saintly black market

  5 October 2005

How black, asks Zimpundit, is the black market, if it has become the prime source for the exchange of essentials for people as is the case in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe: The school run

4 October 2005

Sokwanele Civic Action tells a tale of ambulances that won't respond to emergency calls where lives are at risk because they have “no fuel”, but which are later spotted picking up employees’ children from school.

Zimbabwe: Lunatic Asylum

  4 October 2005

Zimbabwe is just weeks away from the planting season, but no preparations seem to be being made for this year's food production. Meanwhile, the government sends out mixed signals about the country's ability to feed itself, writes opposition political adviser Eddie Cross at Zimbabwean Pundit. “We live in a lunatic...

Zimbabwe: Senate elections

  3 October 2005

Zimpundit comments that the 66 Mugabe-nominated candidates for the forthcoming senate elections might as well be appointees, now that the government has done away with primaries.

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