Stories about Zimbabwe from May, 2008
Action Alert from Sokwanele in Zimbabwe: “3 MDC activists are at Bindura law and order and need lawyer today. Their names are Zivai Chimombe, Adimere Mudavanhu, Farink Mudavanhu”
Photos from a protest march for Zimbabwe in Pretoria, South Africa: “These images were taken at a protest march in Pretoria yesterday. The signs say it all.”
Xenophobic attacks in South Africa are felt in Zimbabwe: “The xenophobic attacks against migrant workers in South Africa is having its inevitable knock on impact on people here in Zimbabwe too.”
Taking power back to the people in Zimbabwe: “As Zimbabweans, we also have to start taking our power – from the politicians and unelected ministers and military authorities who are running the country instead of the democratically elected parliament.”
Online activism using e-cards in Zimbabwe: “Sokwanele will be releasing regular e-card designs in the days leading up to the run-off election, now scheduled for June 27. We’d like to ask everyone around the world to join us and use them to help all Zimbabweans stay fully engaged with their...
Did someone hack the website of Zimbabwe's Herald newspaper?: “The Herald newspaper's website has been down since it was hacked over the weekend. Currently the website will re-direct you to the Sunday Mail website another arm of the government's propaganda machine. The state run Herald's website had all it's links...
Post-election violence continues in Zimbabwe: “It is well known now that the homes and possessions of many people in the rural areas have been destroyed. These images were uploaded to our flickr account yesterday and show some of the destruction (for more, visit this set here).”
Morgan Tsvangirai to participate in the run-off in Zimbabwe: “This morning’s press conference saw Morgan Tsvangirai confirm that he would face Robert Mugabe in a run-off, but he has conditions which he says need to be met. We heard the news via sms.”
This roundup covers Zambian bloggers who are discussing "the parastatal madness," the debate over the constitution of Zambia, the election crisis in Zimbabwe and the African Forum on ICT Best Practices 2008.
Kogy has lost count of bank notes in Zimbabwe: “Anyone knows how many bank notes we now have in Zimbabwe? I have lost count the monetary situation has gone bananas in our beautiful land of milk and honey. The Reserve Bank governor Mt Gideon Gono has just announced the introduction...
Khadija discusses US military interest in Africa: “According to the US African Command website, Somalia -– invaded by US backed Ethiopian troops in Jan 2007, under the guise of hunting Al–Qaeda –- is in desperate need of assistance.”
Reports of political executions in Zimbabwe: “Last night we received unconfirmed reports that eight people were executed in Shamva. Their bodies are in the morgue, but their names are still unknown.”
In countries such as Zimbabwe where media freedom is extremely restricted, new technologies have become powerful tools for political campaigning, communication, advocacy and mobilisation. Since Robert Mugabe turned the country into a dictatorship, bloggers and civic organisations have resorted to using new tools and applications such as blogs, Flickr, Facebook, SMS, YouTube and mashups to fight for democracy, media freedom and good governance.
Online political jokes: So, Mugabe is twittering!: “meetings, meetings, meetings. very boring. 12:03 PM April 04, 2008 from web Ooooo, nervous morning. Sending the wife shopping. She is getting on my nerves. Thinking of shutting the electricity down for laughs. 09:21 AM April 01, 2008 from web”
Sokwanele posts a video from the Solidarity Peace Trust about the crisis in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe presidential poll numbers: “Here are the total counts per presidential candidate, according to The Herald. We were hoping to see the breakdown by constituency… but not yet it seems…”
Natasha writes about Poetry Café in Harare, Zimbabwe: “At the HIVOS Poetry Café on May Day poetry lovers were fed with combinations of humor, political satire and protest music and poetry.”