Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front women’s leader Oppah Muchinguri says she has decided to step down because of the nasty things that are being done by some of the party members.
First Lady Grace Mugabe said Mazowe South legislator Fortune Chasi was terrorising her in Mazowe where she has a children’s home and had told people in the area that she and her husband wanted to take all the land in Mazowe. She said that Chasi, who is the Deputy Minister for Justice, was very rich and was using his money to hire lawyers to block her from getting more land.
Finance Minister has described the State Procurement Board, which is responsible for awarding all major government tenders, as the “capital city of corruption” which was even awarding tenders to briefcase business people.
United States President Barack Obama admitted that sanctions on Zimbabwe, said to be targeted at individuals and firms, are hurting the innocent but the United States had to send clear signals about how it expects elections and governments to be conducted. Responding to a question from Zimbabwean entrepreneur Takura Chingonzo that the so-called targeted sanctions were affecting innocent people like him, Obama said: “Well, obviously, the situation in Zimbabwe is somewhat unique. The challenge for us in the United States has been how do we balance our desire to help the people of Zimbabwe with what has, frankly, been a repeated violation of basic democratic practices and human rights inside of Zimbabwe. And we think it is very important to send clear signals about how we expect elections to be conducted, governments to be conducted — because if we don’t, then all too often, with impunity, the people of those
Zimbabwe National Army commander Phillip Valerio Sibanda says the current economic problems that the country is facing are just a passing phase.
The government is now getting its share of the diamond revenue immediately after the sale instead of waiting for dividends at the end of the year, Mines Minister Walter Chidhakwa told the Parliamentary Committee on Mines and Energy. “We have now worked out a way of saying let’s not wait to share our dividend at the end of the year.