ED faces uphill task to re-engage world

ED faces uphill task to re-engage world 1

Zimbabwe’s chances of re-engaging with some of the world’s biggest economies are fast fading away after the latest wave of human rights abuses by government security organs which according to civil society organisations has left at least 12 people dead and dozens others injured. President Emmerson Mnangagwa Following the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe in 2017 after a soft coup led by the army, the world had given Zimbabwe under the leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa the benefit of doubt. Mugabe’s rule was characterised by repression and human rights…

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Security roadblocks marshalled everywhere

Security roadblocks marshalled everywhere 2

On Jan 20, 2019 64,552 0 State security agents have maintained a heavy presence on the country’s major roads following a three-day stay-away that took place early last week. Soldiers patrol as protestors gather during a demonstration over the hike in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. A Zimbabwean military helicopter on Tuesday fired tear gas at demonstrators blocking a road and burning tires in the capital on a second day of deadly protests after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in the economically…

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Zim at Crossroads as horror 2019 unfolds

Zim at Crossroads as horror 2019 unfolds 3

The palpable fear among many Zimbabweans that 2019 would become yet another “annus horribilis” — Latin for a horrible year — has become a harrowing reality, with the country’s political and economic situation declining ever more rapidly. Armed riot police secure the area as pastor and activist Evan Mawarire, arrives at the magistrates courts in Harare, Zimbabwe, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights have said in a statement that Mawarire who is among the more than 600 people arrested this week has been charged with subverting a…

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‘I’ve been robbed by the state:’ Zimbabwe, in chaos, mourns

‘I’ve been robbed by the state:’ Zimbabwe, in chaos, mourns 4

By Farai Mutsaka | Associated Press | Before the family of Kelvin Tinashe Choto knew he had been killed, social media in Zimbabwe was circulating a photo of his battered body lying on the reception counter of a local police station. Angry protesters had left him there. A family member of Kelvin Tinashe Choto reacts, during his funeral in Chitungwiza, about 30 kilometres south east of the capital, Harare, Zimbabwe, Saturday, Jan, 19, 2019. Before the family of Kelvin Tinashe Choto knew he had been killed, social media in Zimbabwe…

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Plan to embarrass Mnangagwa in Switzerland

Plan to embarrass Mnangagwa in Switzerland 5

By Tendai Kamhungira Pressure is mounting on President Emmerson Mnangagwa regarding his planned trip to the World Economic Forum (Wef)’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, next week — amid Zimbabwe’s worsening political crisis, the Daily News can report. Emmerson Mnangagwa at the World Economic Forum in Davos This comes as plans are afoot by Mnangagwa’s seething opponents to confront and embarrass him when he appears at the meeting — as public anger over the cumulative events of the past few days mounts. Should the threatened demonstrations and public haranguing of Mnangagwa…

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US senators blast Zimbabwe govt

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By Blessings Mashaya United States senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons — who are both members of Washington’s influential Senate Foreign Relations Committee — have blasted the government over the heavy handedness of the security agents on protestors. United States senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons This comes after Zimbabweans heeded the call by the militant ZCTU to stay-away from work for three days in protest of current economic meltdown and the recent fuel price hikes however, the protest ended violently. Hundreds of people claimed both police and soldiers had launched…

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Soldiers leave ugly terror trail

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By Tendai Kamhungira and Jeffrey Muvundusi Horror stories are slowly emerging of how the country’s trigger-happy security forces brutalised ordinary Zimbabweans this week — shooting  68 people and leaving dozens others requiring life-saving surgeries nationally following deadly clashes between protesters and law enforcement agents over steep fuel price increases. Soldiers patrol as protestors gather during a demonstration over the hike in fuel prices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. A Zimbabwean military helicopter on Tuesday fired tear gas at demonstrators blocking a road and burning tires in the capital on…

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LIVE updates: Quotable Quotes and PICTURES from Day 5 of #ZimbabweShutDown

LIVE updates: Quotable Quotes and PICTURES from Day 5 of #ZimbabweShutDown 8

On Jan 18, 2019 171 0 Kirsty Coventry: “What has happened in Zimbabwe has saddened me immensely. I am sorry to everyone that has been affected by the recent events. “Violence is never the answer and needs to be investigated and actions taken. We need peace so no one else suffers and we can rebuild our nation together.” Kirsty Coventry William du Plooy: “If anyone has a way to get this info into Zim: The french internet provider, FDN, provides free dialup Internet access: dial +33 860 46 99 88…

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UN denounces Zimbabwe’s ‘excessive use of force’

UN denounces Zimbabwe’s ‘excessive use of force’ 9

The U.N. human rights office is denouncing reported “excessive use of force” by Zimbabwe’s security forces against protesters opposed to dramatic fuel price increases and austerity measures. Ravina Shamdasani Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters Friday in Geneva: “It’s very difficult to manage a situation like this, but the bottom line is that the use of live ammunition by security forces was used, excessive violence was used.” She notes the burning of buildings and reports of looting. She says it is unclear whether “opportunists,” like hungry people searching for food, or…

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Zimbabwe in ‘total internet shutdown’ amid violent crackdown

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By Farai Mutsaka | Associated Press | Zimbabwe on Friday faced a “total internet shutdown,” a media group said, after a days-long violent crackdown on people protesting a dramatic fuel price increase. Badly injured people streamed into a hospital in the capital after alleged assaults by security forces. Pastor and activist Evan Mawarire, arrives handcuffed at the magistrates courts in Harare, Zimbabwe, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights have said in a statement that Mawarire who is among the more than 600 people arrested this week has…

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