Boy, what a struggle to post bond on this one. Meanwhile, two foreign nationals accused of working as journalists without accreditation have been freed on bail. New York Times correspondent Barry Bearak and a British national were released on bail of 300m Zimbabwe dollars (US$10,000 at the official exchange rate, US$6 on the black market).… Continue reading Posting Bail in Zimbabwe
I note that Robert Mugabe has said as openly as these things get that he’s going to rig the presentital result. I also read earlier that there’s been some election workers arrested. ZEC officials were arrested after Zanu (PF) complaints that they were involved in vote-rigging and bribery. The party’s secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa,… Continue reading Zimbabwe – Hope Fading
The opposition has won a majority in the Zimbabwe Parliament. It remains to be seen if they will be able to take up their seats, or whether they presidential election will be allowed to go the the MDC too. But it was nonetheless a very good thing to wake up to this morning.
Zimbabwe may be going to a run-off. This is a good sign, that the results of the first round are going to be respected. Zimbabwe could be heading for a presidential run-off within three weeks, according to the state-owned Herald newspaper. The first official indication of the result of Saturday’s election says that neither President… Continue reading Zimbabwe – A Run Off Poll?
The BBC has details. An independent monitoring group says opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai got 49% of the vote – just short of the 50% needed to avoid a run-off. Official presidential results have not been published, but Mr Tsvangirai’s party says he won and the delay is to allow the outcome to be rigged. The… Continue reading Zimbabwe Still Waiting
Via Instapundit, Reuters has the numbers on Zimbabwe’s decline. INFLATION In 1987 inflation averaged 11.9 percent. It surged to an official record of 100,586 percent in January 2008, but economic experts say the real rate is much higher. LIFE EXPECTANCY Average life expectancy dropped from 63 years in 1990 to 37.3 years in 2005, according… Continue reading Zimbabwe – the Numbers
From the BBC, who due to being kicked out first have the best coverage! Zimbabwe’s election commission has announced the delayed first results of presidential and legislative elections. The six parliamentary constituencies were split between President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). I guess tomorrow morning would be the best… Continue reading Zimbabwe Releases some Results
As elections approach in Zimbabwe, a farmer has been found guilty of staying on his farm after the state declared it stolen (by them). Deon Theron, 53, has reached the end of an extraordinary trial in which, his lawyers say, he has been denied basic justice by court officials desperate to score political points before… Continue reading Zimbabwe Continues to Fire at Foot
Yes, you read that right: in spite of wage and price freezes, executive orders to cut all prices in half etc, inflation in Zimbabwe has hit a new record. It seems that the only result of ordering price cuts has been to reduce the goods available to buy. Funny how that always happens. Funnier how… Continue reading Zimbabwe Inflation Hits 13,000%
That’s what The Times is saying… Inflation is likely to bring Zimbabwe’s economy to a standstill within six months with the possible paralysis of President Mugabe’s Government and civil unrest, international aid agencies warned their staff yesterday. The country’s plight is likely to force Mr Mugabe to introduce emergency rule, said a group representing 34… Continue reading “Zimbabwe ‘will collapse in 6 months’”