ZANU PF “Arrogance” Pushed SA To Cancel Zimbabwe Exemption Permits

ZANU PF’s arrogance when dealing with an African National Congress (ANC) special envoy delegation led by Ace Magashule to Harare in September 2020 reportedly hardened South Africa’s stance towards Zimbabwe asylum seeks who benefited from the Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEP) programme in the neighbouring country. In November 2021, the South African Government announced its decision to discontinue the special permits granted to about 200 000 Zimbabweans who were living and working in South Africa for many years. On New Year’s eve, South Africa effectively ended a decade-long moratorium that allowed…

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ED should ratify democracy laws

THE continued delay by President Emmerson Mnangagwa‘s government to ratify the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) despite signing it three years ago is as  concerning as it is mindboggling. Zimbabwe signed ACDEG on March 21, 2018, but has not yet ratified it, according to the African Union (AU) status list for the charter which is on its website. In March 2019, Parliament passed a resolution approving the charter after Mnangagwa signed it at his first AU Summit of Heads of State and Government in Kigali, Rwanda. The…

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Guinea Coup Attempt: US, France, AU, UN Demand Release Of President Condé

The international community is calling for the release of Guinea President Alpha Condé who was Sunday detained by the special forces earlier on Sunday. Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who has reportedly been identified as the head of the action, announced the dissolution of the government, suspension of the constitution and the closure of the country’s borders. Amateur videos have been circulating on social media showing President Condé among soldiers, with the country’s capital Conakry filled with troops. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday condemned the coup attempt in Guinea and…

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Chamisa Hails “Professional” Zambian Security Agencies

MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa has commended Zambia’s State institutions, namely the military, police, intelligence services and electoral authorities for facilitating a largely credible election on 12 August. Chamisa said the southern African country’s President-Elect, Hakainde Hichilema showed magnanimous leadership in victory while the outgoing president Edgar Lungu exhibited humility in conceding defeat. Zimbabwe’s most popular opposition leader also lauded Zambia’s security agencies for the “exemplary professionalism and independence” they have shown. Chamisa tweeted on Monday: I honour the magnanimous leadership of President-elect [Hakainde Hichilema] and the humility of [Edgar CLungu]…

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Zambian President Lungu Concedes Defeat, Pledges Peaceful Handover Of Power

Zambia’s outgoing president Edgar Lungu conceded defeat on Monday after a landslide election win by opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who is set to become the southern African country’s 7th President. With all but one of 156 constituencies counted, Hichilema had won 2 810 777 votes against Lungu’s 1 814 201, and the electoral commission declared him the next president. Lungu (64) congratulated Hichilema in a televised address, marking Zambia’s third peaceful handover of power to an opposition party. He has also indicated that he will comply with constitutional provisions to…

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Zambia’s Opposition Candidate Hichilema Wins Presidential Election

Zambia’s opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema won the country’s presidential election, defeating incumbent Edgar Lungu, the southern African nation’s election commission announced early on Monday. With 155 of 156 constituencies reporting, Hichilema, the United Party for National Development (UPND) leader, secured more than 2.8 million votes, while Lungu of the Patriotic Front (PF) was in second place with over 1.8 million votes in the vote held last Thursday. Hichilema (59) had been leading in exit polls and preliminary election results released throughout the weekend. Electoral commission chairman Justice Esau Chulu said…

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Zambian President Lungu Declares 12 August Election A Nullity

The incumbent president of Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu has said the general election held in that country on the 12th of August should be nullified on grounds that it was not free and fair. Lungu accuses the opposition of violence which saw some polling agents being chased away. We present the statement issued by his assistant Isaac Chipampe. PRESIDENT LUNGE DECLARES GENERAL ELECTION NOT FREE AND FAIR LUSAKA, (Saturday 14th August 2021)—His Excellency Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia has said his party, the Patriotic Front,…

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Edgar Lungu warns perpetrators of violence

Zambian PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has described as shocking the murder of Patriotic Front North Western Province Chairman Jackson Kungo, and a brother of provincial Deputy Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Chihili.President Lungu is further dismayed by the amount of mayhem in North Western,some parts of Westen, and Southern provinces which he says has effectivelyrendered the elections in the three provinces not free and fair. “How can you talk about free and fair elections when our opponents have takenthis election as war?When people say elections were not free and fair, they accuse the…

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Zambia Elections: Elections Not Free And Fair – President Lungu

The president of Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu has said elections have not been free and fair in some parts of the country where there was violence. Lungu has since deployed more soldiers across the country following reports of violence on the voting day, 12 August. Lungu accuses the opposition of violence. In a series of posts on Twitter, Lungu said: I received with shock and great sadness the report about the killing in cold blood of Jackson Kungo, who was my party’s chairman for North-Western Province, and a brother of…

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Malema Refuses To Reject Zimbabwean Linked Joburg Mayor, Jolidee Matongo

Julius Malema, the leader of a South African opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has refused to support his countrymen who are opposed to the election of Jolidee Matongo as Johannesburg’s new executive mayor. Matongo, whose father was an immigrant from Zimbabwe, was elected unopposed by Johannesburg councillors on Tuesday, replacing Geoff Makhubo who succumbed to COVID-19 last month. “Xenophobes” immediately took to social media to denounce Matongo’s election, saying they will not recognise “a foreigner”. Posting on Twitter on Thursday morning, Malema distanced himself from the calls, which…

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