Zimbabwe

Country Zimbabwe
Capital Harare
Continent Africa
Currency United States dollar(USD)
Languages Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda & Xhosa

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The UK annexed Southern Rhodesia from the [British] South Africa Company in 1923. A 1961 constitution was formulated that favored whites in power. In 1965 the government unilaterally declared its independence, but the UK did not recognize the act and demanded more complete voting rights for the black African majority in the country (then called Rhodesia). UN sanctions and a guerrilla uprising finally led to free elections in 1979 and independence (as Zimbabwe) in 1980. Robert MUGABE, the nation's first prime minister, has been the country's only ruler (as president since 1987) and has dominated the country's political system since independence. His chaotic land redistribution campaign, which began in 2000, caused an exodus of white farmers, crippled the economy, and ushered in widespread shortages of basic commodities. Ignoring international condemnation, MUGABE rigged the 2002 presidential election to ensure his reelection. The ruling ZANU-PF party used fraud and intimidation to win a two-thirds majority in the March 2005 parliamentary election, allowing it to amend the constitution at will and recreate the Senate, which had been abolished in the late 1980s. In April 2005, Harare embarked on Operation Restore Order, ostensibly an urban rationalization program, which resulted in the destruction of the homes or businesses of 700,000 mostly poor supporters of the opposition. President MUGABE in June 2007 instituted price controls on all basic commodities causing panic buying and leaving store shelves empty for months. General elections held in March 2008 contained irregularities but still amounted to a censure of the ZANU-PF-led government with the opposition winning a majority of seats in parliament. MDC opposition leader Morgan TSVANGIRAI won the most votes in the presidential polls, but not enough to win outright. In the lead up to a run-off election in late June 2008, considerable violence enacted against opposition party members led to the withdrawal of TSVANGIRAI from the ballot. Extensive evidence of vote tampering and ballot-box stuffing resulted in international condemnation of the process. Difficult negotiations over a power-sharing government, in which MUGABE remained president and TSVANGIRAI became prime minister, were finally settled in February 2009, although the leaders have yet failed to agree upon many key outstanding governmental issues.

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At least 94 vultures 'found poisoned and dead in Zimbabwe' - News24

News24

At least 94 vultures 'found poisoned and dead in Zimbabwe'
News24
Harare - At least 94 critically-endangered vultures have been found poisoned in south-eastern Zimbabwe by poachers almost certainly trying to hide the killing of an elephant, conservationists say. The dead African white-backed vultures were found on ...



Zimbabwe runs short of potatoes - NewsDay Zimbabwe - NewsDay

NewsDay

Zimbabwe runs short of potatoes - NewsDay Zimbabwe
NewsDay
Zimbabwe has run out of potatoes for making potato crisps, prompting a company in Southerton industrial area to approach government seeking an urgent ...

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What Zimbabwe and the developing world can learn from China - Technology Zimbabwe

Technology Zimbabwe

What Zimbabwe and the developing world can learn from China
Technology Zimbabwe
I have been reading Demystifying the Chinese Economy by Justin Yifu Lin which details how China from 1979 onwards achieved rapid economic growth. Now Yifu Lin is a respected professor of Economics and a former Senior Vice President and Chief ...



Wounded Elephant Crushes, Kills Trophy Hunter - National Geographic

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Wounded Elephant Crushes, Kills Trophy Hunter
National Geographic
An elephant cow crushed and killed a South African big-game hunter in Zimbabwe last week, falling on him after she was shot. On May 19, Theunis Botha was leading a group in a hunt at Good Luck Farm near Hwange National Park when they stumbled ...
South African Hunter Dies After Zimbabwe Elephant Tramplingsnopes.com
Big Game Hunter Killed by Elephant in ZimbabweNew York Times
Veteran Big Game Hunter Dies in Zimbabwe When Shot Elephant Falls on HimKTLA
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Big game hunter dies in Zimbabwe after elephant, felled by gunfire, collapses on him - National Post

National Post

Big game hunter dies in Zimbabwe after elephant, felled by gunfire, collapses on him
National Post
Over the following 28 years, Botha expanded his college side-gig into a full-fledged business, setting up private hunting ranches in Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and elsewhere, and drawing clients from around the world. He won a reputation as a ...
Zimbabwe hunter, known for big game hunting, gets crushed to death by an elephantIndia Today
Elephant Crushes Professional Hunter to Death in ZimbabweFace2Face Africa

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Zimbabwe: Evictions, Beatings at Mugabe-Linked Farm - The Zimbabwean

The Zimbabwean

Zimbabwe: Evictions, Beatings at Mugabe-Linked Farm
The Zimbabwean
The police affirmed in a court filing that the Arnolds Farm in Mazowe, Mashonaland Central province, Zimbabwe, which the families have occupied since 2000, is owned by the president's family. Human Rights Watch could not independently verify the farm ...
Zimbabwe: Villagers On Grace Mugabe Farm 'Beaten On Soles of Feet' - HRWAllAfrica.com

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Zimbabwe earns just $27m from diamonds - New Zimbabwe.com

New Zimbabwe.com

Zimbabwe earns just $27m from diamonds
New Zimbabwe.com
THE government has taken over income from all diamond mining activities in the country after injecting $80m into the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC), a state-owned company mandated to run diamond mining activities. Finance Minister ...



Churches condemn politically-motivated violence - NewsDay

NewsDay

Churches condemn politically-motivated violence
NewsDay
Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe president and Zimbabwe Head of Christian Denominations vice-chair Shingi Munyeza said they were running under the theme “To prevent violently contested 2018 harmonised elections and beyond, what seeks to ...

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Zimbabwe govt can not hide failure - Musewe - Bulawayo24 News (press release) (blog)

Bulawayo24 News (press release) (blog)

Zimbabwe govt can not hide failure - Musewe
Bulawayo24 News (press release) (blog)
"The 2010 African Development Bank's report on Zimbabwe's infrastructure and growth, acknowledged that Zimbabwe's economic growth and development cannot be achieved without the availability of appropriate economic and social infrastructure.

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There is no Zimbabwe left – Zimbabwe has fallen - Nehanda Radio

Nehanda Radio

There is no Zimbabwe left – Zimbabwe has fallen
Nehanda Radio
The same way Rhodesia is gone is the same way we might not have a Zimbabwe on the map 50 years from now. And it would be negligent to say Rhodesia perished because she was weak. Rhodesia was mighty, but she was built on a very weak idea; less ...