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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Zimbabwe First Lady sues in dispute over $1.35m ring - Moneyweb.co.za

Moneyweb.co.za

Zimbabwe First Lady sues in dispute over $1.35m ring
Moneyweb.co.za
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace has sued a Belgium-based businessman for failing to deliver a $1.35 million ring she ordered for a wedding anniversary, state media reported on Wednesday. Grace, 52, an influential figure in Mugabe's ...
Zimbabwe's First Lady Sues Over Missing $1.35 Million DiamondBloomberg
Mugabe, Grace bleed Zimbabwe dryNewsDay
Too early for Grace Mugabe's supporters to celebrateThe Zimbabwe Mail
Deutsche Welle -Bulawayo24 News (press release) (blog) -VOA Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwe to slash budget deficit despite looming elections - EWN - Eyewitness News

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Zimbabwe to slash budget deficit despite looming elections - EWN
Eyewitness News
The country has over the last four years failed to cut its deficit despite promises to do so, mainly due to high government spending on public sector salaries.

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Framing succession in Zimbabwe, SA - The Herald

The Herald

Framing succession in Zimbabwe, SA
The Herald
The media in Zimbabwe are hardly seeing beyond succession these days and they are framing all the main issues within the discourse of succession. We were told that the latest Cabinet reshuffle was meant to “clip the wings” of Vice President Emmerson ...



Love for imports create internal economic challenges - NewsDay

Love for imports create internal economic challenges
NewsDay
BUY Zimbabwe says the country's love of imports has created the internal economic challenges prevalent today which has led to a highly imbalanced economy. BY BUSINESS REPORTER. In a statement on Tuesday, Buy Zimbabwe said the existence of ...

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Zimbabwe's hangman post has been overwhelmed with applicants ... - Quartz

Quartz

Zimbabwe's hangman post has been overwhelmed with applicants ...
Quartz
Harare, Zimbabwe Zimbabwe has taken strides in recent years to abolish capital punishment and there has been fervent debate about the future of the death ...
Zimbabwe: Dozens Apply For Hangman PostAllAfrica.com
Top Africa Stories: Zimbabwe, Kenya, Togo | News24News24

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Zimbabwe bans imports of friut and vegetables - eNCA - eNCA

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Irrigation rehab channels life back into Zim's parched fields - NewsDay

NewsDay

Irrigation rehab channels life back into Zim's parched fields
NewsDay
NYANYADZI — In this drought-prone region of eastern Zimbabwe, relying on rain to grow crops no longer makes sense. That's one reason Joseph Zviuya, a small-scale farmer in the Nyanyadzi area, looks with satisfaction at the canal near his fields that ...



Self-belief, fight crucial to beating Zimbabwe — Brathwaite - Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observer

Self-belief, fight crucial to beating Zimbabwe — Brathwaite
Jamaica Observer
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC) — Vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite has warned the two-Test series against Zimbabwe will not be a straightforward one, and has urged his teammates to show the same self-belief and fighting spirit they displayed in their shock ...

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Women & men apply for hangman post in Zimbabwe - EWN - Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News

Women & men apply for hangman post in Zimbabwe - EWN
Eyewitness News
More than 90 people are currently on death row, although Zimbabwe hasn't executed any prisoners in the past 12 years.
Wanted: Zimbabwe hangman — 50 people applyCitizen
50 apply for hangman's post - NewsDay ZimbabweNewsDay

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Zimbabwe bans fruit, vegetable imports to save scarce forex | News24 - News24

News24

Zimbabwe bans fruit, vegetable imports to save scarce forex | News24
News24
Zimbabwe has banned the importation of fruit and vegetables to save scarce foreign currency in the face of a worsening economic crisis, state media has ...

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