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Video: Zimbabwe: Stealing Lives @aljenglish

Zimbabwe has one of the highest rates of HIV and AIDS in the world; nearly 15 pecent of the population carry the virus. Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans are kept alive by anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) given freely by aid agencies on condition that they are not re-sold and that they are used for treating those in need. The drugs have played a vital role in stabilising a situation that was running out of control a decade ago, citing the death rate by more than two-thirds. However, any interruption in the supply of those…

ZESN Comments on the Zimbabwe 2002 Presidential Elections Khampepe Report

20 November 2014- Harare - The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) welcomes the publishing of the Khampepe Report commissioned by former South African president, Thabo Mbeki on Zimbabwe’s 2002 Presidential Elections. Thabo Mbeki tasked two judges, with leading the Judicial Observer Mission (JOM) to cover the March 9 and 10 2002 elections and to draw up a report on their observation.  The observer mission report was not published until this year when the Constitutional Court ordered the release of the report to the…

The Imperative Need to Decriminalize Freedom of Expression in Zimbabwe – Pitfalls and Opportunities for Reform

A presentation to the MISA Zimbabwe Stakeholders Meeting on Decriminalising Freedom of Expression in Zimbabwe.  13 November 2014 Amber Hotel, Holiday Inn Mutare The contentious issue of criminalization of freedom of expression/ criminal defamation in Zimbabwe has been at the forefront of the overall struggle or quest for democratic media freedom in Zimbabwe.  It is the arrests, detention and comparatively few convictions of journalists since our national independence that has led to many of our citizens, media…

Exposing Zim’s illegal trade in AIDS drugs on @AJEnglish

This Wednesday, 19 November 2014, Al Jazeera’s award-winning Africa Investigates goes undercover on the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe to reveal the illegal trade in life-saving AIDS drugs and their shocking popularity as recreational drugs. Zimbabwe has one of the highest rates of HIV and AIDS in the world; nearly 15% of the population carry the virus. Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans are kept alive by anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) donated by the outside world. These drugs have cut the death rate by more than…

South Africa subverting Zim democracy – Tsvangirai

By Farai Dauramanzi MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has criticised the South African government of working in cahoots with President Robert Mugabe to subdue democracy in Zimbabwe. The former prime minister was commenting on the recently released South Africa Judicial Observer Mission report on Zimbabwe’s 2002 elections while addressing a press conference at his party headquarters in Harare on Wednesday 19 November 2014. The report points out to irregularities in the 2002 elections which were reportedly marred by…

BURA speaks on pre-paid water meters

The Bulawayo Residents Association (BURA) has distanced itself from the protest marches against the pre-paid water metering choosing instead to engage the Bulawayo City Council and government in dialogue over the issue. BURA members were conspicuous with their absence in last Friday’s street protests which saw hundreds of residents besiege the Large City Hall to pressurise the local authority to reverse its decision to instal pre-paid water meters. The march was organised by the Bulawayo Progressive Residents…

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