SW Radio Africa News Headlines Wednesday 22nd May 2013
SW Radio Africa News Stories for Wednesday 22nd May 2013
Ncube says in Shurugwi South most people failed to register as voters during mobile registration because of too many demands, like proof of residence, ID cards and birth certificates. But known ZANU PF supporters were helped to register without any demands; Jacob is a ZPF activist in a resettlement area of Shangani and he owns up to beating opposition MDC supporters during the 2008 elections. He says he and others have been told to prepare to unleash violence during the forthcoming election, but he says he is thinking of fleeing the area as he doesn’t want to be involved in violence anymore.
This week on Wilbert on Wednesday find out why this UK based commentator is urging Zimbabweans to spoil their vote in the next election.
Dr Tapiwa Mashakada, the MDC-T’s deputy secretary-general and Minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, warns that Zimbabwe is sitting on a time bomb if the issue of unemployment is not addressed soon.
SW Radio Africa News Headlines Tuesday 21st May 2013
SW Radio Africa News Stories for Tuesday 21st May 2013
Aspiring MDC-T parliamentary candidate Grace Kwinjeh says her party’s new policy document, that was launched last weekend, should help the MDC-T win the next elections. It has answers to all the key challenges facing Zimbabwe, such as how service delivery can be accelerated and the economy resuscitated.
Ken in Kana Mission, Gokwe South, says that headmen in the constituency are being threatened with unspecified action should their subjects vote for the MDC in the forthcoming polls. He says this is reviving fears of the 2008 violence, during which some villagers had their homes torched. However, he says the infighting within ZANU PF points to a weak party and encourages the MDC to capitalise on this by increasing their presence in the area. From Chiundura in the Midlands, VaMoyo says the just-ended voter registration exercise should be a wake-up call for the MDC to realise that ZANU PF has already started rigging the elections. He says ZANU PF had a well-organised strategy, providing transport and voters’ rolls for their supporters, and he urges the MDC to do the same in the repeat exercise.
Alex Bell asks what the future holds for Zimbabwe’s relationship with South Africa, particularly ZANU PF’s relationship with the Jacob Zuma led ANC government. This historically loyal relationship appears to be under strain, to the point that ZANU PF loyalists have been calling for the SADC bloc to revisit Zuma’s facilitation role in Zimbabwe, after what they said were breaches of diplomatic protocol. South Africa based political analyst David Moore gives his thoughts on this relationship and what it means for Zimbabwe ahead of elections.