Callback, Tuesday 21 April

Gody says people in the rural areas like Mount Darwin are now surviving by barter, as they have no means of getting forex; Khulumani in South Africa says the mood leading-up to the landmark elections is apprehensive and Zimbabweans like him are wondering if this will result in a speeding up of them being sent home, and, Mary is a self employed cross-border trader who says that she is managing to provide for herself and her family, and she doesn’t agree with women selling their bodies for money.

Diaspora Diaries 210409

Diaspora Diaries, Tuesday 21 April

Alex Bell examines the ‘special dispensation permits’ the South African government has announced will be issued to Zimbabwean exiles in the country. The six-month permit will legalise Zimbabweans’ stay in the country and give them the right to work and access healthcare and education. Alex is joined by Tiseke Kasambala from Human Rights Watch in South Africa, who says the permits will help protect Zimbabwean exiles from violence, exploitation and, critically, from deportation. She explains that there are still many issues to be dealt with, like what will happen when the permits expire, but argues the decision is a crucial step forward by the South African government.


Newsreel, Tuesday 21 April

  1. Mudzingwa and Dhlamini re-arrested.
  2. 3 farm workers injured after police open fire on Stockdale farm.
  3. Thirteen students arrested after Masvingo protests over fees.
  4. Chamisa likely to retain communication portfolio.
  5. Bennett remanded to July 1st.

Letter from America 220409

Letter from America – April 20, 2009

The meaning and value of Zimbabwe’s independence celebration is the focus of today’s Letter from America


Callback 200409

Mai Dhliwayo says prices of basic goods have gone down but school fees are still out of reach for most; Ndora comments that things seem to be improving and people are beginning to reap the benefits of having a new government in place, but, Munochemeyi says the GNU looked promising initially but it appears to be falling short of expectations.

Reporters’ Forum 200409

Reporters’ Forum 200409

Lance Guma looks at the week’s top stories with the help of journalists Brilliant Pongo and Lionel Saungweme. The programme looks at the over-due release of political prisoners last Friday and Mugabe urging the West to lift targeted sanctions while also sniping at Tsvangirai over the same subject. The decision by the MDC to attend Independence Day celebrations for the first time is also analysed, as are many other stories.


  1. Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara meet to finalise outstanding issues.
  2. Shock as government refuses to take action in renewed farm attack.
  3. Biti orders Gono to take cars back from legislators.
  4. SADC to announce Zim aid package as funds remain scarce.
  5. Freelance journalist and 2 others finally released.
  6. MDC delaying release of Tsvangirai crash investigation report.

HEALTHbeat 180409

SW Radio Africa correspondent Simon Muchemwa joins us with a report on the availability and affordability of Anti-retroviral drugs; he talks about the recent death of well-known HIV activist Lynde Francis and how this is set to affect HIV activism in Zimbabwe; he discusses the new government’s attitude and policies towards HIV, and gives an update on the cholera situation.

Through the Valley 180409

The second Sunday of Easter, Richard reflects on this past festival and the current role of the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe. The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace is beginning a process of confession and reconciliation in the country, where some men who tortured for ZANU PF during elections last year are telling the truth about what took place and are now seeking forgiveness.

Newsroundup 180409

New evidence on Tsvangirai crash raises more questions
The BBC reports that early findings from an investigation into the road crash that killed Susan Tsvangirai suggest that it might not have been a genuine accident. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife was killed when their Land Cruiser vehicle was side swiped by a truck along the road from Harare that heads to Chivhu.

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