Bail denied for activists as state comes up with new charges
On Friday High Court Judge Tedius Karwi denied bail to Glen View legislator Paul Madzore and 5 MDC office workers, including Luke Tamborinyoka and Brighton Masimba, saying the police needed more time to investigate. The judge gave the state up to 25th April to deliver its evidence, while the activists remain in remand prison. Defence lawyer Alec Muchadehama said the police should investigate first before arresting people.
Police â€˜allowâ€™ prayer meeting but ban political speakers
Zimbabwe â€™s church leaders have said they will go ahead with a prayer meeting in Bulawayo â€™s Makokoba Township Saturday. The Herald newspaper quotes police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena saying the Save Zimbabwe Campaign was a political gathering and not a prayer meeting. Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara where scheduled to speak at the gathering. Police have said it can only go ahead if they do not include the politicians in the program.
South African clerics attack SADC inaction over Mugabe
Senior Catholic clerics from South Africa visiting Zimbabwe have condemned SADC leaders for failing to speak out on Mugabeâ€™s crackdown against the opposition. Archbishop Buti Tlagale from Johannesburg and Bishop Kevin Dowling from Rustenburg said regional leaders were in fact giving tacit approval to Mugabeâ€™s tactics by not speaking out.
Zapu leader says crisis talks should not be secret
Outspoken Zapu leader Paul Siwela said it would be useless for the MDC to engage Zanu (PF) in any talks if they go to the negotiating table as underdogs. He added that it would be pointless to agree to talks where terms will be dictated to the opposition, as this will guarantee certain victory for Mugabe and Zanu (PF) in negotiations.
Â Mandisa speaks to Betty Makoni, Director and Founder of the Girl Child Network who has just been announced as the winner of the 2007 World’s Children’s Prize and Global Friend’s award. What makes this award especially significant is that the winner is selected by a 15-member jury of former child soldiers, street children, bonded workers and refugees from 15 countries, so it is truly a global recognition.
John: At least as far as the Zim government is concerned, Human Rights for its citizens are the furthest things on their mind right now. Gwezhira, who is an activist, warns of the dangers of flouting these principles which Zimbabwe is a signatory to and warns of dire consequences on judgement day which is imminent.
Â Lance Guma talks about Cont Mhlangaâ€™s new play The Good President, the reunification show between brothers Daiton and Josphat Somanje at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera and why Bob Marleyâ€™s song Zimbabwe was so prophetic. Music played includes Thomas Mapfumosâ€™ Disaster and Mamveve, Marleyâ€™s Africa Unite and Zimbabwe plus Paul Simonâ€™s Mother and Child Reunion.
Â Eric is a Zimbabwean teacher who is based in Holland. He has some concerns about the many Zimbabweans in the Diaspora as he feels that many of us lose sight of who we are and the struggle at home. He speaks to Mandisa on today’s programme.
Mandla is a Zimbabwean based in the Irish Republic and shares his thoughts with John about his concerns of Zimbabweans in the diaspora not doing as much as they could to help in the political change process in Zimbabwe.
Church leaders questioned by police ahead of prayer meeting
Pastor Ray Motsi and Pastor Patson Nheta from the Christian Alliance were called in for questioning by police Thursday, in connection with a prayer meeting that is scheduled for Bulawayo on Saturday. This is the second time in just over a month that the group, under the Save Zimbabwe Campaign, will attempt to hold a prayer meeting.
Mbeki pressured to act fast on Zimbabwe to save 2010 World Cup
President Thabo Mbeki is under pressure from South Africa â€™s 2010 World Cup organising committee to find a solution to the Zimbabwe crisis, or risk seeing his country lose the right to host the biggest football tournament.
Skepticism greets SABC plans for Harare office ahead of elections
SABC Managing Director Snuki Zikalala met Zimbabwean Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu Wednesday and reportedly discussed the setting up of the office. Rev Nicholas Mkaronda the Director of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition chapter in South Africa said while it is good to have different media getting information out, their concern was that government was deciding who can open a bureau and who cannot.
Civic group says 2008 elections too soon
David Chimhini, the director of the Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust, says there are numerous reasons elections should not be held in 2008. He said the most obvious reason is that government does not have the capacity or the money to run elections at this time.
SADC executive secretary expected in Harare
There are reports that Thomaz Salomao, the Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), was expected in Harare late on Wednesday. His mission according is apparently to assess Zimbabweâ€™s economic situation, then propose changes that would help with recovery.
Â Collin Chibango is the interim president of the newly formed Zimbabwe Youth Movement and is the guest on Behind the Headlines. The movementâ€™s leadership is composed mainly of former student leaders and says it plans to change the use of youths by politicians from mere â€˜foot soldiersâ€™ to full participation in the political process. Lance Guma speaks to Chibango and finds out more.
The tense, fearful atmosphere that has developed in the capital as government sponsored thugs and officials continue to abduct and assault innocent citizens and activists is the focus In the Balance this week.
Gugulethu Moyoâ€™s guest is Israel Mabhoo, vice chairman of the Combined Harare Residents Association, who says the authorities are treating all citizens like they are enemies and people no longer feel safe anywhere. Mabhoo reveals how their staff members and ward officials in the townships have been assaulted or tortured, forcing the organization to establish â€œsafe officesâ€ from which they operate.