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  • Jan Raath

    Times correspondent nabbed over Iran nukes deal story

    HARARE – Jan Raath, a journalist with British newspaper The Times was arrested around 5 pm in Zimbabwe today over a story he wrote about President Robert Mugabe’s regime entering into a secret deal to sell Uranium to Iran. Nehanda Radio understands at the time of the arrest Raath was with Harrison Nkomo, a lawyer with the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. He was later released and asked to write an affidavit on the Zimbabwe-Iran uranium deal. The Times story published on Saturday quoted outgoing deputy minister of mines Gift Chimanikire saying that Zimbabwe signed a deal with Iran to supply the Islamic republic with the raw materials needed to…

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    Tsvangirai presidential challenge to be heard Saturday

    MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai’s Constitutional Court application, challenging the outcome of the just-ended elections, will be heard on Saturday. Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC-T spokesman, told SW Radio Africa that the matter will be heard by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku over the weekend. He said the petition will be heard 2pm Saturday “and everyone with papers to file should do so by Friday”. Meanwhile in a related matter, the High Court was by Wednesday evening still hearing two other petitions lodged by Tsvangirai, who wants the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to release voting material pertaining to the presidential election. The MDC-T leader argues that the election material will provide crucial evidence…

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    US urged to probe ‘sanctions busting’ loan that propped up Mugabe

    The US is under pressure to launch an official investigation into an American assets management firm, which has been accused of directly funding the Robert Mugabe regime. The Och Ziff Company was last year revealed as the ‘silent’ financer of a $100 million loan that was used to help ZANU PF cling to power in 2008. According to the Mail & Guardian newspaper, the Och Ziff group paid out the money as part of a share purchase in a shadowy mining firm with ZANU PF connections. That mining firm, the Central African Mining and Exploration Company (Camec), used this share payment as a ‘loan’ to the ZANU PF government, through…

  • Tsvangirai presidential challenge to be heard Saturday

    Tsvangirai presidential challenge to be heard Saturday

    MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai’s Constitutional Court application, challenging the outcome of the just-ended elections, will be heard on Saturday. Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC-T spokesman, told SW Radio Africa that the matter will be heard by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku over the weekend. He said the petition will be heard 2pm Saturday “and everyone with papers to file should do so by Friday”. Meanwhile in a related matter, the High Court was by Wednesday evening still hearing two other petitions lodged by Tsvangirai, who wants the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to release voting material pertaining to the presidential election. The MDC-T leader argues that the election material will provide crucial evidence…

  • Zimbabwe Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and Senior Iranian officials after signing the uranium deals

    US warns Robert Mugabe against Iran uranium deal

    THE United States has warned Zimbabwe against selling uranium that could be used in a nuclear weapons programme to Iran saying any such deal would violate international law and lead to severe penalties. “UN Security Council Resolution 1737 prohibits the sale or transfer of uranium to Iran, except for low-enriched uranium when it is incorporated into assembled nuclear fuel elements for light-water reactors,” a US State Department official told the UK-based Times newspaper on Monday. “The Government of Zimbabwe is bound by its commitments to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and relevant legally binding UN Security Council resolutions. “The United States is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.…

  • Joice Mujuru

    Mujuru leading battle to succeed Mugabe

    Zimbabwe – President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF now face the task of running the country without their former partners – Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Mugabe has delegated the task of drawing up a new Zanu-PF-only cabinet to his vice-president, Joice Mujuru, according to Zanu-PF insiders. Though that is officially part of her job, Zanu-PF watchers are wondering whether the decision has given her an edge in the struggle to succeed the ageing Mugabe, which is bound to hot up now. Mugabe’s swearing-in as president after his 61 percent to 34 percent victory over Tsvangirai in the July 31 presidential election was postponed on Friday when the…

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    Mugabe reportedly signs uranium deal with Iran

    London – Zimbabwe has signed a secret deal to supply Iran with the raw materials needed to develop a nuclear weapon, in breach of international sanctions, The Times reported on Saturday. “I have seen (a memorandum of understanding) to export uranium to the Iranians,” Zimbabwean Deputy Mining Minister Gift Chimanikire told the British newspaper. The agreement, which was reportedly signed last year, is likely to cause alarm in Western capitals. The United States and the European Union have imposed crippling sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, which Tehran insists is for peaceful energy uses but which they fear is intended to build a bomb. Zimbabwe is also subject to…

  • Mutumwa Mawere

    Mawere in SA R5 million Lotto fraud

    Johannesburg – A politcally-connected Zimbabwean-born businessman has been arrested for allegedly defrauding the national lottery of nearly R5 million. Mutumwa Mawere, a controversial figure and foe of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, was arrested in Johannesburg this week shortly after Mugabe was re-elected. Mawere is alleged to have used his African Heritage Society organisation to fraudulently secure a R4.5m grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, which is predominantly used to fund charities. Mawere, who has dual citizenship, this year won a Constitutional Court case in Harare that allowed him to vote in the recent Zimbabwean elections. He has been living in South Africa since fleeing Zimbabwe after the Mugabe…

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    Zuma washes his hands on Zimbabwe

    President Jacob Zuma is expected to inform the Southern African Development Community (SADC) next weekend that the four-year facilitation process, which he headed, is over, following the conclusion of Zimbabwe’s elections. A source close to the process told City Press: “As far as South Africa is concerned, we have ended mediation in Zimbabwe.” SADC heads of state will gather for a two-day summit in Lilongwe, Malawi on Saturday where they will focus on the recent elections. President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, who heads the SADC organ that was concerned with Zimbabwe, is due to present the regional observer mission’s final report. Almost 600 observers from the region monitored the elections.…

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    MDC-T challenges Robert Mugabe election theft

    HARARE – Lawyers for Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court against the election results that gave President Robert Mugabe 61% of the presidential vote. Mr Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, wants the elections declared null and void and for fresh elections to be held in 60 days, said lawyer Chris Mhike outside the courthouse in Harare. Supporters of Mr Mugabe, a former rebel who tightly controls Zimbabwe, scoff at accusations of election fraud, and there seems little chance that the results will be overturned. The two men had been partners in an awkward coalition. Mr Mugabe has been in…