Research and Advocacy Unit: Webinar to launch new report – 24 May 2023 24 May 2023 from 3pm to 4.30pm (CAT)– Central African Time, i.e. 1 hour ahead of the UK

The Research and Advocacy Unit, in association with other human rights organisations, has produced a report titled“A short history of Organised Violence and Torture in Zimbabwe from 1972-2020”. The moderator is human rights lawyer Musa Kika, director of Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum.
Mnangagwa chopper deal raises anger – 21 May 2023

President Mnangagwa has been criticised for presiding over a controversial deal that saw Zimbabwe acquire 32 helicopters from Russia worth a staggering US$320 million without following laid down procurement procedures, amid allegations the prices for the choppers were inflated.Mutambara says Mnangagwa’s Govt is “incompetent, corrupt, authoritarian and directionless” –
21 May 2023

Former Deputy Prime Minister in the Government of National Unity, Prof Arthur Mutambara, says in his last book in the trilogy, In Search of the Elusive Zimbabwean Dream: An Autobiography of Thought Leadership,
that President Mnangagwa’s government is incompetent, corrupt, authoritarian and lacks direction.
Book launches: Harare: 30 May; Bulawayo: 2 June; Sandton, Johannesburg: 8 June.
To read the article, click HERE.

Zimbabwe takes misery crown: Named most miserable country in the world – 21 May 2023

Zimbabwe has been named most miserable country on Prof Steve Hanke’s Misery Index, surpassing war-torn nations like Ukraine and Syria. Hyperinflation, with an inflation rate of 243%, and high unemploy-ment contribute to Zimbabwe’s distressing ranking. The most favourable country is Switzerland.

There cannot be any confidence in Zimbabwe’s upcoming polls ‒ and their quality matters enormously – 18 May 2023

None of Zimbabwe’s elections since 2000 have passed the test of best practice. The already turbulent 2023 elections take place in the context of inflation rising rapidly, the economy sagging to unprecedented depths, massive food insecurity and most of the population living below the poverty line. Scarcely the conditions in which a government is likely to be re-elected.
To read the opinion piece by Tony Reeler and Ibbo Mandaza, click HERE.

Zimbabwe’s woes are leading to ‘consequences’ for southern Africa said Joachim Chissano –
18 May 2023

Challenges in Zimbabwe, including its economic crisis, are leading to “terrible consequences” for the southern African region and something must be done soon to change it, said former Mozambican president Joachim Chissano. He was speaking during talks to end Zimbabwe’s standoff with creditors.

Fadzayi Mahere addresses the UN’s opening of the 15th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – May 16, 2023

The spokesperson for Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), Advocate Fadzayi Mahere, spoke at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – a major United Nations conference that shines a spotlight on urgent human rights in need of global attention.
Her speech, titled “The Tragedy of Zimbabwe”, drew the anger of Zimbabwe’s ruling party, Zanu PF, at a time when the country will go to the polls in little under four months.
African Devt Bank Proposes ‘Fast Track’ Compensation for Zimbabwe white ex-Farmers – 15 May 2023

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has developed financial instruments to “fast track and frontload” US$3.5 billion in compensation to white farmers whose farms were taken, the bank’s president has said. (Note: this severely discounted amount is only for improvements and not for the land, despite land being a requirement according to international law). Adesina is concerned that 91% of Zimbabwe’s multilateral debt and 61% of its bilateral debt is in arrears.

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