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‘President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa must take responsibility for shootings’

‘President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa must take responsibility for shootings’

CIVIC society organisations (CSOs) and opposition political parties yesterday challenged President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa to take responsibility for the fatal shooting of seven civilians by soldiers deployed to quell MDC Alliance protests two weeks ago, and order the trial of the soldiers responsible for the fatalities. This came after Mnangagwa, in his Defence Forces Day speech […]

‘Set up complaints mechanism against Zimbabwe Defence Forces’

‘Set up complaints mechanism against Zimbabwe Defence Forces’

THE Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has urged the government to put up mechanisms that will enable citizens to lodge complaints against members of the security services if they felt that their rights had been violated. This was raised in statement on the 2018 elections and the post electoral environment in Zimbabwe and in response […]

U.N: Reports of Voter Intimidation, Coercion Ahead Zimbabwe Poll

U.N: Reports of Voter Intimidation, Coercion Ahead Zimbabwe Poll

Voter intimidation, threats of violence and coercion including people forced to attend political rallies are being increasingly reported ahead of Zimbabwe’s elections on July 30, especially in rural areas, the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday. “There has also been the worrying use of disparaging language against female political candidates,” U.N. human rights spokeswoman […]

Why Zimbabwe Defence Forces warning is ominous

Why Zimbabwe Defence Forces warning is ominous

Army press conferences are rare and ominous events in Zimbabwe. When the army calls a press conference in Zimbabwe, it is a serious matter and you better sit up and listen. When they did in November last year, former president Robert Mugabe was toppled the next day. So it was no surprise that when they […]

Zimbabwe Army in Rural Areas Campaigning for Zanu PF Ahead of Crucial Elections

Zimbabwe Army in Rural Areas Campaigning for Zanu PF Ahead of Crucial Elections

A survey conducted by the Zimbabwe Democracy Initiative (ZDI) shows that some members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces have already been deployed in the country’s rural areas and there are fears that they are campaigning for the ruling Zanu PF party ahead of the July 30th general elections. The findings of the survey in which […]

Zimbabwe Defence Forces dodges questions on power transfer

Zimbabwe Defence Forces dodges questions on power transfer

ZIMBABWE’s military, for long accused of dabbling in partisan Zanu PF politics, yesterday ducked questions on whether they would allow for smooth transfer of power in the event of a victory by an opposition presidential candidate in the July 30 elections, curtly saying they will be guided by the Constitution. Addressing journalists in the capital, […]

Zimbabwe Defence Forces press conference full text

Zimbabwe Defence Forces press conference full text

Ladies and gentlemen, I have invited you to Defence House, for a press conference on the role of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) in the forthcoming harmonised elections all in an effort to inform your future reporting. Let Me begin by giving you a short brief on our role in the elections before I raise […]

Zimbabwe Defence Forces: We Are Not Campaigning for Zanu PF Ahead of Crucial Elections

Zimbabwe Defence Forces: We Are Not Campaigning for Zanu PF Ahead of Crucial Elections

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) has described as malicious and baseless press reports that it will rig the country’s forthcoming general elections in favour or the ruling Zanu PF party. Addressing journalists in Harare today, ZDF spokesperson Everson Mugwisi said they have no capacity to rig the elections through the postal ballot system. “These social […]

Army’s deployment in ousting Robert Mugabe challenged

Army’s deployment in ousting Robert Mugabe challenged

A SOUTH AFRICA-BASED Zimbabwean activist has approached the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) challenging the constitutionality of the involvement of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) in last November’s military operation which ousted former President Robert Mugabe from power and facilitated the appointment of Emmerson Mnangagwa and Constantino Chiwenga as President and Vice-President, respectively. Bongani Nyathi filed an […]

Zimbabwe army won’t help President Mnangagwa if he loses elections to Chamisa

Zimbabwe army won’t help President Mnangagwa if he loses elections to Chamisa

MDC Alliance leader Mr Nelson Chamisa says the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) is a professional and patriotic national body, which is unlikely to block him from assuming the Presidency if he wins the forthcoming elections. Addressing a rally at Pelandaba Stadium in Gwanda on Friday, Mr Chamisa told supporters he believes that the army prioritises […]

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