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Roelof
Apr 3rd 2008, 03:57 AM
In our neigbouring African country the ruling Zanu-PF party has lost it majority in parlement. Please pray for peace.

Mugabe to go down fighting - experts

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is likely to resist pressure to make a graceful exit and go down fighting in an election runoff with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575), analysts said on Wednesday.

"Mugabe is a high stakes political gambler, and I think he is going to go for it with everything he can marshall.

A senior Western diplomat, who asked not to be named, said: "He is not the type that quietly walks away into the sunset.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2298821,00.html

menJesus
Apr 3rd 2008, 09:02 AM
Praying that God`s hand is upon the country, and upon the people in it.

jsph110
Apr 3rd 2008, 09:44 AM
In our neigbouring African country the ruling Zanu-PF party has lost it majority in parlement. Please pray for peace.

Mugabe to go down fighting - experts

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is likely to resist pressure to make a graceful exit and go down fighting in an election runoff with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575), analysts said on Wednesday.

"Mugabe is a high stakes political gambler, and I think he is going to go for it with everything he can marshall.

A senior Western diplomat, who asked not to be named, said: "He is not the type that quietly walks away into the sunset.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2298821,00.html


Mugabe is like Goliath. fine. But we serve a God who created Mugabe. A God who created the blacksmith who makes the weapons. Never limit the power of God.
I am from Kenya, studying abroad and i was terriefied by the news of what was happening in Kenya. I fasted. i said 'i come against the spirit of war and pestilence in my country in the name of the Jesus, the Lord God of Israel". and i ask the Holy Spirit to come and dwell in the hearts of the leaders and people of my country. you can see the result!! this is the attitude God honors and it comes by practice. trust His faithfulness. trust His power. I pray the same prayer for Zimbabwe. there shall be peace in the name of Yeshua.

Roelof
Apr 3rd 2008, 11:48 AM
.... trust His faithfulness. trust His power. I pray the same prayer for Zimbabwe. there shall be peace in the name of Yeshua.

Thanks for your prayer.

Frances
Apr 3rd 2008, 04:18 PM
:pray: Trusting the Lord to use this situation for His Glory.

Roelof
Apr 5th 2008, 04:33 AM
Fear returns to Harare as Mugabe thugs vow to fight ‘white invasion’

Robert Mugabe unleashed his most feared thugs on the streets of the Zimbabwean capital yesterday in a very public show of force as his party’s leadership united in a last-ditch bid for him to stay in power.
At its first meeting since the party’s shock defeat at polls held last weekend, the Zanu (PF) politburo endorsed Mr Mugabe’s bid for a second-round run-off against his opposition challenger, Morgan Tsvangirai.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article3685256.ece

Roelof
Apr 5th 2008, 04:10 PM
Zanu-PF 'preparing for war'

Harare - Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) said on Saturday that he was the clear winner over Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) in the first round of a presidential election and there was no need for a run-off.

Zanu-PF is preparing a war against the people of Zimbabwe such as we witnessed in 2000," he told reporters, in reference to violence which followed Mugabe's defeat in a referendum on presidential powers eight years ago.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2300581,00.html

Roelof
Apr 5th 2008, 04:20 PM
Police stop MDC lodging appeal

Harare - Armed police on Saturday prevented Zimbabwe opposition lawyers from entering the high court to apply for an order forcing the release of presidential election results.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2300534,00.html

Roelof
Apr 6th 2008, 04:14 AM
Opposition braced for dirty war as Mugabe clings on to power

The beleaguered president has been accused of mobilising militias to settle Zimbabwe’s election the hard way

ZIMBABWE was bracing itself yesterday for the possibility that President Robert Mugabe, forced into an expected election runoff against his opposition challenger Morgan Tsvangirai, could mobilise an army of thugs to beat, intimidate and terrify voters, while taking emergency powers to vary the electoral regulations so as to make ballot-stuffing easier.
Both Britain and the United States are exercising strong diplomatic pressure on Mugabe not to follow this route. But some diplomatic observers believe that it may be the ageing despot’s only way of keeping his vow to die in State House.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article3689991.ece

Roelof
Apr 6th 2008, 02:54 PM
New farm invasions in Zim


Harare - White farmers in Zimbabwe say they are being besieged by a new wave of farm invasions by militants loyal to President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562)'s ruling party.
Three cattle ranchers say they were forced off their land on Saturday and a fourth is holding out with about 50 militants threatening to break down his farm gates. The land grabs, revealed on Sunday, come as Mugabe and his party confront massive elections losses and may be plotting to recoup by marshalling militias and security forces to intimidate voters in a run-off presidential vote.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2300969,00.html

Roelof
Apr 7th 2008, 03:47 AM
Zimbabwe's war veterans set their sights on white farms

Militant supporters of Robert Mugabe descended on some of Zimbabwe’s last white-owned farms yesterday in an orchestrated campaign of intimidation designed to keep him in power.
The invasions, which sparked memories of the farm seizures that ultimately brought the economy to its knees, got under way as the ruling party and the Opposition both launched legal battles over the release of election results.
Lawyers for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) appeared in court to press for the immediate release of presidential poll results, more than a week after the election. Mr Mugabe’s ruling Zanu (PF), meanwhile, hit back with a demand that results be withheld and a recount taken.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article3694930.ece

Roelof
Apr 8th 2008, 03:56 AM
Please pray with me that Mugabe will accept the results and that peace will reign in Zimbabwe.

Zuma meets MDC leader


Harare - Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai met ANC president Jacob Zuma on Monday after appealing for help from outside powers to end the 28-year rule of President Robert Mugabe. A spokesperson for the ruling African National Congress said Tsvangirai had met Zuma in Johannesburg, but gave no details.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2301810,00.html

jsph110
Apr 8th 2008, 05:54 AM
Please pray with me that Mugabe will accept the results and that peace will reign in Zimbabwe.

Zuma meets MDC leader


Harare - Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai met ANC president Jacob Zuma on Monday after appealing for help from outside powers to end the 28-year rule of President Robert Mugabe. A spokesperson for the ruling African National Congress said Tsvangirai had met Zuma in Johannesburg, but gave no details.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2301810,00.html

please don't be like the Israelites who forgot what the Lord had done for them, parting the redsea and killing all Egyptians who were after them. they forgot about that and they were all scared of fighting the hittites and those other tribes in the promised land. this really angered God. its a test. even if there was a war there, God is still faithful to those who obey His commandments.
but i won't blame you, i was also scared when the same situation was happening in Kenya and could not see how God could stop it. i did not think He was powerful enough!!

Everytime you start worrying, praise the Lord reading psalms and most importantly FAST. ask God to help you not limit Him. read 2chronicles 20 everyday. do what it says. it literally means what it says. do not limit Jehova. He made the whole world.

I agree with you as touching this peace issue in Zimbabwe. As Per Jesus' promise, we proclaim peace in that country and the presence of the Holy Ghost; may angels encamp about you and your loved ones in Jesus' name. you are covered with the blood of Jesus.

menJesus
Apr 8th 2008, 09:06 AM
Continuing to pray for Zembabwe and its people. May God`s Will be done there.

Roelof
Apr 9th 2008, 04:00 AM
Please continue to pray for peace:

Zimbabwe faces starvation as mobs rampage through farms

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article3671353.ece

jsph110
Apr 9th 2008, 10:37 AM
I ask for peace in your country in Jesus' name. I agree with you in prayer as touching this issue.

Roelof
Apr 10th 2008, 03:44 AM
MDC makes 'coup' claims

Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) has deployed troops across Zimbabwe to intimidate people ahead of a presidential run-off in a "de facto military coup", his rival Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) said in an interview on Wednesday.
"The military leaders in the establishment are trying to subvert the will of the people," opposition leader Tsvangirai told Time from an undisclosed location in Zimbabwe in comments published on the magazine's website.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2303166,00.html

Roelof
Apr 11th 2008, 03:50 AM
Please pray for our neighbour country.

Zim: a weekend face-off

Zimbabwe's opposition ruled out Thursday a run-off vote between leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) and President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) as the two looked set for a weekend summit showdown on the crisis.
Twelve days after the presidential poll with still no official result, Tsvangirai's number two said there was no way the opposition would take part in a run-off as its man had clearly won outright.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2303850,00.html

menJesus
Apr 11th 2008, 07:27 AM
Continuing to pray for the situation in Zimbabwe.

Roelof
Apr 11th 2008, 12:45 PM
menJesus

Thanks for your prayers

Roelof
Apr 12th 2008, 10:19 AM
World 'losing patience' with Zim

The international community's patience with Zimbabwe's regime is "wearing thin", British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Friday.
Brown said he could not understand why it was taking so long to announce the results of the March 29 presidential elections in Zimbabwe. The British prime minister said in an e-mailed statement that he was appalled by signs that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562)'s regime was resorting to "intimidation and violence".

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2304605,00.html

Roelof
Apr 13th 2008, 03:53 AM
MDC won’t take part in Zimbabwe run-off

"We will not participate in a re-run of elections because we won that election hands down without a need for a re-run," Tendai Biti, the secretary general of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) told a press conference in Johannesburg.

Twelve days after the March 29 presidential poll, the result is still to be announced although Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has said a run-off between the two main candidates is definite.

Tsvangirai claimed on Saturday that he was the outright victor of the presidential battle, saying he had passed the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a second vote.

http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=745982

Roelof
Apr 13th 2008, 05:16 AM
Please continue to pray for peace:

Crisis? What Crisis?


Arrests, torture, bans, invasions ... and still no election results — but after meeting Mugabe, Mbeki says: ‘There is no crisis’

“There is no crisis in Zimbabwe,” President Thabo Mbeki announced after a one-hour meeting with embattled Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe in Harare yesterday.

http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=747222

Roelof
Apr 14th 2008, 03:57 AM
'Democracy gone wrong' in Zim

Parliamentarians cannot remain silent about Zimbabwe, a case of "democracy gone wrong", National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=929) said in Cape Town on Sunday.


A SADC special meeting in Lusaka on Saturday had urged a speedy resolution to a "democratic process gone wrong", Mbete said to applause at the opening of the 118th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting. "We look forward to a lasting solution in the interest of peace and stability in Zimbabwe and in the SADC region."

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/Politics/0,,2-7-12_2305219,00.html

Roelof
Apr 14th 2008, 01:01 PM
Mugabe does not want to step down as president.
Please pray for peace in our neighbour country.

Zim court rules against MDC

The Zimbabwe High Court has rejected the opposition MDC's petition for immediate poll results.

The results of the country's presidential election have not been released, 16 days after the vote. The MDC was seeking a court order forcing the state-controlled Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to release the results.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2305682,00.html

aaalynn
Apr 14th 2008, 02:28 PM
:pray::pray:

I am bringing this before the Lord along with you.

Roelof
Apr 15th 2008, 03:51 AM
Please continue to pray for Zimbabwe.
It appears that they are on the edge of civil violence.

Troops fan out in Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562)'s security forces fanned out across Zimbabwe on Monday on the eve of a general strike called by the opposition, after a judge threw out its bid to force the election results.

Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575)'s opposition urged Zimbabweans to show their disgust at the continuing hold-up by launching a general strike from Tuesday until the results of the March 29 presidential poll are released.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2305944,00.html

Roelof
Apr 15th 2008, 01:11 PM
More cops spread out in Zim

Additional police and soldiers spread out across Harare on Tuesday as the Zimbabwe's opposition called a nationwide strike to press for the release of long-delayed presidential results.
Zimbabwe was still waiting for official results more than two weeks since a presidential vote that Zimbabwe's long-time ruler apparently lost. The opposition had failed in a series of attempts to force the release of results.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2306196,00.html

menJesus
Apr 15th 2008, 10:52 PM
Praying that the Lord brings resolution, and peace, to Zimbabwe.

Roelof
Apr 16th 2008, 03:47 AM
This country has an inflation rate of 100 000% and unemployment of 80% under Mugabe.

US calls Zimbabwe 'a crisis'

The United States on Tuesday questioned plans by Zimbabwean election officials to recount the ballots in the controversial presidential elections, and said the political stalemate over disputed outcome helped create a "crisis."

"Zimbabwe is in a crisis. We are in a crisis in Zimbabwe," State Department spokesperson Sean McCormack said, offering a US view sharply differing from South African President Thabo Mbeki (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=895), who has denied that Zimbabwe had fallen into a crisis.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2306508,00.html

Roelof
Apr 16th 2008, 09:26 AM
Zim at 'tipping point'

Brait economist Colen Garrow said on Tuesday that it now seems irreversible that a solution needs to be found in Zimbabwe, as the country has reached "tipping point".


"It progressively moves more in favour of things coming right," he says. He says one of the key things underpinning this was that results had been posted in the wards.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2306505,00.html

Roelof
Apr 17th 2008, 03:51 AM
130 white farmers run off land

A Zimbabwe farmers union said on Wednesday more than 130 white farmers had been driven off their land by supporters of President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) and around 30 had not able to return to their farms.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2307009,00.html

Roelof
Apr 17th 2008, 03:54 AM
Please continue to pray for peace.

Mystery over Zim arms on ship


Durban - A Chinese ship, whose cargo is alleged to include arms for Zimbabwe, has been cleared to dock and offload its controversial cargo in the port, said Transnet on Wednesday. Spokesperson John Dludlu said on Wednesday: "As for vessel An Yue Jiang, we wish to confirm that this vessel with its cargo destined for Zimbabwe is at anchorage outside the port of Durban.

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2307060,00.html

menJesus
Apr 17th 2008, 07:15 AM
Praying for peaceful resolution, and for peace for the people of Zimbabwe.

Roelof
Apr 17th 2008, 09:17 AM
menJesus

Thanks for your prayers.

Roelof
Apr 17th 2008, 12:35 PM
Zimbabwe has the lowest life expectancy in the world.

According to the United Nations (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations) World Health Organization (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Health_Organization), the life expectancy for men is 37 years and the life expectancy for women is 34 years of age, the lowest in the world in 2006.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwe#Economy

Roelof
Apr 17th 2008, 01:09 PM
April 17, 2008

Robert Mugabe accuses Morgan Tsvangirai of treason

Robert Mugabe’s ruling party today accused Morgan Tsvangirai, the Zimbabwean opposition leader, of treason and of working with Britain to oust the President from power.

Patrick Chinamasa, the Justice Minister, said he had seen correspondence showing that Mr Tsvangirai's party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), had asked Gordon Brown to depose Mr Mugabe and install him as President.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article3763954.ece

Roelof
Apr 18th 2008, 03:50 AM
Only God can establish peace in this poor country while Mugabe does not want to release the votes on the presidential poll.

Mugabe warns Zimbabweans

President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) on Thursday urged Zimbabweans to defend the country against British "imperialism" on the eve of its 28th anniversary of independence.

"We should not let our children down by dropping our guard against imperialism, British imperialism, which is surreptitiously and clandestinely weaving its way through our society, trying to divide us," Mugabe told hundreds of youngsters at an eve-of-independence party in the capital Harare.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2307954,00.html


Opposition to a shipment of arms being offloaded in Durban and transported to Zimbabwe increased on Thursday when South Africa's biggest transport workers' union announced that its members would not unload the ship.

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2307888,00.html

menJesus
Apr 18th 2008, 09:42 AM
Continuing to pray for the people and the land of Zimbabwe.

Roelof
Apr 18th 2008, 10:09 AM
Continuing to pray for the people and the land of Zimbabwe.

menJesus

I really appreciate your regular prayers.

I heard this morning on the radio that the UK has troops ready in Botswana, the US has a fighter ship near the coast of Mozambique, South Africa has para troops on the border with Zim ready.

Only God can bring peace now.

For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be on His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isa 9:6)

menJesus
Apr 18th 2008, 11:27 AM
Roelof, when I posted this morning, I wanted to ask you what was happening there, but I didn`t, because I didn`t want to break the thread for it.

Please keep us updated. Are you safe?

Roelof
Apr 18th 2008, 03:37 PM
Roelof, when I posted this morning, I wanted to ask you what was happening there, but I didn`t, because I didn`t want to break the thread for it.

Please keep us updated. Are you safe?

menJesus

Thanks for your concern. We are safe but everybody is very worried.

Roelof
Apr 19th 2008, 04:43 AM
Praise the Lord !!!

Zim arms ship flees Durban

Durban - A ship that was carrying weapons and ammunition destined for Zimbabwe lifted anchor and sailed from Durban less than an hour after the Durban High Court ordered that its controversial cargo cannot be transported across South Africa to that country.

The An Yue Jiang lifted anchor between 18:00 and 19:00 on Friday evening.
Several sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the ship had set sail from the outer anchorage off the port of Durban.

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2308655,00.html

Anglican bishop Rubin Phillips with Patrick Kearney, a former activist and executive of the Diakonia Council of Churches, applied to the Durban High Court to prevent the weapons from reaching Zimbabwe.

menJesus
Apr 19th 2008, 08:00 AM
Thanking the Lord for diverting this shipload of weapons! And still praying for Zimbabwe.

Roelof
Apr 20th 2008, 04:12 AM
I am praying that this might lead to peace.

Zimbabwe: ANC Steps In

Ruling party decides to circumvent President Mbeki and deal with Zanu-PF and MDC directly


The African National Congress has taken a decision to sidestep President Thabo Mbeki and directly intervene between Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.
The Sunday Times has established that the ANC National Working Committee (NWC) has asked the party’s secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, to establish contact with Zimbabwe’s two main protagonists in an attempt to bring them to the table.

http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=752142

Roelof
Apr 20th 2008, 06:57 AM
ALL across Harare yesterday, men, women, and children separated from their parents, including a boy of 12 with suspected malaria and a fragile 15-year-old girl, were hiding from a state-run terror campaign unleashed against Zimbabwe’s opposition.

Beaten and driven from their homes in the countryside and crowded townships in the reprisals that have followed President Robert Mugabe’s apparent electoral defeat three weeks ago, they made their way to the city by any means possible.

They came in their dozens, by bus, by train, by communal taxi. Such was one frightened man’s determination to escape that he walked for many miles with bare feet. Even those who did not need hospital care were still in pain days after their arrival from beaten, swollen limbs.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article3779902.ece

menJesus
Apr 20th 2008, 08:25 AM
Praying that the Lord is with the people of Zimbabwe.

Roelof
Apr 21st 2008, 09:07 AM
Zimbabwe resembles a war-zone, with thousands of people displaced, hundreds injured and 10 killed by post-election violence, an opposition leader said as he appealed for international intervention.

Tendai Biti, secretary-general of the Movement for Democratic Change, said violence since March 29 elections had forced 3 000 families out of their homes. Hundreds of people had been taken to hospital with injuries and 10 people killed, he said.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2309335,00.html

menJesus
Apr 21st 2008, 09:25 AM
Roelof, I read an article yesterday that says the inflation rate there is astronomical. :(

Praying that the Lord makes a way for the people of Zimbabwe to live, and to eat.

Roelof
Apr 21st 2008, 09:41 AM
Roelof, I read an article yesterday that says the inflation rate there is astronomical. :(

Praying that the Lord makes a way for the people of Zimbabwe to live, and to eat.

menJesus

Yes, the inflation is now 100 000% p.a.

I aprreciate your prayers.

Roelof
Apr 21st 2008, 09:43 AM
Recount

Electoral officials on Saturday began recounting ballots for a few dozen legislative seats being challenged - an exercise that could overturn the opposition's majority win. Most of the seats being recounted were declared for opposition candidates, including in Mugabe's home district of Zvimba.

Biti said the recount was rigged and the ruling Zanu-PF had tampered with tally sheets and ballot boxes.

"They created fresh ballot papers," he said. "It is quite clear the dictatorship will do everything ... to try to reverse the people's victory." State-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp said the full recount would take up to three days. The opposition said this was yet another ploy to delay the publication of the presidential results.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2309125,00.html

menJesus
Apr 21st 2008, 09:48 AM
Roelof, is any humanitarian aid able to come in, or not, yet? Thanks.

moonglow
Apr 21st 2008, 09:36 PM
Recount

Electoral officials on Saturday began recounting ballots for a few dozen legislative seats being challenged - an exercise that could overturn the opposition's majority win. Most of the seats being recounted were declared for opposition candidates, including in Mugabe's home district of Zvimba.

Biti said the recount was rigged and the ruling Zanu-PF had tampered with tally sheets and ballot boxes.

"They created fresh ballot papers," he said. "It is quite clear the dictatorship will do everything ... to try to reverse the people's victory." State-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp said the full recount would take up to three days. The opposition said this was yet another ploy to delay the publication of the presidential results.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2309125,00.html

Wow...I am just now catching up with this news! I will be sure to keep these poor people in my prayers. These type of ruthless dictators need to be removed...by force if possible. What a mess...:( Do you live any where close to this?

Dear Lord in Heaven please watch over these people and show mercy on them Lord especially the children. Place a hedge of protection around those caught in this terrible mess and bind away any evil spirit there are. Bind them from now to the end of time so they cannot continue to influence things. Bring your healing and peace to this place Lord comfort those hurt and fearful and bring your supernatural peace to them as they go through this terrifying time in their life. Set your mighty Angels around them and let no harm come to them...

In Jesus Name I pray
Amen

Befaithful
Apr 21st 2008, 10:35 PM
:pray::cry::pray:Praying for your will Lord. Though the enemy would do this to destroy them the Lord will use this to strengthen and arm His people. I pray He will build up the weak with His might and they will become a force that shall not be moved.:pray:

Thank you for meeting every need Lord. Restore protect reunite heal gather deliver feed cover your children and remove the force that would destroy them. Cease and desist in Jesus powerful name.

Raise up a remnant like in the day of Gideon. Wage spiritual warfare against the enemy of the Lord. Route the enemy Lord go before your remnant dear Lord lead them to victory. We glorify your name. King of kings and Lord of lords.

Roelof
Apr 22nd 2008, 03:57 AM
Befaithful

Thanks for a beautiful prayer.

Roelof
Apr 22nd 2008, 04:00 AM
A second shipment of considerably-more-sophisticated Chinese weaponry destined for Zimbabwe will be flown to Harare from China within the next week.

It was going to be taken by aircraft to expedite the delivery and to circumvent the controversy around last week's shipment by sea.
The decision apparently was made on Monday by Zimbabwean military generals during an emergency meeting.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2310003,00.html

Roelof
Apr 22nd 2008, 08:50 AM
The weapons on board the Chinese ship, which fled Durban harbour last week were clearly meant to "butcher" innocent Zimbabweans, the country's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said on Tuesday.

"Those weapons were not going to be used on mosquitoes, but (were) clearly meant to butcher innocent civilians whose only crime is rejecting dictatorship and voting change, and change they can trust," the MDC said in a statement ahead of talks with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2310180,00.html

menJesus
Apr 22nd 2008, 09:07 AM
Praying for the Lord to move in a mighty way upon the peoples of Zimbabwe.

menJesus
Apr 23rd 2008, 10:32 AM
Continuing to pray for the people and the situation in Zimbabwe.

Roelof
Apr 23rd 2008, 11:37 AM
Continuing to pray for the people and the situation in Zimbabwe.

menJesus

I am praying with you.

Roelof
Apr 24th 2008, 03:39 AM
It appears that Mugabe will not let go of power easily.

Zimbabwe's electoral crisis is "not acceptable", said the president of the African National Congress, Jacob Zuma (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=927), on Wednesday after meeting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
But, Zuma disagreed with the idea of an arms embargo on Zimbabwe, which was supported by Brown just hours earlier in parliament.

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/Politics/0,,2-7-12_2311175,00.html

Roelof
Apr 24th 2008, 03:51 AM
Mugabe does not feel anything for his people or human rights.

The delay in the release of Zimbabwe's presidential results might be a violation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights said on Wednesday

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2311182,00.html

menJesus
Apr 24th 2008, 07:59 AM
Continuing to pray for the crisis, and for the people, in Zimbabwe.

Roelof
Apr 25th 2008, 03:41 AM
Continuing to pray for the crisis, and for the people, in Zimbabwe.

menJesus

I appreciate your regular prayers.

It is now nearly 4 weeks and the results of the presidential election has not been released yet.


President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) is fast running out of options as he scrambles to extend his 28-year rule after failing to win an outright majority in Zimbabwe's elections last month, according to analysts.
Mugabe, who only a month ago proclaimed opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) would never rule in his lifetime, is under growing pressure to stand down after his Zanu-PF party lost its parliamentary majority in the March 29 elections.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2311862,00.html

Roelof
Apr 25th 2008, 11:08 AM
Is this the turning point after all our prayers?


The post election crisis in Zimbabwe should be debated by the United Nations Security Council, US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Jendayi Frazer said on Thursday.
"Given the deterioration in the human rights and security environment, we have a responsibility as the Security Council to address these issues," she told reporters in Pretoria on Thursday.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2311983,00.html

moonglow
Apr 25th 2008, 02:08 PM
Is this the turning point after all our prayers?


The post election crisis in Zimbabwe should be debated by the United Nations Security Council, US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Jendayi Frazer said on Thursday.
"Given the deterioration in the human rights and security environment, we have a responsibility as the Security Council to address these issues," she told reporters in Pretoria on Thursday.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2311983,00.html

Boy I hope so! Looks like they also won't be getting the weapons they wanted...which would be used to kill protesters anyway...:(

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2310525,00.html

I will keep praying for this situation.

God bless

Roelof
Apr 26th 2008, 05:17 AM
At least some leaders are standing up against the tiran Mugabe. It is now 4 weeks after the election and still no results on the presidential election.


Jacob Zuma condemned on Friday a police raid on opposition party headquarters in Zimbabwe, adding that it appeared "somebody is sabotaging the elections" there.

The ANC president told The Associated Press in an interview that incidents like Friday's raid on opposition headquarters in Harare make the country resemble a police state.

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/Politics/0,,2-7-12_2312499,00.html

Roelof
Apr 26th 2008, 05:44 AM
God was, is and will always be in control.



Angola has given authorisation for a Chinese ship loaded with arms destined for Zimbabwe to dock but it will not be allowed to unload the weapons, the state news agency Angop reported on Friday.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2312518,00.html

Befaithful
Apr 26th 2008, 07:29 AM
thank you Lord.:pray:

moonglow
Apr 26th 2008, 03:46 PM
This was on my home page news this morning:

No majority for Mugabe party in Zimbabwe recount (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080426/ts_nm/zimbabwe_election_dc_39)

HARARE (Reuters) - President Robert Mugabe's party has failed to secure control of Zimbabwe's parliament in a partial recount of the March 29 election, results showed on Saturday, handing the ruling party its first defeat in 28 years.

Results of a parallel presidential poll have not been released and Mugabe has been preparing for a run-off against Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Tsvangirai says he won outright and his party has rejected both the recount and any run-off.

For the first time since Zimbabwe's independence from Britain in 1980, the MDC wrested a parliamentary majority from Mugabe's ZANU-PF in the election, triggering a recount of 23 out of 210 constituencies. (read the rest at the link)

So basically they know for sure he lost...also said he is 82 years old! Which surprised me. If nothing else he probably won't live that much longer...hate to say that...but its true. It sounds like things are slowly turning around though. I just hope this new leader (once he can actually lead) can really turn this country around and is a good man!

God bless

Roelof
Apr 27th 2008, 04:01 AM
We serve an Almighty God! Praise the Lord!!:pp:pp:pp

Now Mugabe must step down as president.


Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has won a historic victory over President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562)'s ruling party, official results confirmed on Saturday following a partial vote recount.

The results in 18 of 23 constituencies under the microscope stayed the same after the recount of a March 29 vote won by the opposition, officials from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said. The remaining seats were not enough for the ruling party to win a majority.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2312952,00.html

moonglow
Apr 27th 2008, 03:03 PM
We serve an Almighty God! Praise the Lord!!:pp:pp:pp

Now Mugabe must step down as president.


Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has won a historic victory over President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562)'s ruling party, official results confirmed on Saturday following a partial vote recount.

The results in 18 of 23 constituencies under the microscope stayed the same after the recount of a March 29 vote won by the opposition, officials from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said. The remaining seats were not enough for the ruling party to win a majority.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2312952,00.html

Hey that is great news! But I hope it doesn't take military force to remove him from office....that is my concern...especially since that is pretty much what he has been doing anyway...:(

Continuing to pray about this.

God bless

thethirdtuttle
Apr 28th 2008, 03:51 AM
Dear Heavenly Father, we come before You right now in the mighty name of Jesus, and we ask that You would continue to work and move in this situation in Zimbabwe. Let there be a smooth transition to the new leadership, and hedge the outgoing administration round about so tightly that they have no way or opportunity to cause any problems to anything or anyone as they leave office. Let this new administration be filled with humble, godly Christian men and women who want to run the country of Zimbabwe in such a way as to glorify and honor You. Help them to lead fairly and justly, enacting just laws, and upholding them well. As Mr. Mugabe steps down from office, soften his heart, as well as the hearts of the other members of his administration, to see that the injustices that they committed while in office were sins that make them accountable to You. Lord, bring them to a place of godly sorrow which leads to repentance, so that they can recognize how much they need to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Let this change in administration be a turning point in Zimbabwe's history, so that for generations to come, people can look back on this day and say, "This is the day when things began to turn around for Zimbabwe." In Jesus' mighty and holy name we pray all of these things. Amen and amen!

Yours in Christ,

Benjamin

Roelof
Apr 28th 2008, 02:57 PM
moonglow an benjamin

Thanks for your prayers.

Roelof
Apr 29th 2008, 04:39 AM
We all suspect that Mugabe has lost the presidential election.

A partial recount of Zimbabwe's disputed presidential election has been completed and verification of the results will start on Tuesday, an election official said on Monday.

"Recounting has been completed in those five constituencies that remained. I'm getting the information that they are now collating the results, which will be available tomorrow," Zimbabwe Electoral Commission spokesperson Utoile Silaigwana told Reuters. "Once this process has been completed, the process of verification of the presidential ballots will also commence tomorrow."

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2313586,00.html

Roelof
Apr 29th 2008, 03:25 PM
I don't know how much longer can Mugabe hold out.


EU foreign ministers put pressure on China, African nations and others on Tuesday to impose an arms embargo on Zimbabwe in an effort to prevent President Robert Mugabe's regime from clamping down further on dissenters.
The 27 EU ministers also urged Zimbabwe's African neighbours to do more to get Mugabe to release the official results from last month's election.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2314136,00.html

Roelof
Apr 30th 2008, 06:17 AM
We all hope and pray that the presidential results will be released within the next few days and that Mugabe will step down.


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said on Tuesday there is a "serious humanitarian crisis" in Zimbabwe and urged the government to immediately release results of the presidential elections.

"The humanitarian situation is very worrisome. The Zimbabwe government has not released presidential results after four weeks. We know who is the winner. The authorities and President (Robert Mugabe) should release the results immediately," he said. "Because of the increasing violence and the number of displaced people fleeing their homes to other places, there is a serious humanitarian crisis," added Ban during a forum in Geneva.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2314196,00.html

moonglow
May 1st 2008, 12:29 AM
Still praying on this!

God bless

Roelof
May 1st 2008, 04:30 AM
Still praying on this!

God bless

moonglow

Thanks for your prayers, it appears that the results for the presidential elections are near.


Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is on course to beat Robert Mugabe in the first round of Zimbabwe's presidential election but will fall short of an outright victory, sources close to the electoral commission said on Wednesday.
"We don't have the final figure yet but at the last count we had between 48 and 50%" for Tsvangirai, said one senior source.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2315053,00.html

Roelof
May 1st 2008, 06:40 AM
I pray that the 2nd round will be free of intimidation and that Mugabe will loose totally.

Senior government officials in Zimbabwe leaked results yesterday for last month’s presidential elections, which apparently hand victory to the main opposition leader – but not by enough votes to win outright.
The news sets the scene for a bruising election run-off.
According to the officials, Morgan Tsvangirai won 47 per cent of the vote against President Mugabe’s 43 per cent. He needed more than 50 per cent to avoid a second round.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article3850815.ece

moonglow
May 2nd 2008, 02:54 AM
I pray that the 2nd round will be free of intimidation and that Mugabe will loose totally.

Senior government officials in Zimbabwe leaked results yesterday for last month’s presidential elections, which apparently hand victory to the main opposition leader – but not by enough votes to win outright.
The news sets the scene for a bruising election run-off.
According to the officials, Morgan Tsvangirai won 47 per cent of the vote against President Mugabe’s 43 per cent. He needed more than 50 per cent to avoid a second round.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article3850815.ece
I don't understand....they are going to have everyone vote again? While things are in such chaos? I image most would be afraid to vote against this guy and more bloodshed will happen...:( What a mess..:(

God bless

Roelof
May 2nd 2008, 04:48 AM
I don't understand....they are going to have everyone vote again? While things are in such chaos? I image most would be afraid to vote against this guy and more bloodshed will happen...:( What a mess..:(

God bless

moonglow

We appreciate your regular prayers.

If a candidate did not win 50% plus one vote in the presidential election, the nation must vote again.

I agree that our neighbour is in a mess. Mugabe uses the army and police to intimidate the MDC supporters and beat them up.

Roelof
May 2nd 2008, 06:05 AM
The official results have not been released after 5 weeks, but it appears that Mugabe lost the presidential election.


Officials from Zimbabwe's electoral commission told all-party talks on Thursday that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won 47.8% in the March 29 presidential election while Robert Mugabe got 43.2%, sources in the meeting said.
A third candidate, former finance minister Simba Makoni, won 8% while the remaining votes went to rank outsider Langton Towungana, the sources told AFP on condition of anonymity.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2315492,00.html

Roelof
May 3rd 2008, 05:15 AM
It appears that it will take a few more weeks before Mugabe will hopefully loose the run-off elections and that this ruined country might get a new president.

Please pray that the run-off will be fair and without intimidation by the ruling Zanu-PF party.


Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe accepted defeat in the presidential election to the opposition's Morgan Tsvangirai and will contest a run-off in a protracted political battle that has raised fears of bloodshed.

Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) cried foul after Zimbabwe's electoral body announced on Friday that he had won 47.9% of the vote but faces a run-off after failing to garner enough votes for an outright majority. The MDC described the announcement of the long-delayed result as "scandalous daylight robbery". It says Tsvangirai won more than 50% of the vote in the March 29 election and Mugabe's 28-year rule is over.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2315921,00.html

Roelof
May 4th 2008, 05:00 AM
I pray that the re-run for the presidential elections will be free of violence and intimidation.


Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, insists he will return to his country and face the terror campaign that is destroying his party, despite fears for his life.
“I will go back,” he vowed to The Sunday Times, after the announcement of official election results that put him ahead of President Robert Mugabe but without an outright victory, meaning a second round of voting will take place.

“Mugabe acts as if Zimbabwe is his private fiefdom and doesn’t care if he has to burn it down to keep power,” he said. “We cannot allow that.”

He claimed the five-week delay in announcing the presidential results was to buy time for the ruling Zanu-PF to destroy the MDC’s organisation and intimidate the population so they would not dare to vote for the opposition again.


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article3867718.ece

Roelof
May 5th 2008, 11:22 AM
Please continue to pray for our neighbour country.


Zimbabwean police violently dispersed a group of people aligned to the new head of the Methodist church who were attending a service in Harare on Sunday and arrested a clergyman who was presiding over the service.

About 20 armed riot policemen had descended on the group aligned to the new head of the Harare diocese, Bishop Sebastian Bakare, and ordered them to disperse before arresting Reverend Farai Mutamiri. They bundled him into a police truck and drove him away.
Those who tried to resist the order were beaten up with batons.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2316402,00.html

Roelof
May 6th 2008, 04:07 AM
UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed alarm at reports of rising violence and intimidation in Zimbabwe and said he was consulting with African leaders on how to help resolve the country's election crisis.

"I am deeply concerned at reports of rising levels of violence and intimidation" in Zimbabwe, he told reporters. He said he was consulting with the chief of the African Union (AU), President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, AU commission chief Jean Ping and Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa, who currently heads the 14-member Southern Africa Development Community, on how best to handle the crisis.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2317084,00.html

moonglow
May 6th 2008, 02:59 PM
Please continue to pray for our neighbour country.


Zimbabwean police violently dispersed a group of people aligned to the new head of the Methodist church who were attending a service in Harare on Sunday and arrested a clergyman who was presiding over the service.

About 20 armed riot policemen had descended on the group aligned to the new head of the Harare diocese, Bishop Sebastian Bakare, and ordered them to disperse before arresting Reverend Farai Mutamiri. They bundled him into a police truck and drove him away.
Those who tried to resist the order were beaten up with batons.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2316402,00.html

Mmmm I had to read this article through several times...so a pastor and two Catholic pastors are having a dispute and one, because he supports Mugabe gets special treatment?

Those who tried to resist the order were beaten up with batons. Police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena could not be reached for comment regarding the reason for the arrest of Mutamiri and his whereabouts.

Recently High Court judge Rita Makarau ruled that both church members aligned to axed bishop Nolbert Kunonga and Bakare must share the St Mary's Cathedral church.

Kunonga's faction had attended the service early morning inside the church building and the Bakare faction was scheduled for mid-morning in the church courtyard.

Kunonga has made no secret of his sympathy for President Robert Mugabe's government and its policies, which handsomely rewarded his support by giving him a farm seized from its former white owner.

He has resisted his expulsion from the church and formed a splinter church group after his ousting.

Since the wrangle started, armed police have been called to disrupt church services in Harare, arresting at least three priests and a number of parishioners opposed to Kunonga and openly challenged the decision to allow the disgraced bishop to take over against the will of the people.

There was also a heavy deployment of secret security agents to attend the Bakare faction services.

Wonder what the pope will have to say about this? Hopefully something!! I didn't realize religion was so heavily involved in the problems going on over there...should have known that though from my dreams...:rolleyes:

Still praying...praying for the safety of this arrested preacher!

God bless

Roelof
May 7th 2008, 10:32 AM
Moonglow

Thanks for your prayers.

Roelof
May 9th 2008, 09:18 AM
Washington - After a new round of government-backed lethal attacks on Zimbabwe opposition figures, the United States on Thursday called for President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) to stop the campaign of intimidation.
Gordon Johndroe, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, said that "this violence and intimidation needs to stop". "Mugabe and his supporters need to refrain from this sort of activity against those who are supporting the opposition," he told reporters onboard Air Force One.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2319095,00.html

Roelof
May 9th 2008, 10:44 AM
I don't have much faith in Mbeki, but I do trust in the Lord.

South African President Thabo Mbeki arrived in Harare on Friday for his first talks with Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe since the results of a March 29 presidential election were announced.

Mbeki was met at Harare international airport by Mugabe before the pair drove off together to State House, an AFP correspondent reported. According to results released last Friday, Mugabe lost the first round of the presidential election to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai but is likely to contest a run-off on a date that has yet to be determined.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2319418,00.html

Roelof
May 10th 2008, 08:56 AM
I pray for peace from now till the run-off, without violence and intimidation.

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said on Saturday he would contest a second-round run-off in his country's presidential elections.

"The MDC has decided that we will contest the run-off election," Tsvangirai told a press conference here, flanked by the leadership of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party. Tsvangirai said his supporters would feel "betrayed" if he did not face Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in the run-off.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2319870,00.html

Roelof
May 11th 2008, 04:50 AM
After listening to Angus Bucham in Gauteng South yesterday, I am convinced that South Africa is experiencing a revival.

I am praying that things might also change in our neighbour Zimbabwe.


It was cynical to suggest property right violations in Zimbabwe should not be taken seriously, the Pretoria High Court was told today.

Peter Hodes SC, acting for Free State farmer Crawford von Abo, argued this would be tantamount to suggesting "there was no crisis in Zimbabwe".

Von Abo is seeking a court order to force the government to take steps to compensate him for the millions of rands he lost when his 14 Zimbabwean farms were seized without compensation.
http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=763039

Roelof
May 12th 2008, 09:35 AM
Please pray for a peaceful run-off.

Zimbabwe braced on Sunday for the return home of the country's opposition leader, who has vowed to face veteran president Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) in a run-off election despite the risk of further violence.

Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575), who beat Mugabe in a first round of voting in March, is expected in Harare in the next few days after leaving the country in early April amid spiralling post-election violence directed at his party. Zimbabwean doctors, trade unions and teachers have reported beatings and intimidation by government-backed militias since the first ballot on March 29 and the authorities have rounded up a number of high-profile opponents.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2320464,00.html

Roelof
May 13th 2008, 02:16 PM
I still pray for peace in this ruined country.


Armed police tried to prevent the US ambassador to Zimbabwe and several other diplomats from leaving a hospital where victims of post-election violence were being treated on Tuesday, an AFP correspondent with the convoy said.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2321587,00.html

moonglow
May 13th 2008, 02:30 PM
I still pray for peace in this ruined country.


Armed police tried to prevent the US ambassador to Zimbabwe and several other diplomats from leaving a hospital where victims of post-election violence were being treated on Tuesday, an AFP correspondent with the convoy said.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2321587,00.html

After giving up on their efforts to tour the hospital, the diplomats then found their exit blocked by the armed guards and a stand-off lasting around 10 minutes ensued before McGee strode forward and opened the gates himself.

What a brave man! Good for him!

But I am sorry this is continuing to be such a horror story...:( Still praying!

God bless

menJesus
May 13th 2008, 08:45 PM
Roelof, I could not post, but I read this thread every day that I could, and I prayed.

Roelof
May 14th 2008, 03:12 PM
Roelof, I could not post, but I read this thread every day that I could, and I prayed.

menJesus

Thanks for your prayers

Roelof
May 15th 2008, 05:10 AM
The run-off will be 90 days later. Please pray.

President Robert Mugabe's government has suspended import duty imposed on basic groceries being brought into the country, in a bid to ease critical shortages in the country's nearly empty shops.
Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu told the state-controlled daily Herald on Wednesday that for the next 90 days, individuals would be able to import items including cooking oil, rice, margarine, flour, soap, salt, washing powder, toothpaste and petroleum jelly. He said goods could only be brought in "for personal use".

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2322150,00.html

Roelof
May 17th 2008, 05:36 AM
There were requests that we continue to spread the truth about the horrible situation in our neighbouring country.

Zimbabwe's suspended attorney-general was formally dismissed on Friday for misconduct after he met with a former top banker who was on the police wanted list, the government said.
The dismissal of Sobusa Gula-Ndebele follows recommendations from a special tribunal which probed the state's top lawyer after he allegedly met with James Mushore, former deputy managing director of National Merchant Bank (NMB) in September.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2323904,00.html

Roelof
May 17th 2008, 10:00 AM
This is really bad news. Mugabe will use it to imtimidate people before the run-off presidential elections.

The weapons destined for Zimbabwe have arrived in Harare, The Weekender reported on Saturday.

The report said the Zimbabwean government confirmed that three million rounds of assault rifle ammunition, 3 000 mortar rounds and 1 500 rocket-propelled grenades - ordered from the Chinese government - had arrived in Harare. The South African government denied media reports that it assisted in the delivery of the arms by fuelling the Chinese vessel, An Yue Jiang, that was transporting the arsenal.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2324158,00.html

moonglow
May 17th 2008, 06:28 PM
wow, what a mess! I will keep praying for them! :pray::pray:


God bless

Roelof
May 20th 2008, 04:00 PM
I continue to pray for peace.

There is a growing danger of a coup by military hardliners in Zimbabwe to prevent opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai from toppling President Robert Mugabe, a leading think tank said on Wednesday.

The International Crisis Group called for African mediation leading to a national unity government led by Tsvangirai as the best way to resolve a crisis caused by disputed elections on March 29, saying Western diplomacy would have a limited impact. It said continued rule by Mugabe would be "catastrophic", for a nation already suffering inflation of 165 000% and 80% unemployment.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2325899,00.html

Roelof
May 25th 2008, 05:41 AM
There are basic three options: a run-off presidential election, government of national unity or civil war. Please continue to pray for our neighbour.

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) called on Saturday for peacekeepers and election monitors from the 14-member regional body SADC to be deployed in Zimbabwe by the end of May.
Tsvangirai is to face veteran President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) in a run-off election on June 27 and has asked the South African Development Community (SADC) to assist in organising a free and fair election.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2328638,00.html

Photo of Twangirai by AP photo.

Roelof
May 25th 2008, 04:35 PM
President Robert Mugabe on Sunday accused the US ambassador to Zimbabwe, James McGee, of political interference and threatened to expel him from the southern African nation.

"He says he fought in Vietnam, but fighting in Vietnam does not give him the right to interfere in our domestic affairs.
"I am just waiting to see if he makes one more step wrong. He will get out," Mugabe said in a campaign rally. "As tall as he is, if he continues to do that I will kick him out of the country."

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2328798,00.html

Roelof
May 30th 2008, 05:28 AM
I am still praying for a peaceful transition.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will never vacate his office for opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai even if he loses a run-off election next month, his wife said on Thursday.

Grace Mugabe told followers of her husband's Zanu-PF party that Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) would not be allowed to take power under any circumstances. "Even if people vote for the MDC, Morgan Tsvangirai will never step foot inside State House," she said after meeting victims of political violence that has rocked Zimbabwe since the first round of voting on March 29.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2331588,00.html

moonglow
May 31st 2008, 02:15 PM
Boy that is just terrible...he is nothing but a terrorist dictator for sure...:( I hope the UN can do something with him...

Still praying!


God bless

Roelof
Jun 3rd 2008, 03:09 PM
It appears that Mugabe blames every-one else for his defeat. Please pray for peaceful run-off elections at the end of June 2008.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe accused Britain on Tuesday of fomenting Western efforts to effect "illegal regime change" in his country by crippling it economically.
"The United Kingdom has mobilised their friends and allies in Europe, north America, Australia and New Zealand to impose illegal economic sanctions against Zimbabwe," he said.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2334047,00.html

Roelof
Jun 3rd 2008, 03:12 PM
Shortages of bread in Zimbabwe are expected to worsen after preparations for the country's winter wheat crop failed, says state media.
As President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) flew to Rome for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) summit on food security, the state-controlled daily Herald said that farmers planted 8 963 hectares of wheat this winter, only 13% of a government target of 70 000 ha.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2333311,00.html

Roelof
Jun 4th 2008, 01:31 PM
Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) has been detained by police for several hours at a roadblock while campaigning in the country's run-off presidential vote, says his Movement for Democratic Change.

"We are currently held up. They are saying there's a commanding officer whom we should wait for. They are not saying why they are holding us up. It's not an arrest but illegal detention. It appears they want to disrupt our campaign programme," Tsvangirai's spokesperson George Sibotshiwe said. Tsvangirai had been detained since 10:00. Police searched all vehicles and inspected documents, the MDC said. http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2334764,00.html

Roelof
Jun 4th 2008, 01:33 PM
The country is ruined, now they stopped some charity

Zimbabwe has ordered aid groups Save the Children UK, Care International and Adra to stop work in the country immediately, says the director of a national NGO association.
The government had sent letters to the groups issuing the orders, said Cephas Zinhumwe, chief executive of the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2334711,00.html

Roelof
Jun 4th 2008, 03:06 PM
This is real bad news. Please pray.

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) and several of his top lieutenants were detained by police on Wednesday in the approach to a key run-off presidential election on June 27, his party said.

"He has been taken into a charge office in Lupane," southwestern Zimbabwe, chief Movement for Democratic Change spokesperson Nelson Chamisa told AFP.
"It's the whole entourage of the president, including his security personnel and other senior party officials."
Others arrested included the party's deputy leader Thokozani Khupe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3610) and MDC chair Lovemore Moyo. "They have not given us any reason for the arrest," added Chamisa.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2334838,00.html

Roelof
Jun 5th 2008, 04:28 AM
The police and military exercise a firm grip on the country before the run-off presidential elections.

An opposition party official says police have released the Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575).

Tsvangirai spokesperson George Sibotshiwe says Tsvangirai and a group of about 14 officials from the MDC were released after being held for eight hours at a police station in Lupane, north of the city of Bulawayo. No charges have been filed.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2335002,00.html

Roelof
Jun 5th 2008, 03:10 PM
The situation is becoming very serious now, I am still praying.

Two US diplomatic vehicles and one from Britain were attacked in Zimbabwe and the diplomats detained on Thursday, US ambassador James McGee told CNN.

"My people were stopped, detained," McGee, US ambassador to Zimbabwe, said by telephone from Harare.
"The police put up a roadblock, stopped the vehicles, slashed the tires, reached in and grabbed the telephones from my personnel.
"And the war veterans threatened to burn the vehicles with my people inside unless they got out of the vehicles and accompanied the police to a station nearby," he said. McGee said any dispute with the diplomats should have been taken up with the ministry of foreign affairs.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_2335642,00.html

Roelof
Jun 6th 2008, 05:37 AM
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga described President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) as a dictator on Thursday in one of the harshest attacks on the Zimbabwean ruler by another African leader.
"I have advised Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) to accept to participate in the run-off, which has been called because dictators know no boundaries," Odinga told a news conference at the World Economic Forum for Africa in Cape Town.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_2335591,00.html

Roelof
Jun 6th 2008, 12:53 PM
Morgan Tsvangirai, the Zimbabwean opposition leader hoping to displace Robert Mugabe, has been detained by police again today while attempting to campaign for this month's presidential run-off vote.
Mr Tsvangirai and his campaign convoy were stopped at a roadblock and ordered to proceed to a police station in the town of Esigodini, near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city. Reporters with the convoy said that police told him his planned rallies in the area were illegal.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4079890.ece

Befaithful
Jun 7th 2008, 03:04 AM
:pray::pray::pray:

Roelof
Jun 7th 2008, 03:33 AM
:pray::pray::pray:

Thanks for you prayers.

An unstable Zim has a very bad effect on SA as well.

Roelof
Jun 7th 2008, 03:11 PM
Zimbabwe has imposed an import duty on the foreign press following concerns by President Robert Mugabe's government over "hostile foreign newspapers coming into Zimbabwe", state media said on Saturday.

"Foreign newspapers sold in Zimbabwe will now have to pay an import duty as the government moves to protect the Zimbabwean media space," the state-controlled Herald newspaper said. Citing new regulations published in an extraordinary government gazette, the paper said foreign publications including newspapers, journals, magazines and periodicals were now classed as luxury goods and would attract import duty at 40% of the total cost per kilogram.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2336558,00.html

Roelof
Jun 8th 2008, 05:23 AM
As the presidential election run-off looms, a sinister former spy chief is using every weapon to ensure his master wins

As Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace flaunted their presence in Rome last week - he as a controversial guest at a United Nations food summit defending the brutal rule that has left Zimbabwe bleeding and impoverished, she closeted in a luxury hotel - a powerful group of military and security chiefs masterminding the president’s election battle was leaving nothing to chance.
Led by Emmerson Mnangagwa, a sinister former spymaster known as “the Crocodile” who recently took control of the ruthless Joint Operations Command that now effectively runs the country, a violent crackdown was stepped up against the opposition and the voters who had the temerity to support it.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4087308.ece

Roelof
Jun 9th 2008, 05:41 AM
Please continue to pray.

Zimbabwe doctors have treated nearly 3 000 victims of political violence in less than two months, a medical association said on Sunday, three weeks before a tense presidential run-off.
"We have noticed with great concern the increase in politically motivated violence to our fellow Zimbabweans," said Specialist Doctors in Zimbabwe in a statement.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2336877,00.html

Roelof
Jun 9th 2008, 05:51 AM
Zimbabwe is a police state and the levels of intimidation show the crucial importance of deploying large numbers of election monitors, said Archbishop Thabo Makgoba on return from the country on Sunday.
"There is no doubt that Zimbabwe is a police state," he said in a statement after making a pastoral visit to the Zimbabwe's Anglican bishops.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2336909,00.html

Roelof
Jun 9th 2008, 07:46 PM
The European Union and the United States will call on the UN Secretary-General to send a team to Zimbabwe to monitor human rights as presidential elections approach, according to a draft statement to be unveiled on Tuesday.
"We urge the UN Secretary General to send a team immediately to monitor human rights and to deter further abuses," said the text, prepared for an EU-US summit in Slovenia between US President George W Bush and EU leaders.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2337672,00.html

Roelof
Jun 9th 2008, 07:53 PM
Please pray for peace for our neighbour.

Increasing levels of political violence have extinguished hopes for a free and fair presidential run-off election in Zimbabwe at the end of the month, Human Rights Watch has warned.
"Since the run-off was announced, the violence in Zimbabwe has gotten even worse," said Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch, following the release of a report detailing incidents of abductions, beatings, torture, and killings of opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2337248,00.html

FollowTheBanner
Jun 9th 2008, 08:13 PM
Lord, let Your will be done in the troubled nation of Zimbabwe. :pray:

Mugabe has brought nothing but poverty and death to his people. I pray for the safety of the opposition party.

moonglow
Jun 9th 2008, 08:55 PM
Please pray for peace for our neighbour.

Increasing levels of political violence have extinguished hopes for a free and fair presidential run-off election in Zimbabwe at the end of the month, Human Rights Watch has warned.
"Since the run-off was announced, the violence in Zimbabwe has gotten even worse," said Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch, following the release of a report detailing incidents of abductions, beatings, torture, and killings of opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2337248,00.html

No one should be surprised by this! Sadly....of course he is going to send out his thugs to sway the vote...who would be so stupid to think he wouldn't? That is why this whole run off election was such a BAD, BAD idea in the first place...:( Its like 'vote for me or die'...who has a chance in a situation like that? :B Its insane.

Still praying...

God bless

Roelof
Jun 10th 2008, 08:40 AM
Its like 'vote for me or die'...who has a chance in a situation like that? :B Its insane.

Still praying...

God bless

moonglow

Very true words, I am glad you said it.

Roelof
Jun 11th 2008, 03:17 AM
Zimbabwe's opposition will refuse to accept the legitimacy of Robert Mugabe's regime if the president declares himself the winner of the June 27 election, his challenger Morgan Tsvangirai said on Tuesday.
"The illegitimacy of this regime will be confirmed if Mugabe declares himself the winner," Movement for Democratic Change leader Tsvangirai said at a news conference in Harare.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2338177,00.html

Roelof
Jun 12th 2008, 02:42 PM
It is now the 3rd time. This really is a police state, please pray for this country.


Harare - The Movement for Democratic Change says its leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) has been arrested. The MDC said in a statement Tsvangirai was illegally detained at a police roadblock outside of Kwekwe.
"His campaign convoy left Harare this morning and the president held meet-the-people events and rallies in Kadoma and Chegutu", says the party. "At 14:30 as the convoy was approaching Kwekwe, where Tsvangirai was due to address a rally, it encountered the road block," it added.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2339628,00.html

DeadtoSin
Jun 12th 2008, 02:49 PM
I got back from Zimbabwe one year ago, and you could already feel the tension building.

Roelof
Jun 13th 2008, 04:16 AM
Harare - Zimbabwean police released opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai after arresting him again on Thursday as he campaigned for the country's June 27 presidential run-off election, his spokesperson said.
"We have just been released, some five minutes ago. We were not charged but held at Gweru Central Police Station for about three hours," said Tsvangirai spokesperson George Sibotshiwe, who was among those arrested with Tsvangirai.
"Our vehicles were searched. It's just harassment, but we will be continuing with our campaign tomorrow," he said. Tsvangirai has been detained four times in little over a week.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2339886,00.html

Roelof
Jun 13th 2008, 05:21 AM
The SA president does not want to face the truth on Zim:

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2339617,00.html

Roelof
Jun 13th 2008, 05:24 AM
The crackdown on the Opposition in Zimbabwe intensified yesterday with the arrest of its deputy leader on the charge of treason, as he arrived back in the country from a week-long trip to South Africa.

The police said that Mr Biti was to be charged with publishing a “treasonous document” outlining MDC plans to return all land seized from white farmers and to dismiss all members of the military and police service if it won the presidential election at the end of this month. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to death.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4124540.ece

calidog
Jun 13th 2008, 02:51 PM
praying for peace there:)

Roelof
Jun 13th 2008, 02:53 PM
This really is a police state, please pray for this country.


Harare - A judge on Friday ordered police to bring the secretary-general of Zimbabwe's opposition party to court after they failed to reveal his whereabouts since his arrest for treason, his lawyer said.
High Court Judge Ben Hlatshwayo also wanted the police to justify the arrest of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) number two Tendai Biti. The secretary general was arrested on Thursday within minutes of flying back from South Africa and then whisked away in a waiting car by plainclothes police.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2340291,00.html

moonglow
Jun 13th 2008, 03:37 PM
Still praying for this situation...:(


God bless

Roelof
Jun 14th 2008, 06:30 AM
Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) raised the spectre of war on Friday by warning that his staunchest supporters were ready to take up arms rather than let the opposition triumph in a June 27 election. In comments carried by state media, the 84-year-old said veterans of the 1970s liberation war had told him they were ready to go into battle once more to avoid the prospect of Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) coming to power after the run-off in a fortnight's time.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2340293,00.html

Roelof
Jun 14th 2008, 11:20 AM
It is 2 weeks before the run-off and Zim is in a terrible state.

The deputy leader of Zimbabwe's opposition party Tendai Biti arrived in a Harare court on Saturday, which is due to rule on the legality of his arrest on treason charges.
The secretary general of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) arrived shortly after noon in handcuffs, escorted by an armed policeman.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2340659,00.html

Roelof
Jun 14th 2008, 03:26 PM
It appears that the military and police are ruling at the moment.
Please pray.

Biti back in jail

Police brought the Zimbabwe opposition's No 2 leader to court on Saturday - but only after a judge had to repeat his order.

Reporters watched as Tendai Biti, handcuffed and appearing tense, was brought into Justice Ben Hlatshwayo's court. He said "fine" when reporters asked how he was. Police have said they will charge Biti, who is secretary-general of the Movement for Democratic Change, with treason, a charge party spokesperson Nqobizitha Mlilo called "politically motivated."

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2340816,00.html

moonglow
Jun 14th 2008, 03:32 PM
It appears that the military and police are ruling at the moment.
Please pray.

Biti back in jail

Police brought the Zimbabwe opposition's No 2 leader to court on Saturday - but only after a judge had to repeat his order.

Reporters watched as Tendai Biti, handcuffed and appearing tense, was brought into Justice Ben Hlatshwayo's court. He said "fine" when reporters asked how he was. Police have said they will charge Biti, who is secretary-general of the Movement for Democratic Change, with treason, a charge party spokesperson Nqobizitha Mlilo called "politically motivated."

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2340816,00.html

Now is this the good guy or the bad guy? I am losing track here!

God bless

Roelof
Jun 15th 2008, 03:18 AM
Father,
I pray for Zim:

who makes wars to cease to the ends of the earth; He breaks the bow, and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots in the fire. (Psa 46:9)

In the Name of Yeshua, amen.

Moonglow,
Thanks for all the prayers

Roelof
Jun 15th 2008, 04:41 AM
As the situation in Zimbabwe deteriorates each day, the international community owes it to the Zimbabwean people to take a strong, decisive stand against what is happening in their country and in support of their democratic aspirations.

We owe it to their dignity as a people who fought for their freedom, to their legacy of agricultural richness and to their previously high levels of education.
It is rare that the world witnesses the rise and fall of a once-free, democratic nation in such a short time, but just over the border, President Robert Mugabe’s machinery of oppression and fear has replaced hope and independence with terror.


The time for speaking softly is over.

http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=785098

Roelof
Jun 16th 2008, 06:30 AM
London - Britain's foreign secretary likened President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562)'s rule in Zimbabwe to "sadism" on Sunday and said South Africa had a responsibility to do more to bring pressure to bear on its neighbour.
David Miliband said countries had a duty to speak frankly about the crisis in the country as Mugabe's security forces ratchet up their intimidation of opposition leaders ahead of a presidential run-off election on June 27. "The first thing is to be clear about the sadism, and I use that word advisedly, that's going on ... in Zimbabwe at the moment," Miliband told BBC television.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2340997,00.html

Roelof
Jun 16th 2008, 06:55 AM
I am praying that a new democratic government will take over the rule.



Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was quoted on Sunday as saying he would be willing to hand power to a ruling party ally when he was sure the country was safe from "sell-outs" and from British interference.
But the state-run Sunday Mail newspaper said he gave no time-frame and again vowed to stop the opposition taking power. Mugabe is fighting for re-election in a June 27 run-off against Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). The opposition leader won the first round in March, but not with enough votes to take the presidency.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2341008,00.html

Roelof
Jun 16th 2008, 07:16 AM
Britain and its international allies will urge South Africa to cut off electricity supplies to Zimbabwe if Robert Mugabe steals the election in two weeks’ time, The Times has learnt.

Plans are being drawn up to persuade Zimbabwe’s allies to mount an economic blockade and diplomats are considering a ban on the children of the elite going to school in Europe if Mr Mugabe loses the election but refuses to step down.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4144270.ece

Roelof
Jun 16th 2008, 03:50 PM
Zim is no longer a real democracy. Please continue to pray.


Harare - Zimbabwean police on Monday searched the home and computer of the opposition's number two leader, who is facing a treason charge ahead of a June 27 presidential run-off, his lawyer said. Tendai Biti, Secretary General of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was due in court on Monday, but police were likely to delay the appearance, said Lewis Uriri.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2341529,00.html

Roelof
Jun 17th 2008, 05:16 AM
This very weak democracy is falling apart. Please pray for our neighbour.


Harare/Johannesburg - President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) has indicated clearly for the first time that he will disregard the result of elections if his Zanu-PF party loses, according to reports in the state press on Monday.
"We fought for this country and a lot of blood was shed," the state-controlled daily Herald quoted him as telling a rally on Sunday in Silobela, a village in the country's central midlands province. "We are not going to give up our country because of a mere X. How can a ballpoint pen fight with a gun?"

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2341607,00.html

Roelof
Jun 18th 2008, 06:38 AM
Harare - The Pan-African Parliament observer mission, one of only two official observer groups in Zimbabwe before the June 27 run-off presidential election, on Tuesday confirmed that government supporters had hacked off the hands and feet of a woman and then firebombed her house. "Our team has been to her graveside. She was chopped," said Marwick Khumalo, the head of the observer group. "The man (her husband, Patson Chipiro) is living in fear."

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2342350,00.html

Roelof
Jun 18th 2008, 03:45 PM
At last our president is doing something !!!


South African President Thabo Mbeki arrived in Zimbabwe today in a last-ditch attempt to try and persuade Robert Mugabe to compromise ahead of next week’s presidential run-off poll, the credibility of which has largely been dismissed.

Government sources said Mr Mbeki, the official mediator for Zimbabwe, arrived in the capital Harare just before 1pm local time (1100 GMT) and went straight into a meeting with the South African ambassador.
In recent days, African diplomats have expressed concern over the mounting levels of violence in the country and said a free and fair poll was not possible.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4165094.ece

Roelof
Jun 19th 2008, 07:42 PM
I am going away for 3 days and will have no Internet access. Please pray for Zim.


Johannesburg - Zimbabwe was teetering on the edge of lawlessness and anarchy, the US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, James McGee, said in Pretoria on Thursday.
"It is a country on the brink of starvation. It has already fallen off the precipice of economic collapse and is sinking into a seemingly bottomless abyss," McGee told the Centre for International Political Studies at the University of Pretoria.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2343621,00.html

Frances
Jun 20th 2008, 04:52 PM
:pray: that the Lord will take control. . . .

Roelof
Jun 22nd 2008, 03:05 PM
Harare - Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) quit the country's bitterly fought run-off election on Sunday, saying the vote cannot be free and fair.
"We in the MDC cannot ask them to cast their vote on the 27th when that vote would cost them their lives," Tsvangirai told reporters.
"We will no longer participate in the violent illegitimate sham of an election process."
The opposition chief said President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) had "declared war by saying that the bullet has replaced the ballot".
"We believe an election that reflects the will of the people is impossible," he said. He appealed to the United Nations, African Union and regional body SADC to "intervene and stop the genocide".

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2344922,00.html

Roelof
Jun 23rd 2008, 05:54 AM
I pray that the violence, murders and intimidation will stop now.



London - Britain's newspapers said on Monday that Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) could not be blamed for pulling out of Zimbabwe's presidential election but urged South Africa to turn on President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562).
National dailies branded Mugabe "tyrannical" in their editorials and raised comparisons with Nazi Germany dictator Adolf Hitler as they urged Zimbabwe's neighbour South Africa to wield its influence and lead world outrage at Mugabe's regime. Tsvangirai, leader of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change party, withdrew from the two-man second round run-off on Sunday, saying violence had made a fair vote impossible.

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2345294,00.html

Roelof
Jun 23rd 2008, 03:21 PM
How worse can it become in Zim?

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) has taken refuge at the Netherlands embassy in Harare, a spokesperson for Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said Monday.

"He is temporarily at the embassy of the Netherlands in Harare," spokesperson Bart Rijs told AFP.
"A request was made yesterday (on Sunday) by his party, the MDC, and Minister Verhagen decided that if he sought safety it would be granted."
Rijs could not say how long the opposition leader would remain at the Dutch mission.
"He (Tsvangirai) is currently reflecting on what the next step should be." Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), announced on Sunday he was quitting the run-off race for the presidency against Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562), saying increasing violence made a free and fair poll impossible.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2345576,00.html

Roelof
Jun 23rd 2008, 03:27 PM
The SA president now must act against Zim !!!!

Johannesburg - The rand weakened to a one-week low against the dollar on Monday as negative sentiment weighed on emerging markets, analysts said.

Market watchers said emerging markets were trading with a weaker bias but South African assets could be particularly vulnerable due to developments in Zimbabwe.

http://www.fin24.com/articles/default/display_article.aspx?Nav=ns&ArticleID=1518-1791_2345579

Roelof
Jun 23rd 2008, 03:35 PM
If this happen, millions of Zim people will flee to SA, increasing the unemployment rate here upwards from +- 25%. Please pray.


Harare - With President Robert Mugabe assured of "victory" in the now one-man presidential runoff election on Friday, Zimbabwe will have to face an economic disaster worse than it has ever experienced, economists warned Monday.
Following the announcement on Sunday by Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, that he was withdrawing "from this violent, illegitimate sham of an electoral process," Mugabe's Zanu(PF) declared it would nevertheless proceed with the election and "romp home to victory."

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2345525,00.html

Roelof
Jun 23rd 2008, 03:47 PM
It is now in the hands of God.

For a man who has battled for nearly a decade to become President of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to pull out of the race against Robert Mugabe only days before polling must have been the toughest of his career.

The former union boss has suffered arrest and beatings at the hands of his rival. His supporters have been murdered, arrested and tortured. Many wanted him to continue the fight until election day on Friday, but he reached the conclusion that staying in the presidential race would only lead to more bloodshed.

As Mr Mugabe has made clear in both words and deeds over the past week, the outcome of the vote was never in doubt. A clear majority of Zimbabweans may want him out, but there is not much that the civilian population can do against the combined might of the Zanu (PF) militia and the security forces, not to mention the electoral authorities, which have still not given a full account of the last vote.

In Mr Mugabe's own words, “only God” could remove him from office.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4193365.ece

aaalynn
Jun 23rd 2008, 04:22 PM
:pray:

Let us place this situation at our Lords feet. We cannot change this alone, only ... GOD.:pray:

FollowTheBanner
Jun 24th 2008, 11:07 PM
Praying again for the people of Zimbabwe, especially our brothers and sisters there who call upon the Lord. :pray:

Roelof
Jun 25th 2008, 04:40 AM
Praying again for the people of Zimbabwe, especially our brothers and sisters there who call upon the Lord. :pray:

FollowTheBanner

Thanks for your prayers.

A election with only one presidential candidate, after Mugabe murdered and intimidated the opposition.. It is ridiculous !!!



Harare - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) told a rally on Tuesday "we will proceed with our election" and accused the opposition leader of seeking to withdraw because he was scared of losing. "We will proceed with our election ... Other people can say what they want, but the elections are ours and we are a sovereign state," Mugabe told a rally in Banket, north of Harare.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2346331,00.html

Roelof
Jun 25th 2008, 11:22 AM
President Mugabe began murdering his opponents less than three years after he came to power in 1980, declaring that his rule would mark “the age of love” and reconciliation with the Rhodesian whites against whom he had fought.
A low-level insurgency that began in 1982 with disaffected former guerrillas of the Ndebele-based Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (Zipra), who had fought alongside Mr Mugabe in the civil war, received a savage response.
Led by soldiers of the 5 Brigade of the Zimbabwe National Army, who were trained in North Korea, a campaign of systematic massacre was carried out against the rural people of Matabeleland, whom Mr Mugabe regarded as providing shelter, food and intelligence for the ex-Zipra “dissidents”.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4207831.ece

Roelof
Jun 25th 2008, 02:41 PM
Harare - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) on Wednesday ruled out talks on solving Zimbabwe's political crisis until the release of his number two and 2 000 "political prisoners".

"Let me say clearly that there is no discussion about moving forward without our secretary general Tendai Biti," Tsvangirai said of his party's number two, who is in jail on subversion and vote-rigging charges and faces the death penalty. "All political prisoners must be freed immediately, including our secretary general Tendai Biti and 2 000 others."

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2346873,00.html

Roelof
Jun 25th 2008, 02:45 PM
Anglo American, the London-listed mining giant, said today that it was "reviewing all options surrounding the development" of its $400 million (£202 million) platinum mine in Zimbabwe.
The company's decision to press ahead with the Unki mine in central Zimbabwe has prompted outrage from politicians who claim it will provide support to the regime of President Mugabe.
Under pressure from politicians and from its own shareholders, Anglo said that it would review the project but did not want to abandon the 650 people working at Unki.

http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/natural_resources/article4211191.ece

moonglow
Jun 25th 2008, 04:24 PM
This has been making the headline news here lately...they had more on it today...I checked CNN and this is the leading story on their website:

Amputations, beatings scare voters in Zimbabwe (http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/06/25/zimbabwe.voices/index.html)

Zimbabweans are accustomed to violence, but the beatings and bloodshed have been epidemic since early April, days after opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai pushed longtime President Robert Mugabe into a runoff election for the nation's top post.

Tsvangirai dropped out of the race this week, citing intimidation and vote-rigging. He is now in hiding at the Dutch Embassy, uncertain like most Zimbabweans whether the violence would continue.

Zimbabweans and outside observers say militias loyal to Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) have engaged in intimidation tactics designed to deter Tsvangirai's supporters from casting ballots. Video Watch people run in fear »

"Violence has been taking place mainly in the countryside, people having their hands chopped off, fingers broken, etc. -- the reason for that being to prevent them from voting in the runoff," said a journalist Tuesday in an e-mail from Harare.

Both the woman and journalist requested anonymity out of fear they could be targeted for talking.

"If you talk too much, they come looking for you, they hunt you down, they beat you," the woman told CNN.
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Rapes and maimings are being reported across the country. On Monday, the United Nations Security Council condemned "the campaign of violence," which it said was responsible for scores of dead opposition activists and the beatings of thousands. Video Watch why the U.N. says a fair election is impossible »

"There are so many people who are dying right now. We're not even sure how many people have died," said the woman in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital.

In his letter announcing he was dropping out of the presidential race, Tsvangirai said at least 86 people have been killed, 10,000 wounded and 200,000 people displaced.

This morning they said the state would not allow Tsvangirai to drop out of the race..the run off's....he wanted too to stop the violence and so the people wanting to vote for him wouldn't be hurt, but they won't allow him to drop out...the voting is set for Friday. Now if Mugabe wins everyone will know he won by scaring off voters...will they allow him to stay seated? If he loses...I think a full scale war will happen if anyone tries to remove him....it seems to be a no win situation. :( I am praying hard for God to remove Mugabe and stop this terror!

God bless

Roelof
Jun 25th 2008, 05:50 PM
moonglow

Thanks for the info.

Joining you in prayers.

Roelof
Jun 25th 2008, 06:07 PM
He deserves it !!!!

Robert Mugabe has been stripped of his honorary knighthood, as the pressure grows on him to postpone Friday's run-off election.
The Queen has approved the annulment of the honour on the advice of the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, in protest at Mr Mugabe's misrule.
"This action has been taken as a mark of revulsion at the abuse of human rights and abject disregard for the democratic process in Zimbabwe over which President Mugabe has presided," the Foreign Office said.
The move came as it emerged Nelson Mandela is planning to speak out about the situation in Zimbabwe tonight.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4213800.ece

Roelof
Jun 26th 2008, 04:36 AM
The words of a true leader - Nelson Mandela



London - Former South African president Nelson Mandela (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3961) spoke of a "tragic failure of leadership" in Zimbabwe during a celebrity fundraising dinner in London Wednesday to mark his 90th birthday.
In what are thought to be his first public comments on the situation, Mandela made a brief reference to Zimbabwe as he detailed a string of problems faced by the world. "We look back at much human progress, but we sadly note so much failing as well," he said.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2347143,00.html

Roelof
Jun 26th 2008, 02:17 PM
Criticism of Zimbabwe's leadership from anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3961) is of "no consequence" President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562)'s information minister said on Thursday, but Mugabe's main rival welcomed the remarks as a sign of solidarity.


The evening before, at a fundraising dinner in London, Mandela said there has been a "tragic failure of leadership in our neighbouring Zimbabwe". "We appreciate the solidarity from Nelson Mandela," opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) said, adding "it is something we cherish".

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2347570,00.html

moonglow
Jun 26th 2008, 04:07 PM
He deserves it !!!!

Robert Mugabe has been stripped of his honorary knighthood, as the pressure grows on him to postpone Friday's run-off election.
The Queen has approved the annulment of the honour on the advice of the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, in protest at Mr Mugabe's misrule.
"This action has been taken as a mark of revulsion at the abuse of human rights and abject disregard for the democratic process in Zimbabwe over which President Mugabe has presided," the Foreign Office said.
The move came as it emerged Nelson Mandela is planning to speak out about the situation in Zimbabwe tonight.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4213800.ece

I bet he won't care..he seems to hate the British and white people very much. :(

Still praying!

God bless

Frances
Jun 26th 2008, 06:19 PM
Robert Mugabe has been stripped of his honorary knighthood, . . . .
"This action has been taken as a mark of revulsion at the abuse of human rights and abject disregard for the democratic process in Zimbabwe over which President Mugabe has presided," the Foreign Office said. ]

Thank God sanity does prevail sometimes in our government!!!

Roelof
Jun 27th 2008, 04:37 AM
This election is a big joke and a slap in the face of democracy.


Lisbon - Zimbabweans will be forced to vote in a presidential election on Friday because of the presence of troops and militias loyal to President Robert Mugabe, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) said.
"What will happen tomorrow (on Friday) is that people will be forced to vote ... because the military were mobilised to accompany this process," Tsvangirai said on Thursday in an interview with Portuguese radio station Renascenca, which gave Reuters a transcript.
"Traditional leaders are being forced to tell their communities to go and vote," Tsvangirai said. "They are being told they have to vote tomorrow (on Friday). So the violence and pressure on the people is continuing."

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2347925,00.html

Roelof
Jun 27th 2008, 02:51 PM
I can not believe what my government said !!!
I continue to pray.


Britain, as the former colonial power, is largely responsible for the current crisis in Zimbabwe, the African National Congress said on Friday.
This was chiefly the case in terms of land issues in that country, the ruling party said in its weekly newsletter, published on the ANC Today website. "The ANC is very mindful of the obligations Britain assumed in relation to Zimbabwe at the Lancaster House talks. Chief among these was resolution of the land question, i.e undoing the consequences of well nigh 100 years of British colonial domination.

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/Politics/0,,2-7-12_2348316,00.html

Roelof
Jun 27th 2008, 02:57 PM
Zimbabweans went reluctantly to the polls today for a one-man presidential run-off that looks set to hand Robert Mugabe another term in office, but which has been widely dismissed as a sham by the outside world.
Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition leader who pulled out of the contest last weekend after a vicious campaign of intimidation against his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), told his supporters not to bother voting - unless they felt their lives were under threat.
In the Japanese city of Kyoto, G8 foreign ministers threatened further UN sanctions against Zimbabwe for its abandonment of democracy. “This kind of sham couldn't possibly produce a legitimate outcome,” said Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4224090.ece

moonglow
Jun 27th 2008, 05:53 PM
This election is a big joke and a slap in the face of democracy.


Lisbon - Zimbabweans will be forced to vote in a presidential election on Friday because of the presence of troops and militias loyal to President Robert Mugabe, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) said.
"What will happen tomorrow (on Friday) is that people will be forced to vote ... because the military were mobilised to accompany this process," Tsvangirai said on Thursday in an interview with Portuguese radio station Renascenca, which gave Reuters a transcript.
"Traditional leaders are being forced to tell their communities to go and vote," Tsvangirai said. "They are being told they have to vote tomorrow (on Friday). So the violence and pressure on the people is continuing."

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2347925,00.html

Yes I read that on my news home page last night that they would be physically forced to vote! And here these thugs HAD been going around breaking fingers and cutting off hands to prevent people from voting...now they are going to force them to vote. The news here is confusing. On CNN they said the opposing party would still be listed on the ballot even though he withdrew hoping to stop the violence...now it appears he isn't on the ballot. They can't seem to get their facts straight here on what is going on. I realize part of the problem is this so called leader isn't let any news reporters in his country to cover this so we get scattered information here. I am just continuing to pray for them! With only one person on the ballot its just stupid...of course he will 'win'...even if only one person votes...:cool:

He is nothing but a vicious evil dictator...worse then that actually...:(

Still praying....

God bless

Roelof
Jun 28th 2008, 06:12 AM
He is nothing but a vicious evil dictator...worse then that actually...:(

Still praying....

God bless

Thanks moonglow

Roelof
Jun 28th 2008, 01:57 PM
Many Zimbabweans deliberately defaced their ballots in a discredited presidential runoff with President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) as the sole candidate, and voted only out of fear, the head of a foreign observer mission said on Saturday.

Contrary to the state-run newspaper's report of a "massive turnout" in Friday's election, Marwick Khumalo, head of the Pan-African Parliament observer mission, said the turnout was "very, very low". He also said many of those who did vote cast their ballots for opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575), who pulled out of the race after an onslaught of state-sponsored violence against his Democratic Movement for Change.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2348629,00.html

Roelof
Jun 29th 2008, 03:46 AM
Please still pray for this country with an inflation of 160 000% !!!

Forced indoctrination sessions to continue in case people ‘forget’ who they should support

In the cities, the streets were all but deserted. In the country, the queues stretched for metres. But everywhere the mood was the same: fear, dread and resignation.

The dawn that illuminated President Mugabe’s pantomime election day could not have been more different to that of three months ago, when three challengers shared the ballot with him and voters got up before first light, quivering with excitement to be part of the change they sensed was imminent.
An e-mail being passed around from the Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai urged supporters not to boycott the polls if doing so would put their lives at risk.

“Whatever might happen, the results ... will not be recognised by the world,” said Tsvangirai. “God knows what is in your hearts. Don’t risk your lives.”

http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=792647

Roelof
Jun 29th 2008, 03:57 AM
I am really ashamed of the poor leadership of Mbeki, our president.

President Thabo Mbeki is lobbying African leaders to recognise Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s head of state — despite worldwide condemnation of Friday’s “sham” presidential election.

He said Mbeki wanted Mugabe — who was the sole candidate after Tsvangirai pulled out last week — acknowledged as president so that his controversial mediation could move forward.

While some people expect Mugabe to be sworn in immediately upon the release of the results today, others have indicated that an inauguration is expected this week upon Mugabe’s return from the African Union summit in Egypt.

http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=792739

Roelof
Jun 29th 2008, 04:16 AM
Thanks for some leadership !!!


US President George W Bush said on Saturday he had directed that sanctions be drawn up against the "illegitimate" government of Zimbabwe after a run-off vote boycotted by the opposition.

"Given the Mugabe regime's blatant disregard for the Zimbabwean people's democratic will and human rights, I am instructing the Secretaries of State and Treasury to develop sanctions against this illegitimate government of Zimbabwe and those who support it," Bush said in a statement. The president said the United States would also be pressing for "strong action" at the United Nations, including an arms embargo on Zimbabwe and travel ban on regime officials, following the "sham election" on Friday.

http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_2348787,00.html

Roelof
Jun 29th 2008, 06:39 AM
Is this democracy?
Never in your life !!!


A baby boy had both legs broken by supporters of President Robert Mugabe to punish his father for being an opposition councillor in Zimbabwe.
Blessing Mabhena, aged 11 months, was seized from a bed and flung down with force as his mother, Agnes, hid from the thugs, convinced that they were about to murder her.
She heard one of them say, “Let’s kill the baby”, before Blessing was hurled on to a bare concrete floor.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4232386.ece

Roelof
Jun 29th 2008, 09:50 AM
Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) said in interviews published on Sunday he would push for negotiations with President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) on a new constitution and fresh elections.

He also kept open the possibility that Mugabe could remain as a ceremonial head of state.
Speaking ahead of the expected announcement that Mugabe had won re-election in Friday's run-off vote in which he was the only candidate, Tsvangirai said his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party would use its parliamentary majority, which it won in elections in March, to force negotiations over a transitional arrangement.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2348892,00.html

Roelof
Jun 29th 2008, 04:59 PM
Robert Mugabe's declared victory in Zimbabwe's one-man presidential run-off election is "an absolute joke", the opposition Movement for Democratic Change said on Sunday.

"This is an unbelievable joke and act of desperation on the part of the regime," the MDC's chief spokesperson Nelson Chamisa told AFP. "It qualifies for the Guiness Book of Records as joke of the year."


Tsvangirai beat Mugabe into second place in the first round of the election three months ago but pulled out of the run-off last weekend after a spate of deadly attacks on his supporters.
"How can they say that Mr Tsvangirai got those votes when he was nothing to do with the run-off in the first place?" added Chamisa. "How does Mugabe's jump from 43% in the first elections to 85% in the second. What has he done to remedy the ills that he has inflicted on the people of Zimbabwe?"

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2349008,00.html

Roelof
Jun 30th 2008, 04:26 AM
Please pray for a negotiated peace settlement

Fellow African leaders showed little willingness on Sunday to stand up to President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) and condemn the longtime Zimbabwe ruler's disputed, violent reign ahead of his arrival at an African Union summit.

Despite international calls to isolate Mugabe, the AU readied to welcome him as a legitimate head of state.
"It will be none of this summit's business to choose the titles for leaders, it is the business of this summit to see what we are going to do for the suffering people and masses in Africa," Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Membe remarked when asked if he would address Mugabe as president. Mugabe was inaugurated on Sunday after declaring victory in a presidential run-off election from which the opposition dropped out, citing violence against its supporters.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2349253,00.html

Roelof
Jun 30th 2008, 07:16 AM
Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) faced mounting criticism on Monday after beginning a new term as Zimbabwe's president, with African observers and much of the world denouncing his one-man election as violence-wracked.

Mugabe took the oath of office on Sunday in a hastily arranged ceremony at his official residence barely an hour after the electoral commission declared he won more than 85% of the votes cast. The 84-year-old leader used his inauguration speech to appeal for "unity" among Zimbabwe's political parties - an overture the opposition greeted with deep suspicion.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2349304,00.html

Roelof
Jun 30th 2008, 05:38 PM
The Zimbabwean presidential run-off election was not free and fair, said the SA Council of Churches (SACC) on Monday.

"The run-off elections in which Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) ran alone were neither free, nor fair, therefore this presidency is illegitimate," said Eddie Makue, SACC general secretary. The council said it had forwarded a dossier of alleged atrocities committed against Zimbabweans in the run-up to the Zimbabwe run-off elections to President Thabo Mbeki (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=895).

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2349666,00.html

moonglow
Jun 30th 2008, 05:48 PM
This is getting more and more news coverage here too..a big article on my homepage today and being covered daily by the major networks too.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/06/30/zimbabwe.monday/index.html
Africa under pressure to condemn Mugabe
The United States and Britain have led international condemnation against Zimbabwe: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wants international action against Mugabe's government, including U.N.-authorized sanctions.

The United States is working with other countries on a draft resolution regarding Zimbabwe that it will propose to the U.N. Security Council when it addresses the issue on Wednesday, U.S. State Department spokesman Tom Casey said.

He restated Washington's condemnation of the "sham" election process, and urged the AU to do the same. Casey said the United States wants Mugabe's government to enter into talks with the opposition, under the mediation of African leaders.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown voiced doubts that anyone would recognize Mugabe's re-election.

"I think the message that is coming from the whole of the world is that the so-called election will not be recognized as legitimate," Brown said Monday.

They need to physically remove him as far I am I concerned and lock him up for the crimes he has committed!

Roelof
Jul 1st 2008, 06:04 AM
moonglow

Thanks for the article.
Please continue to pray for Zim, if Zim collapse it would have a major effect on SA too.

Roelof
Jul 1st 2008, 04:26 PM
Robert Mugabe's holding of a one-man election has killed off any prospect of a negotiated political settlement in Zimbabwe, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change's number two leader said on Tuesday.
"While the MDC has pursued dialogue in a bid to establish a government of national healing before June 12, the sham election on June 27, 2008, totally and completely exterminated any prospect of a negotiated settlement," the party's secretary-general Tendai Biti and chief negotiator said.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2350193,00.html

Roelof
Jul 3rd 2008, 04:35 AM
New York - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and the country's central bank governor are among those who, under a US-drafted resolution, would face UN asset freezes and travel bans over last week's widely criticised election.
According to an annex to the latest version of the draft, obtained by Reuters on Wednesday, Mugabe is among 12 people who would face UN sanctions because he is the "Head of Government responsible for activities that seriously undermine democracy, repress human rights and disrespect the rule of law". Central Bank Governor Gideon Gono would also face sanctions because he is "responsible for funding repressive state policies", the text says.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2350925,00.html

Roelof
Jul 4th 2008, 04:45 AM
My couintry SA makes me feel so shameful. I still pray for peace and a new government.

New York - South Africa suggested on Thursday that it would not back a US draft that seeks to impose sanctions on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and 11 of his aides.
This comes after the United States said it expects the UN Security Council to vote next week on sanctions against Zimbabwe's leaders for last week's widely criticised election. US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters after a closed-door council session that he had formally submitted the US-drafted resolution to the full 15-nation council.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2351762,00.html

Roelof
Jul 5th 2008, 06:47 AM
Nigeria on Friday rejected the re-election of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, saying a run-off vote had changed nothing in the country, but stopped short of refusing to recognise his government.
Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe said Mugabe should not use the outcome of a June 27 run-off vote, boycotted by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, as a basis for negotiation.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2352352,00.html

Roelof
Jul 5th 2008, 01:50 PM
Secret footage filmed by a Zimbabwean prison guard shows how a supporter of President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) rigged votes in his favour, British newspaper The Guardian said.

The hidden camera images apparently show one of Mugabe's so-called war veterans - with the power to denounce prison workers as opposition supporters - supervising their votes, logging each one against the voter's identification number and watching as they mark the ballots. "It is believed to be the first footage of actual ballot-rigging," The Guardian said.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2352598,00.html

Roelof
Jul 6th 2008, 05:54 AM
Please still pray for Zim. The inflation is now 8 million %

Thabo Mbeki (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=895), the chief mediator on the crisis in Zimbabwe, on Saturday held his first talks with Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) since his controversial re-election, but was snubbed by the main opposition leader.

Mbeki hoped for swift progress on a negotiated settlement but his optimism was undermined by the failure of Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575), leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, to attend the talks. Mbeki had a brief meeting with Mugabe before they were then joined by Arthur Mutambara (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=5240), head of an MDC splinter group, in a move which will fuel speculation Mugabe is trying to cling to power by driving a wedge between the opposition.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2352799,00.html

Roelof
Jul 6th 2008, 07:20 AM
Please keep on praying

Dozens of teenage girls have been made pregnant after being taken into the bush and raped in torture camps by President Robert Mugabe’s youth militia operating near Mudzi, a town 100 miles northeast of Harare, human rights workers allege.

Amid the continuing chaos, there are as yet no clear statistics, but the sharp rise in teenage pregnancies seems almost certain to have been repeated elsewhere in rural districts. Some of the victims will have contracted HIV-Aids, which has ravaged Zimbabwe for years and helped reduce average life expectancy to 34 for women, the lowest in the world.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4276294.ece

moonglow
Jul 6th 2008, 08:04 PM
Please keep on praying

Dozens of teenage girls have been made pregnant after being taken into the bush and raped in torture camps by President Robert Mugabe’s youth militia operating near Mudzi, a town 100 miles northeast of Harare, human rights workers allege.

Amid the continuing chaos, there are as yet no clear statistics, but the sharp rise in teenage pregnancies seems almost certain to have been repeated elsewhere in rural districts. Some of the victims will have contracted HIV-Aids, which has ravaged Zimbabwe for years and helped reduce average life expectancy to 34 for women, the lowest in the world.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4276294.ece

oh no....how awful...I will be sure to pray for them on this too.

God Bless

Roelof
Jul 7th 2008, 05:35 AM
moonglow

Thanks for your continued prayers

Roelof
Jul 7th 2008, 01:52 PM
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Monday said Robert Mugabe had "turned the weapons of the state on his own people" and urged the world to support fresh sanctions against his regime.

In a speech at a university during a three-day visit to South Africa, Miliband accused the 84-year-old Zimbabwean leader of unleashing "a campaign of unchecked brutality against his own people". "He has turned the weapons of the state on his own people," Miliband told an audience at the University of South Africa.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2353398,00.html

Roelof
Jul 7th 2008, 02:56 PM
Johannesburg - As G8 leaders began meeting in Japan on Monday for talks on issues including Zimbabwe, the country's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) repeated its demands for an end to political violence as a condition for entering talks with President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) on a unity government.
Releasing gruesome photographs of the burnt body of a man the MDC said was its missing driver Joshua Bakacheza, the party asked: "How does a self respecting party enter into negotiations within the context of such level of violence?" The MDC said Bakacheza was abducted in the Zimbabwean capital Harare by 16-armed men in three trucks nearly two weeks ago.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2353361,00.html

Roelof
Jul 7th 2008, 08:23 PM
Harare - Zimbabwe urged the world on Monday to accept President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562)'s re-election and said any move to impose UN sanctions on his government would hurt everyone involved.
This week, the UN Security Council is due to discuss a US and British-based proposal for financial and travel restrictions on Mugabe and his top officials as well as an arms embargo on Zimbabwe. World leaders at a Group of Eight nations summit in Japan also raised the prospect of more sanctions on Zimbabwe unless quick progress is made to end a political crisis after Mugabe's re-election in a poll that drew global condemnation.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2353461,00.html

Ashley274
Jul 8th 2008, 06:52 AM
WOW I am stunned I have read a lot of this thread though did not click on the links but am so sad and scared for these people ..I will be praying :pray::hug:

Roelof
Jul 8th 2008, 04:32 PM
Ashley

Thanks for your prayers

Roelof
Jul 10th 2008, 02:19 PM
[God listened to our prayers: it appears that a peaceful settlement is maybe near]


Pretoria - Zimbabwe's ruling party and main opposition were holding talks in South Africa on Thursday on their country's political crisis, sources close to the negotiations told AFP.
Sources close to both Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change said negotiators for the parties had travelled to South Africa for talks. The talks were set to begin on Thursday, a source close to Zanu-PF said. A separate source close to the negotiations said talks were already underway.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2355526,00.html

Rullion Green
Jul 10th 2008, 02:29 PM
parying for Zimbabwe !!!

Roelof
Jul 11th 2008, 04:56 AM
[Please pray that civil war will not break out]

Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change on Thursday denied suggestions that some of its supporters were undergoing training to engage in retaliatory violence.

"This is a propaganda lie," said MDC spokesperson Nelson Chamisa in response to a Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) report.
"We have always been insecure, but we have never resorted to violence. Anybody who decides that would not be a member of the party."
Earlier, Kwandiwe Kondlo, executive director of the HSRC's democracy and governance research programme said at the release of the report in Johannesburg: "We do know almost certainly that some of them (MDC supporters) have begun training." "This is not an official policy from MDC, but it is simply hell going loose."

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2355556,00.html

Roelof
Jul 13th 2008, 04:52 AM
(Please continue to pray for our neighbour)


London - British Prime Minster Gordon Brown will press the European Union to take harsher action against Zimbabwe, after Russia and China vetoed proposed new sanctions at the UN Security Council, his office said on Saturday.
Brown plans to discuss EU action against Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562)'s regime when the British leader meets with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana at a summit starting on Sunday in Paris. The three will be among 43 leaders of European, Middle Eastern and North African nations at the summit.

http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_2356632,00.html

Ashley274
Jul 13th 2008, 06:57 AM
Roe I will always keep this in my prayers no matter what :hug:

Roelof
Jul 13th 2008, 07:01 AM
Roe I will always keep this in my prayers no matter what :hug:

Ashley

I am seriously concerned about the democracy, economic situation and food problems in Africa.

Ashley274
Jul 13th 2008, 07:03 AM
Roe I am concerned about everything going on over there :cry::hug:

Roelof
Jul 14th 2008, 04:26 AM
Roelof, I am concerned about everything going on over there :cry::hug:

Ashley, thanks for your concern and prayers.
Please pray for a peaceful solution.

President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562)'s party and the opposition failed last week to agree a framework for talks to end Zimbabwe's crisis, the opposition said on Sunday, but state media said negotiations would continue.
The first preliminary talks between the two sides since a disputed election were adjourned on Friday without agreement, a spokesperson for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change told Reuters.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2356887,00.html

Roelof
Jul 20th 2008, 03:37 PM
(Praise the Lord !!!)

All sides set to sign memorandum of understanding after Mbeki brings in UN, AU and SADC helpers

Zimbabwe’s power-sharing talks are back on track. Zanu-PF and both factions of the Movement for Democratic Change are set to sign a memorandum of understanding outlining the framework for talks about talks in Harare tomorrow.

This comes after Friday’s diplomatic breakthrough by President Thabo Mbeki — the mediator appointed by the Southern African Development Community — in creating a “reference group” drawn from the United Nations, the African Union and SADC to help with negotiations.
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangiria had earlier pulled out of the talks, insisting on the appointment of a second mediator from one of the three international forums to assist Mbeki, who his organisation believed was not impartial.

http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=805073

Roelof
Jul 21st 2008, 12:12 PM
Thank you all for your prayers !!!

.... The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous one avails much. (Jas 5:16)

President Thabo Mbeki (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=895) will facilitate a memorandum of understanding to be signed in Zimbabwe on Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

In a statement, the department said Mbeki would travel to Harare on Monday morning for the signing of the memorandum by Zimbabwean political parties around 15:00.
"The memorandum represents a positive step forward in the ongoing dialogue among the parties as facilitated by President Mbeki, acting on behalf of SADC (Southern African Development Community)."

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_2361393,00.html

Roelof
Jul 22nd 2008, 05:45 AM
To the chief Musician upon Muth-labben, A Psalm of David. I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works. (Psa 9:1)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) on Monday struck an uncharacteristically conciliatory note following his momentous signing of a joint accord with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) to begin talks on sharing power.

"We sit here in order for us to chart a new way, a new way of political interaction," the 84-year-old leader said at his first face-to-face meeting with Tsvangirai in a decade. Mugabe was speaking after signing a memorandum of understanding on talks on behalf of his Zanu-PF party with Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=5240), leader of a smaller MDC faction.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2361605,00.html

Roelof
Jul 22nd 2008, 03:50 PM
Praise the Lord :pp:pp:pp

Business Unity SA (Busa) is ready to work for economic stability in Zimbabwe, the organisation said on Tuesday.

"As the voice of business in SA, with members holding business interests in Zimbabwe, Busa stands ready to work and support all Zimbabwean parties in the restoration of economic stability and growth," it said in a statement.
It welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between President Robert Mugabe and the two MDC factions led by Arthur Mutambara and Morgan Tsvangirai respectively. "After years of economic malaise and political instability, this watershed event presents the best opportunity for Zimbabwe to re-establish and redefine itself."

http://www.fin24.com/articles/default/display_article.aspx?Nav=ns&ArticleID=1518-1786_2362100

Roelof
Aug 5th 2008, 03:21 AM
( I pray that criminals will not destroy the last bit of the economy)

Armed robberies have surged to record highs in the Zimbabwe capital, state radio reported on Monday, blaming the spike on an amnesty that freed dozens of convicted criminals.

It said police were launching a crackdown on gun crime after robbers stole cars at gunpoint and used firearms in burglarising houses to steal valuables, televisions, electronic goods and cash. State radio said at least four cases of armed robbery were reported daily in Harare in the past two weeks, the highest on record.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2369782,00.html

Roelof
Aug 10th 2008, 07:05 PM
(The Lord listens to our prayers, praise Him !!!)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) could sign a power-sharing deal on Sunday that names opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) as prime minister, a senior ruling party official said on Saturday.

The official said Mugabe's Zanu-PF, after more than two weeks of talks seeking to end a post-election crisis, wants any unity government to last five years.
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Tsvangirai would be premier although his powers were still under discussion. "There could be a signing tomorrow, after the leaders have met to thrash out the remaining issues," the official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.
http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2373120,00.html

Roelof
Aug 11th 2008, 12:26 PM
(I am still praying for a peaceful settlement)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) said on Monday his country "was not for sale" and "will never be a colony again", while warning the opposition not to be "used by the enemy".

"Let's not hand over the country to the enemy," Mugabe said in a national address for Heroes' Day and ahead of a new round of power-sharing talks with his political rivals. "If you are on the enemy's side or you are being used by enemies, stop it, that's it."

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2373748,00.html

Oregongrown
Aug 11th 2008, 02:58 PM
Father God, we know all things are in Your hands, I trust and have faith that You will be with all involved in this. I pray that You place a hedge of protection around Your people Father and I also pray, that many unbelievers will come to know You and be saved. Thank you for this brother You have brought here to the forums. Bless him Lord, in the precious name of Jesus, amen

Ashley274
Aug 12th 2008, 07:23 AM
I am close to bed time and can't think of many great words to post but know in my heart I wish only the BEST for the people of this country and continued movement in that direction :pray::pray::pray::pray::pray:

Roelof
Aug 12th 2008, 02:04 PM
(I am still praying for lasting peace)

It is slightly better for Zimbabweans that Robert Mugabe has agreed to talk to the opposition, rather than sending his supporters to harass, arrest and kill its members. But while he is still president — and his officials at the talks have declared that this is non-negotiable — it is hard to see any plan emerging which will rescue the country from the disaster of the last decade of his rule.
The power-sharing talks, which broke up over the weekend, resumed yesterday. Thabo Mbeki, South Africa's President, who is chairing them, has rightly been the target of scathing attacks internationally for declining to criticise Mugabe openly. He would find it a useful rebuttal to extract a deal from these talks before the regional summit which he hosts in South Africa on August 16.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/bronwen_maddox/article4506682.ece

Roelof
Aug 14th 2008, 12:18 PM
(Please continue to pray for peace which has not yet arrived - Roelof)


Harare - The passports and travel documents of Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) and two senior officials have been seized as they were about to leave Harare International Airport.
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) spokesperson George Sibotshiwe told News24 that Tsvangirai, Secretary General Tendai Biti, and Secretary for International Relations, Prof Eliphas Mukonoweshuro, were prevented from flying to Johannesburg on Thursday, where they were due to attend a meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) heads of state. They were detained and released shortly afterwards, but their passports were not given back to them.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2376008,00.html

Roelof
Aug 16th 2008, 03:27 PM
Johannesburg - There could soon be a long-awaited end to negotiations between Zimbabwe's rival leaders, President Thabo Mbeki (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=895) told the SADC summit on Saturday.
"This summit affords us the possibility to assist the Zimbabwean parties to finalise their negotiations so that together they can engage the work to achieve national healing and reconciliation," Mbeki told the Southern African Development Community summit. Finalising negotiations would allow the country to "attend to the matter of reconstruction and development of Zimbabwe and in this way extricate the masses of the people from the dire straits in which they find themselves," he added.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2377168,00.html

Roelof
Aug 20th 2008, 01:52 PM
(Please conntinue to pray for peace in our neighbour country, who is economically ruined - Roelof)

Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change said on Wednesday it had not consented to the reconvening of Parliament, claiming it could jeopardise talks to resolve the country's political crisis.

MDC secretary general Tendai Biti said such a decision needed to be made by consensus according to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on July 21 in Harare with the ruling Zanu-PF party, which paved the way for talks on power-sharing.
"In the present case, the MDC has not consented to the convening of the Parliament," Biti said in a statement.
"Any decision to convene parliament will be a clear repudiation of the MOU, and an indication beyond reasonable doubt of Zanu-PF's unwillingness to continue to be part of the talks," he said. "In short convening parliament decapitates the dialogue," he added.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2379354,00.html

Roelof
Aug 22nd 2008, 05:49 PM
Zimbabwe police said on Friday there had been an attempt to blow up a road and rail bridge on one of the country's major highways near Harare.

Police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena said in a statement: "There was an attempt to bomb the Hunyani rail and road bridges along the Harare-Bulawayo route last night. Both bridges suffered minimum damage and remained intact and useable."
"Investigations are in progress. Security forces remain on high alert." He declined to comment on possible suspects and the motive for the attack, or whether it was linked to political tension in the country.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2380954,00.html

Roelof
Aug 31st 2008, 04:21 PM
(There is no final peace plan on the table yet, please continue to pray - Roelof)

President Thabo Mbeki (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=895) is to chart the way forward in stalled talks for a power-sharing government in Zimbabwe after meeting representatives from the main political parties, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamisa said in a state newspaper article published on Sunday.

"I can confirm that we went to South Africa for separate bilateral discussions with the facilitator," Chinamasa, who is one of the chief negotiators for President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562), was quoted as saying by The Sunday Mail. "The meeting was convened because the facilitator wanted to search for a way forward," he added.

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/Politics/0,,2-7-12_2385594,00.html

Roelof
Aug 31st 2008, 06:29 PM
From Wikipedia:
Zimbabwe (pronounced /zɪmˈbɑːbweɪ/ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English)), officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, and formerly Southern Rhodesia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Rhodesia), the Republic of Rhodesia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Rhodesia) and Zimbabwe Rhodesia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwe_Rhodesia), is a landlocked (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landlocked) country in the southern part of the continent (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continent) of Africa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africa), between the Zambezi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zambezi) and Limpopo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limpopo_River) rivers. It is bordered by South Africa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa) to the south, Botswana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botswana) to the southwest, Zambia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zambia) to the northwest, and Mozambique (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozambique) to the east. The official language of Zimbabwe is English (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_English). However, the majority of the population speaks Shona (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shona_language), which is the native language of the Shona people (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shona_people), a Bantu Language (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bantu_languages); the other native language of Zimbabwe being Sindebele (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sindebele), which is spoken by the Matabele people (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matabele_people).
The country is ruled by President Robert Mugabe, accused by rights groups of massive violations of human rights.[1] (http://thereport.amnesty.org/eng/Regions/Africa/Zimbabwe) Zimbabwe is currently experiencing a hard currency (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_currency) shortage, which has led to hyperinflation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperinflation_in_Zimbabwe) and chronic shortages in imported fuel and consumer goods. President Mugabe's critics blame his programme of land reform. However, Mugabe claims that massive financial isolation through American, British and EU legislation such as the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZDERA) of 2001 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwe_Democracy_and_Economic_Recovery_Act_of_20 01) is the actual cause of hyperinflation. Under ZDERA, the United States is prohibited from supporting any efforts by the International Monetary Fund (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Monetary_Fund) and other financial institutions to extend loans, credit or debt cancellation to the government of Zimbabwe.

GDP (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gross_domestic_product) (PPP (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purchasing_power_parity)) 2008 estimate - Total $2.2 billion (158th (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP))) - Per capita (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per_capita) $188 (179th (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita))

Roelof
Sep 11th 2008, 03:35 AM
(A settlement is very near, please continue to pray - Roelof)

Harare - The second day of negotiations on power-sharing in Zimbabwe ended on Wednesday without a deal, but President Robert Mugabe said participants will "hopefully" reach an accord on Thursday.

"So far so good," Mugabe told journalists as he emerged from the closed-door meeting at a hotel in the Zimbabwean capital Harare. "Tomorrow, we will hopefully sign [a deal],", he added.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2391531,00.html

Roelof
Sep 12th 2008, 03:48 AM
(Thank you all for your prayers - Roelof)

I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high. (Psa 7:17)


Harare - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's ruling party agreed a power-sharing deal with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC on Thursday to end the post-election crisis, both sides said.
South African President Thabo Mbeki, who has mediated the talks, said the ruling Zanu-PF and opposition had agreed on all issues, and will announce a national unity government on Monday.
"I am absolutely certain that the leadership of Zimbabwe is committed to implementing these agreements ... this is an outcome that comes out of decisions arrived at by the leadership of Zimbabwe," Mbeki said. Tsvangirai and Mugabe have been bitter enemies for a decade.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2392222,00.html

Roelof
Sep 29th 2008, 11:44 AM
(Please continue to pray, their currency is worth nothing. Children eat rats to survive - Roelof)


Harare - Zimbabwe's central bank introduced higher denomination banknotes on Monday in another sign of the hyperinflation that has shown no sign of abating despite this month's power-sharing deal.
The printing of 10 000 and 20 000 Zimbabwean dollar notes, worth $100 and $200 officially but 10 times less on the black market, came as government and opposition officials tried to break an impasse over cabinet posts. The agreement signed earlier this month between President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) has brought hope of political stability that could reverse the southern African country's deep economic slide.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2401354,00.html

moonglow
Sep 29th 2008, 01:46 PM
Wow this is just awful. I wish people could just leave there...then that dictator would have no one to rule over...

Praying for especially the children caught in this...:cry: :pray:


God bless

Roelof
Sep 29th 2008, 01:56 PM
Wow this is just awful.
Praying for especially the children caught in this...:cry: :pray:
God bless

Thanks moonglow

Roelof
Oct 10th 2008, 10:52 AM
(Please pray as the government of unity has not been formed yet - Roelof)

Harare - Zimbabwe's delicately balanced power-sharing deal can now be saved only by Thabo Mbeki, after Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai announced that negotiations over the allocation of ministries would resume only in the presence of the facilitator.

But the former president's spokesperson, Mukoni Rat****anga, on Thursday said no trip to Zimbabwe was being planned. "If and when Mr Mbeki goes to Zimbabwe, I will issue a statement."

President Kgalema Motlanthe's spokesperson, Themba Maseko, on Thursday told a press briefing he had sent a message to Southern African Development Community leaders that Mbeki would still be available as mediator and that the South African government continued to support the process.

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=68&art_id=vn20081010060055182C158982

Roelof
Oct 12th 2008, 04:21 AM
(Please continue to pray. The inflation rate is now 200 million percent, 5 million people are starving, kids eat rats to survive - Roelof)

In a step that could jeopardize a painstakingly negotiated power-sharing deal in Zimbabwe (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/zimbabwe/index.html?inline=nyt-geo), President Robert Mugabe (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/m/robert_mugabe/index.html?inline=nyt-per) has declared that his party will retain ministries that control the military and the police, state media reported Saturday. The crucial Finance Ministry was still in dispute.

Opposition officials condemned his decision and said their party, the Movement for Democratic Change, would not join a government in which the most important ministries were occupied by officials of ZANU-PF, the governing party.
Since the power-sharing agreement was signed more than three weeks ago, Mr. Mugabe and the opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/t/morgan_tsvangirai/index.html?inline=nyt-per), who was to serve as prime minister under the deal, have been deadlocked over the division of ministries.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/12/world/africa/12zimbabwe.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

Roelof
Oct 17th 2008, 04:00 AM
(The inflation is 200 million %, kids are eating rats, 5 million people have no food, but still the politicians can not share power. Please pray for them - Roelof)

Harare - Negotiations on forming a unity government in Zimbabwe are deadlocked, but could continue into a fourth day, an opposition spokesman said on Thursday. Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai spent nearly eight hours in negotiations that have dragged on for three days, in a last-ditch bid to save a power-sharing deal signed a month ago.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2411302,00.html

Roelof
Oct 20th 2008, 12:59 PM
Harare - Zimbabwe's opposition leaders boycotted a regional summit Monday, arguing the session was too limited to "knock sense" into Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) and make a proposed unity government a reality.
Soon after the opposition's chief negotiator, Tendai Biti, appeared at a news conference in South Africa, leaders from South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Congo and Mozambique gathered in Swaziland.
They were meeting as a committee of the main regional bloc, the 12-member Southern African Development Community, or SADC, to try to resolve Zimbabwe's political impasse - but Biti was dismissive. "Going to Swaziland now won't resolve anything," Biti said. "Which is why we're calling for a full SADC summit."

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2412782,00.html

Roelof
Oct 22nd 2008, 03:27 AM
(Hope this is the beginning of an economic upliftment in this very poor country - Roelof)

Johannesburg - While markets across the world have been crashing, the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange has being seeing record gains as citizens turn to equities to protect their money from the country's hyperinflation.
The benchmark industrial index soared 257% on Tuesday up from a previous one day record of 241% on Monday with some companies seeing share prices increase by up to 3 500%.
But before Wall Street traders start packing their bags and heading south, they should bear in mind that these figures are just another representation of Zimbabwe's collapsing economy and are almost meaningless in real terms.
Zimbabwe, once a regional breadbasket, is staggering amid the world's worst inflation, a looming humanitarian emergency and worsening shortages of food, gasoline and most basic goods. Inflation is at 231 million percent, but some experts put it more at about 20 trillion percent.

http://www.fin24.co.za/articles/default/display_article.aspx?Nav=ns&ArticleID=1518-1783_2413656

Roelof
Oct 22nd 2008, 03:45 AM
Harare - Zimbabwe's main opposition party said on Tuesday that only fresh elections would resolve a dispute over who controls key cabinet posts, a make-or-break issue under a power-sharing pact signed with President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562).
Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575), leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, have clashed over control of ministries and weeks of face-to-face talks have failed to break the deadlock. The political impasse has raised fears that last month's power-sharing deal may collapse and plunge Zimbabwe's economy deeper into crisis.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2413490,00.html

Roelof
Nov 7th 2008, 03:44 AM
(Please continue to pray for this very poor country, who is sinking deaper and deaper in an economic mess - Roelof)


New Delhi - An international aid agency has decided against giving new health care funds to Zimbabwe to fight Aids and other diseases until the country's central bank returns $7m confiscated last year, a top agency official said on Thursday. Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank failed to meet the Thursday deadline to transfer the money to the aid agency and it has now promised to do that next week, Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund To Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, told reporters.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2422300,00.html

Roelof
Nov 9th 2008, 04:04 PM
(I pray with our neighbour - Roelof)


Harare - About 300 people staged a prayer vigil in the Zimbabwean capital to urge political leaders to end their dispute on forming a unity government under a power-sharing deal signed nearly two months ago.
The group sat down to pray in a parking lot near a hotel on the edge of downtown Harare, as regional leaders met in South Africa to press Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai into a deal. "People are dying daily at hospitals because of a delivery system that is now inadequate," organiser Bishop Tudor Bismark of the New Life Covenant Church told the interdenominational gathering.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2423357,00.html

Roelof
Nov 10th 2008, 03:46 PM
Harare - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562) said on Monday he hoped opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3575) would change his mind and accept a proposal by regional leaders to set up a unity government.
"I hope they will" agree, the veteran leader told reporters as he boarded his aeroplane back to Harare, following an emergency heads of state meeting on his country's crisis in neighbouring South Africa. "We will try to constitute (the new government) as quickly as possible," said Mugabe, who unilaterally appointed key ministries to his own ruling Zanu-PF last month.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2423936,00.html

Roelof
Nov 11th 2008, 06:58 PM
(If a political settlement is not reached soon, more than a million people will die of hunger - Roelof)

Geneva - A World Food Programme (WFP) appeal issued last month for $140m to help feed a growing portion of Zimbabwe's population has gone completely unfunded, a UN spokesperson said on Tuesday.
"So far we have received none of the funding, zero," said WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella. The appeal was to help feed the growing number of people in the southern African nation who require handouts. The WFP said it raised its caseload in the country from two million to four million people in recent weeks.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2424574,00.html

gpmosely
Nov 11th 2008, 11:48 PM
Hey, I was detained, interrogated and arrested in Zimbabwe! They really need some prayers out there for them. You got it!

Pastor Dennis
Nov 12th 2008, 01:15 AM
If there is anything designed to break the hearts of those concerned for Zimbabwe and its people, this report will surely do it.
They NEED our prayers...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7714892.stm

Roelof
Nov 12th 2008, 03:13 AM
gpmosely and Pastor Dennis

Thanks for your contributions and prayers

Roelof
Nov 14th 2008, 03:39 AM
(If a political settlement is not reached soon, a million people will die of hunger. Please pray - Roelof)

Harare - An American medical team's plans to help scores of children in Zimbabwe have been hindered by a health system nearly shut down by economic crisis, an organiser said on Thursday. Health services across Zimbabwe are collapsing along with the rest of the economy. The medical team had hoped to perform reconstructive surgery on 85 children with facial disfigurements. In the end, it was only able to do 42.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2426078,00.html

moonglow
Nov 14th 2008, 03:41 AM
(If a political settlement is not reached soon, a million people will die of hunger. Please pray - Roelof)


Harare - An American medical team's plans to help scores of children in Zimbabwe have been hindered by a health system nearly shut down by economic crisis, an organiser said on Thursday. Health services across Zimbabwe are collapsing along with the rest of the economy. The medical team had hoped to perform reconstructive surgery on 85 children with facial disfigurements. In the end, it was only able to do 42.

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_2426078,00.html

oh how awful....praying for them!

:pray:

Ashley274
Nov 14th 2008, 07:21 AM
I agree with Moonglow :cry::cry: I am praying :pray::pray:

Roelof
Nov 15th 2008, 07:37 AM
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's opposition MDC will not join a unity government with President Robert Mugabe until all issues in power-sharing talks are resolved, a party official said on Friday after a meeting to decide whether to take part.
The party also said it had uncovered a plot to assassinate its leaders, further increasing chances that deadlocked negotiations will collapse.
Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai has accused Mugabe of trying to take control of the most powerful ministries and freeze out his party in violation of the September 15 agreement seen as the best hope of rescuing Zimbabwe's economy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE4AD43A20081114?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

Roelof
Nov 16th 2008, 04:22 AM
The hope of ordinary Zimbabweans fades with each failed attempt at power sharing negotiations, the latest held in Johannesburg last week. While the politicians haggle over cabinet positions, cholera has hit the streets of Harare, UN food rations are running low and inflation is running at 231 million percent.

http://multimedia.thetimes.co.za/photos/2008/11/zim-the-never-ending-story/

Roelof
Nov 16th 2008, 04:23 AM
Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan said today that he and former US president Jimmy Carter will visit Zimbabwe next week to find ways to ease the country’s deepening humanitarian crisis.

http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=884646

Roelof
Nov 16th 2008, 04:29 AM
(Will we ever forget 9/11? - Roelof)

Osama bin Laden remains deeply isolated and has been forced to devote much of his energy to his own security, while his Al-Qaeda terror network remains resilient, CIA Director Michael Hayden said in a speech.

http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=884536