Zimbabwe

Water cut off for all residents of indebted Zimbabwe town


It’s been a week now since the residents of Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, have seen any water come out of their taps. The city has gotten into debt with the national water authority; as punishment, its water supply has been cut off. Our Observer tells us that residents are paying a stiff price. Read more…
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Video shows Zimbabwean schools falling apart and corrupted by politics

 
A video recently posted on the Internet shows schools in rural Zimbabwe as being run-down, overcrowded and manipulated for political purposes. Our Observers say this illustrates the education system’s steady decline. Read more...

Zimbabweans flush toilets in unison to clear sewers

 
“Everyone, let’s all flush the toilet simultaneously every three days!” -- this might sound like a prank, but it is in fact a suggestion that has recently been made to some 1.5 million Zimbabweans. The municipality of Bulawayo, the country’s second largest city, expects the measure will help clear clogged sewers. Read more...
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Raw video of brutal Harare police training

Mugabe's police officers are infamous for brutality. Watch how they're trained, and you won't be surprised. Read more and see the video...

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A million dollars for a stale bread roll

Prices double from one hour to the next in Zimbabwe. One of our Observers told us that if you haven't paid cash in hand within half an hour of negotiating a price for something, then you better forget about buying it. Read more...

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"Happy but subdued" about Mugabe-Tsvangirai deal

After six months of political and economic turmoil, and mass violence, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai agreed Thursday to share power. Our Zimbabwean Observers give their reactions...

The rantings of an angry white farmer

While Mugabe's thugs continue to terrorise Zimbabwe, the abduction and brutal beating of a white farmer has reignited another of the country's long standing polemics - what to do with the country's wealthy white settlers. A friend of the victim explains why white farmers are refusing to leave Zimbabwe. Read more.

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Mugabe: "We are not a British colony!"

Journalists from British Channel 4 directly challenged Mugabe on Monday, publicly accusing him of "stealing an election". His reaction says a lot about his personality. See the video.

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Vote for Mugabe, or don’t vote at all

Zimbabweans are voting today in what's being labelled a "one-man election". Despite opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulling out of the competition on Sunday, President Robert Mugabe pushed ahead with the run-off between the two men. The opposition has accused Mugabe's ZANU-PF party of using violence to scare people into voting for Mugabe. One of our Observers went to the polls; another dared to stay at home. Here are their accounts of the day's events, told anonymously. Read more...

Stop dreaming, Mugabe's here to stay

Hopes for a fair election are over in Zimbabwe after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of Friday's planned run-off on Sunday. But while expectations have been quashed, repressive government violence and spiralling food prices seem to be unstoppable. Read more...

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