EU Statement on Itai Dzamara abduction

The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Zimbabwe:

It has now been two months since the abduction on 9 March of human rights defender and leader of Occupy Africa Unity Square, Itai Dzamara. The EU Delegation remains deeply concerned for his welfare and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

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Africa Day Commemoration

Organizing for Zimbabwe Trust would want to pass a solidarity massage for this year’s Africa day to all. This year the day is commemorated under the theme 2015 and Beyond: Engaging Agenda 2063, an initiative crafted by our African leaders to ensure that Africa develops sustainable development goals that benefit generations of today and also taking into account the future generations.

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Zuma Appoints Lesbian to Cabinet

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, has appointed the country's first openly gay cabinet minister, a move thought also to be a first in Africa and a symbolic step on a continent enduring a homophobic backlash.

Lynne Brown becomes the public enterprises minister in a cabinet that includes South Africa's first black minister of finance.

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Mapfumo’s Independence anniversary statement

 
Thomas Mapfumo
DEAR fellow Zimbabweans,
On behalf of myself, my family and the whole Chimurenga Music fraternity, please allow me to wish the people of Zimbabwe a happy 35th Independence anniversary.
 
We unwaveringly take pride in our Independence as it marked the end of racial segregation after a protracted war of liberation. We salute the masses of our people, the heroes and heroines, sung and unsung, who dedicated their lives to our struggle for freedom.
 

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I will not apologise for appointing young people: Zambian President

Zambian President, Edgar LunguPresident Edgar Lungu says he has no apologies to anyone for appointing young people to serve in his administration.

President Lungu also said that he will not restrict himself to appointing people only from the civil service and those inclined to the ruling PF.
He has since pledged to appoint more women and more young people in his administration.

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No Room for Abstract Optimism: 7 Realities of Zim's 2015 Political Economy.

There are many ways of dealing with dire political/economic circumstances. The first is always optimism, some of which will be patently false but predicated on loyalty to someone/something to eventually make everything miraculously alright. Even if for  a period as short as twelve months.  The second is to deny that specific circumstances are evidently difficult and are in need of redress. This would include stubbornly and blindly insisting that whatever previous (but obviously ineffective) formula to solve the long standing problem still works. The third is to claim a decadent realism/pragmatism. 

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