Zimbabwe opposition ministers arrested

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Four members of Zimbabwe’s opposition, all of them aides to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, and one of the country’s best-known human rights lawyers were arrested over the weekend and Monday, a government spokesperson confirmed after media reports. The arrests, mainly for interfering with or imitating police activity by carrying out investigations came […]

Zimbabwe sanctions bring number banned from Switzerland to120

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Sanctions against Zimbabwe were tightened by Switzerland Wednesday 27 February with the addition of 20 names to the list of officials and companies banned from traveling to and through the country. The group was added to the consolidated sanctions list published 3 January, which includes President Robert Mugabe. Switzerland has had sanctions […]

Zimbabwe elections stalled by deficit, sickness, party woes

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe appeared intent early in 2011 on holding elections later in the year, in a bid to end an unhappy coalition with Morgan Tsvangerai, but a number of factors are reported to be slowing down his drive, Zimbabwe news sites are reporting 28 April. His wife Grace’s poor health and possibly his […]

Zimbabwe parties split over Iranian’s visit

Tsvangirai says the country should keep its distance Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ‘s visit to Harare, Zimbabwe met with a cheering Zanu-PF party welcome at the airport, while Morgan Tsvangirai’s shared government party, Movement for Democratic Change, has criticized the Iranian leader’s state visit. Ahmadinejad is officially opening the Zimbabwe International Agricultural Fair in Bulawayo. […]

South Africa compensates Zimbabwe farmers

South Africa, in a case that could set precedents, has awarded a Cape Town house that belongs to the Zimbabwe government to white Zimbabwe farmers whose land was confiscated under President Robert Mugabe’s land reform programme. Other commercial property including jets, owned by the Zimbabwe government but rented out, is reported to be under threat […]

Blood diamonds agreement too weak, says rights group (Update)


Switzerland told to take lead in toughening Kimberly Process rules Update 22:45  Basel, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Switzerland to take the lead in tightening diamond trade rules designed to stem the flow of conflict diamonds, often called blood diamonds. HRW has timed its appeal to coincide with […]

Nestlé resumes Zimbabwe milk production

Update 6 January 09:40  Vevey, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Swiss food multinational Nestlé’s Zimbabwe operations have begun to process milk again, two weeks after suspending production because of government pressure. Government-run newspaper The Herald says workers were back in place and milk was being processed normally after a “misunderstanding” that closed the plant 23 December. The […]

Nestlé pressured into closing Zimbabwe factory

Vevey, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Food multinational Nestlé says it has closed its milk production plant in Zimbabwe after the government pressured it to take milk from a non-contracted supplier 19 December during a surprise visit from government officials. Two days later, Monday, two of the plant’s managers were called into the Harare police station for […]

Mugabe named party head again, but future cloudy

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe struck a defiant note at a political  rally Sunday 13 December in the capital Harare, telling his supporters that they must pull together to ensure they win elections next time around. His Zanu-PF party Saturday had elected him as its leader for another five years. Mugabe reminded them that the power-sharing […]

Other world news in brief

The UN General Assembly has approved 114 to 18, with 44 abstentions, the controversial Goldstone report into atrocities in the Gaza war in the winter of 2008/09, and recommended that the Security Council act if both Israel and the Palestinians had not conducted their own investigations within three months. CNN, New York Times Honduras‘ former […]