Zimbabwe – 10 August 2014

Dabengwa farm invasion, Zanu-PF denies responsibility
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party has denied sanctioning the shock invasion of former home affairs minister Dumiso Dabengwa’s Nyamandlovu farm by hordes of its supporters over the last two days.
In an embarrassing episode to Zanu-PF’s chaotic land reform programme, party supporters from Bulawayo swarmed Rudy property and started partitioning land among themselves.Bulawayo24.com

SA approves new special permits for Zimbabweans
South Africa has approved new special permits for Zimbabweans, authorities there announced on Thursday.
“Cabinet approved the new Zimbabwean Dispensation process. The Minister of Home Affairs will conduct a separate media briefing to announce details of this process,” acting SA Cabinet spokesman Phumla Williams said in a statement. SW Radio Africa

Grace Mugabe to Head Zanu-PF’s Women’s League
Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwe’s long serving President Robert Mugabe, has been nominated to head the ruling party’s women’s league.
Her confirmation in the position will take place at the party congress scheduled for December this year. This would propel her into the party’s powerful politburo and mark her official entrance into politics. allAfrica

Transform Zimbabwe Leader Charged for Praying
Police have been accused of harassment and intimidation after they detained opposition party leader Jacob Ngarivhume and forced him to admit to breaking security laws when he preached and prayed in a church in Nyanga.
The charges relate to a sermon and prayer which the Transform Zim party leader delivered to congregants at the Holy Cross Church in Nyanga on July 18th. allAfrica