Zimbabwe – 10 November 2015

Japan avails $15-million grant to Zimbabwe
The Japan International Cooperation Agency has extended a $15 million grand to Zimbabwe, the first substantial commitment in 15 years, for the development of the 674 hectares Nyakomba irrigation scheme in Nyanga.
JICA is an agency that coordinates official development assistance for the government of Japan. It is chartered with assisting economic and social growth in developing countries, and promotion of international cooperation.

Zimbabwe police break up MDC rally, detain MP, supporters
At least 17 supporters of the Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change were detained in Harare when police broke up an unsanctioned rally, a spokesperson for the party said Monday.
The rally was due to be held in the Harare South area on Sunday but police only notified the MP for the district Eric Murai that it could not go ahead late on Saturday, said Obert Gutu.
Gutu said in a telephone interview: “It’s very difficult for us to communicate with our supporters to tell them that the rally’s off, because as you know we have no access to the public media.
Times Live

Ominous Signs Zimbabwe Headed For Violent 2018 Election
There are ominous signs that Zimbabwe’s next general election in 2018 will again be violent following an escalation of inter-party political violence between Zanu-PF and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.
In an interview with Voice of America, MDC spokesman Obert Gutu said the developments are worrying. “We are seriously concerned by the spike in incidents of political violence. The next election is only coming in 2018 and there are increasing cases of violence, what happens as we get close to the election?.. People will be murdered.”
Voice of America