Zimbabwe – 13 April 2015

Ousted Mujuru starting splinter party
Sources said ousted vice-president Joice Mujuru was set to lead a new Zanu-PF splinter group, which identifies itself as the “original Zanu-PF.
Zimbabwe’s ousted vice-president Joice Mujuru is reportedly set to lead a new party following her expulsion from the ruling Zanu-PF party.
According to Zimbabwe’s Daily News, well-placed sources said Mujuru was set to lead a new Zanu-PF splinter group which identifies itself as the “original Zanu-PF”. The party would use the slogan “People First” to distinguish itself from President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF, whose PF stands for Patriotic Front.
Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party last week resolved to expel Mujuru, more than three months after she was sacked from her job.

First state visit for Mugabe after 21 years
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has arrived in South Africa. International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has welcomed the elderly statesman and his wife, Grace, along with several Zimbabwean business leaders and ministers.
It’s his first state visit to South Africa in 21 years, Mugabe is expected to discuss bilateral relations and economic issues with President Jacob Zuma.

SA, Zim to sign bilateral agreements
Zimbabwe is to sign various bilateral agreements with South Africa and its relevant departments, including co-operation on water resource management.
Zimbabwe’s economy has been on a downturn for more than a decade due to low growth, low liquidity and high unemployment.
In March, the International Monetary Fund said that the country faced a “difficult” economic outlook with growth set to weaken again this year.
Late last year the Zimbabwean finance minister led a team of officials on a visit to South Africa to try to convince potential investors that the country was finally on the mend.