Zimbabwe – 13 June 2014

Zimbabwe court scraps defamation law used to curb press
HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s highest court has scrapped a criminal defamation law which local journalists say has been used by the government to restrict the freedom of the press, according to a ruling seen by Reuters on Friday. Reuters

Chamisa vs Tsvangirai, ‘constitutional renewal’ row, daggers drawn
Forget Welshman Ncube, forget Tendai Biti or even forget Elton Mangoma and the Daniel Bennetts, Morgan Tsvangirai has finally found the real battle for his survival in the leadership of the MDC T in young party Organising Secretary Nelson Chamisa. Bulawayo24.com

EU Bank to start Zimbabwe lending, but not to govt
THE European Investment Bank is considering extending loans to Zimbabwe’s private sector, more than a decade after the EU slapped sanctions on President Robert Mugabe’s government over charges of human rights abuses and vote rigging.NewZimbabwe.com

IMF names first Zimbabwe rep in 10 years
THE International Monetary Fund has appointed a resident representative in Zimbabwe for the first time in 10 years as the country seeks to mend relations with the lender. NewZimbabwe.com