Zimbabwe – 31 July 2014

‘Elections were flawed,’ says top Zanu-PF official
DEPUTY Justice Minister Fortune Chasi on Wednesday admitted that the last general election controversially by his Zanu-PF party last July had some serious discrepancies.
This was the first time that a top Zanu-PF official has admitted that the election was flawed. Bulawayo24.com.

Vice Presidency race wide open
THE race to fill up the vacant vice president position has taken a sharp twist following the opting out of the contest by former deputy president of the Senate, Naison Ndlovu, who had been named as possible contender for the position. A Politburo member, who is also the remaining most senior PF-ZAPU member, Ndlovu told the Financial Gazette that he has lost interest in the post but would not disclose his reasons.The Financial Gazette.

MDC-T youths in anti-government protests in Harare
MDC-T youth gathered in central Harare on Thursday to protest against the government’s failure to create jobs or improve the economy
Hundreds of youths from the MDC-T gathered in central Harare on Thursday to protest against the government of President Robert Mugabe, blaming him for failing to create jobs or improve the economy. SW Radio Africa.

Electoral Amendment Bill takes away Diaspora voting rights
As a ZANU PF functionary Tobaiwa Mudede cannot be trusted to manage the registration of voters
The Crisis Coalition in Zimbabwe has said the Electoral Amendment Bill, which sailed through the ZANU PF dominated Parliament without adjustments, is ‘patently unconstitutional’ and President Mugabe should not sign it into law. SW Radio Africa

SA to renew permits
The South African cabinet has agreed to renew nearly all permits issued under the Zimbabwe Documentation Project.
The work, business and study permits rolled out in 2010 have begun to expire, and following conflicting reports from various quarters, a reliable source within the Department of Home Affairs told The Zimbabwean this week that the permits would be renewed.
“Cabinet approved the renewal of all permits issued under the Special Dispensation for Zimbabweans, except those whose bearers were convicted of a criminal offence during the time of use of the permit,” said the source. The Zimbabwean