Zimbabwe: At least 850 people in the Siphepha area in Tsholotsho District were displaced by flooding – Published 27 Feb 2017 1952z (GMT/UTC)

At least 850 people in the Siphepha area in Tsholotsho District were displaced by flooding and subsequently evacuated to a local primary school and hospital by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, the Civil Protection Unit has said. In its latest situation report released last week, Tsholotsho District was the most affected. “Tsholotsho is arguably the most severely affected district in the country to date and a considerable number of households have lost their homes to flooding or excessive moisture. “The total number of the displaced is 850 to date inclusive of schoolchildren and infants. The local school is also flooded and children cannot access the school. Flooding in the area reached waist level,” said CPU. The CPU said a plan of action for response was already in place. It said the needs or damage assessment — inclusive of mapping of the flooded area — would be conducted by the sub national civil protection structures with the support of the national civil protection committee. It was providing critical basic needs such as food, water and sanitation, shelter and protection, health services and continuity of schooling. There are also ongoing efforts in mobilising the necessary resources for response. The #ZimbabweDefenceForces is providing air rescue services. The #RedCross Society and International Organisation for Migration have also chipped in providing clothing, shoes, school bags, jerry cans, blankets, mosquito nets and toiletries. The Department of Social Welfare provided maize and rice for the community. Germany #AgroAction and #UNICEF provided plastic buckets, bars of soap, water treatment tablets as well as class- room tents while the #ZimbabweRedCrossSociety availed tents, plastic sheeting and sun plates while #PlanInternational provided three vehicles for use and fuel.

RSOE February 27 2017 05:11 PM (UTC).


Zimbabwe: Speeding bus hits herd of cattle on Beitbridge-Masvingo highway, leaving 6 dead, 37 injured – 300513 1530z

Six people died and 37 others were injured when a Pioneer bus ran into a herd of cattle and landed on its side at the 237km peg along the Beitbridge-Masvingo highway.

(Photo: africanseer.com) Zimbabwe bus accident kills 6, injures 37

ZRP Officer Commanding Beitbridge, Chief Superintendent Lawrence Chinhengo confirmed the accident, saying the bus, which had 55 people on board, was coming from Johannesburg.

He said the bus driver, who was speeding, lost control of the vehicle after hitting one of the cows and the bus landed on its side, killing five women on the spot and the bus conductor.

The injured passengers were taken to Beitbridge District Hospital. Chief Superintendent Chinhengo urged motorists to exercise extreme caution on the roads to avoid accidents.
Thursday, 30 May, 2013 at 03:36 (03:36 AM) UTC RSOE

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6 killed, 37 injured in Beitbridge accident


Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
Six people were killed while 37 others were injured, three of them seriously, when a Pioneer bus ploughed into a herd of cattle 40km along the Beitbridge-Masvingo Road on Tuesday night.

The incident occurred at around 10:30 pm near Matshiloni area where police and officials from the Civil Protection Unit spent the whole night trying to retrieve the bodies from the wreckage.

They managed to pull out all the bodies at around 5am yesterday.
It is reported that the bus, which was coming from Johannesburg, South Africa, tried to overtake a haulage truck oblivious of oncoming traffic and later hit a cow as the driver tried to avoid an imminent head on collision.

Among those who were killed were the bus conductor and five passengers, all women, and they have since been taken to Beitbridge District Hospital mortuary for a post-mortem.
The police officer commanding Beitbridge district Chief Superintendent Lawrence Chinhengo said yesterday that the bus had 55 passengers on board.

He said they suspected the accident was a result of speeding.
He said the victims’ next of kin were yet to be notified.

śIndications are that the Pioneer (Yotung Model) was travelling to Harare from Johannesburg being driven by Big Chirimuta.
śThe bus had 55 passengers on board and when they were 40km out of Beitbridge along Masvingo road, the driver overtook a haulage truck oblivion of oncoming traffic. When he tried to avoid a herd on collision he ploughed into a herd of cattle,ť he said.

Chief Supt Chinhengo said as a result the bus hit one of the cows and turned 360 degrees to face Beitbridge town before lending on its side.
He said in the process six people were trapped under the bus and died instantly, while 37 other including Chirimuta were injured.

śThree of the passengers were seriously injured including the driver and they are still admitted at Beitbridge district hospital where their condition is reported to be stable,ť he   said.

Chief Supt Chinhengo said 33 other passengers were treated and discharged at the same hospital.
He said the matter was still under investigations.

He also urged motorists to always abide by the basic road regulations so as to avoid the unnecessary loss of life.
śWe want to urge all road users to always abide by the laws of the land so as to avoid the unnecessary loss of life. Investigations so far reveal that the accident was a result of speeding, something which was avoidable,ť he said.

Investigations by this paper recently showed that some criminals who operate along the same area (Matshiloni) are in the habit of driving cattle into the road and cause accidents thereby opening opportunities to loot valuables.

In some cases they even put boulders on the road and pounce on motorists when they stop to clear the road. Several motorists have been robbed at the same point while others lost their lives due to the road accidents orchestrated by these criminals.

Last year police arrested over 13 robbers who have been terrorising road users on highways leading to Bulawayo and Harare.” – herald.co.zw

Zimbabwe activists are back in business


The battle continues to assure basic human rights for LGBT people in Zimbabwe despite government harassment.

The group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) reopened its Harare office last month.  The GALZ office had been closed after a police raid last August.

Based on an interview with a Zimbabwean LGBT activist, the Washington Blade reported that GALZ, which has close to 2,000 members across the country, also continues to host HIV/AIDS workshops in Bulawayo.

“When they raid our offices they think they are going to find pornographic materials,” the activist told the Blade. “When they come in there, they find it is a resource center. People are busy working.”

The Blade article reported:

A Zimbabwean LGBT rights advocate told the Washington Blade during an exclusive interview in D.C. earlier this month he expects his country’s government to once again crack down on gay rights groups ahead of July’s presidential…

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Mozambique: Flood fears drive massive evacuation, 55,000 people affected – 230113 0900z

Mozambique has started to evacuate some 55,000 people after heavy rains caused sea levels to rise to dangerous levels in parts of the country, officials say.

“We are asking people to move to safer areas,” a spokeswoman for the national relief agency said.

The south and centre have been placed on red alert because of the floods, which have claimed several lives.

The worst affected areas are in the southern Gaza province, where a number of rivers are currently above crisis levels.

Emergency teams are on stand-by and motorboats have been dispatched to help transport people to safety, the AFP news agency reports.

The evacuees will be brought to temporary shelters. Some of them have been set up in the capital, Maputo.

“We estimate there are 55,000 people affected,” Rita Almeida from Mozambique’s Disaster Relief Management Institute said.

The town of Chokwe, home to a dyke, is particularly vulnerable, she added.

“We are registering very high water levels in the Limpopo and Inkomati rivers that could flood the town,” Ms Almeida said.

From Sunday to Monday, almost 185mm (7 inches) of rain fell over the Limpopo basin, the AFP reports.

International observers have described the situation as critical.

There are fears that the dyke in Chokwe could break, which would lead to chaos in the evacuations.

“If that dyke breaks, all those people will have to move more rapidly,” the country chief of the World Food Programme, Lola Castro, said.

Neighbouring South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana have also been hit by severe flooding.

In South Africa, floodwaters claimed several lives and left hundreds stranded after the Limpopo river burst its banks on Monday.

Wednesday, 23 January, 2013 at 05:43 (05:43 AM) UTC RSOE

With Uganda arrests, at least 13 in jail for being gay


Arrests of two gay-rights workers this week in Uganda bring to at least 13 the number of people worldwide who are currently imprisoned on charges of violating laws that punish those who are born gay, lesbian or bisexual. In addition, at least 14 other people are awaiting trial for homosexuality.

The prison sentences vary from three months to five years — at the low end of punishments that are on the books in the 76-plus countries where homosexuality is currently illegal.

Listing 27 names is probably an extreme understatement of the number of people who are behind bars or awaiting trial on anti-homosexuality charges, but finding out about specific cases is difficult, especially in countries without a free press.

The lists below provide a narrow window into just one of many types of injustice affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, sometimes with fatal results. (See the last…

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Uganda ramps up arrests of gay activists


Uganda has started arresting LGBT activists in the capital city of Kampala  as the country joins Nigeria, Cameroon and Zimbabwe as the most actively repressive anti-gay nations outside the Middle East.

Today a second gay youth worker,  Kabuye Najibu of the Ugandan LGBT group Youth on Rock Foundation, was arrested on homosexuality-related charges. He was detained when he entered the Kawempe police station in Kampala to visit Joseph Kawesi, who was arrested on similar charges Dec. 31.

[Update: Reportedly they have now been released, but are in hiding.]

Kawesi is a co-founder of the Youth on Rock Foundation, which provides health and wellness information to LGBTI youth.

In her blog, South African attorney and United States-based LGBT rights advocate Melanie Nathan reported that both Najibu and Kawesi were arrested for “crimes relating to homosexuality” and “recruitment into homosexuality.”

Another colleague of Kawesi visited the police station with Najibu, but…

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Zimbabwe police vs. LGBT rights group


Police in Zimbabwe say they’re still investigating the group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, or GALZ, and have refused to return property they seized during a raid on GALZ offices in August.

GALZ attorney Tonderai Bhatasara wrote to police to say that the items  should be returned, because they were not linked to any crime.

About the raid, the Zimbabwean newspaper NewsDay reported:

The police ransacked the GALZ offices in Milton Park and confiscated property, which included computers, compact discs, pamphlets and various documents, on allegations that the organisation was operating without registration as required under Private Voluntary Organisations Act.

In reply to Bhatasara, the  police at Harare Central Police Station said they were keeping the property during an ongoing investigation and wanted to use it in court.

Bhatasara denies that GALZ is in violation of the registration law. At the time of the raid, police also accused GALZ of possessing…

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18+ cases of violence and repression of LGBTs in Zimbabwe


Second of four articles about the treatment of LGBTIs in Zimbabwe, this one describing 18 incidents of violence, harassment and extortion by police and others.


LGBTI activists in Zimbabwe say they have documented more than 30 cases of people who were arrested or detained last year because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

Often police arrest or detain individuals without charge or on charges related to ambiguous or inapplicable criminal laws, according to  Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, or GALZ.

In its newly released “Violations Report” for last year, GALZ cited these 18 incidents involving lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender or intersex people and their supporters:

In Bulawayo, three police details illegally entered and searched the home of Joseph, a known member of GALZ, ostensibly looking for “pornographic materials.” Joseph and his friend were arrested, handcuffed, and detained overnight without being informed of any charges…

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Zimbabwe police raid office, arrest 44 gay activists


Police in Zimbabwe yesterday raided the offices of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe and arrested 44 of the LGBT rights group’s members.

The 31 men and 13 women were held overnight at the Harare central police station and released this morning, the group said. No charges were filed against them.

Four police officers with backup from 15 riot squad officers assaulted most of the GALZ members using batons, open hands and fists, the group.

Zimbabwean human rights lawyers were not allowed to see them while they were in police custody, Gay Star News reported.

The raid came as members gathered at the GALZ office to hear a report about legal violations in Zimbabwe and a briefing about the latest draft proposal for a new Zimbabwe constitution.

In a statement, GALZ deplored the police action. It said:

Denying Zimbabweans the right to participate in processes that complement national efforts is an infringement…

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Zimbabwe Platinum Mine: 75 trapped miners rescued after belt collapse

A total of 75 miners were rescued Tuesday afternoon after a conveyor belt collapsed at the Mimosa platinum mine in Zvishavane.

(Photo: Zimplats)
Underground mining in Zimbabwe

A statement from the company said

“a fire occurred at the jointly owned Mimosa operation in Zimbabwe during the night. This was caused when the conveyor belt in the main decline ignited. The fire has been contained.”

The mine owned by Implats and Aquarius Platinum said

“all employees have been accounted for and no injuries have been reported. The majority of the workforce was evacuated following the incident.”

Initially 75 employees were accommodated in refuge bays due to low visibility and rescue operations conducted the whole of Tuesday afternoon led to their being brought to the surface.

The trapped miners received food and water during the day.

On the 6th June 1972, Zimbabwe, then called Rhodesia, witnessed its worst mining disaster when an underground explosion occurred in the Wankie (now Hwange) Number 2 Colliery. Over 427 miners lost their lives. The tragedy is commemorated yearly by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU).

Wednesday, 23 May, 2012 at 10:13 (10:13 AM) UTC RSOE

4 killed, 17 injured (7 critical) in Zimbabwe bus crash

Four people died, three of them on the spot, while 17 others were injured yesterday after a Zvishavane-bound bus rammed into a stationary haulage truck near Lundi Mission along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Highway.

The bus belonging to Zijena Transport was travelling from Beitbridge to Zvishavane with 70 people including the crew when the accident occurred at the 120km peg at around 3:45am.

One person died on admission at Neshuro District Hospital.Out of the 17 people, who were injured, seven of them were in a very critical condition and transferred to Masvingo General Hospital where they are detained.

The deceased were taken to Masvingo General Hospital mortuary. Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tinaye Matake yesterday said 10 people escaped with minor injuries and were treated and discharged at Neshuro Hospital in Mwenezi yesterday.

Inspector Matake said the names of the deceased were being withheld as their next of kin had not yet been notified. Inspector Matake said the bus rammed a stationary haulage truck that had broken down near Lundi Mission.

“The Zijena bus was coming from Beitbridge and on approaching the 120-kilometre peg along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Highway it rammed a stationary haulage truck that was along the road resulting in some passengers who were seated on the left side the bus sustaining fatal cuts as a result of the impact,” he said.

He said the bus landed on its right side.Insp Matake reiterated the need for drivers, especially, long distance buses to exercise extreme caution and reduce chances of unnecessary loss of life on the country’s major highways.

The Zijena bus accident comes a few weeks after another crash along the Masvingo-Beitbridge where a Megalink cross-border coach killed 21 people after it veered off the road and hit a treenear Ngundu Growth point.

The horror accident heightened calls for the government to speed up the dualisation of the Harare-Beitbridge Highway to help the busy road cope with a high traffic volume linking Zimbabwe to its largest trading partner South Africa.

Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development permanent secretary Mr Partson Mbiriri has already warned long distance bus operators to stick to their travelling time tables or risk censure from Government.

Friday, 04 May, 2012 at 12:09 (12:09 PM) UTC RSOE