UN mission on sanctions rejoices Harare
The 10-day visit of the UN special rapporteur on the negative impact of sanctions has delighted the Zimbabwean presidency which sees it as a positive sign in its fight against Western sanctions.
The European aristocratic von Pezold family seem to be on the cusp of success in their efforts to reclaim more than $200m of state compensation for agricultural land expropriated during the Mugabe era. Their success in this mission would consolidate their dominant position in Zimbabwean agriculture but also, more widely, in southern Africa.
The Zimbabwean president, frustrated with SADC's position on the Cabo Delgado crisis, caught his fellow leaders off guard when he unilaterally announced that the organisation's military force would intervene in the troubled province. Mnangagwa's statement was in sharp contrast to SADC's usually prudent language.
Kuvimba Mining House is the name of the new state-controlled entity created to coordinate and revamp the country's largest mines. Embodying Harare's hopes for its mining sector, all the paths heading out of the company's high-potential portfolio seem nonetheless to lead to Kuda Tagwirei, one of Mnangagwa's closest allies but a man under US sanctions.
Despite facing prosecution over his alleged involvement in a scandal involving national telecommunications operator NetOne, Paradzai Chakona has been given the green light by the Zimbabwean regulatory authority to proceed with his solar power plant in the south-east of the country.