(Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President
Emmerson Mnangagwa has exhorted the United States to have a
clear grip of the political situation in the country.
State-owned newspaper The Herald reported Thursday that
Mnangagwa had told reporters after meeting new U.S. ambassador
to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols the previous day that the new envoy,
who started his tour of duty in the country in July, should have
a proper understanding of what is happening in the country.
Nichols paid a courtesy call on Mnangagwa a few days after
U.S. President Donald Trump renewed sanctions on the country.
Nichols urged the Zimbabwean Constitutional Court to remain
impartial as it dealt with the challenge on the presidential
election result brought before it by opposition leader Nelson
Chamisa of the MDC Alliance.
Chamisa is challenging Mnangagwa’s victory over him after the
president polled 50.8 percent of the vote to his 44.3 percent.
Asked what his views were on Trump’s decision to renew the
sanctions, Mnangagwa said:
"Should I concern myself about what is happening in
"Do they concern themselves about us?"
He said the discussions he had held with Nichols were
necessary since he was an ambassador who should have the correct
appreciation of the current political environment.
"We were able to share his views and my views on the current
situation in the country and we are moving forward as a country.
"We would want our people, yourselves to be peaceful, to
convey the message of peace, tranquility and unity.
"Only when the country is stable and people are peaceful can
development thrive, not when we are throwing stones at each
"That is the message you people must convey," he said.
Six people died on Aug. 1 after opposition supporters
protested in central Harare over perceived delays by the
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to announce the results of general
elections held two days earlier.
court to hear challenge
to president-elect Mnangagwa’s victory
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
The Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe will on Aug.
22 hear opposition leader Nelson Chamisa’s application seeking
to nullify President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory in the July 30
Chamisa wants the court to either declare him the winner of
the election or, alternatively, order a re-run of the
His spokesperson, Nkululeko Sibanda, confirmed in a twitter
message on Thursday that the court has set Aug. 22 as the day on
which it would hear the application.
"President Nelson Chamisa’s court application to be heard on
the 22nd of August 2018 at 10 am.
The evidence is overwhelming and victory is certain," Sibanda
Chamisa filed his papers seeking the nullification of the
presidential election result on Aug. 9, with Mnangagwa, through
the ruling ZANU-PF’s secretary for legal affairs Munyaradzi Paul
Mangwana, filing opposing papers on Wednesday.
Zimbabwe poised for
significant power boost as China ratchets up investment
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe is poised for a major
energy boom that could significantly lower its reliance on
imports once China completes the expansion of the country’s
major power plant.
The Hwange Thermal Power Station, the 14th largest plant in
southern Africa, has an installed capacity of 920 MW but has not
been operating at its optimum level due to aging.
The 1.5 billion U.S. dollar expansion project by Sinohydro,
China’s hydropower engineering and construction firm, will lift
the plant’s installed capacity to 1,590 MW, which is expected to
maintain its position as the country’s biggest power plant.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the project,
once completed, will modernize Zimbabwe’s energy infrastructure
and ensure energy self-sufficiency.
It is the largest power development project to be undertaken
by Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.
Expansion work started in June, and is expected to be
completed by mid-2022.
This is Sinohydro’s second major power development project in
Zimbabwe in five years.
The firm started the expansion of Kariba South Hydro Power
Station in 2014 and completed the work in March 2018, raising
its installed capacity to 1,050 MW from 750 MW, making it
currently the largest power generator in Zimbabwe.
When commissioning the Kariba expansion project in March,
Mnangagwa hailed the project as a milestone achievement in the
country’s quest for development.
The president said apart from helping the country, which has
faced perennial power shortages and a pressure to reduce its
power import bill, the additional 300MW would significantly
boost power supplies in the country that is seeking to revive
its economy after nearly two decades of stagnant growth.
Zimbabwe has a national power demand of 1,600 MW but is
currently producing 1,200 MW.
It plugs the shortfall through imports from neighboring South
Africa and Mozambique.
Li Yueping, vice president of the Power China Group, the
parent company of Sinohydro, said the power projects in Zimbabwe
will help drive industrial and mining development, support
economic recovery and benefit millions of households.
"In the future, we will continue to work jointly with our
Zimbabwean partners for a new era and new journey," he said.