Zimbabwe war veterans boycott Mugabe speech – News from Al Jazeera – The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) last month denounced Mugabe, 92, as a divisive ruler, in a jolting rebuke underlining mounting anger over economic woes. The ZNLWVA executive was absent from National Heroes Day celebrations in the capital to honour living and dead fighters of the 1970s liberation war against white minority rule. This is the first time leaders of the group have failed to attend the celebrations since ZNLWVA was formed in 1990. The group has anchored Mugabe’s election campaigns since 2000, when the first major opposition to the president emerged with the formation in 1999 of the main opposition party Movement For Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai. ZNLWVA secretary-general Victor Matemadanda said his group had boycotted Monday’s event because it had lost its meaning.
Zimbabwe’s season of rising discontent – Al Jazeera English – In what was started a day after Zimbabwe’s 36th independence day in April this year, by Mawarire, a church pastor, the increasingly popular citizen movement has called for the dismissal of corrupt ministers and the reduction of road blocks whose increasing presence led to riots in three areas of the capital last Monday. The group is also pressing the government to end restrictions on basic imports, limitations which recently ignited violent demonstrations in Beitbridge on the southern border with South Africa. Mike Bimha, the minister of industry and trade, told Al Jazeera that regulations would remain in place as a protective measure for Zimbabwe’s struggling manufacturing industry. This Flag is also petitioning for the reversal of a controversial decision to introduce bond notes, a local US-backed currency. The move has sparked fears the country could slide back into a crisis similar to the hyperinflation era of the 2000s, when the fast-depreciating Zimbabwe dollar was indefinitely suspended. As a result, multiple foreign currencies, including the US dollar, have become local tender since 2009. While Mugabe is confident the liquidity crunch and cash shortages are “a temporary problem”, Zimbabwe’s economic growth has slowed to less than 1.5 percent, and government and private industry are struggling to stay afloat.