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Louisa Compton | 13:35 UK time, Sunday, 29 November 2009


On Wednesday 2nd December, Victoria's programme will be broadcasting from Harare, the Zimbabwean capital. It's the first full BBC programme to come from Zimbabwe since the ban on reporting from the country in 2001.

At the beginning of this year Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai agreed to join a unity government with Zanu-PF President Robert Mugabe. Since then inflation has been tamed (it was 231,000,000% in February, it's now 3%), a few goods have reappeared in the shops and a little more food is available.

But in recent months, the Movement for Democratic Change has reported "increased violent" attacks on its party members. In October its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, walked out of the coalition government in protest at the detention of a senior MDC figure and over Mr Mugabe's failure to implement political agreements. Mr Tsvangari has since called off the boycott, giving Zanu-PF 30 days to implement the power-sharing agreement. That 30 days runs out on December the 6th.

So with that background, on Wednesday we'll try and find out exactly what life is like for ordinary Zimbabweans right now. How optimistic, or otherwise, are they for the future? Victoria will speak to residents in Harare, trade unionists and human rights groups - as well as interviewing senior figures from MDC and Zanu-PF.

Then on Friday December 4th, Victoria will present two programmes from Cape Town for the World Cup Draw. Between 10:00 and 13:00 she'll look at how ready South Africa is to host the tournament and what sort of welcome fans can expect. And at 17.30 she'll be presenting a special programme around the World Cup draw and afterwards we'll open the phone lines for listeners to react.

Louisa Compton is the editor of the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

  • The picture shows children gathering to celebrate children's rights in Harare earlier this month (copyright Associated Press).


  • Comment number 1.

    I really welcome the decision by Victoria Derbyshire to visit Zimbabwe where she will be able to gather first hand information on what caused the once vibrant counrty to go down on its knees the way it did. I hope she will be able to meet with people who will be able to provide her with well informed information of what really caused the decline in human rights that precipitated an unprecedented exodus of humans in the history of the country.


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