Africa: When 'Democracy' Becomes 'Regime Change'
This week Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa and of its ruling African National Congress (ANC), was extremely preoccupied preparing for the party's national conference which… Read more »
Africa: In SADC, the Interests of Ruling Parties Come First
For the past 10 days, since events in Zimbabwe began to unfold, the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) state broadcaster - the Radio-Télévision nationale… Read more »
Zimbabwe: The Dark Art of the Coup
It was the most remarkably eventful week in Zimbabwean politics since independence in 1980. It started with the military seizing control on Tuesday night, 14 November, and ended on… Read more »
Africa: The AU's Chequered History With Military Coups
In the aftermath of the intervention by the military in Zimbabwe that led to yesterday's resignation of President Robert Mugabe, there was a strong call from Zimbabweans for the… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Good Coup, Bad Coup?
Uncertainty, intrigue and fake news have characterised recent days and events in Zimbabwe. Following the confirmation of a bloodless military coup in which President Robert Mugabe… Read more »
Africa: Can New Leaders Fix Zimbabwe's Potemkin Economy?
When President Robert Mugabe and his Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party swept to victory in 2013, the resigned riposte of the opposition Movement for… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Succession Race Is Far From Over
On Monday, President Robert Mugabe fired his vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, sending shockwaves through Zimbabwe's political establishment. 'I think that this is one of the most… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's Succession Rubik's Cube
Whenever President Robert Mugabe's busy travel schedule out of Zimbabwe permits, he takes the opportunity to address scheduled 'Presidential Youth Interface Rallies' set for each… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Shady Police Roadblocks Reflect Failing Governance
In Harare, it is sometimes said, nothing is what it appears to be. This is certainly the case with the city's omnipresent police roadblocks, which give the impression of efficient… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Youth Should Be the Leading Voice for Change
Youth protests against inequality - specifically for free or low-cost education - have led to successful changes in government action, particularly in South Africa. Today marks the… Read more »
August 23, 2016
Zimbabwe: War Veterans Flee Mugabe's Sinking Ship
8 August is Heroes' Day in Zimbabwe. The annual holiday celebrates the men and women who fought on the winning side in Zimbabwe's brutal war of independence, and is synonymous with… Read more »
July 18, 2016
Zimbabwe: Can Zimbabwe's #thisflag Movement Lead to Real Political Change?
On Wednesday 6 July, thousands of Zimbabweans participated in a peaceful 'stay-at-home' protest against the ruling Zimbabwean African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).… Read more »
July 21, 2016
Zimbabwe: As Mugabe Fights for His Political Future, Why Is China So Silent?
As Zimbabwe teeters on the brink of economic and political crisis, there's one voice that has been conspicuously silent: China. Despite the mutual professions of admiration and… Read more »
July 04, 2016
Zimbabwe: Can IMF Really Drag Nation Out of Crisis?
Zimbabwe's coffers are empty. Salaries for the army and air force have been delayed for several weeks; and other civil servants will only receive their pay cheques by the middle of… Read more »
February 17, 2016
Africa: New AU Chair Has Friends in High Places
There was a palpable sense of relief at the African Union (AU) as Robert Mugabe's term as chairperson of the continental body came to an end. It's not that Mugabe is unpopular -… Read more »
January 12, 2016
Africa: What (Else) to Expect in Africa in 2016?
Africa starts the New Year with many burning issues that escalated in 2015 and need urgent action. The crisis in Burundi, where grave human rights violations are continuing, and… Read more »