Southern Africa: A Wind of Change Blows Through the Region
It was an eventful 2017 for the Southern African region. The end of an era, it seemed, as political dinosaurs shuffled off the stage. In September, Angolan president José… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Mugabe - Mnangagwa's Permanent Friend
It is not usual for a person who has seized power through a military coup to heap praise upon his deposed predecessor. Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, however, has… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Will Mnangagwa Pull Off Another 'Coup' This Year?
Emmerson Mnangagwa artfully disguised the manoeuvre that ousted Robert Mugabe from 37 years in power last year as a 'military-assisted transition' rather than a military coup. He… Read more »
December 15, 2017
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 »
November 24, 2017
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 »
November 23, 2017
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 »
November 22, 2017
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 »
November 17, 2017
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 »
November 15, 2017
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 »
November 08, 2017
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 »
October 04, 2017
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 »
September 20, 2017
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 »
June 16, 2017
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 »