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Zimbabwe: Will Messy Election Get Messier - or Will a New Path Be Taken?
This is no way to end an election that promised to bring a bright new post-coup and post Robert Mugabe dawn to a blighted Zimbabwe - 50.8% for ZANU-PF's Emmerson Mnangagwa to 44.3%… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Two Narratives Are Being Spun About Zimbabwe's Poll. Which One Will Win the Day?
It is said that two things are inevitable in life: death and taxes. To these a third might be added - election victories for former southern African liberation parties. This is… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Outrage Over Cecil the Lion Slaying Three Years Ago Left Little in Its Wake
It's just over three years since a lion was shot in Zimbabwe by Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota in the US, in a drama that became known as "Cecilgate". The lion's death… Read more »
Zimbabwe: False New Dawn - What I Got Right, and Wrong
The afternoon after Zimbabwe's historic Monday July 30 elections, I was trying to assuage the fears of Jason Burke, the correspondent for the London newspaper, the Guardian, that… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Historic Elections - A Case of Leopards Not Changing Their Spots
Zimbabwe's general elections on July 30 were being labelled as "historic". For the first time since independence in 1980, the ballot paper featured the faces of new presidential… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Poll Explained - Ballot Papers Galore, and Loads of New Politicians
When Zimbabeans go to the polls they will be voting in what's been dubbed "harmonised" elections. Read more »
Zimbabwe: Why First Elections After Mugabe's Fall from Power Are So Significant
The July 30 general election in Zimbabwe is significant because it marks the end to a campaign season which for the first time in decades has been without the influence of ousted… Read more »
Africa: Vicious Online Propaganda War Plus Fake News Waged in Zimbabwe
Fake news is on the upsurge as Zimbabwe gears up for its watershed elections on 30 July. Mobile internet and social media have become vehicles for spreading a mix of fake news,… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe Poll - the Bar for Success Is Low, the Stakes Are High and It's a Close Race
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the ruling Zanu-PF hope a credible victory in the July 30 election will legitimise the power (both party and state) they gained from the… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Can Zimbabwe Finally Ditch a History of Violence and Media Repression?
Zimbabwe's governing ZANU-PF is earnestly courting international legitimacy as the country approaches its first post-independence elections without Robert Mugabe. Read more »
Zimbabwe: Scene Is Set for Interesting Contest in Upcoming Poll
Zimbabweans are heading to the polls on July 30. They will be making their decisions not only on what appears to be a dramatically changed political landscape, but with looming… Read more »
Zimbabwe: A Shock to the System - How New Teachers in Zimbabwe Learn to Do Their Jobs
There's a big difference between what prospective teachers learn at university and what they find when they enter the world of work. Some scholars have called this a "reality… Read more »
Zimbabwe: 12 Years Without an Execution - Is Govt Ready to Abolish Death Penalty?
At the end of 2017, the world watched with keen interest as President Robert Mugabe was deposed after 37 years of ruinous rule, and replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, who promised "a… Read more »
Zimbabwe: What's Stopping Young People From Participating in Elections?
Zimbabwe will hold fresh elections at the end of July this year, a sign that, following decades of rule under autocratic leader Robert Mugabe, the southern African nation is on the… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Lack of Succession Plan Leaves Tsvangirai's Party in Disarray
The absence of a party leader and a clear succession path often leads to political parties losing political direction. This is exemplified by Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Morgan Tsvangirai - the Man Who Dared Zimbabweans to Dream Again
One never forgets their first job. For me it was not the work experience that left an indelible impression, though it was appreciated. It was that one day at work when all seems to… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Morgan Tsvangirai - Heroic Herald of an Epoch Foretold
Morgan Tsvangirai, who was born March 10 1952 in Buhera, in Manicaland just across the border from Zimbabwe's Gutu District in Masvingo, became leader of Zimbabwe's Movement for… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Why Civil Rights and Health Issues Go Hand in Hand
Zimbabwe's recently deposed president Robert Mugabe made no secret of his loathing for gay men and lesbians. He once famously described them as "worse than pigs and dogs". In 2015,… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Ten Priorities for Getting Agriculture Moving in Zimbabwe
Agriculture is taking centre stage in plans for the revival of Zimbabwe's ailing economy under the new leadership of Emmerson Mnangagwa. Read more »
Zimbabwe: Country Urgently Needs a New Land Administration System
Zimbabwe urgently needs a new system of land administration to harness development in the agricultural sector. The country's land use and ownership have been significantly… Read more »
December 29, 2017
Zimbabwe: The Three Barriers Blocking Progress - Zanu-PF, Mnangagwa and the Military
Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been cautiously welcomed with the hope that he will place Zimbabwe on a more democratic trajectory. He has spoken of a new democracy… Read more »
December 07, 2017
Zimbabwe: Why the Focus On China Missed the Bigger Picture
The fall of Robert Mugabe has dominated global coverage of Africa over the past few weeks. In Western coverage of the first week after the coup in Zimbabwe there was speculation… Read more »
December 03, 2017
Zimbabwe: A Clean Break With Mugabe's Past Will Have to Wait - Even Beyond Elections
Who would have thought that this year would end with Robert Mugabe having lost the presidency of both the governing Zanu-PF and Zimbabwe? None could have foreseen such a… Read more »
November 29, 2017
Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Has the Capacity to Revive Economy, but Will He?
Emmerson "Crocodile" Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe's crafty new interim President, is known as a ruthless, deeply unprincipled and a political infighter. He has lost several recent… Read more »
Zimbabwe: Land Reform Will Be the Basis for Economic Recovery Under Mnangagwa
In his speech after being sworn in as Zimbabwe's new president on November 24, Emmerson Mnangagwa, stressed the role of the country's land reform farmers in boosting the country's… Read more »
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