Zimbabwe: The Politics of Selective Condemnation - 'Silencing the Guns' in Zimbabwe During a Pandemic


The Zimbabwean government must not be allowed to falsely project the will of the people under the guise of public protection by arbitrarily enforcing new laws for elitist gain.

The Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the precariousness of purportedly democratic states which, though not classified as states in conflict, exist within the parameters of negative peace where social protections are secondary to securing elite interests.

Likewise, occurring during 2020 when the African Union (AU) has set this year aside "to silence the guns" in a bid to create "conducive conditions for Africa's development", the Covid-19 pandemic has further illuminated the need to appreciate systemic, as well as physical representations of "guns" as ammunition which bear hindrance to the most vulnerable groups in our societies.

Systemic "guns" as ammunition must be understood to vest themselves against African citizens through clientelism, and the manipulation of state institutions to support it - the condemnation of which are often muted.

Violence in all its forms must subsequently be understood if its cyclical occurrences on the continent are to be broken. Such nuance to the notion that combative conflict is one of the biggest challenges for the implementation of Agenda 2063 is needed to urgently rethink...

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