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Why would a ‘normal’ person vote for Zanu PF?

Why would a ‘normal’ person vote for Zanu PF?

There has been a question that has vexed me — and, I am sure, so many others — as to why, after being subjected to so much untold suffering for nearly four decades by Zanu PF, any “normal” person would still prefer to vote for their tormentor to keep on tormenting them. Admittedly, Zanu PF’s […]

The politics of fear in the new Zimbabwe

The politics of fear in the new Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean election campaign is in full swing. But despite the efforts of the government to improve its reputation, the politics of fear continues to undermine the prospects for a free and fair election. You wouldn’t know this sitting in Harare, the capital, where it has become impossible to move around without seeing a giant […]

Peace Between Ethiopia and Eritrea Will Promote Democracy

Peace Between Ethiopia and Eritrea Will Promote Democracy

It seemed impossible just a few months ago: reconciliation between Ethiopia and Eritrea after decades of attrition. But peace is here at long last. How did this turnaround, which some are calling historic, come about? As of today (09/07) it’s official: the war is over between long-time enemies Eritrea and Ethiopia. A document to the […]

MDC’s Chamisa troubled, dumbfounded by Mnangagwa’s ‘soft’ dictatorship

MDC’s Chamisa troubled, dumbfounded by Mnangagwa’s ‘soft’ dictatorship

I am afraid the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance appears oblivious to the mammoth political fraud in the electoral making. As things stand, the opposition grouping not only runs the horrifying risk of losing a massive chunk of democratic credibility through participating in a sham poll – which is practically impossible to win – […]

Why I Thank God My Children Were Not Born In Africa

Why I Thank God My Children Were Not Born In Africa

No disrespect, but had my 6 children been born in Africa I would have spent most of my time fighting their school teachers than being a mother. Growing up in Zimbabwe for me meant teachers had the full authority and rights to brutally ‘beat’ any child in their care. There were no regulations or control […]

To Fix South Africa’s Dysfunctional State, Ditch Its Colonial Heritage

To Fix South Africa’s Dysfunctional State, Ditch Its Colonial Heritage

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently made an astonishing statement: that the country’s governance is collapsing. It takes extraordinary courage for a head of state and of the national executive to be so candid. Ramaphosa’s statement followed the release of damning data about the state of governance in the country. For example, the most recent […]

A foregone conclusion? – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary

A foregone conclusion? – Zimbabwe Vigil Diary

The British campaigning organisation Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) has expressed fears that the outcome of the July elections are a foregone conclusion. ACTSA, formerly the Anti-Apartheid Movement, speaks of suspicion that what it calls the Zanu PF / military alliance will not allow Emmerson Mnangagwa to lose his first election. ACTSA’s report notes that […]

‘Free, fair election in Zimbabwe a mirage’

‘Free, fair election in Zimbabwe a mirage’

Chances of Zimbabwe holding a free, fair, credible and undisputed election on July 30 are slim considering Zanu-PF officials’ recent assertions that the army will not allow MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa to take over if he wins, analysts have warned. Recently, deputy Finance minister Terrence Mukupe was caught in the eye of a storm […]

Radicalisation in Paradise – Tackling the Growing Threat in Mauritius

Radicalisation in Paradise – Tackling the Growing Threat in Mauritius

At a recent anti-LGBT demonstration, the well-known protest leader openly wore an Islamic State headband. One might not expect the island of Mauritius – best known for its sandy beaches, political stability and vibrant multiculturalism – to be vulnerable to Islamist radicalisation. But recent events suggest the threat could greater than many think. The LGBT […]

Comoros Row With France Intensifies As Turmoil Brews At Home

Comoros Row With France Intensifies As Turmoil Brews At Home

The long-running dispute over the island of Mayotte has deepened recently. Could developments afoot in the Comoros change anything? Despite promises to resolve tensions, relations between France and the Comoros have only deteriorated in the past few months. A war of words and popular protests have escalated on both sides, leading France to suspend visas […]

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