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As president, here’s what I want for Zimbabwe: a healthy opposition

As president, here’s what I want for Zimbabwe: a healthy opposition

September is the first month of spring in Zimbabwe. The jacaranda trees that line Harare’s avenues will soon flower into a sea of purple. Last November their blossom formed the backdrop to the people taking to the streets and demanding change. This year, following our democratic election in July, it shall welcome a new era […]

Mnangagwa Cabinet: technocrats without reforms will fail

Mnangagwa Cabinet: technocrats without reforms will fail

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s new cabinet, in which over a dozen ministerial level officials were reshuffled or removed, is a mixture of new faces, technocrats and some experience, as well as political loyalists. At least the deadwood is gone, well most of it. Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube symbolises meritocracy – the embrace of technocrats and […]

May and Merkel backing Mnangagwa is bad news for Zimbabwe

May and Merkel backing Mnangagwa is bad news for Zimbabwe

On August 28, British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, for a one-day working visit. This visit was part of a three-nation tour of South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria designed to strengthen Britain’s trade ties with African nations. During the course of her visit, May made a brief appearance on South […]

Uganda’s Bobi Wine embodies the rise of African youth

Uganda’s Bobi Wine embodies the rise of African youth

They call him the Ghetto President. The Ugandan singer and activist Bobi Wine, born in a Kampala slum and now a member of parliament, is facing charges of treason. The accusation stems from an incident in which protesters allegedly threw stones at the motorcade of the actual president, Yoweri Museveni. But Mr Wine’s real crime […]

We want technocrats, but we don’t want them

We want technocrats, but we don’t want them

CABINET speculation season is upon us and, once again, Zimbabweans are demanding the appointment of technocrats into Government. As if they voted for them. Newspaper headlines are calling for these so-called technocrats. Social media is lining up a list of preferred technocrats. One would think voters actually voted for such candidates in large quantities. They […]

Burundian Experience Offers Insights for the Zimbabwe Opposition

Burundian Experience Offers Insights for the Zimbabwe Opposition

The important lesson for Zimbabwe’s opposition from what happened in Burundi in 2010 is that participation is key. Despite what may look like injustice, it is good for the Zimbabwean opposition to stay within decision-making institutions such as the national assembly in order to counter any move that would otherwise lead to devastating consequences such […]

Zimbabwe has one shot at redemption

Zimbabwe has one shot at redemption

“The application is dismissed with costs.” With these words, Chief Justice Luke Malaba brushed aside whatever irregularities there might have been in the July 30 elections in Zimbabwe to affirm Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory as “the will of the people”, setting the stage for his inauguration. Elections all over the world, he argued, are not simply […]

Chiwenga’s “Coup Deep State” where the real power lies in Zimbabwe

Chiwenga’s “Coup Deep State” where the real power lies in Zimbabwe

Since the events of November 2017, the power that governs Zimbabwe has become fully apparent. There are different kinds of power at play in the Zimbabwean society and as I write, military power overrides all the others. This military power is in the hands of none other than the coup maker, Constantino Chiwenga. Every other […]

The United States should push for a genuine democratic transition in Zimbabwe

The United States should push for a genuine democratic transition in Zimbabwe

Michelle Gavin, formerly President Barack Obama’s senior Africa director at the National Security Council and U.S. ambassador to Botswana, is senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Todd Moss, formerly deputy assistant secretary of state for Africa, is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. Alexander Noyes is a senior associate at […]

The #FreeBobiWine Wave, and Signs of Hope in the Madness

The #FreeBobiWine Wave, and Signs of Hope in the Madness

The last few days have seen a remarkable amount of what in the old days the ruling NRM cadres liked to call “primitive violence”. They no longer describe it that way, because today it is mostly their security agencies meting the violence out. Following alleged stoning of a car in a presidential convoy in the […]

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