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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 […]

Voter roll fiasco: Fictitious addresses, missing names raise eyebrows

Voter roll fiasco: Fictitious addresses, missing names raise eyebrows

Eight people who are registered under one address will vote in five different constituencies in Harare in one of the eye-popping discoveries during an analysis of the voters roll recently released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). ZEC has come under fire from the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa for allegedly trying to fiddle […]

Mugabe ghost haunts Emmerson Mnangagwa in Tanzania

Mugabe ghost haunts Emmerson Mnangagwa in Tanzania

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived in Tanzania last week intent on projecting Zimbabwe as a country that has moved on from the shadow of former president Robert Mugabe, the man he deposed in a military coup last November. Mnangagwa, who has visited Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Angola, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of Congo in […]

‘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 […]

Stop poking nose in electoral affairs, Zimbabwe National Army told

Stop poking nose in electoral affairs, Zimbabwe National Army told

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has challenged the army to stop meddling in elections and called upon President Emmerson Mnangagwa to walk the talk on his pledge of free, fair and credible elections. Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, HRW Southern Africa director Dewa Mavhinga said the electoral field will never be level if the military keeps […]

Zimbabwe after the 2017 military coup: Prospects for real change

Zimbabwe after the 2017 military coup: Prospects for real change

IN November 2017, the winds of change were blowing in Zimbabwe. The political terrain underwent seismic shifts following “Operation Restore Order”, the veto- and palace-coup that led to the resignation of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s political patriarch of 37 years. Mugabe’s former vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been fired from the government on 6 November, was […]

Former Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono appointed as SEZ chair

Former Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono appointed as SEZ chair

FORMER Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor, Gideon Gono yesterday returned to the limelight after being appointed chairperson of an 11-member Special Economic Zones (SEZs) board, while there was also a place for army boss, General Constantino Chiwenga’s wife, Marry Mubaiwa on the body. This came after President Robert Mugabe assented to the SEZ Act […]

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