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Douglas Mwonzora

MOPA is a bad law borrowed from Apartheid South Africa’s statutes

By Douglas Togaraseyi Mwonzora Recently, the government of Zimbabwe, through the Minister of Home Affairs, introduced the Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill to Parliament (MOPA). This Bill, that will replace the reviled Public Order and Security Act (POSA), inter alia seeks to govern public demonstrations and gatherings. It is therefore a very important factor

Big Saturday Read: MDC – The challenge beyond Congress

By Alex Magaisa POLITICS questions are best solved in the court of politics. There is no point running around with a piece of paper without the people. This is what I wrote a few weeks ago after a High Court judge ordered the MDC to, among other things, hold an extraordinary congress. That decision was

Blessing Miles Tendi

Dumiso Dabengwa: Zimbabwe’s intelligence Czar

By Blessing Miles-Tendi On the night of August 15, 2011, I attended the launch of Wilfred Mhanda’s (nom de guerre Dzinashe Machingura) memoir, Dzino: Memories of a Freedom Fighter in Harare. Mhanda was an important figure in Zimbabwe’s independence struggle — particularly for his role in the formation of Zipa and the crafting of the

Zimbabwe should fully liberalise the petroleum industry

By Victor Bhoroma It has become apparent that the Zimbabwean government is failing to sustain its fuel subsidy in the economy due to foreign currency shortages. The rationale for such a subsidy has been to bring price stability to the market thereby managing inflation, to prevent the local economy from re-dollarizing and give the Reserve

The Death Penalty in Zimbabwe: is the country ready for abolition?

By Parvais Jabbar and Val Ingham-Thorpe May 2019 marks the anniversary of the publication of ‘12 Years Without an Execution: Is Zimbabwe Ready for Abolition?’, an independent survey of public attitudes towards capital punishmentcommissioned and published by the Death Penalty Project in association with Veritas. Since the release of the report, there appears to have

Alex Magaisa

Judgment: An Existential Threat to the Opposition

By Alex Magaisa A judgment delivered by a High Court judge, Justice Mushore has drawn a lot of attention and raised many questions among members of the public. Many are concerned to understand its meaning and implications. It is impossible to separate the legal and political aspects of the matter, given its broader consequences. The

Takura Zhangazha

Zim Workers Day 2019: Re-Linking the Idea of State with Working People

By Takura Zhangazha Zimbabwe’s biggest labour federation the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), gave the theme for  the 2019  Workers Day commemorations as ‘We are at a Crossroads! Unite, Fight Neo-liberalism and Austerity.’ This is a radical theme to say the least.  It is also directly ideological in that it immediately challenges the free

Alex Magaisa

Big Saturday Read: How to overcome polarisation in Zimbabwe

By Alex T Magaisa I have been reading: How Democracies Die, a fascinating book by political scientists, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. While the book primarily examines the challenges facing American democracy in the wake of the unusual Trump presidency, it nevertheless raises important issues that are relevant to other countries, including those struggling with

A truly ‘new Zimbabwe’ should mean a free space for dissent

By Vongai Chikwanda As Zimbabwe celebrates 39 years of independence, its citizens still await evidence that the country truly has broken away from its repressive past. “I am your listening President, a servant leader. No one is above the law. This is a new Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe we all want.” At his inauguration on 26

Stembile Mpofu

Not yet Uhuru – Celebrating Virtual Independence

By Stembile Mpofu The fight for the Independence of African countries has been ongoing from the time the territorial flags of European countries began flying over African soil. In 1957 Ghana became the first African country to gain independence. Almost 40 years passed before South Africa, the last African country to gain its independence, attained

Conrad Mwanza

Sunday Digest: Zimbabwe, the quest for new kind of politics

By Conrad Mwanza I have always been fascinated by the impact carried by words sharing a vision. They seem to come with an extra urgency that is not found in ordinary conversation. This is because a vision is often borne out of a deeper place which harbours dreams and ambition and when a person shares

Alex Magaisa

Big Saturday Read: Confronting Institutional Biases and Prejudices

Alex T. Magaisa Glorious Convergence The response to Cyclone Idai, which devastated the eastern part of Zimbabwe, taking hundreds of lives and burying villages and livelihoods demonstrated an amazing convergence of love and compassion across the nation and beyond. Generous contributions came from people of all over the country, Zimbabweans coordinating brilliantly both in virtual

Knocked down by adversity? Get back up and continue with the fight

By Joseph Chivayo Sometimes life happens in such a way that no matter how hard you try to make something happen, it won’t. In those moments we all have a choice of either giving up or trying one more time. You have to make that choice to Get back up. Imagine you are a boxer

Author...Conrad Mwanza

SUNDAY DIGEST: A case of validation

By Conrad Mwanza The year 2010 holds some special memories for me as a Zimbabwean and African. It was the year that the continent known as the cradle of mankind opened its arms to welcome the rest of the world as South Africa hosted the biggest global soccer showpiece, the FIFA World Cup. It also

Takura Zhangazha

Amending the Constitution again: The necessity of 100% proportional representation

By Takura Zhangazha ZIMBABWE’s government recently announced that it is preparing to amend the national Constitution.  This was announced by the Minister of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Ziyambi  Ziyambi, who informed the public that government in following up on the recommendations of the (former South African President Kgalema) Monthlante Commission in seeking, as reported