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Vice president Constantino Chiwenga

Zimbabwe: How not to win hearts and minds

By Eddie Cross IN a country that is used to turmoil, the month of January will go down as a period when we literally shot ourselves in the foot. The November military assisted transition (MAT) in 2017 brought to a close 38 years of dictatorial administration under Robert Mugabe, associated with genocide, human rights abuse,

President Emmerson Mnangagwa and deputy Constantino Chiwenga

South Africa again mesmerised by a Zimbabwe crisis

By Peter Fabricius Almost two decades after the start of the Zimbabwe crisis, South Africa is once again standing silently on the sidelines, seemingly mesmerised, as its northern neighbour bashes opposition heads indiscriminately, shuts down the internet to stifle criticism, and spins out of economic control. Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ‘new Zimbabwe’ that promised so much change

With no saviour in sight, Zimbabwe needs help to save itself

By David Monyae Eighteen years ago, the so-called Mbeki-Mugabe Papers, purportedly penned by former president Thabo Mbeki, generated heated debates about the crisis in Zimbabwe. Some children born in that year, 2001, are now entering universities as first-year students. How can one make sense of the history of colonialism and liberation to such a generation?

South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa

South African diplomacy on Zimbabwe can remain quiet – but it must get tough

Roger Southall, University of the Witwatersrand Cries of moral outrage have greeted the brutal crackdown by the Zimbabwean security forces on nationwide protests sparked by a sudden, massive, government-ordained hike in the price of fuel. Naturally enough, the demand is that “something must be done” to stop the brutality. Twelve people have already died, hundreds

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Why Mnangagwa’s rule may not last very long

By Peter Godwin The Spectator (UK) Ten days ago, Zimbabwe’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, hiked the price of petrol by 250 per cent, making it the most expensive in the world. There had been an acute fuel shortage for months and this move was supposed to ease the situation — presumably by making petrol beyond the

The mask slips as Zimbabwe’s ‘new’ regime bares its teeth

By The Financial Times (UK) THIS week, Emmerson Mnangagwa, president and ostensible new face of Zimbabwe, cut short a foreign trip, skipping Davos to attend to things at home “in light of the economic situation”. In his utter failure to capture the gravity of events, Mnangagwa echoed Japan’s Emperor Hirohito who, after Hiroshima and Nagasaki

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

What was Mnangagwa thinking?

By Eddie Cross Trying to Explain the Unfathomable ALWAYS something new out of Africa. I have always accepted this adage but right now I think the situation in Zimbabwe is beyond reason. Just try to understand what this regime has done in the past seven days.  Firstly, the President announces a raft of measures, one

Constantino Chiwenga (inset) was acting president when the internet bans were imposed

Why government’s internet blackouts are illegal

By Tyler Walton Murmurs of an imminent internet shutdown began leaking out of Zimbabwe on the evening of Tuesday 15 January. Marches and protests had broken out in Bulawayo and across the country following the hike in the petrol price that President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced the prior weekend. Overnight and into the morning, Zimbabweans and

After Protests, a Bloody Crackdown in Zimbabwe

By Panashe Chigumadzi AFTER replacing Robert Mugabe as the president of Zimbabwe in late 2017, Emmerson Mnangagwa promised a “new” Zimbabwe, a country with “a thriving and open economy, jobs for its youth, opportunities for investors and democracy and equal rights for all.” But those hopes have died as Mr. Mnangagwa has turned out to be no different from

Adiel Mambara: Airline Business Models

2018 was one of the most challenging years in the aviation industry, with increased oil prices and a strong US dollar impacting profit margins. The response has led to airlines refining their strategies and business models to remain relevant and in a strong position to survive in the long term. Global load factors have ranged

Prof Mthuli Ncube

PROF Mthuli Ncube: Rebuilding Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE is back on the map. Just as we open up our economy and democratic space, so too are we opening our arms to the world. The dark times are behind us, and the future is bright and positive; a future of cooperation and dialogue. A future whereby Zimbabwe is an active and responsible member

Eddie Cross

Zimbabwe’s curse: How long oh Lord, how Long?

By Eddie Cross We seem to have been putting up with lousy Government, corruption, nonsensical monetary and macroeconomic policies forever. First we had the Rhodesian Government from 1960 onwards which resulted in the imposition of mandatory UN sanctions and then the liberation war. Were these inevitable? I do not think so but with the national

Dorcas Gwata

An African woman’s bookshelf

By Dorcas Gwata TODAY is a new day, well it seems so. After much deliberation, in search of a healthier mental space, I got rid of my TV and the licence that goes with it, I Dorcas Wongai Gwata am now TV free. The living room is quiet, save for the tick-tock clock next to my