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Political Virus Infecting Africa’s Judiciary

Legal Brief IN LESOTHO, five judicial nominations by the Judicial Service Commission were refused ratification by King Letsie III in September 2020. The government eventually appointed a new JSC headed by a new Chief Justice, but even that has failed to resolve the problem: citing financial difficulties, the government has put all new appointments on

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa

A New Film About Zimbabwe’s 2018 Elections Worth Watching, But Flawed

The Conversation Danish director Camilla Nielsson’s documentary President (2021) is an up-close, intimate tale. It follows the election travails of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance and its leader, Nelson Chamisa. Winner of the prestigious Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Verité Filmmaking, the film deploys an “in the moment”

Late Robert Mugabe

How Zimbabwe is still haunted by Robert Mugabe

BBC IN OUR series of letters from Africa, Zimbabwean journalist-turned-barrister Brian Hungwe writes that long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe, who died in 2019, seems to be causing trouble from beyond the grave. Robert Mugabe’s relatives say he died a bitter man nearly two years after he was forced to hand over power to current President Emmerson

Boost Tertiary Education To Support Economic Recovery

World Bank REVITALISING Zimbabwe’s higher and tertiary education will ensure the production of highly qualified graduates and a skilled workforce. Higher education Zimbabwe needs to rapidly transform to address the deficit in the production of qualified specialists and technicians especially in the natural and applied sciences, engineering and technology, the medical and health sciences, and

Tony Reeler

Silence On Zimbabwe Makes Mockery Of SADC Core Principles

By Tony Reeler The Southern African Development Community’s perpetual silence on Zimbabwe speaks louder than the words it occasionally utters about human rights and the rule of law. Its acquiescence in the face of serial violations of the SADC Treaty makes a mockery of all its members and leaves the citizens of Zimbabwe at the

Covid Vaccines A Tough Sell, Chinese Origin Not Helping

Global Press Journal AS A nurse at a private clinic, Jubilee Ngwenya had a front-row seat to the fear the coronavirus pandemic wrought. Yet when vaccine doses from China arrived here in February, the 27-year-old hesitated. Could she trust a vaccine from the country where the pandemic started? One that, at the time, hadn’t earned

Samantha 'Gonyeti' Kureya

Zim Female Stand-Up Comedians Talk About Sex, Patriarchy

By Amanda Kallstig – The Conversation IN 2019, Zimbabwean comedy made international news when comedian Samantha Kureya, known on stage as Gonyeti, was abducted and tortured by masked gunmen. She is one of many comedians in Zimbabwe who have faced violent repercussions for their comedy. Interviewing 23 stand-up comedians in Zimbabwe in 2018 and 2019,

‘Coal Rush’ Brings Despondency A Hwange Community Bears Brunt Of Environmental Degradation

FairPlanet THE recent ‘coal rush’ by mining companies into Hwange, Zimbabwe has brought despair instead of high expectations from the local community, which accuses these entities of violating environmental regulations with impunity. In most developing countries, foreign direct investment usually brings optimism among the general populace as it would be a positive sign of economic

The troupe became well known in Angola, appearing on TV and working on social and dance initiatives

#JerusalemaDanceChallenge Showed How Pan African Styles Can Be Forged

By Francesca Negro – Conversation AFRICA A YEAR has passed since an Angolan dance troupe called Fenomenos do Semba released a video of themselves dancing in a courtyard in Luanda to the South African hit song Jerusalema by Master KG. With over 16 million YouTube clicks, the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge swept the planet as social media users

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Why renewable energy won’t end energy poverty in Zimbabwe

By Ellen Fungisai Chipango – The Conversation AFRICA ZIMBABWE  is one of the African countries that hopes renewable energy technologies will help to address their energy problems. About 42% of Zimbabwe’s households are connected to the electricity grid. The country has huge and diverse renewable energy potential. Its sustainable energy portfolio could include solar, hydro, biomass,

The Battle For Zimbabwe’s Never Ending War On Land

The VICE THE displacement, primarily affecting the Shangaan ethnic group in the Southeastern town of Chilonga in the Chiredzi district, was not due to a natural disaster; instead, their move is to make way for the commercial efforts of Darren Coetzee, a white farmer and businessman who wants the land to grow lucerne grass, a

Gerald Mlotshwa

Mlotshwa’s Ethics Under Scrutiny In Streak Saga

By Michael Mutasa SPORTS and Recreation Commission chairman and Harare lawyer Gerald Mlotshwa’s impartiality in the controversial match fixing case involving former cricket national team captain and coach Heath Streak is under scrutiny as the case which caused international embarrassment to our sport continues to unravel. Streak was banned for eight years by the International

Tichaona Zindoga

Calling Out Auxillia’s Editorial Interference Benefits State Media Journalists And Editors (Hopefully)

Tichaona Zindoga There has been considerable interest in my interview on South African public broadcaster, SABC, aired at the weekend. I appeared with Hopewell Chin’ono, as we discussed the state of media in Zimbabwe on the occasion of Independence Day. The programme was pre-recorded on Friday. Interestingly, after the session, Chin’ono took to Twitter and

Author...Nomazulu Thata

Sexually Transmitted Leadership Will Not Take Us Anywhere

By Nomazulu Thata    My previous article regarding the nomination of Sibangilizwe Nkomo to contest the Zapu presidential candidacy could have come across as too emotional for some people to appreciate my perspective. What is disturbing is that be it Matabeleland, Mashonaland, Manicaland, the Tongaland or whatever corner of the land we live in, we learn