Opinion

Opinion

Warfare State — why Zimbabwe under Zanu-PF will not progress

By Tendai Biti, Ray Hartley and Greg Mills THE Zimbabwe Harmonised Elections, held on 23 August, has come and gone. The reports of the main international observer missions generally agree that the elections were flawed. The SADC Election Observer Mission Statement is particularly damning, pointing out a series of serious problems with the conduct of the

The contrast is stark, but its luxury lodges and tourist resorts are saving Zimbabwe; they bring jobs, support communities, and protect wild places. Image: Bloomberg

Zimbabweans don’t want to be refugees in foreign lands

By Cathy Buckle I am writing today in recognition of you, the people out there who care about Zimbabwe and what happens here and who are as stunned as we are about what went on in the August election. A quietness has descended over our dust-swept country. The September winds and whirlwinds are here; do

President Emmerson Mnangagwa inspects the guard of honour after he was inaugurated at a local stadium on 4 September 2023 in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Photo: Tafadzwa Ufumeli / Getty Images)

The post-election crisis in Zimbabwe – what’s to be done now?

By Ibbo Mandaza and Tony Reeler | Daily Maverick SINCE continued polarisation within Zimbabwe, and the possibility of polarisation within the SADC, will continue in the absence of a substantive dialogue, the Platform for Concerned Citizens has launched a petition which outlines steps towards resolving the crisis. As with all elections since 2000, the 2023 Zimbabwe’s

President Emmerson Mnangagwa inspects the guard of honour after he was inaugurated at a local stadium on 4 September 2023 in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Photo: Tafadzwa Ufumeli / Getty Images)

SADC’s election report leaves Mnangagwa desperately out in the cold with only one option — reform

By Jonathan Moakes, George Chichester and Emily Osborne AS the crowds of press-ganged supporters spilt into Zimbabwe’s National Sports Stadium for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s inauguration ceremony on Monday 4 September 2023, one group of guests was conspicuous by its absence. Of the 16 presidents of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), only three — South

President Cyril Ramaphosa was in his element at the BRICS summit in Sandton, where he hosted Brazil President Lula da Silva, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov. Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

OPINION | BRICS participation gives transitory satisfaction, but real choices needed

BRICS gave South Africa a seat among formidable company and has arguably become the most prominent reference point in its foreign engagements, writes Terence Corrigan. President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government are no doubtless enjoying a rare moment of afterglow satisfaction.   The recent BRICS Summit went off successfully with the announcement of the accession of

Zimbabwe 2023 election; A case of voting without choice

By Pride Mkono Zimbabwe held a shambolic poll on 23 and 24 August 2023 whose outcome of the presidential vote has been outrightly rejected by the mainstream opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC). Domestic, regional, and international observer groups, particularly the Southern African Development Community (SADC) condemned the election as falling short of the Zimbabwean

Zimbabweans will cast their votes on August 23, 2023.

With two weeks to go, questions again loom over whether Zimbabwe’s 2023 elections will be free and fair

By Musa Kika RECENT incidents in Zimbabwe’s 2022 by-elections, including the improper use of police forces, have amplified concerns of a systemic misuse of power. Recent repressive legal reforms, such as the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Amendment Act (popularly known as the Patriotic Act), further criminalise opposition and dissident opinions – all under the guise

‘I am a Burial Society member; why should I take Diaspora Funeral Cash Plan?’

By Tose Gava When it comes to personal/family protection a lot of factors need to be considered but ultimately, it’s about the outcome one wants to achieve. For most burial society members, the ‘elusive’ desired outcome is having peace of mind from knowing that when your day finally comes, you are guaranteed of a dignified

Workers are seen holding a picture of Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa on July 5.PHILIMON BULAWAYO/REUTERS

Zimbabwe has joined the growing ranks of the world’s electoral autocracies

By Robert Rotberg ELECTORAL autocracy has replaced democracy’s standard free and fair election method in much of the troubled world. In Cambodia, an “election” took place last Sunday in which many opposition parties were dissolved or barred from competing against Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party; in Guatemala, the government suspended one of the two parties standing in August’s

Zimbabwe’s hope: A wind of change to democracy

By Kuda Manjonjo IN 1960, British prime minister Harold Macmillan famously declared, “The wind of change is blowing through this continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.” This quote captured a time that later became known as the period of African nations attaining majority rule —

Migration and death in foreign lands

By Jeff Sango Migrating to foreign lands is as old as the biblical stories of Abraham being directed to leave the land of his fathers and go and settle in a land which God was to show him. Nearer home, we had regional migration through Mfecane; people moving northwards from South Africa and the southwards

Job Sikhala: One Year Under Arbitrary Detention in My Oppressor’s Prison

My dear Zimbabweans, Regional and Worldwide Friends! The 14th of June 2023 marks the end of one full twelve-month cycle of my incarceration. It also marks the beginning of another cycle. I do not know how many more twelve-month cycles I shall endure in this dungeon. Only my oppressors know. I do not care at

Education in Zimbabwe should strive for inclusion – how the philosophy of ubuntu can help

By Oliver Mutanga, Nazarbayev University The notion of inclusive education began to emerge during the 1950s and 1960s. At first it focused on integrating students with disabilities into mainstream classrooms, but it evolved over time. Now it’s about including students with diverse backgrounds and abilities, such as those with emotional or cognitive challenges whose disabilities

AFRICA DAY: 60 years of African unity – what’s failed and what’s succeeded

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, centre, and Ghana’s founder and first President Kwame Nkrumah, left, during the launch of the OAU in Addis Ababa. STR/AFP via Getty Images By Keith Gottschalk, University of the Western Cape Africa Day this year marks 60 years since the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). The anniversary begs

The Rising Popularity of Trading Platforms in Zimbabwe

The technological revolution is reshaping every corner of the world, and Zimbabwe is not left out. Across the nation, a variety of digital solutions are emerging, aimed at simplifying tasks and enhancing efficiency in different sectors. One such area experiencing significant digital disruption is the financial sector, particularly in the arena of online trading.