Zimbabwe After the Military Takeover: Prospects for Credible Elections and Human Rights Reforms

Dewa Mavhinga (Testimony) before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Courtesy of https://www.hrw.org) December 12, 2017 Introduction Thank you, Chairman Flake, Ranking Member Booker, and other members of this subcommittee for giving me the opportunity to testify on behalf of Human Rights Watch at this hearing on Zimbabwe. I would like to request that my statement in its entirety be submitted for the record. My name is … Continue reading Zimbabwe After the Military Takeover: Prospects for Credible Elections and Human Rights Reforms

What Tendai Biti said in America (Testimony)

Zimbabwe at the Crossroads : A Chance for a New Beginning Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health policy Tendai Biti MDC Alliance Former Minister of Finance December 12, 2017 Thank you, Chairman Flake, Ranking Member Booker, and other members of the Subcommittee. We thank you for inviting us to this great center of American democracy. The 14th of November … Continue reading What Tendai Biti said in America (Testimony)

2018 budget: Why female MPs must stand up

By Daniel Chigundu As Parliament resume sitting on December 19, mainly to pass the 2018 National Budget, female legislators have the burden to stand up for social services. Poor social services provision in Africa, affects women and girls more than men owing to their biological make-up and societal expectations. Zimbabwe is currently facing various social service challenges chiefly in the area of health care provision, … Continue reading 2018 budget: Why female MPs must stand up

Parly urged to abolish 50% plus 1 vote requirement

By Daniel Chigundu Harare residents have called on Parliament to abolish the electoral law that requires a winner in Presidential elections to get at least 50% plus 1 vote to become President of Zimbabwe. According to the country’s electoral laws, if there is no candidate with 50% plus 1 vote in Presidential elections, the leading two candidates in that election go for a run-off. This … Continue reading Parly urged to abolish 50% plus 1 vote requirement

Grace Mugabe chose politics over cancer fight: Parly

By Daniel Chigundu Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care says former first-lady Grace Mugabe was reluctant to join other African First Ladies in the fight against the menacing cancer. Cancer has reportedly surpassed HIV/Aids as the number one killer-disease in the country and African continent owing to the cost of its treatment and equipment needed. Zimbabwe with an estimated 14 million has only … Continue reading Grace Mugabe chose politics over cancer fight: Parly

Mnangagwa’s legal missteps: AG needs to step up advisory role

By Daniel Chigundu Prominent constitutional lawyer Alex Magaisa says the Attorney General’s (AG) Office needs to step up its advisory role to President Emmerson Mnangagwa to avoid continuous legal missteps. Since taking the oath of office on 24th of November 2017, President Mnangagwa has made several legal missteps which have left many wondering if he is getting enough advice or has competent advisors. Among the … Continue reading Mnangagwa’s legal missteps: AG needs to step up advisory role

Viva Zimbabwe fires Acie Lumumba

By Daniel Chigundu Youth-based opposition party Viva Zimbabwe says it has expelled its founding chairman Acie Lumumba for berating other opposition parties and also because of his intentions to rejoin Zanu PF. In the past weeks, Lumumba has been associating himself with the Emmerson Mnangagwa-led Zanu PF via his posts on social media, prompting the party’s supporters and the generality of Zimbabweans to question his … Continue reading Viva Zimbabwe fires Acie Lumumba

ZEC fails to pay US$768K for car hire

By Daniel Chigundu Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has been identified as one of the leading factors that have been weighing down the smooth operation of the Central Mechanical and Equipment Department (CMED). CMED is one of the state-owned enterprises which were created to be self- financing cash cows for the government under the Commercialisation Act of 2000 but has been dismally failing raise revenue for … Continue reading ZEC fails to pay US$768K for car hire

We are ready for engagement: Mnangagwa

By Daniel Chigundu Newly appointed President of theZimbabwe Republic of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa says his government is ready to engage with any country in the world for the good if the people of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe suffered in the past years owing to its look east policy that resulted in the country being isolated by the much needed potential investors. In is speech at the inauguration … Continue reading We are ready for engagement: Mnangagwa

CSOs want Mnangagwa to observe human rights

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa Following the resignation of President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday human rights organisations have welcomed the move and urged the new leader to respect human rights. In a statement Amnesty International secretary general Salil Shetty said   Mugabe had an atrocious record of human rights abuse, adding that the incoming leader should bring a fresh impetus to the respect of human rights. “During 37 … Continue reading CSOs want Mnangagwa to observe human rights