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)

Why Govt will favour tight internet control

By Watmore Makokoba Although a new political order has dawned which has apparently ignited hope for reforms in both Zanu PF and government, the regime however seems to be keen to maintain a firm grip on suppressive internet governance measures to thwart the descending voice, recent research findings have reported. The research paper (The State of Internet Governance in Zimbabwe) launched this week by Zimbabwe … Continue reading Why Govt will favour tight internet control

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

2018 elections: most aspiring women candidates lack confidence

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa Young Voters Platform coordinator Desmond Sharukai says political parties in the country need to do mentoring workshops as most aspiring women candidates still lack confidence needed for elected office. Speaking on the sidelines of a mentoring workshop for prospective women candidates organised by FreeZim Congress recently, Sharukai said a lot needs to be done for women candidates to prepare them for 2018 elections. … Continue reading 2018 elections: most aspiring women candidates lack confidence

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

Mnangagwa to be sworn-in as President

By Daniel Chigundu Swearing in ceremony for Zanu PF Presidential nominee Emmerson Mnangagwa has been scheduled for Friday (24 November 2017), the Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda has revealed. Addressing the media, Mudenda said preparations for the ceremony are already underway with Mnangagwa expected to arrive in the country later today from exile. “….Comrade Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa was appointed Zanu PF nominee to … Continue reading Mnangagwa to be sworn-in as President

Cornered Mugabe resigns in shame

By Daniel Chigundu President Robert Mugabe who was facing mounting pressure since last week Wednesday has finally resigned putting an end to a 37-year uninterrupted reign. Mugabe who took the reins at independence in 1980 has been accused of running down the country owing to unpopular policies which chased away the much-needed investors. Under his rule, the country has gone through some of its worst … Continue reading Cornered Mugabe resigns in shame

Mugabe’s resignation stalemate disrupts voter registration

By Wisdom Mumera The refusal by President Robert Mugabe to resign in the face of mass public protests has negatively affected the ongoing voter registration process with civil society organisations calling for an extension of the period. They said the very elections themselves have to be delayed until the environment is conducive. Addressing the media on at a press conference Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) … Continue reading Mugabe’s resignation stalemate disrupts voter registration