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

Mujuru’s Catch-22: Repent from the light or die in darkness

By Wisdom Mumera Following news that hoards of her supporters in Masvingo have left the party, Presidential aspirant Joice Mujuru now faces the unenviable task of having to choose between going back to a past that she has been attacking in the last few years or sliding to a natural political death. Sliding is tragically heroic whilst repenting to Zanu PF is a visit to … Continue reading Mujuru’s Catch-22: Repent from the light or die in darkness

Five reasons why Grace Mugabe cannot lead

By Daniel Chigundu Until recently, First Lady Grace Mugabe (52) has denied allegations that she harbours intentions to become Vice President or even succeeding her 93-year-old husband. Even at the time of removing the then Vice President Joice Mujuru, Grace Mugabe is on record telling Zanu PF supporters that she does not intend to become second in command. However, as things began to unfold via … Continue reading Five reasons why Grace Mugabe cannot lead

Chikurubi Prison: why we must feel for female prisoners

By Daniel Chigundu Chikurubi Female Maximum Prison is one of the worst places that you would not even wish your enemies to be detained at for whatever reasons. The prison is well known for not having running water, coupled with defunct squat toilets and dilapidated showers. Access to water and toilets is critical especially for women’s health whether free or incarcerated owing to their biological … Continue reading Chikurubi Prison: why we must feel for female prisoners

The acclimatised frogs we have become: a case for 2018 elections

By Wisdom Mumera Zimbabwe has been in a crisis mode for so long that a large part of the population no longer pants for normalcy and worse they no longer realise the abnormality of the current situation. Like the fabled frog placed in cold water heated up to a boiling point, we have become inured to the heat and acclimatized to the madness of faded … Continue reading The acclimatised frogs we have become: a case for 2018 elections

Mnangagwa’s ouster: will there be promised fireworks?

By Tariro Senderayi From history, we have learnt that once you are on the receiving end of a serious tongue lashing from the first lady Grace Mugabe, you are closely inching towards the Zanu PF exit door. A good example is that of former Vice President Joice Mujuru who went through the same fate as current Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. However, the difference between the … Continue reading Mnangagwa’s ouster: will there be promised fireworks?

How coalition confusion plays in the way of Zanu PF

 By Watmore Makokoba The convergence of opposition parties towards bolstering prospects of political change in the 2018 elections was seen as a noble idea; however, the move has brought more internal skirmishes and further splits than the expected unity. According to a poll survey by the Afro-barometer, 45 percent of Zimbabweans support an opposition coalition; however, there are still many sticking points which are threatening … Continue reading How coalition confusion plays in the way of Zanu PF

Why respite may come from the oppressor

 By Wisdom Mumera News that Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has filed a US$3 million defamation lawsuit against Professor Jonathan Moyo has heightened the likelihood that any kind of political and economic respite Zimbabwe may experience in 2018 may have a strong Zanu PF hand. The frictions in the party are reaching the kind of heights and type of tussles from which something has to break … Continue reading Why respite may come from the oppressor

Is there media capture in Zimbabwe?

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) this week held a media conference with a view to find out if there is indeed media capture in the country as is alleged by some sections of society. There has been concern over the state of affairs of the media in Zimbabwe and the situation was further worsened by the licencing of radio stations. A few … Continue reading Is there media capture in Zimbabwe?

Is 2018 a beacon of hope for youth leadership?

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa AS we slowly draw closer to 2018, many youths are beginning to come out of closets and declaring their interest to contest for political leadership, but will next year’s elections usher in a reign of young leaders? The issue of political positions, especially with regards to contesting in elections by young people is generally regarded as a political landmine in both Zanu … Continue reading Is 2018 a beacon of hope for youth leadership?