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Rotten Political Culture is Strangling our Democracy

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

If recent events, in which women's roles in Zimbabwe's liberation war are degraded through sexualised accounts, have taught us anything it is that our rotten political culture stands in the way of democratisation. During the struggle for liberation, ZANU PF lacked ideological devotion to the rights of women. Chrispen Mataire (nom de guerre: David Todhlana) was the first director of ZANU PF's Whampoa College, which was set up in 1976 to run wartime leadership and Marxist-Leninist studies. Mataire believed that ZANU PF's struggle for revolution in Rhodesia ought to emancipate women. But his early attempt to introduce political education about the centrality of women's rights to the liberation struggle faced resistance because of the patriarchal beliefs of ZANLA's male cadres and…

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Why Robert Mugabe continues to plod on

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home from the Far East, where he had been for a month, on 22 January 2016. Mugabe was chipper and appeared physically fit, as he shook hands and exchanged greetings with a long queue of government officials, service chiefs and other ruling party dignitaries who converged on the Harare International Airport to welcome him home. This was Mugabe's first public appearance since mid-December 2015. Mugabe's reemergence put paid to long running speculation in and outside Zimbabwe that he had suffered a fatal heart attack in the Far East. Intense rumours about Mugabe's alleged demise are not new. Indeed the frequency of these rumours once led Mugabe to boast that he had croaked and been brought…

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The UK needs to stay out of Zimbabwe’s succession politics

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Last week, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai sparked controversy in Zimbabwe when he claimed that foreign diplomats he'd spoken to had revealed a preference over who the country's next president should be. Speaking to journalists, the MDC-T party leader said: "I was with one of the ambassadors [in Harare] who was talking about [Vice-President Emmerson] Mnangagwa being a pragmatist". Tsvangirai's suggestion that Western diplomats favour Mnangagwa made headline news in Zimbabwe and re-energised debates about who will eventually succeed the 91-year-old President Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa, a seasoned minister within the ruling ZANU-PF, is seen as one of the most likely candidates. In the succession debate, the shifting stance of certain Western states has been deliberated amongst Zimbabwe's political elites for many months now.…

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Four decades of underestimating Mugabe: how the British never expected he would win Zimbabwe’s 1980 election

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

In 2013, Robert Mugabe was re-elected president of Zimbabwe in a landslide victory over his longtime political rival Morgan Tsvangirai. The result - criticised by the opposition - baffled many observers. Few players were more taken aback by Mugabe's reassertion of political dominance than the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Writing in Prospect magazine, soon after Mugabe's re-election, the director of the Royal Africa Society, Richard Dowden, commented that the Zimbabwean president's triumph was "the biggest defeat for the United Kingdom's policy in Africa in 60 years. Both the British ambassador and the MI6 head officer in Harare called it wrong". Dowden was correct that the British ambassador at the time, Deborah Bronnert, was mistaken about the likely election outcome. I…

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Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

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Lorem Ipsum

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

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Lorem Ipsum

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

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Lorem Ipsum

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

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Lorem Ipsum

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

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