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Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa attends a rally against Western sanctions in Harare

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa’s crackdown on civil society mirrors Mugabe’s era

At the dawn of his presidency, Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa promised a new era marked by rule of law, democracy and good governance. When the ... military deposed Robert Mugabe in 2017 after 40 years of authoritarian leadership, Zimbabweans hoped that his legacy of political violence, repressive laws and restrictions on freedom of expression and association would disappear with him. However, four years on, civil society spaces are once again under attack.

Angola, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe…Is the army the new kingmaker in the SADC?

During the European colonial era in southern Africa, liberation movements played a critical role in bringing about freedom to their respective ... nations. While some gained independence through the ballot box or negotiations, others did so through the military wings of these liberation movements. Today, many countries in the SADC region still maintain that strong connection to the military, while others have done away with it all together.

Zimbabwe is cracking down on illegal money changers but that is not stopping its runaway inflation

In mid-September, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe ordered banks and mobile money operators to freeze accounts of over 30 individuals it accused ... of facilitating illegal foreign currency trade via mobile platforms and social media. Analysts argue that while the government says it is seeking to fight inflation, such moves do not address the root causes of Zimbabwe's economic problems.