Zimbabwe: Why Mnangagwa fired his right-hand man, Owen Ncube

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa is struggling to unite and stabilise the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), ... especially after December's internal elections. So is the firing of his right-hand man, Owen Ncube, based on his having encouraged political violence during the recent polls in Midlands Province? Or is it a move to gain the trust of the party, proving he can do away with his closest confidant?

ZANU PF supporters gesture after attending the final rally at the National Sports Stadium in Harare

Zimbabwe: How Zanu PF uses traditional chiefs to buy votes in rural areas

The Zanu PF party has long been accused by civil society organisations and opposition leaders of using state resources and traditional chiefs ... to perpetuate the ruling party’s ideologies and influence elections particularly in their heartland: the rural areas. The recent comments made by Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, when he threatened a local chief, is indicative of how Zanu PF exerts its control over traditional leaders.