Zimbabwe’s ruling party appears to be resorting to violence to block the main opposition party, MDC Alliance, which is headed by Nelson Chamisa, ... from campaigning and mobilising supporters in its stronghold, the rural areas. If the ruling Zanu PF fears an incursion into its heartland, how might the MDC Alliance respond?
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.
Border post company Zimborders Consortium is facing criticism after their new $240m Beitbridge project created large queues and complicated electronic ... payments - potentially violating the newly-signed Africa Continental Free Trade Area. Behind the deal: Businessman Glynn Cohen, a close ally of Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Since early 2000 to date, Zimbabwe’s economy has suffered distress and stagnation, undergoing periods of hyperinflation leading to the collapse ... of the national currency and the adoption of a multi-currency system in 2009. The government and its allies attribute this to sanctions, while others blame bad governance.
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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.
The Pandora Papers, the latest offshore leak investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), has implicated ... many African politicians – 49 to be exact - from Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta to Gabon’s President Ali Bongo. In this roundup, we focus on five current politicians with secret links to offshore companies, and the implications of these revelations.
In mid-September this year, Zimbabwe’s power utility company imposed load shedding schedules lasting up to 12 hours. Efforts to boost electricity ... generation in the country have been hampered by corruption, particularly during the tender processing. However, these power cuts are set to further weaken an already fragile economy.
When Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwe's vice-president and health minister, suspended by-elections in October 2020 citing Statutory Instrument ... (SI) 225A as a means to curb Covid-19, many believed a new date would be set. Instead, the government has remained silent on the matter, with many wondering if this is truly a measure to control the pandemic, or a strategy by the ruling Zanu PF to stop the MDC Alliance from winning back seats it lost after the recall by its breakaway party, the MDC-T.