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.

Zimbabwe: Is Mnangagwa using Covid-19 restrictions to consolidate power?

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.