July 10, 2020

This week, I participated in a Zoom Policy Dialogue Forum organised by SAPES, the Harare-based think-tank led by Dr Ibbo Mandaza. The dialogue was moderated by journalist Violet Gonda. My brief was to lead a discussion on constitutionalism and the military. It was a fa...

July 9, 2020

Most countries will go out of their way to defend and protect their biggest companies. They support and encourage them as they go out to invest and occupy in foreign countries. They do so not only for sentimental reasons because these companies are national flag carrie...

July 3, 2020

The Bizarre and the Absurd

Zimbabwe has had its fair share of political absurdities but the current year is serving a bizarre and perplexing menu. To appreciate the absurdities of what’s going on in Zimbabwe’s opposition, one must take a brief historical tour of events...

July 1, 2020

On 26 June 2020, the Goverment of Zimbabwe shut down the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange and banned mobile money payment system. The decree was issued by the Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Nick Mangwana. This statement sent shockwaves across th...

June 26, 2020

Systemic Corruption

Something is described as systemic when it is promoted and driven by the system. It is systemic when it cuts across the entire organisation or society as opposed to being an isolated incident. Another way to describe such a phenomenon is that it is i...

June 20, 2020

The first part of this BSR explains the objections to the proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 Bill, which is presently before Parliament. I should refer readers to more detailed commentary on this proposed amendment which I did in a series of BSRs in February. 

The ...

June 14, 2020

The scandal concerning public procurement contracts awarded to a company called Drax is the latest and more visible illustration of the egregious corruption at the very heart of the Zimbabwean government. 

This scandal has now extended to the purported prosecution of a...

June 12, 2020

Some of the greatest changes in the history of humankind have happened not because of carefully and neatly laid out plans, but due to a single act or a set of acts which sparked a domino effect resulting in far-reaching consequences. Sometimes those consequences are lo...

June 10, 2020

A coup or no a coup?

That is the question presently doing the rounds among Zimbabweans following a bizarre press conference in Harare today at which the National Security Council issued a statement denying rumours of a military coup. The statement, entitled “concer...

June 9, 2020

Alex T. Magaisa

There has been plenty of legal drama concerning opposition political formations in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment delivered on 31 March 2020. A legal maze is growing, leaving citizens and other observers perplexed and disoriented especially as th...

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