August 7, 2020

Hopewell Chin’ono was arrested at his home on 20 July 2020. Police officers broke into his house to gain entry, shattering the glass panels at the front. A live video stream of his arrest showed disturbing aggression and hostility of the police officers. It was as if t...

July 31, 2020

Lessons from the Farm Mechanisation Scandal

The big story this week is the demonstrations which were scheduled for 31 July 2020. It's the day that the regime blinked first and revealed the extent of its vulnerability and insecurities. However, before we get to that, it’...

July 30, 2020

Messages from Harare paint a picture of a country on enhanced lockdown and this is not because of the COVID19 pandemic. The reason for the increased military presence is the government’s fear of demonstrations slated for Friday 31 July 2020. 

So worried has th...

July 25, 2020

A system in need of fumigation

The week following the BSR on the Farm Mechanisation Scheme scandal has been hectic. The BSR caught not only ZANU PF but many people by surprise. It drew some attention from the public and intense attacks from ZANU PF and associated partie...

July 19, 2020

Yesterday, the BSR published part of a long list of beneficiaries of the Farm Mechanisation Scheme, which was run by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe through its wholly-owned subsidiary, FISCORP. Today, the former head of the RBZ, Retired Governor Dr Gideon Gono responded...

July 17, 2020

In 2007/08 the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe ran a scheme which was ostensibly designed to support commercial agriculture. At the time, Zimbabwe was undergoing a major land revolution, with significant changes in land ownership under the Fast Track Land Reform Programme (FT...

July 14, 2020

Zimbabwe is open for no business

When President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over following the coup in November 2017, he presented himself as a business-friendly leader. “Zimbabwe is Open for Business” became the main slogan of the new regime. If it was not calling itself t...

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...

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