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April 3, 2020

This week, the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe delivered a judgment concerning a longstanding legal wrangle over the leadership of the MDC-T. There were two substantive issues. The first major issue was whether appointments of deputy presidents made by the founding President...

March 21, 2020

Oppah’s “moment of madness”

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing fundamental disruption in the lives of many people around the world. The situation in many countries is akin to what you would normally see in science fiction films and literature. Quite predictably, there is...

March 14, 2020

Every family has one like him. He holds centre-stage at every occasion. He speaks on behalf of the family at every gathering not because he has superior qualifications in the arts of communication and public speaking but merely on account of seniority.

However, eve...

March 7, 2020

When Emmerson Mnangagwa usurped power following the military coup in November 2017, international re-engagement became one of his flagship policies. He was keenly aware of Zimbabwe’s pariah status in the previous two decades under his predecessor, Robert Mugabe. He kne...

March 2, 2020

“Insomnia keeps me up throughout the night. Most of the time, I end up sleeping around eight in the morning and only for about three hours at most. Over the last few weeks I have discovered that we take sleep for granted. It's amazing how many things flood the mind and...

February 29, 2020

A grain of corruption

The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has gained national prominence in recent years. This is in part, a reflection of the parlous state of the national grain stores, the falling fortunes of the national grain utility, the Grain Marketin...

February 22, 2020

To love one's country

It is not unusual in a debate between Zimbabweans on political or economic matters that one accuses the other of lacking sufficient love for the country. Borrowing from colloquial nomenclature, the word “haters” is bandied about without restraint....

February 15, 2020

Zimbabwe has been operating in a crisis mode for the best part of two decades. There was only a brief hiatus between 2009 and 2013, when a coalition between ZANU PF and the MDC parties took charge of the government, to the nation’s relief. No-one fancies a return to th...

February 9, 2020


This is the third part of the critical review of proposals by the government to amend the Constitution.

The first part provided the general context of the debate concerning the proposed amendments. It presented the arguments usually advanced for amendment th...

February 8, 2020

This is the second part of a critical review of proposed amendments to the Constitution of Zimbabwe. The first part of this review explained the general reasons that are usually advanced for and against amending constitutions. We observed that while the constitution is...

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