November 19, 2016

Alex T. Magaisa

A few weeks ago, I discovered Yuval Noah Harari’s book, Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind. It’s a brilliant book and it’s easy to see why it’s a bestseller. On this occasion, I pick one aspect of the book which I believe is relevant to our understan...

July 8, 2016

A young man is dragged out of his room, his pair of trousers half done, without shoes. He tries desperately to pull up his trousers, but they won’t allow him. He pleads for mercy. But they don’t listen and they don’t care.

They beat him up viciously with baton sticks as...

July 1, 2016

The burden of memory

In the end, they only managed to identify him because of a distinctive ring that he kept. His skull was crushed. The eyes had been gouged out. They had cut off his tongue. A bullet had violated and ripped through his chest. The remains were a pictur...

June 24, 2016

This is a long story, which begins with potholes as sites for rent-seeking and ends with the stark reality of a shadow state that has developed in Zimbabwe, manned by greedy political elites who seem to hold an unlimited licence to loot. This BSR sets out the problem,...

May 6, 2016


In the last #BSR, I discussed the issue of land compensation in Zimbabwe. I presented the current legal reality and argued that, contrary to what the Zimbabwe government has said in recent years, the land issue is far from settled and remains a contentious...

April 22, 2016

Alex T. Magaisa

The Midlands Hotel, an imposing structure at the heart of Gweru, is arguable the Midlands city’s most iconic building and, countrywide, it certainly punches in the heavyweight division. It has stood there since 1927, with another icon, the Boggie Memoria...

April 8, 2016

Alex T. Magaisa

Last week, most Zimbabweans watched in awe as the Constitutional Court of South Africa delivered a seminal judgment on executive and parliamentary accountability. In a powerful judgment, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was critical of South Africa’s Presid...

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