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 22, 2016

In October 1975, a group of young and radical ZANLA guerrillas stationed at Mgagao, a military training camp based in Tanzania, authored a document, now famously known as the Mgagao Declaration. In that document, the guerrillas denounced the leadership of Reverend Ndab...

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 6, 2016

Alex T. Magaisa

“We’re tired too, but we don’t know what to do with this man!”

A year ago, this would have been dismissed as part of the usual opposition bluster against Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s long-serving leader. But in recent months, even Zanu PF and Mugabe loyalist...

May 20, 2016

Alex T. Magaisa

No election has ever taken place in Zimbabwe without someone protesting that it was not free and fair. Even the sham election held in 1979, under the Zimbabwe-Rhodesia Constitution just before independence, was marred by similar allegations. Reverend Nda...

May 5, 2016

Alex T. Magaisa

I was reading a report of the IMF released today (May 4 2016), following the IMF’s Executive Board meeting during which the case of Zimbabwe was discussed following an Article IV Consultation and Third Review under the Staff Monitored Program (SMP). I wa...

April 29, 2016

Alex T. Magaisa

On 21 September 2015, a Cape Town property at 28 Salisbury Road in the suburb of Kenilworth owned by the Zimbabwean government was auctioned for R3 760 000. The purpose of the court-sanctioned auction was to settle a debt owed by Zimbabwe. The circumstan...

April 15, 2016

If the Lancaster House Agreement (LHA) was the foundation of the new nation-state of Zimbabwe in 1980, then it was a weak one with serious fault-lines that posed fundamental risks to the new State from the outset. It is arguable that some of Zimbabwe’s troubles in rece...

April 13, 2016

Alex T. Magaisa

Last week, I wrote on the ugly feud between two government ministers: Patrick Chinamasa at Finance and Patrick Zhuwao, at the Indigenisation and Empowerment desk Zhuwao had given an ultimatum to all f...

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