Zimbabwe should fully liberalise the petroleum industry

Zimbabwe should fully liberalise the petroleum industry 1

By Victor Bhoroma It has become apparent that the Zimbabwean government is failing to sustain its fuel subsidy in the economy due to foreign currency shortages. The rationale for such a subsidy has been to bring price stability to the market thereby managing inflation, to prevent the local economy from re-dollarizing and give the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) control over offshore (Nostro) transactions and subsequent foreign currency allocations to local importers. The availability of fuel in the local market has virtually been a nightmare for motorists and producers since…

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The Death Penalty in Zimbabwe: is the country ready for abolition?

The Death Penalty in Zimbabwe: is the country ready for abolition? 3

By Parvais Jabbar and Val Ingham-Thorpe May 2019 marks the anniversary of the publication of ‘12 Years Without an Execution: Is Zimbabwe Ready for Abolition?’, an independent survey of public attitudes towards capital punishmentcommissioned and published by the Death Penalty Project in association with Veritas. Since the release of the report, there appears to have been further progress towards the abolition of the death penalty in Zimbabwe. The President himself has made his support for abolition very clear. In January 2019, we also understand that the Ministry of Justice, Legal…

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High Court ruling against Nelson Chamisa: The battle of populism vs Constitutionalism

High Court ruling against Nelson Chamisa: The battle of populism vs Constitutionalism 5

By David Tinashe Hofisi THE High Court sitting at Harare dealt a body-blow to Nelson Chamisa’s leadership of the MDC on 8 May 2019. In the case of Elias Mashavira vs. Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and Five Others HH 302/19, Justice Edith Mushore ruled that Chamisa’s ascension to the positions of Deputy President, Acting President and substantive President were contrary to the MDC Constitution. Criticism of the judgment has been as swift as it has been acerbic. The MDC claimed the ruling is part of the “machinations and strategies…deployed…

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Judgment: An Existential Threat to the Opposition

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By Alex Magaisa A judgment delivered by a High Court judge, Justice Mushore has drawn a lot of attention and raised many questions among members of the public. Many are concerned to understand its meaning and implications. It is impossible to separate the legal and political aspects of the matter, given its broader consequences. The case was brought in September 2018 by a member of the MDC who was effectively challenging the legality of the leadership of current MDC President, Nelson Chamisa. In doing so, the applicant challenged the appointment…

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Zim Workers Day 2019: Re-Linking the Idea of State with Working People

Zim Workers Day 2019: Re-Linking the Idea of State with Working People 9

By Takura Zhangazha Zimbabwe’s biggest labour federation the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), gave the theme for  the 2019  Workers Day commemorations as ‘We are at a Crossroads! Unite, Fight Neo-liberalism and Austerity.’ This is a radical theme to say the least.  It is also directly ideological in that it immediately challenges the free market economic reform policy trajectory of (President Emmerson) Mnangagwa’s government.  Even if by assertion of intent. Not that there has been no previous outline of alternatives from labour or human rights civil society.  There are…

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Big Saturday Read: How to overcome polarisation in Zimbabwe

By Alex T Magaisa I have been reading: How Democracies Die, a fascinating book by political scientists, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. While the book primarily examines the challenges facing American democracy in the wake of the unusual Trump presidency, it nevertheless raises important issues that are relevant to other countries, including those struggling with the basics of democracy. One issue that I wish to examine within our political context in Zimbabwe is polarisation and its impact on our efforts to establish a democracy. Zimbabwe would not at present qualify…

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A truly ‘new Zimbabwe’ should mean a free space for dissent

By Vongai Chikwanda As Zimbabwe celebrates 39 years of independence, its citizens still await evidence that the country truly has broken away from its repressive past. “I am your listening President, a servant leader. No one is above the law. This is a new Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe we all want.” At his inauguration on 26 August 2018, President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared that he would represent all Zimbabweans. This statement came after the killing of six people by security forces in the post-election violence of 1 August 2018, when people took…

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Digital rights lessons from Zimbabwe’s Internet shutdown

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The dust raised by Zimbabwe’s Internet shutdown has finally settled and it is now the appropriate time to see what lessons we can glean from that incident. By Nqaba Matshazi Before the Internet shutdown, digital rights were an abstract issue for most Zimbabweans. The importance and impact of digital rights in our daily lives was not really apparent or felt — that was until the six-day shutdown, which shall go down in history as one of government’s most brazen attacks on our constitutional liberties. A number of reasons have been…

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Team experiences – choosing to be better!

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Guest column: Grace Chirenje Last Saturday, March 24, 2019 was the 10th anniversary of Eve’s Fitness Studio. I am a proud member so naturally, I was a part of the commemoration. This is a space I hold so dear because it supports my fitness journey as I battle with the realities of asthma, age and all sorts of narratives that come with being the me that I am. Well, during the last challenge, which was a 4X100m relay, I busted my calf muscle in ways I never imagined were possible.…

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Amending the Constitution again: The necessity of 100% proportional representation

Amending the Constitution again: The necessity of 100% proportional representation 17

By Takura Zhangazha ZIMBABWE’s government recently announced that it is preparing to amend the national Constitution.  This was announced by the Minister of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Ziyambi  Ziyambi, who informed the public that government in following up on the recommendations of the (former South African President Kgalema) Monthlante Commission in seeking, as reported by the mainstream State-controlled print media, to ‘deepen democray’ in an arguable Second Republic.  All this, when taken into our contemporary political context, in the aftermath of post-electoral violence, that has had the end effect…

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