Resurgent Authoritarianism: The Politics of the January 2019 Violence in Zimbabwe

Protestors, Harare, 14 January 2019 (Newsday)

Zimbabwe Political Context: February 2019 Introduction: The 2019 Protests [The full pdf report can be downloaded here.] Since the November 2017 military coup, Zimbabwean politics was once again plunged into a legitimacy crisis, a situation exacerbated by the contestations over the July 2018 Harmonised election results, and the violence that followed on 1 August. Notwithstanding the […]

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Wed, February 20 2019 » Human rights, Reports, Zimbabwe Review » No Comments

Zimbabwe – Caught between the Croc and Gucci City

Brian Raftopoulos, Director of Research and Advocacy, Solidarity Peace Trust. The last two weeks have witnessed tumultuous events in Zimbabwean politics. After months of factional struggles between the Lacoste faction led by then Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa, also nicknamed the crocodile, and the Generation 40 (G40) faction around President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, […]

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Tue, November 21 2017 » Zimbabwe Review » No Comments

Climb down or pragmatism? : Recent developments in Zimbabwe’s indigenisation policy, 2009 to 2016

by Musiwaro Ndakaripa (International Studies Group, University of the Free State, South Africa) 5 December 2016. Introduction Economic indigenisation has been a recurring theme in post-colonial Zimbabwe.[1] In the early 2000s the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) government tended to conflate indigenisation with the land question for electoral purposes. However, as the […]

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Mon, December 5 2016 » Economy, Zimbabwe Review » No Comments

Un(Bond)ing Zimbabwe’s financial confidence: bond notes, people and politics

Tinashe Nyamunda looks at Zimbabwe’s ‘liquidity crunch’ A political storm is brewing in Zimbabwe over the introduction of some US$75 million worth of bond notes, initially scheduled for the end of October but which the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has delayed to November – or even December (as it is unsure of public response). […]

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Wed, November 23 2016 » Economy, Zimbabwe Review » No Comments

The Threat of “Normalising” Authoritarian Rule in Zimbabwe

By Brian Raftopoulos Since the end of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) in 2013, a SADC facilitated settlement that sought to move Zimbabwe out of the legitimacy crisis of the widely discredited elections of 2008, Mugabe’s Zanu PF has been battling to find ways to re-engage Western Governments and the international financial institutions based on […]

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Sun, November 13 2016 » Global Political Agreement, Human rights, Zimbabwe Review » No Comments