PART 1: Understanding Islamist Extremism Threat in Mozambique
Cyber Bill: Government’s way of punching back at perceived enemies
By Pearl Matibe The Cabo Delgado extremist crisis at a glance 5 October 2017—Mozambique had its first extremist attack in Mocimboa da Praia, Cabo Delgado.2019 Human Rights Report castigates Mozambique’s violations of rights increasing rift with the local population.30 April 2020—Presidents Filipe Nyusi (Mozambique) and Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe met in Chimoio, Mozambique.May 7—Tanzania media report …
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Thanks for the sideshow, now reconvene
By Wisdom Mumera The gazetted Cyber Bill is the culmination of frantic efforts by the government to get a good grasp of the slippery social media angle in a country in which they already have an iron hold on the mainstream media. Just like the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and …
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Lockdown level 2: When the rich decide for the poor
OPINION By Joel Mandaza Before last week`s Parliamentary gathering we were told that it was meant to further adjourn to a later date. At least according to what was communicated by Parliament itself. The requirement for presence was limited to those who live in Harare and areas fairly close, this thinking was influenced by the …
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Price controls: Zanu PF’s glaring inability to learn from past mistakes
OPINION By Joel Mandaza Government recently released Statutory Instrument 99 of 2020. This is a legal document meant to crystalise the declarations made by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday where the country`s lockdown status was adjusted. From an unnamed level, we found ourselves being plunged into Level 2. It is principally an extension of the …
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REGIONAL SECURITY: Insurgents and COVID-19—will be a true test for President Mnangagwa
By Joel Mandaza Living in Zimbabwe sometimes feels like being stuck in a cyclical déjavu. The more things change, the more they stay the same. When Albert Einstein said “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results,” he had not anticipated the existence of Zanu PF led government in a …
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The day Kirsty Coventry announced a joke
By Pearl Matibe At about 8 pm on Wednesday 29 April, Filipe Nyusi—President of the Republic of Mozambique—delivered a speech to the Mozambican people on the COVID-19 State of Emergency. He announced that the country would be extending restrictions to continue to avoid the spread of coronavirus for an additional 30-days since his government has …
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Sub-Saharan Africa’s lack of capacity could be a tipping point for COVID-19
Opinion By Joel Mandaza Zimbabwe`s government through the Ministry of Youth has announced a $17 million COVID-19 relief package for its youth. At first glance, the grants appear like they were a product of structured thought until one gets to criteria and intricacies of the funds. The fund is offering once-off relief grants to businesses and …
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COVID-19: Zimbos forced to look up to a Govt they have known to be ineffectual
▪ Signs of possible exponential growth in the first month in Sub-Saharan Africa ▪ 4 growth patterns established for the majority of SSA countries ▪ Perfect storm: SSA countries are at the tipping point “I’ll start by highlighting the fact that, before the COVID-19, our [Zimbabwe] health care system was already in shambles,” said Tapiwa Mungofa …
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COVID-19: Our leaders need to practice social distancing
By Joel Mandaza Present-day Zimbabwe will be studied in history books in the not so distant future. It will be remembered as a country that could not voluntarily do what is right for its citizens. Among examples that future historians will look at, the state’s response to COVID-19 will be prominent. Over the years, the …
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By Joel Mandaza South Africa`s President Cyril Ramaphosa last week suspended his Communications and Digital Technology Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. The suspension was a reaction to the Minister`s disregard of lockdown regulations and went on to have lunch with a friend. This created outrage and Ramaphosa was forced to act. He sent Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams on a …
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