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Opinion Archives ⋆ Magamba Network
Mugabe’s gunpoint resignation: AU and SADC under spotlight

By Wisdom Mumera Pressure is set to increase on the continent’s governance bodies in the aftermath of indications by Presidential spokesperson George Charamba that former President Robert Mugabe may have resigned under military duress. Both the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have tacitly accepted President Emmerson Mnangagwa assumption of power as legitimate whilst denying the occurrence of a de facto …

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Uproar as opposition leaders defend arrested former Zanu PF members

By Wisdom Mumera The continued engagement of lawyers who occupy top ranks in the country’s opposition parties as defence counsel by arrested former Zanu PF members has divided opinions among the public and threatens to derail the opposition’s agenda in 2018 elections. Since the fall of Robert Mugabe in November last year through a military coup, former Zanu officials who are being arrested for alleged …

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Uproar as opposition leaders defend arrested former Zanu PF members

By Wisdom Mumera The continued engagement of lawyers who occupy top ranks in the country’s opposition parties as defence counsel by arrested former Zanu PF members has divided opinions among the public and threatens to derail the opposition’s agenda in 2018 elections. Since the fall of Robert Mugabe in November last year through a military coup, former Zanu officials who are being arrested for alleged …

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All-male Presidium divides opinion

By Wisdom Mumera The country’s all-male Presidium has divided opinions across the political divide with politicians and the public clashing over the gender choices of President Emmerson Mnangagwa. On Thursday Mnangagwa’s two Vice Presidents, Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi were sworn in to complete a triumvirate that has no female. The move has however divided opinions with some politicians questioning the seemingly gender insensitive move. …

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Has the Presidium gone religious?

By Wisdom Mumera As the country nears the 2018 elections political leaders have repeatedly been turning to religion for direction in moves that have drawn the attention of the public. The Presidium, comprising President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Vice Kembo Mohadi and Constantino Chiwenga have all been reported to have had contact with religious leaders of late. In a first, Mnangagwa was reported to have attended a …

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SONA: Chance for E.D. to assure the nation

By Daniel Chigundu President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to use the State of the Nation Address (SONA) that he will present later today to assure the nation that things will turn for the good despite the current price increases of basic commodities. Since 24 November when he took oath of office, prices of such basic goods as meat, washing powder, rice, flour, cooking oil, mealie-meal …

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Zimbabwe After the Military Takeover: Prospects for Credible Elections and Human Rights Reforms

Dewa Mavhinga (Testimony) before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Courtesy of https://www.hrw.org) December 12, 2017 Introduction Thank you, Chairman Flake, Ranking Member Booker, and other members of this subcommittee for giving me the opportunity to testify on behalf of Human Rights Watch at this hearing on Zimbabwe. I would like to request that my statement in its entirety be submitted for the record. My name is …

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Mujuru’s Catch-22: Repent from the light or die in darkness

By Wisdom Mumera Following news that hoards of her supporters in Masvingo have left the party, Presidential aspirant Joice Mujuru now faces the unenviable task of having to choose between going back to a past that she has been attacking in the last few years or sliding to a natural political death. Sliding is tragically heroic whilst repenting to Zanu PF is a visit to …

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Opinion: It’s Sunset For Mugabe But Where To For Zimbabwe?

By Patson Dzamara That Robert Mugabe divides opinion is not contestable. Whatever views anyone possesses about him, what can never be taken away from Mugabe are his liberation and dictatorship credentials. The past 10 days saw Zimbabwe lurching from one monumental event to another, inscribing an indelible mark on Mugabe and what he represents. Most importantly, in these 10 days, many drastic political developments took …

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Five reasons why Grace Mugabe cannot lead

By Daniel Chigundu Until recently, First Lady Grace Mugabe (52) has denied allegations that she harbours intentions to become Vice President or even succeeding her 93-year-old husband. Even at the time of removing the then Vice President Joice Mujuru, Grace Mugabe is on record telling Zanu PF supporters that she does not intend to become second in command. However, as things began to unfold via …

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