Arthur Chatora

About the Author Arthur Chatora

Arthur Chatora is a Journalist based in Harare. Chatora is a graduate of Rhodes University in Grahamstown.

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End of an era: President Robert Mugabe on the verge of loosing power

Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe is on the verge of loosing power. All the 10 Zanu-PF party’s provinces have resolved that Mugabe should step down as President of Zimbabwe and President and First Secretary of the party. Zimbabweans are participating in a massive anti-Mugabe demonstration. While the future remains uncertain, what has galvanised Zimbabweans, and is being celebrated is the imminent fall of a many viewed as a dictator. This is certainly the dawn of a new era.

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WHO cancels appointment of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador

The World Health Organization has rescinded its decision appointing Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following global outrage. The decision to revoke Mugabe’s appointment has divided opinion, welcomed and celebrated by the country’s citizens, who were most vocal against it. Mugabe’s supporters have called the cancellation of the appointment as a “disappointing decision”.

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Social media uproar over Helen Zille’s comments saying colonialism wasn’t all bad

South African politician and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has come under fire on social media for over her comments defending colonialism saying the system, and its legacy wasn’t bad in its entirety. There’s been a major uproar over the comments forcing Zille to issue an apology. In 2008, a British-born South African columnist, David Bullard, caused an outrage writing an article in the Sunday Times saying South Africa should be grateful for colonialism. The column was heavily criticized, seen as racist and extremely offensive.

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Ngugi wa Thiong’o calls for preservation and inclusion of African languages in learning institutions

Accomplished Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong’o delivered a public lecture at Wits University, South Africa. The writer discussed the relationship between culture, language and colonisation, and argued for the preservation and inclusion of African languages in learning institutions. Thiong’o also reiterated the importance of learning the mother tongue and local cultural histories, and ended by saying “if you know your mother tongue, and add it with all other languages, that is empowerment”. We couldn’t agree more