It was always going to be President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe to deliver doses of liberation-era nostalgia at the recent African Union (AU) Summit of heads of state and government. Both by way of historical representation and through his cultivated persona of a radical pan-African leader.
Zimbabwe’s opposition political parties are in serious trouble and are functioning on a wing and a prayer. They however will not admit to it. The largest opposition in Parliament and also popularly, the MDC-T, appears to be entering a new phase of contrived factionalism spurred on by differences over congress outcomes and alleged coalition talks.
It was always going to be a man made crisis. That is the power shortages being experienced by Zimbabwe and Zambia due to the sharp drop in water levels at the world’s largest man-made water reservoir, Kariba Dam. The government of Zimbabwe and it’s electricity supplier Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) are at pains to explain the primary cause as being that of low rainfall last year.
Takura Zhangazha on the political reshuffle in Zimbabwe and Zanu Pf’s intention to perpetuate and secure its position as ruling party and ensure a present, but thoroughly negligible, opposition.
The theme of this year’s Highway Africa Conference at Rhodes University in South Africa is ‘Journalism and the City’. It is a theme that conference organizers have explained is intended to help expand the debate around the media’s ‘urban’ narratives and representation of the poor ahead of the Africities Summit to be held later on in the year.
There are three African presidents who have caught the attention of the global media all for the same reason in the last couple of months or more. Presidents Kagame, Nkurunziza and Sassou Nguesso of Rwanda, Burundi and Congo Brazzaville respectively have actively sought and in one instance already acquired third terms of office
On 10 August of every calendar year, Zimbabweans remember their national heroes. The Zimbabwean government rolls out the red carpet at the North Korean built National Heroes Acre and President Mugabe makes a public address that is broadcast live on television and radio
Takura Zhangahza on the Zimbabwean media’s reaction to the end of Jonathon Moyo’s reign as Minister of Information.
Takura Zhangazha discusses the MDC’s scuffle over former vice president Joice Mujuru and the limitations of Zimbabwe’s opposition parties, which are notoriously riddled with infighting