The top-down traditional meeting between Eswatini’s king and his subjects cannot be the format for serious political dialogue.
SADC should urgently mediate a dialogue process that’s seen as credible by all parties in the country.
The election result was less about Hichilema’s popularity and more an expression of frustration with Lungu’s economic management.
As the regime meets demands for democracy with violence, activists and ordinary people affirm a resolute commitment to continuing resistance, even as they are murdered and injured.
The Southern African Development Community should intervene to forestall violence spiralling out of control.
Exploiting public office to win elections is common but Madagascar and Cabo Verde are making polls more fair.
Why doesn’t SADC intervene in dire political situations in the same way leaders in West Africa do?
Was it South Africa’s political opposition, rather than the plight of Zimbabweans, that pushed Pretoria to respond?
The time is long past that Pretoria’s admonitions of bad behaviour by Zimbabwe’s leaders are backed by a credible threat of sanction and punishment.