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Robert Mugabe turns 93

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe turn 93 today. One of the world’s longest serving leaders, Gushungo (his totem), as he is affectionately known shows no sign of slowing down. While his party Zanu-PF has been rocked by infighting and nasty succession battles, Mugabe has indicated that he will not groom a successor but a successor will come from the people. Until “the people” choose a successor, the 93 year-old will represent the party in presidential polls next year.

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Mugabe’s corpse will rule from the grave, Zimbabwe’s First Lady declares

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe stunned many last week claiming that if her husband President Robert Mugabe, 92, dies, the ruling Zanu-PF party would field his corpse to represent the party in elections. Grace was speaking at a rally in Buhera, eastern Zimbabwe. The remarks have sparked a debate, seen as a brazen attack on the intelligence of the electorate. However, others see the comments as the First Lady’s clearest indication of her intention to run for the presidency in the event of her husband’s death, and continue his legacy. Zimbabwe is due to hold its next presidential election in 2018.

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Poles apart? A tale of two African strongmen

Zimbabwe’s governing Zanu-PF party has confirmed President Robert Mugabe as its candidate for the 2018 polls. President Mugabe who will be 94 in 2018 has showed no signs of relinquishing power and naming a successor. Conversely, reports that Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos will step down before the country’s 2017 elections have raised a few eyebrows. The reports of dos Santos’ retirement come amidst numerous cases across the continent where leaders continue to cling on to power, in some cases against the wishes of the electorate.

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Beyong electoral rhetoric: Should politicians be legally held accountable for election promises?

The High Court in Blantyre recently dismissed a case by lawyer Ambokire Salimu who challenged the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to order a review of electoral laws to compel presidential candidates and political parties to honour their campaign promises. Despite its dismissal, the case raises important questions on political accountability and it resonates with arguments by citizens who argue that the failure by politicians to fulfil election manifestos is electoral fraud.