On January 8, in a speech marking the 110th anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC), South African President and ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa underlined his party’s determination to help resolve various political and developmental challenges across Africa.
A freelance journalist working for the New York Times will appear in Zimbabwe court on Wednesday, his lawyer and the newspaper said, in a case critics say illustrates the authoritarian nature of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.
Thirty-seven-year-old Jeffrey Moyo spent three weeks in jail last year accused of obtaining fake accreditation documents for two of the US newspaper’s journalists on a visit.
Since becoming the president of Zimbabwe in November 2017, despite repeatedly paying lip service to calls for democratic reform, Emmerson Mnangagwa did little to further human rights and democratic freedoms in the country. Instead, his government deepened Zimbabwe’s economic struggles, enabled endemic corruption, fuelled instability, and targeted opposition figures, rights activists and journalists to strike fear into a restive population.
This is why I was shocked and angered to see him claim in a November 14 article for Al Jazeera that sanctions by the EU and US on Zimbabwe are the main obstacles in front of his government’s progressive agenda.
Sanctions were placed on individuals and entities in Zimbabwe in 2003.
The United States, European Union and United Kingdom imposed them after accusing politicians and entities of human rights abuses and repressing democracy.
The UN’s special rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures agrees.
Zimbabwe’s government invited Alena Douhan to visit for 10 days.
After speaking with ministers, civil society organisations and businesses, Douhan called for the sanctions to end, saying they’ve worsened people’s access to healthcare, food, education and employment.
But are sanctions to blame for Zimbabwe’s troubles?
Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom
Obert Gutu – Former Zimbabwean deputy minister of justice and legal affairs
Piers Pigou – International Crisis Group’s senior consultant for Southern Africa
Ibbo Mandaza – Director, Southern African Political Economy Series Trust
When Mthuli Ncube was appointed Zimbabwe’s finance minister in September 2018, the country’s crypto enthusiasts hoped he would walk back some of the restrictions imposed on cryptocurrency trading.
The truly optimistic hoped he would become a champion of digital currencies.
A Zimbabwean farmer walks through his maize field outside Harare [File: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters]
A decade ago, Lloyd Gweshengwe migrated to Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands, lured by the region’s abundant rainfall, fertile soils and good grazing land for his livestock.
In the low-lying, parched areas of Gutaurare area in Manicaland province, where Gweshengwe used to live, rain-fed agriculture was longer sustainable. Recurring droughts would frequently wiped out crops, while clean water sources would dry up.