The Zimbabwe ConCourt decision to uphold Mnangagwa’s 30 July 2018 presidential election victory challenged by leading contender, Nelson Chamisa, has led to the question: ‘was the court partisan’?
Coupled with the unusually fraught political tension in the election run-up, this recent violence is cause for concern. Addressing these issues now could be vital in preventing violence in the future.
When the coup is reconciled with historic civil-military relations and the events immediately preceding the coup, what emerges is military action in Zimbabwe in 2017 that further weakened the country’s already frail democracy.
It is difficult to ascertain who between Mnangagwa and Chamisa is going to win. However, reading the mood in recent weeks, it might not be surprising if Chamisa seals a win in the first round of the presidential election.
The first round of the presidential election will be held on 30 July. If there is no presidential candidate that is able attain 50 percent plus one vote, the second round is planned for September 8.
Can adopting a new constitution lead to better democracy? Three such scholars, Todd A. Eisenstadt, A Carl LeVan and Tofigh Maboudi, recently explored this question in their global study of 138 constitutions from a 37 year period.
After almost two decades of stalemate, evident change has come to Zimbabwe. British Prime Minister Theresa May now has found a credible ally, in new Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, to work to rebuild trust with former its colonial master.
With the general elections a few months away one hopes more women participate and win seats in parliament. Zimbabwe still has a long way to go to achieve 50/50 representation parity in parliament.
As Zimbabwe celebrates its Independence Day this Wednesday, the annual holiday will come with an added layer of meaning. This marks 38 years since the achievement of hard-fought nationhood.
The period following that first round of the 2008 Zimbabwe Presidential Election was marked by political violence that left a reportedly more than 200 dead, thousands more injured and more than 200,000 internally displaced.