As tyrants come up against the presidential term-limits included in many multi-party constitutions, a significant number are refusing to relinquish power. Instead, a good number of leaders have sought to secure a third term.
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News about the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is not a functioning democracy thanks mostly to decades of misrule by dictator Robert Mugabe. According to Freedom House, "voting is marred by flawed voter registration and balloting, biased media and bribed and threatened voters". Also check out our section on World Democracy and our Africa archives.
A study in which we look at the level of democracy in four countries where the present incumbent has been in power for more than 15 years and four other countries where two or more Presidents succeeded in office in the last 15 years.
2017 has already seen Zimbabwe’s social movements scaling down efforts to encourage government to act on high unemployment, rampant corruption and upholding with basic human rights due to threats of reprisals.
One-man-rule through successive winnings in multi-party elections can therefore only happen through a botched democratic process transforming any such democracy into a nominal democracy.
The widening age gap between African leaders and their populations is a cause for concern. For instance, in 2016, the average median age of the African population was 20, while the average age for Heads of State was 66.
Leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition Morgan Tsvangirai launching his campaign for next year’s general election
A National Peace and Reconciliation Commission. For a long time, this is what the people of Zimbabwe have been clamoring for in the hope that a convergence would provide the much-needed fillip for forgiveness and healing.
What happens to Africa after the mud walls of dictatorship come tumbling down and palaces vanish?
The Magamba Network challenge censorship, corruption, and power-hungry politicians through satire
Holding highly contestable and controversial elections in which the result has almost invariably been challenged and contested has created conflicts and undermined development in Zimbabwe.