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Why Zimbabweans should vote yes for Copac draft

Published: February 17, 2013

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I HAVE been asked to write an opinion on why the people of Zimbabwe should vote in favour of the Copac draft constitution. Opinion by Alex Magaisa I must from the outset declare my interest: I was a participant in the constitution-making process as a technical advisor to the MDC-T team. I am now an […]


Chinamasa’s Statements Signal Another Electoral Charade

Published: October 16, 2012

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Zimbabwe’s Justice Minister, Patrick Chinamasa last week declared in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Harding that MDC-T leader and current Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is “asking for trouble” if he wins the Presidential election scheduled for next year. When asked whether ZANU PF was prepared to accept a Tsvangirai victory Chinamasa responded: “He [Tsvangirai] […]


Talking Baboons, Presidential Insults and More Presidential Candidates – A week in Zimbabwe

Published: October 13, 2012

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Being a Saturday, we take a lighter look at events on the Zimbabwean political landscape … A “Delegation of Baboons” The week started with a fascinating story carried by the state weekly, The Sunday Mail of a meeting between a spirit medium, who bears the name Sekuru Katombo Kanyai and a “delegation of baboons”. The […]


CREATING AN AUTHORITARIAN PRESIDENT AND A PUPPET PARLIAMENT (Part 1)

Published: October 4, 2012

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  Introduction   1.1               Two themes dominate the ZANU PF-proposed amendments to the Copac Draft Constitution:   1.1.1          first, an excessively powerful Executive President that is almost authoritarian and   1.1.2          second, a Parliament so weak that it is no more than a puppet of the Executive President.   1.2               If there was a weakness […]


The President’s Alternative Speech

Published: September 27, 2012

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I stayed up last night to watch live the speech by President Mugabe at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York. When I was a boy, we would walk for miles to go and listen to Mugabe. In those days, he was eloquent, sharp and promising. Last night was a grim reminder that time […]


Critical assessment of Freedom House survey

Published: September 7, 2012

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UNSURPRISINGLY, the recently published Freedom House public opinion survey on elections and other issues has attracted a great deal of public attention. Naturally, reflective of a nation gearing up for elections within the next 12 months, the greatest focus has been concentrated on the electoral fortunes of the main political protagonists – Zanu PF and […]


DO ZIMBABWEANS IN THE DIASPORA HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN ELECTIONS?

Published: July 24, 2012

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Having dealt with the issue of dual citizenship yesterday, it is logical that we complete the circle with an analysis of how the Final Draft Constitution deals with the issue of voting rights of Zimbabweans based abroad or the “Diaspora Vote” as it is commonly referred to. This has been a contentious issue. In many […]


ZIMBABWE: WHY THE “SMART SANCTIONS” WEREN’T SO SMART

Published: July 12, 2012

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  News is that the European Union will in the next four weeks be removing smart sanctions imposed almost ten years ago against targeted individual and juristic persons in Zimbabwe. The news has been welcomed by all parties across the political divide. This is an important event in the trajectory of Zimbabwean politics. Personally, I […]


The illegality of Zimbabwe’s new indigenisation regulations in the banking and education sectors

Published: July 6, 2012

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1. The Minister of Youth, Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment (hereafter, “the Minister”), has recently issued a General Notice 280/2012 to businesses in the Finance, Tourism, Education and Sport, Arts, Entertainment and Culture, Engineering and Construction, Energy, Services, Telecommunications, Transport and Motor Industry Sectors to indigenise their entities with one year. The General Notice was […]


WHAT THEY REALLY DON’T WANT TO SEE IN THE NEW CONSTITUTION (Part 4)

Published: June 2, 2012

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Alex T. Magaisa This is the fourth part of the on-going series in which the COPAC Draft Constitution is compared with the current Constitution. The idea is to assess whether or not it compares favourably with the current Constitution. I would like to pay tribute to the scores of readers who have written in response […]


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