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Chenjerai Hove

Chenjerai Hove

    Free at last: The day Zimbabwe became independent
    Free at last: The day Zimbabwe became independent
    I wake up on election day in April 1980. Black Zimbabweans are learning to vote for the first time. It's early in the morning. With no...
    Zim elections: Give us fresh ideas, not insults
    Zim elections: Give us fresh ideas, not insults
    It's a Thursday afternoon, in a country far from home. My friend, the Gambian, has a serious matter to discuss with me. It's a never-ending...
    Not yet time to plan a return trip to Zim
    Not yet time to plan a return trip to Zim
    "This land, my brother, my sister, so cruel, so gentle at times, but still beloved," I wrote one day in my small diary. I was remembering...
    Laugh at your own risk in Zimbabwe
    Laugh at your own risk in Zimbabwe
    Laughter is the best medicine, wisdom says. But not necessarily in all places at all times. In Zimbabwe, laughter might actually be the worst...
    How an ancestor is born in Zimbabwe
    How an ancestor is born in Zimbabwe
    The year is 1989, 12 months after my father’s death. We all gather at his farm - uncles, aunties, cousins, nephews, brothers and sisters from...
    Zimbabwe's war of empty slogans
    Zimbabwe's war of empty slogans
    Many years ago, I ­listened with amazement to a Zanu-PF ­luminary embarking on his party's eternal preoccupation: violent sloganeering....
    Fly-by-night election monitors fail Africa
    Fly-by-night election monitors fail Africa
    Such 'airport observers' judge the freedom and fairness of the ballot from the luxury of the nearest hotel bar
    Dogs of war still prowl
    Dogs of war still prowl
    A few days ago Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai repeated his call for Zimbabweans in the diaspora to return not only in person but with funds to...
    Mugabe's apartheid state
    Mugabe's apartheid state
    As Zimbabwe's unity government inches along in its painful marriage of convenience, one cannot but remember Joseph Conrad's phrase about chaos as a...
    A Zimbabwean arrogantocracy
    A Zimbabwean arrogantocracy
    Imagine a scene in a science laboratory. Three scientists are busy on an experiment to produce urgent scientific solutions to a huge problem....
    Inside the mind of a dictator
    Inside the mind of a dictator
    The man shuns the beautiful landscapes, the winding rivers that pour down magical gorges and the glossy inland lakes of his own country and goes to...