Mark Ellis of the International Bar Association explains to Gugulethu Moyo why leaders who commit crimes against humanity must be prosecuted under international law. Among the world's lawyers, Ellis stands out for his doggedness in pressing for a criminal investigation of Mugabe.
"One leader is not enough for Zimbabwe's opposition, after all. The MDC -- unable to agree on whether to contest or to boycott elections -- has split into two factions." Gugulethu Moyo reports on dealing with the two factions in the Movement for Democratic Change, each with its own president.
This week is the 27th anniversary of Zimbabwe's independence -- an occasion, as often before, for President Robert Mugabe to remind his beleaguered countrymen of their many achievements. Zimbabwe today is bereft of optimism and self-confidence. As recently as a decade ago, Zimbabwe's record was routinely cited as an inspiration to its neighbours.
You would not send your child to the birthday party of a man said to be responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, would you? Yet, this weekend, thousands of Zimbabwean children will pour into a venue in the city of Gweru to partake in the 21st February Movement celebrations, held each year since 1986, in honour of the 83rd birthday of President Robert Mugabe.
For a government that has hoisted its image on the African continent by the flag of pan-Africanism, the Zimbabwean government's recent parade of its policy of essentialist nationalism may seem like a weird contradiction. Until last November, it had probably never before occurred to Trevor Ncube, that he might be a national of a country other than Zimbabwe.
On Saturday October 25 Zimbawe's The Daily News was back in business. The 50 000 copies of that day's edition circulated in the capital were sold out within two hours. By lunchtime on October 25 18 employees of the company were detained in a Harare police station. They had been forcefully removed from their offices while working on the newspaper's Sunday edition.