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The Trump era is over. But the fight for democracy is just getting started

A respected and robust United States — with all of our flaws, mistakes and missteps — can be good for the defence of democracy, not least in Africa

Remembering Patson Dzamara

Remembering Patson Dzamara, the Zimbabwean activist who never stopped searching for his brother

Why do presidents cling to power?

Four former heads of state speak about what being president is actually like

What is happening in Mali is a coup. We must call it that

Zimbabwe called its coup a military-assisted transition to sidestep sanctions. Mali is doing the same. But failing to call power grabs by their name makes it harder to defend democracy

State of democracy in Africa: Changing leaders doesn’t change politics

The Bertelsmann Transformation Index Africa Report 2020, A Changing of the Guards or A Change of Systems?, suggests that we should be cautious about the prospects for rapid political improvements

Lies, damn lies and WhatsApp: Why it pays to listen to political rumours in Zim

The rumour mill can shape politics — and reveal uncomfortable truths

Hope is locked away in Zimbabwe

Hopewell Chin’ono backed President Emmerson Mnangagwa when he succeeded Robert Mugabe. Now he’s in jail

Malawi celebrates independence day, but the first president left his mark

The historical record shows that Malawi’s difficulties under Hastings Banda were evident at the very moment of the country’s founding

Rule of law must first be strengthened by people power

Dynamic grassroots movements are especially needed in authoritarian states where institutions are fundamentally broken

Of drumming, Tony Allen, Charles Mungoshi and my cousin

Drummers have the power to allow Zimbabweans to commune with their ancestors, and none more so than those with elevated talent on the skins.

Covid-19 shows what Zimbabwean nationalism means

The country’s elites can no longer jet away to overseas health facilities and must now face the hospital system that could not help Zororo Makamba, a 30-year-old who died of the virus

South Africa’s lockdown may push Zimbabwe to the edge

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the situation in Zimbabwe could not have been much worse

From cholera to corona: The politics of plagues in Africa

What lessons can we learn for today from the 2008-09 cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe’s Solomon Mujuru: general and nonpartisan

Mujuru sought to professionalise Zimbabwe’s army in the 1980s; later, as an MP, he stood against partisanship. Today’s officers and politicians should follow his lead

Save Fort Hare and stop with the theatrics

The university with its rich history is not only the pride of the Eastern Cape but of the continent. It needs to regain its glorious status in academia and not only be in the news for unfortunate reasons

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