At the inaugural Women Electoral Convergence meeting in Bulawayo, participants under the shevote banner demanded equal representation for women in the 2018 elections. Showing their seriousness, female legislators across the political divide took up that call and tabled a radical amendment in parliament. An amendment, which if passed would demarcate half the seats in both parliament and the senate for women. Feminists must be vigilant Under normal circumstances, this would have led to a robust… Read more“Equal Representation in Politics: Myth of Meritocracy”
Women in all sectors of our society are faced with strong and opposing forces that deny them opportunities to grow to their full potential. In this article, I take a particular bias towards politics simply because of my own personal interest in politics. However, it is important to note that the challenges faced by women in politics share common roots with the challenges faced by women in other sectors. These opposing forces emanate from patriarchy… Read more“Fighting Patriarchy in Zimbabwean Politics”
Even after purging Mujuru and her colleagues, factionalism remains rife within Zanu PF. Mugabe knows that his leadership can only be secure when there is division and infighting in Zanu PF. In 2013, the Lacoste faction thought the succession debate was a done deal but the master was at work. Doing what he knows best, dividing and conquering. Mugabe through his wife created the new faction nicknamed Generation 40 (G40). Surely, the more the things change… Read more“Generation 40: Young but old Zanu PF politics”
When we were growing up, politics was a pastime activity for the mature and the old. A dangerous pastime so to speak. In those days, people with divergent views from the party and government did not discuss politics in the public, if they did, at least they did not dare express their honest opinions.
Former Hong Kong anti-corruption administrator Bertrand de Speville in his book Overcoming Corruption says, political will is the key driver in fighting corruption. I could not agree more with this statement, more so in regards to Zimbabwe where we have all the tools to deal with corruption decisively, yet under Mugabe’s administration, corruption continues to thrive and soar.