Editor's note

Tomorrow Zimbabwe marks its second independence day without Robert Mugabe at the helm. The end of his reign, and the ascendance of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, raised hope that the country was set for a brighter future. Nothing of the sort has happened, and as Tapiwa Chagonda argues, unless some serious interventions are made the situation will only worsen. Separately, he looks at the challenges facing the largest opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change-Alliance.

Could things indeed get worse? Sadly, the answer is yes. David B. Moore writes that Mnangagwa’s faction of the ruling Zanu-PF can’t police themselves, let alone the country. For his part, Brian Raftopoulos says Mnangagwa’s regime has yet to show that it’s any different from Mugabe’s.

On the economic front, Robert Rotberg explains what the Mnangagwa administration must do before it can begin to rebuild the economy. Elsewhere, he sets out what the key policy focus areas should be. On a separate issue, Candice C. Mtwazi examines Zimbabwe’s punitive law around the transmission of HIV. She also explains why gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people might be offered better protection following the passing of a new law.

Charles Leonard

Arts + Culture Editor


What needs to be done to stop Zimbabwe’s violent meltdown

Tapiwa Chagonda, University of Johannesburg

To stem the tide of the current crisis before it totally overwhelms President Mnangagwa and the ruling Zanu-PF, he needs to immediately cease the brutal onslaught on civilians.

Responses to Zimbabwe highlight gulf between the region and the west

Brian Raftopoulos, University of the Free State

The debate on sanctions on Zimbabwe has been lost in the southern African region and on the continent.

Zimbabwe’s MDC faces a leadership contest. But can it be peaceful?

Tapiwa Chagonda, University of Johannesburg

Nelson Chamisa has the opportunity to foster peace, tolerance and democracy within Zimbabwe's main opposition party.

Fantasy that Mnangagwa would fix Zimbabwe now fully exposed

David B. Moore, University of Johannesburg

The Zimbabwean government's brutal response to protests has dashed hopes for democracy under President Mnangagwa.


Zimbabwe’s economy is collapsing: why Mnangagwa doesn’t have the answers

Robert Rotberg, Harvard Kennedy School

Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration is struggling to overcome the national economic destruction wreaked on Zimbabwe over two decades under Robert Mugabe.

Bold steps Mnangagwa should be taking instead of fiddling with the petrol price

Robert Rotberg, Harvard Kennedy School

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's decision to double the price of petrol shows very poor judgement and bad leadership.


Zimbabwe’s LGBT community: why civil rights and health issues go hand in hand

Candice Chikura-Mtwazi, University of Kent

Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnagagwga has offered a glimmer of hope to LGBT people in the country.

Outdated, punitive laws are encouraging HIV stigma in Zimbabwe

Candice Chikura-Mtwazi, University of Kent

Gains made in the fight against HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe could be reversed unless a legal provision is revised.


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