Articles tagged 'democracy'

Top cleric decries dearth of democracy 11 August 2018 MUTARE - The heightening tensions in Zimbabwe over the disputed July 30 elections have betrayed Zanu PF and the MDC Alliance's lack of appreciation of democracy, a prominent cleric has said. Retired Anglican bishop Sebastian Bakare told the Daily News yesterday that the protagonists in the evo...
'Zim needs political will to realise democracy' 24 April 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe needs the political will, and has a long way to go to achieve the requirements and guidelines for creating a democratic society as set out in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) signed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa appended his sign...
ED govt urged to ratify democracy Charter 1 April 2018 HARARE - Civil society organisations have called upon government to ratify and domesticate the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) ahead of the 2018 elections. This comes after President Emmerson Mnangagwa signed the Charter on March 21, on the side-lines of the extr...
Tsvangirai speaks on post Mugabe era 22 November 2017 HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai believes the removal of Robert Mugabe as president must be followed by free and fair elections. He told thousands of people who had gathered at the Africa Unity Square in support of Mugabe's impeachment motion that comprehensive electoral reforms must prec...
Strong institutions must underpin the future 20 November 2017 HARARE - After Zimbabweans celebrated the impending downfall of President Robert Mugabe on Saturday, it is becoming absolutely critical that they immediately get down to serious business to reason together about the future. Worth noting, as they ponder about that future, is the undeniable fact...
Macron win puts Mugabe's age on spotlight 10 May 2017 HARARE - The election of 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron as new France president has ignited fresh debate on social media on President Robert Mugabe whose party confirmed him as its candidate for the next presidential election expected in mid-2018, when he will be 94. Mugabe has been in power in t...
Tsvangirai to lead prayers for Dzamara 22 August 2015 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will today address a “Bring Back Itai Dzamara” campaign in the Midlands town of Zvishavane, as he continues to pile pressure on the State to find the missing political activist. Dzamara, a pro-democracy activist, was abducted near his Glen View home...
Mugabe savaged over democracy 20 July 2015 HARARE - Analysts have slammed President Robert Mugabe for failing to sign and ratify the African Charter on elections, democracy and good governance, saying the nonagenarian should lead by example as chairperson of both the African Union (AU) and Sadc. The important charter was adopted by AU ...
African lawmakers defend democratic rule 23 March 2014 HARARE - Not so long ago, Africa’s coup plotters and autocrats felt confident they could get a pass from their fellow rulers elsewhere on the continent. In recent months, however, as military officers and authoritarian presidents from Guinea to Niger and Madagascar are discovering, Africa is s...
Zim faces political legitimacy crisis — Tsvangirai 19 March 2014 HARARE - Daily News' news editor Gift Phiri (GP) chatted with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (MT) at his Highlands mansion for this exclusive and wide-ranging interview. Find below excerpts of the interview. GP: What's your take on the current state of the economy? MT: First of all, I ...
Democracy 'don't mean a thing if...' 7 October 2013 HARARE - The above is a line from the jazz classic which actually says “if it ain't got that swing”. Democracy doesn't mean much if it doesn't include all the people ….every Tom, Dick or Harry. Or Tichaona, Sibongile and Dingiswayo. In other words, in a democracy, there is a sort of equa...
Give others a chance, Obama tells Mugabe 1 July 2013 HARARE - U.S President Barack Obama has lambasted President Robert Mugabe for clinging on to power and blamed bad governance for the country s economic downfall. Speaking in Johannesburg on Saturday, Obama said long-serving presidents must take a cue from anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela who as...
MDC policy captures democratic values 24 April 2013 HARARE - As the country struggles to extricate itself from over 30 years of Zanu PF s dictatorship which is associated with gross human rights violations, a critical analysis of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) policy on national healing is imperative. It is important to critically evalua...
The democracy of impoverishment 4 April 2013 HARARE - When finance minister Tendai Biti announced that the inclusive government had resolved to increase duty on fuel to raise funds for the referendum and harmonised elections, the groaning voices of the poor become louder than ever before. From someone who claims to be coming from a worker s...
Democratic change expensive 8 January 2013 HARARE - Since 2009, Zimbabwe has been making half-hearted attempts at democratisation following a disputed election the previous year. The piecemeal reforms so far are attributable primarily to the dearth of political will and lack of financial resources. Of the political parties involved, Zanu ...
Democracy enemies be warned 14 December 2012 HARARE - The continued crackdown on NGOs risks costing the GNU s legitimacy and more. Yesterday s raid on ZimRights offices in Harare and the subsequent arrest of pro-democracy workers is plain deplorable. Over the past few days, several other NGO leaders have been raided or summoned to police of...
Understanding African democracy through SA's struggles? 25 November 2012 HARARE - Southern academics and policy-makers from the North have touted South Africa as an important case study to probe African understandings of democracy. The view that Africans perceive democracy simply in liberal and procedural terms (minimalist or thin approach), postulating instead that s...