The important lesson for Zimbabwe’s opposition from what happened in Burundi in 2010 is that participation is key. Despite what may look like injustice, it is good for the Zimbabwean opposition to stay within decision-making institutions such as the national assembly in order to counter any move that would otherwise lead to devastating consequences such as an untimely change of the constitution.
Democracy ain’t easy: eSwatini’s tinkhundla-based electoral system to be tested in potentially groundbreaking court case
With only about a month to polls, an eSwatini (Swaziland) political party is going to court to fight for the right of individuals running in the absolute monarchy’s unusually apolitical elections to openly and freely associate with the party of their choice.
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change Alliance has filed a court application at Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court contesting the outcome of the 30 July elections, which saw ruling Zanu-PF candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa officially leading with 50.8% against Nels0n Chamisa’s 44.3%.
Op-Ed: Opposition plea: ‘If we do not end the rule of the junta, the misery of Zimbabweans will continue’
There is no doubt that Robert Mugabe must take the lion’s share of the blame for the collapse of the Zimbabwean economy, rampant corruption and the gross human rights abuses. However, can it be said that Mugabe is solely to blame and that Emmerson Mnangagwa and the military establishment who support him can be exonerated?