On the 19th March, 2016 Minister Zhuwao announced that the Indigenisation Levy which he had proposed in a Government Notice of the 8th January, 2016 was now "off the table" and that firms would be required to comply "with the law" before the 1st April, 2016 or "stop operating". The Government Notice, the “Framework, Procedures and Guidelines for Implementing the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act” was extensively analysed by RAU in an article entitled Chaos Clarified, posted on this website.

In any country around the world, citizen mobilisation to advance democratic governance is not without its challenges. In some countries however, the operating political environment makes it difficult for citizens to actively and effectively engage with structures of governance. Even though studies have shown that including women and youth hashas direct economic, political, social, and cultural implications, these two groupings continue to be marginalised or excluded completely and as a result, Zimbabwe continues to miss out on opportunities to foster accountability.

 
 

 
This is an article discussing General Notice 9 of 2016 - Minister Zhuwao's “Frameworks, Procedures and Guidelines for Implementing the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act.” Previously only the executive summary of the article was available here. The paper discusses the effect of the General Notice, the legality of any new requirements and whether the Framework and Processes pertaining to Indigenisation have been in any way clarified.

This paper proposes three interlinked areas of reform:
 

 
that Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans need to implement to form the basis of the kind of political settlement so desperately needed in Zimbabwe.

 
 
 
 
This is the second report on the issue of women’s participation in local governance. The first report, Phase I, examined women’s views on and understanding of local government. This report concluded that there was need to increase women’s participation. The current report examined the extent of participation between women in local communities and their local councillors.
 
 
 

At the centre of Seen but not Heard: Capturing Women’s Voices on Service Delivery - a study by the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) seeking to understand women’s views on their participation in local government - is the notion of citizenship and identity. Participation by women with structures of governance is often constricted and when this is coupled with the contested notions of citizenship and identity, in Zimbabwe, it becomes marred by the political processes in the country. 

In this brief article Derek Matyszak looks at the legal issues around the arrest of a Prosecutor-General, and not Mr.Tomana in particluar,and suggests that legislative change is required to attend to this situation.

In the past decade, liberation movements have come under increasing scrutiny from political scientists for their adherence to a sense of entitlement to government, and a generally hostile attitude towards opposition groups.
This paper is provoking a discussion that starts with the question: Is there a propensity amongst former liberation movements for resorting to violence in dealing with challenges to their rule, and is this a feature of the ideological make up of liberation movements.

This is the executive summary of an article discussing General Notice 9 of 2016 - Minister Zhuwao's “Frameworks, Procedures and Guidelines for Implementing the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act. The paper discusses the effect of the General Notice, the legality of any new requirements and whether the Framework and Processes pertaining to Inidgenisation have been in any way clarified. The full paper is available, for a small fee, from the address given at the end of the summary.

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