The delay in training enumerators for the 2012 census, due to demands by members the police and army that they be included in the process, has led to claims in the non-ZANU PF aligned press that the disruption is part of a conspiracy to gerrymander constituencies ahead of delimitation before the next poll. The claim is based on the notion that population figures are used for the purposes of delimitation. This claim is false. Delimitation is based, more logically, upon the number of registered voters in each constituency, not the census results.
Part 1 of this article looked at the vision of the liberation struggle that inspired men and women to take up arms and fight colonialism. It was a struggle for emancipation to enjoy a new Zimbabwe with dignity, respect for human freedoms and economic prosperity. It was a struggle to better the lives of the majority from all corners of the country. I specifically noted that the struggle was not only fought with the gun, but was also won by the sacrifice and commitment of the rural folk who were on the receiving end from both the freedom fighters and the Rhodesian forces.
Zimbabwe will celebrate its heroes of the liberation struggle who fought gallantly and selflessly to bring about independence from colonial rule. This is an important date as it reminds us why men and women took up arms and sacrificed their lives for the freedom we enjoy today.
This two part article is food for thought as we commemorate Heroes’ Day on 13thAugust; it is inspired by political developments in the country including comments attributed to the Prime Minister during a memorial service of the late nationalist Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole.
We have all heard of the recent typhoid outbreak in Zimbabwe in areas like Harare and Chitungwiza. In February 2012 at least 3000 cases of typhoid were recorded, and this forced some key institutions such as law courts to shut down temporarily. Within five months, the typhoid epidemic has struck again with at least 200 cases confirmed in the past week. We as Zimbabweans still bear the scars of the cholera outbreak in 2008/9 where an estimated 5000 people lost their lives.
When some civil society leaders raised concerns that the constitutional reform process would produce deadlock because the process was most likely to be the product of political bargaining, they were regarded as “spoilers”. RAU itself raised these concerns in its 2010 think piece, What are the options for Zimbabwe? Dealing with the obvious! Our view was that the crisis in Zimbabwe would only be solved by an election, and that there was unlikely to be little in the way of any reform on the way to the next election, including a new constitution.
When it happens in Africa, tyranny and poverty is newsworthy; democracy and development isn’t. Is that the Western media's interpretation of Africa and African-ness?
This is an article written by one of our researchers which appeared in The Independent (Zimbabwe) on 27 Jul 2012.
The Supreme Court recently ordered that by-elections be held in Bulilima East, Lupane East and Nkayi South, where MDC MPs had been expelled from their party. This legal decision should be celebrated by all democracy loving citizens as the constituencies had been robbed of representation in Parliament. Democracy is about representation and rightly so, the highest court dismissed Patrick Chinamasa, the Justice Minister’s argument that the government had no resources to hold the by-elections.
When I look at what our country has become, I consider my life as a woman in Zimbabwe to have been reduced to that of a prisoner. You think that is extreme? Then you must be a man reading this. If you are a woman I am sure you will agree.
How else can I describe living in a country where: