Governance Programme

Are Zimbabweans Revolting?

  • Posted on: 25 April 2017
  • By: admin2

Zimbabweans, just like many other Africans, may be described as ‘voters” but not yet ‘citizens” (Bratton & Logan.2006). Mahmood Mamdani’s (Mamdani. 1996) classic thesis about citizens and subjects in late colonialism seems to have no greater application than to Zimbabwe, a country in which the voice of the citizen has been largely non-existent since the colonisation in 1897. The idea that citizens are at the heart of the state has never been a central notion for the state in either Rhodesia or Zimbabwe.

Framing the debate: youth voter registration in Zimbabwe in preparation for 2018 elections

  • Posted on: 18 April 2017
  • By: admin2

It i evident that Zimbabwe has a very large population of young people. The 2012 Census reports that 76% of Zimbabwe's population is under the age of 35 years, giving Zimbabwe an enormous "youth bulge". Youth bulges can be sources of increased economic prosperity, as in China for example, or soureces of instability as has been argued by a number of authorities.

Participation But No Voice: A Preliminary Report on Proportional Representation

  • Posted on: 24 December 2016
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This is the first in a series of papers on Proportional Representation (PR) and the quota system in Zimbabwe, and a follow up on an initial paper published by RAU(Matyszak. 2013) on the confusion about Proportional Representation. Whilst RAU recognises that citizen participation is generally the key to holding duty bearers accountable, it also acknowledges the integral role of women and youth, despite the fact that their voices continue to be marginalised. 

Very Constrained and Confined. The lack of middle-class young women’s voices in political discourse

  • Posted on: 29 September 2016
  • By: admin

This paper takes a preliminary look at middle-class young women under 35, to ascertain their views of politics in Zimbabwe today. These are educated and professional women holding jobs in the corporate sector, civil society or running their own businesses. They have strong opinions on politics and at the same time are cautious in engaging in active politics even though they have the financial means, the educational backing and the skills to do so.

The Reconstitution of Zimbabwe’s Electoral Commission: From Bad to Worse

  • Posted on: 1 June 2016
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On May 10, 2016, Parliament interviewed 23 candidates battling it out for 6 positions on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. The interviewing panel appointed by Parliament’s Standing Rules and Order committee interviewed prospective commissioners that included former ZEC commissioners, academics, lawyers, educationists and a member of the clergy.
In this piece - Research and Advocacy Unit senior researcher Derek Matyszak provides readers with an insightful analysis of the process.

Conflict or Collapse - Zimbabwe in 2016

  • Posted on: 29 May 2016
  • By: admin

Violence has been woven through the intricate fabric of Zimbabwe’s political history in various forms which include murder, beatings, rape, death threats, abductions, arbitrary arrests, torture, forced displacement, property damage, harassment, intimidation and terrorisation. It has been used as the weapon of choice by the governments in power since the declaration of UDI in 1966 through to post Independent Zimbabwe as a measure to ensure retention of power at all costs.

What Constitutionalism really means

  • Posted on: 6 April 2016
  • By: admin

For two long years, South Africans have been waiting to see whether the findings of the Public Protector’s report on the expenditure at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence would be upheld by the courts.
In this analysis, Tony Reeler examines why this decision is particularly poignant for Zimbabwe and more importantly, to see the virtue of a country not only having courts robust enough to deal with the executive, but to also appreciate how the principle of constitutionalism was defended so strongly.

A Tale of Two Patricks: Zimbabwe's Indigenisation Circus Continued

  • Posted on: 30 March 2016
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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.