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CrisisWatch Zimbabwe

Unchanged Situation

Amid ongoing factional tensions within ruling ZANU-PF party including over presidential succession, President Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe at youth rally in Bindura 9 Sept insulted potential presidential contender VP Mnangagwa, President Mugabe said he may name his preferred candidate to succeed him as party leader. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai 14 Sept fell ill and next day was airlifted to South Africa for treatment, reportedly stable. Pastor Evan Mawarire, leader of #ThisFlag protest movement, arrested 24 Sept for urging citizens to protest; High Court ordered his release two days later saying govt could not legally hold him on remand. Police 27 Sept fired tear gas to break up protests in Harare against economic crisis. Voter registration for 2018 general election began mid-Sept but electronic system encountered faults in some places.

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Reports & Briefings

In The News

12 Oct 2017
[Former Central Intelligence Organisation director-general Happyton Bonyongwe] is now in charge of Justice and of government business in [Zimbabwe's] Parliament – areas where he will require significant guidance. Daily News

Piers Pigou

Senior Consultant, Southern Africa
10 Oct 2017
[During the political transition in Zimbabwe] I suspect we will see either a serious push back against the VP, or something more 'balanced' in the latest installment of Mugabe’s traditional modus operandi. Daily News

Piers Pigou

Senior Consultant, Southern Africa
5 Mar 2017
The road back to credibility and potential solvency was always going to be painful [for Zimbabwe]. Daily News

Piers Pigou

Senior Consultant, Southern Africa
19 Dec 2016
There does not appear to be any substantive disconnect what is stated [in the statement], and the process and content of the exploratory discussions around forging a collective approach. Daily News

Piers Pigou

Senior Consultant, Southern Africa
1 Nov 2016
It is only now, due to the economic fallout and the restrictions on imports, that South Africa is waking up to the situation [in Zimbabwe]. A hands-off approach has done little to avert the continued slide downwards. The Daily Maverick

Piers Pigou

Senior Consultant, Southern Africa
13 Oct 2016
[President Mugabe's economic plan] is moot and feeds speculation that this is part of a rhetorical dance to keep the international financial institutions interested in some form of re-engagement. Quartz Africa

Piers Pigou

Senior Consultant, Southern Africa

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Op-Ed / Africa

Zimbabwe Deep in Limbo

Political infighting and a collapsed economy offer little light at the end of tunnel for the majority of Zimbabweans.

Originally published in Independent Online (South Africa)

Briefing / Africa

Zimbabwe: Waiting for the Future

Zimbabwe’s growing instability is exacerbated by dire economic decline, endemic governance failures, and tensions over ruling party succession; without major political and economic reforms, the country could slide into being a failed state.

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