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CrisisWatch Zimbabwe

Unchanged Situation

Ruling ZANU-PF party won Bikita West by-election 21 Jan with 77.9% of vote; ex-Deputy President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party gained 14.5%. ZANU-PF supporters 18 Jan assaulted candidate of opposition National Constitutional Assembly and his election agent.

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In The News

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
15 Sep 2016
It is clear Mugabe's capacities have diminished significantly, his ability to hold things together is doubtful. I don't think [he] has faced this kind of pressure before. AFP

Piers Pigou

Senior Consultant, Southern Africa
18 Aug 2016
The media have turned Pastor Evan [leader of the Zimbabwean protest movement #ThisFlag] into some kind of symbolic messiah, which he’s not. Daily Maverick

Piers Pigou

Senior Consultant, Southern Africa
15 Jul 2016
South Africa, in concert with international creditors should support Zimbabwe, but on condition of a genuine and inclusive reform process. There is little evidence of this at present, raising serious concerns that support will be manipulated to enable [the ruling Zanu-PF's] longevity as a priority over a genuine re-engagement and national recovery programme. This would also have acute long term negative repercussions for South Africa's economy which is already vulnerable to the vicissitudes of Zimbabwe's financial delinquency. Daily Maverick

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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