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CrisisWatch Zimbabwe

Unchanged Situation

Police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse youth supporters of opposition Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T) in Harare 12 July demanding electoral commission implement reforms ahead of 2018 general elections. Electoral commission said it needed $274mn to finance vote and that new voter register would be completed by Dec. Parliament 25 July amended 2013 constitution to return to President Mugabe the power to appoint three most senior judges (chief justice, his deputy and judge president of High Court) which he held before 2013. First Lady Grace Mugabe 27 July told Mugabe to name preferred successor to end factionalism within ruling ZANU-PF party.

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Reports & Briefings

In The News

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
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

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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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