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THE ELEVENTH HOUR CHALLENGES OF ZIMBABWE ELECTIONS

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 ... Mnangagwa needs this election more than anyone else Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa We are three weeks away from the watershed elections pitting the main political parties of Zanu PF and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), headed for the first time not by Mugabe and Tsvangirai, but by Emmerson Mnangagwa and Nelson Chamisa, through circumstances that are now well known to all. While there are other smaller political formations contending for power, these two are the ones with significant relevance to the bigger national scheme of things. Why the unfolding behaviours of the contending players Matter The behaviours of the main political parties and their leaders are interesting by their  contrasts and quite telling of their political styles and motivations towards the election. Zanu PF is on a charm offensive, exuding a sense of calmness, chameleonic caution and sobriety uncharacteristic of the feared ruling party. They are preaching peace, promising

IS ZIMBABWE READY FOR PRESIDENT JOICE MUJURU?

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Former Vice President Joice Mujuru is among the 16 candidates vying for the  Zimbabwean presidency   IN About 40 days, Zimbabweans will participate in a watershed election which will usher the Southern African nation into a new phase following the ouster of former president Robert Mugabe who clung onto power for 38 years. This election is hi storic in the sense that it will be the first where Mugabe and the late MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai will be taking part in, rather this election is mainly about newcomers both in the presidential, parliamentary and council seats. This election is special as we even have 16 candidates vying for the highest post in the land. The election comes at a time when the gospel of generational consensus has reached far and wide and can definitely not be ignored. In essence, there is a lot at stake. The election will also put an end to the transitional government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa popularly referred to as ED which came into power

HOPE WOOS FANS IN THE CITY OF LOVE

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watch Hope Masike Performing at Galleries Art-Z SENSATIONAL mbira songstress Hope Masike, on Saturday night, gave a Stellar performance AND wooed fans during a concert held at Galeries Art-Z in Paris. The 2013  Nama  Best Female musician of the year, whose music is a blend of Mbira and afro jazz and Afro-pop showcased her versatility as an artist to the small crowd the small venue could accommodate.    Prior to attending this concert, I'd only been to two performance, a concert at the Alliance Francaise in May 2016, and the Sway Women in Jazz concert featuring Rute Mbangwa, Dudu Manhenga and Prudence Katomeni in 2015. I went to Hopes concert on Saturday with just the anticipation of watching a fellow Zimbabwean performing in Paris which is a rare treat, I must say. However what I did not expect was to be serenaded and taken down on a nostalgic trip once she put hands on the mbira and did what she was born for. Another thing that strikes me about her is the stre

ARE WE WITNESSING A MUGABEFICATION OF THE MDC?

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.....MDC -T Primary Elections: A Bad Omen MDC  Leader Nelson Chamisa at a rally recently, pic credit villagerreflections.wordpress.com THE  outcome of recent primary elections in both Zanu PF and MDC-T makes one question whether the process is not a new frontier for political corruption. Increasingly, primaries are now characterized by violence, rigging, intimidation, manipulation, all designed to sideline foes and promote candidates that are in favour with the political establishment of their parties. It could be one of the most devastating political ironies that such a democratic process is made an instrument of undemocratic practices. For the record, primary elections, whose origins are in the United States, are supposed to be a democratic way by which a political party chooses the best candidate that will represent it in a constituency, and will face off with the best  put forward by other contesting parties. These candidates should be competent enough to secure

ZIMBABWE ELECTIONS 2018, LAST MILE; A GAME OF THE CAT AND MOUSE

ZIMBABWE heads to elections in a few months’ time, and the ground is set for a historic election since 1980. It is especially significant in the sense that it will be the first election without both former president Robert Mugabe and the late MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who dominated the post-independence political scene in the country. Their departure, coupled with the post-Mugabe political developments and direction, has unleashed a new and unprecedented excitement that carries both hope and risks. Hope in the sense that both major contestants are preaching peace and a free election, and they carry similar messages on the Zimbabwe they want to see, but risks in the sense that political temperatures can rise anytime if not properly managed. The electorate is left wondering what to make of this contest. Voting patterns may have less to do about the message and the promises than about the personalities and the perceptions of what they have to offer. Therein lies the strengths as