Issues around government and governance
Political pressure on the Mnangagwa government continued from the US Congress and the UK parliament, with a focus on human rights and political reform.
COP26 in Glasgow was a setback for humanity as politics again blocked decisive action to cut carbon emissions enough to prevent runaway climate chaos.
In the days prior to the July 30 national elections in Zimbabwe, former Senator and Special Minister of State Mrs Sekai Holland made a six-minute video message
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in
Zimbabwe from a low base, but with little effective physical distancing
measures and very little testing to restrain its spread.
Hunger continues to grow the more the economic
dislocation from the pandemic continues, especially falling remittances from
2019 is ending in Zimbabwe with huge frustration at the lack of progress for the people, with both Prof Jonathon Moyo of G40 and VP Chiwenga engaged in high stakes public drama.
The action by the police - backed up by the court - to ban the MDC Alliance protests in Harare on August 16, and in other cities in the following days, combined with the police violence in Harare, has kept the country deadlocked on how to go forward.
The Mnangagwa government continues to talk up its economic strategy, while the reality of power failures, fuel shortages, job losses and high inflation continues to hurt the community. The MDC and the trade union movement (ZCTU) are planning a new round of mass protests in response, in mid-August.
The Zimbabwe Information Centre has been waiting for a clear picture to emerge following the national and provincial and local elections held on Monday, July 30, 2018. The election day was remarkably peaceful and happy, with a very large number of international and national observers reporting in these terms.
Underlying the sense of doom in Zimbabwe is the ongoing conflict between ousted President Mugabe and current President Mnangagwa. The economy and therefore the basic living conditions of the people can only go backwards while the struggle between these two forces works itself out.