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"Zimbabwe's Heritage of Violence": Sokwanele Comment on the 26th Anniversary of Independence

Apr 18, 2006 - Comments: 0

Zimbabwe has a history of violence, in both the public and the private sphere. Pre-colonial narratives disclose on-going conflict within clans over succession, and between clans over the process of state-building. The nineteenth century brought invasions by Zulu off-shoots and the occupation of the western part of the country by Mzilikazi's Ndebele, followed by European invasion and conquest. Violence became the instrument again to dislodge coercive settler rule and achieve independence with majority rule in 1980.

How much longer will this defiance of the United Nations and violation of international law be tolerated?

Mar 05, 2006 - Comments: 0

Cowdray Park on the north-western fringe of the city of Bulawayo is a relatively modern high-density township, created some years ago to accommodate the city's burgeoning population. Along with its settled resident population the township also plays host today to some of the internally displaced persons (IDPs), rendered homeless by the infamous Operation Murambatsvina ("clean out the filth") which commenced in May 2005.

A disempowered people - Zimbabwe

Jan 18, 2006 - Comments: 0

Dumisani - not his real name - is a young man in his early 30's. He is but one of the hundreds of thousands of victims of the Mugabe Tsunami, officially called "Operation Murambatsvina" - another "moment of madness" in which the dictator destroyed the homes and livelihoods of 700,000 of the poorest of the poor, with severe consequences for another 2.4 million Zimbabweans. Dumisani himself lost a wife, a home, and a source of livelihood in that man-made disaster. Less tangibly but of no less significance, he also lost his dignity as a human being and any hope for the future.