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  • Nelson chamisa giving a speech- In a surprising turn of events, Nelson Chamisa, leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition, has parted ways with the party he founded in 2022, the Triple C. This move has left many questioning the state of leadership in the country.

Chamisa says CCC you later!

February 18th, 2024|Elections, Featured, Spotlight on Zimbabwean Elections, Video, Zimbabwe|

In a surprising turn of events, Nelson Chamisa, leader of Zimbabwe’s main opposition, has parted ways with the party he founded in 2022, the Triple C. This move has left many questioning the state of leadership in the country. Chamisa’s departure from the Triple C means turning his back on the 2 million people who supported him in the last election. Critics argue that he has also abandoned the memory of those who sacrificed for the Triple C’s cause, including those who were beaten, intimidated, and imprisoned.

  • Violet Gonda had the incredible honour of serving as the Master of Ceremonies at the inaugural global conference on Artificial Intelligence in Political Campaigns, held in Cape Town, South Africa this past week.

Inaugural AI & International Political Campaigns Expo (IPE2024)

February 18th, 2024|Blog, Featured, Video|

I had the incredible honour of serving as the Master of Ceremonies at the inaugural global conference on Artificial Intelligence in Political Campaigns, held in Cape Town, South Africa this past week. With 130 delegates from almost 30 countries, I understand this event achieved two significant milestones: hosting the world's first political campaign expo and the first conference focused on AI in political campaigns.

  • Zimbabwe Elections 2023: Its all over now?

Zimbabwe Elections 2023: Its all over now?

September 8th, 2023|Elections, Featured, Spotlight on Zimbabwean Elections, Video, Zimbabwe|

Zimbabwe Elections 2023 - what happened? Once again, Zimbabwe's electoral landscape fails the credibility test in 2023. However, this outcome has become a norm for polls since the year 2000. The ruling Zanu PF relies on theoretically independent state institutions to align with and actively promote its 43-year reign. On the other hand, the leading opposition party struggles to overcome the enduring obstacles to a free and fair election, which have remained unchanged for over two decades.

  • Zimbabwe Elections: Chamisa says 'it’s game over'

Chamisa says ‘it’s game over’

August 22nd, 2023|Featured, Spotlight on Zimbabwean Elections, Uncategorized, Video, Zimbabwe|

'Spotlight on Zimbabwe' looks at opposition leader Nelson Chamisa’s final rally in the capital, Harare. Chamisa says there won’t be a repeat of 2018 because God is in it. He tells supporters: “I have clean hands, Zimbabwe try me, my hands have no blood. My hands are not corrupt. Try these hands, try these hands. These are safe hands for you. Opinda here mukomana?”

  • Zimbabwe Elections- Hail Emperor Emmerson

Zimbabwe Elections: Hail Emperor Emmerson

August 21st, 2023|Featured, Spotlight on Zimbabwean Elections, Video, Zimbabwe|

There appears to be a drive to uniquely present incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa as an invincible Demi-God, worshipped by the masses. Numerous personality fan clubs have been created under the 4ED banner, which includes - Single Mothers4ED, Varakashi4ED, Mawhindi4ED, Vendors4ED, Lawyers4ED, Pastors4ED, CrossBorders4ED. Spotlight on Zimbabwe presents: “All hail Emperor Emmerson”

  • Zimbabwe: The Candidates Are…

Zimbabwe: The Candidates Are…

June 30th, 2023|Elections, Featured, Spotlight on Zimbabwean Elections, Video, Zimbabwe|

US$20,000, the fee for registering as a Presidential candidate, is not a decision to be taken lightly. And yet, 11 Candidates have thrown their hats into the ring. 4 of the candidates stood for President in 2018, and between them, they garnered less than 1% of the vote. So why invest US$20,000? ‘Spotlight on Zimbabwe’ looks at the 2023 presidential hopefuls

  • And the CCC Nominees are?????????

Zimbabwe – the CCC Nominees are???

May 25th, 2023|Elections, Featured, Spotlight on Zimbabwean Elections, Video, Zimbabwe|

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Citizens Coalition For Change (CCC), is choosing candidates for this year’s general elections using a new and untried system to select the candidate. With 3 months until the polls, Spotlight on Zimbabwe series asks: Will the CCC nominees, whoever they may be, have the time to canvass for votes and legal space to overcome the obstacles posed by the ruling ZANU PF party?

  • Zimbabwe- Auxiliary Power

Zimbabwe: Auxiliary Power

May 23rd, 2023|Elections, Featured, Spotlight on Zimbabwean Elections, Video|

Years before the coup, Grace Mugabe’s political ambitions were so nakedly obvious that the then leader of the War Veterans Association, Jabulani Sibanda, warned her that “power is not sexually transmitted”. He was relieved of his leadership position soon afterwards. Now Zimbabweans watch with bemusement as the actions of the actions of Auxillia Mnangagwa mirrors those of her predecessor.

  • In this Spotlight on Zimbabwe, journalist Violet Gonda lays out the impact of Aljazeera’s #GoldMafia documentary which fingered Zimbabwe’s First Family in a massive billion-dollar gold smuggling operation. In a country where health care, education & other social services have all but collapsed, will these untouchables remain untouched?

Zimbabwe’s Gold Mafia – Business as Usual?

April 18th, 2023|Featured, Video, Zimbabwe|

In this Spotlight on Zimbabwe, journalist Violet Gonda lays out the impact of Aljazeera’s #GoldMafia documentary which fingered Zimbabwe’s First Family in a massive billion-dollar gold smuggling operation. In a country where health care, education & other social services have all but collapsed, will these untouchables remain untouched?

  • 0:02 / 7:50 Mthuli's Economics: Who is fuelling inflation?

Mthuli’s Economics: Who is fuelling inflation?

July 14th, 2022|Featured, Politics, Spotlight on Zimbabwean Elections, Video|

Is Zimbabwe's government the real economic saboteurs?? Over the past 3 months, Zimbabweans have faced a Tsunami of astronomical price increases. The black-market rate for the US Dollar was double the official figure at 800 to 1 and inflation was well into the triple digits. Spotlight on Zimbabwe looks at Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube's economics!

  • Capital Offences - Who is to blame for Harare’s woes?

Capital Offences

June 9th, 2022|Featured, Spotlight on Zimbabwean Elections, Zimbabwe|

Spotlight on Zimbabwe’ series on the City of Harare continues: Part One, ‘Garbage Politics’, focussed on the controversial issue of waste management in Harare :  Part Two, ‘Capital Offence’, Violet Gonda Productions looks at the other issues troubling the City of Harare and its residents and ask - Who is to blame?

  • Spotlight on Zimbabwean Elections: Winner Takes All

Spotlight on Zimbabwean Elections: Winner Takes All

February 2nd, 2022|Featured|

Violet Gonda Productions introduces ‘Winner Takes All’ - the first episode in a new series of short video documentaries. This first series looks at the election environment in Zimbabwe. Part 1 examines events since 2018 that have changed dramatically the electoral environment and the relationship of opposition parties.

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Hot Seat interview with former Malawi President Peter Mutharika

October 29th, 2021|Featured, Hot Seat|

Independent journalist Violet Gonda speaks with former Malawi President Peter Mutharika on the Hot Seat programme. His party has a case before the courts, that could nullify last year’s elections - if he wins. Is Malawi able to withstand being in perpetual electoral mode? Does this case demonstrate a failure by political leaders to accept defeat?

  • hotseat with Thandiwe Newton and Violet gonda

The Hot Seat with Violet Gonda. Thandiwe Newton

June 24th, 2021|Featured, Hot Seat|

Thandiwe Newton, a Primetime Emmy Award-winning actress is the guest on the Hot Seat programme with journalist Violet Gonda. The Hollywood star, who is currently on the cover of the UK Vogue Magazine, has enthralled us in many romantic movies and high octane dramas including Beloved, Good Deeds, Mission Impossible 2, and is currently starring in the HBO science-fiction series Westworld.

Women community journalists bear brunt of intensifying media repression in PH

September 21st, 2020|Blog|

MANILA – Women journalists here and abroad are alarmed over how community media practitioners in the Philippines are bearing the brunt of the intensifying media repression as their colleagues are subjected to terror-tagging, arrested based on fabricated charges, and one forcibly disappeared and remains missing. “Journalism is not a crime. Instead of targeting the messengers, the authorities should instead

Zimbabwe: Minister Moyo Emerges Front-Runner in Ruling Party Succession Race

August 27th, 2020|Blog|

Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo has emerged as a centre of power in government and the ruling Zanu PF party, and now fancies his chances of becoming Zimbabwe’s next president. This was said by exiled former cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo while speaking at the Crisis in Zimbabwe’s Dialogue Series under the theme; “Zimbabwe’s prospects: transition, imperatives and stability” on Wednesday.

Zimbabwean journalist Violet Gonda: “Nothing has changed”

January 21st, 2019|Blog|

Inside Zimbabwe: We speak to young people on the run, in fear and in hiding We speak to Zimbabwean journalist Violet Gonda, whose journalism saw her barred from her home country for many years by former President Robert Mugabe. When he was ousted in late 2017 she returned to report on the new government.

Zimbabwe: Ballots then Bullets

December 1st, 2018|Featured|

A short documentary about the deadly aftermath of Zimbabwe's 2018 election. This preliminary video is the result of numerous interviews with the wounded, witnesses and reviewing of hours of amateur and professional video footage and photographs.

  • STARFM debate: Making Elections Make Sense: Elections have come and gone. As we look to the future, what lessons have we learnt? How can we make 2023 serve the best interest of our nation?

Elections have come and gone. As we look to the future, what lessons have we learnt? How can we make 2023 serve the best interest of our nation?

September 26th, 2018|Elections|

STARFM debate: Making Elections Make Sense: Elections have come and gone. As we look to the future, what lessons have we learnt? How can we make 2023 serve the best interest of our nation? Join independent journalist Violet Gonda as she hosts the last episode of the Making Elections Make Sense 2018 series in partnership with ZESN. Panellists

  • Episode 4: Unpacking the post election scenarios

Episode 4: Unpacking the post election scenarios continued

July 29th, 2018|Elections|

Unpacking the post election scenarios with Shingi Munyeza & Chimhini Tawanda The 4th and last episode looked at issues around the all important voting process. How it works, what safeguards are in place to stop any rigging, what the role of observers and election agents is and how the count takes place. Also clarified details surrounding

  • Episode 3: Post Election Scenarios

Episode 3: Post Election Scenarios – Part 2

July 28th, 2018|Elections|

Episode 3: Post Election Scenarios - Part 2 Third episode looked at the various possible outcomes in the historic election. Despite there being a number of individuals contesting the presidential vote, the election is clearly just between Nelson Chamisa and Emmerson Mnangagwa and if thereʼs no clear winner, there will be a run off vote. To discuss these

  • Episode 3: Post Election Scenarios

Episode 3: Post Election Scenarios

July 28th, 2018|Elections|

Episode 3: Post Election Scenarios Third episode looked at the various possible outcomes in the historic election. Despite there being a number of individuals contesting the presidential vote, the election is clearly just between Nelson Chamisa and Emmerson Mnangagwa and if thereʼs no clear winner, there will be a run off vote. To discuss these various post election

  • Episode 2: Women, Politics & Elections in Zimbabwe Debate

Episode 2: Women, Politics & Elections in Zimbabwe

July 27th, 2018|Elections|

Episode 2: Women, Politics & Elections in Zimbabwe The focus of the second episode came at the backdrop of a heated discussion that gripped the Zimbabwean discourse following the allegations by former Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi on the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission being involved in a sexual relationship with a Cabinet Minister from the ruling

  • Hot Seat with Violet Gonda live radio debates in partnership with YETT broadcast on STARFM radio Episode 1: Voters Roll irregularities

Episode 1: Voters Roll irregularities

July 22nd, 2018|Elections|

Hot Seat with Violet Gonda live radio debates in partnership with YETT broadcast on STARFM radioEpisode 1: Voters Roll irregularities In this first episode Moderator Violet Gonda spoke with representatives of the two organisations that have audited the Voters Roll - #TeamPachedu represented by Runyararo Mverekumombe and Runyararo Munetsi one of the authors of the audit report compiled

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