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.
'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?”
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”
Would you ask a convicted child rapist to endorse your political party? ‘Spotlight on Zimbabwe’ looks at how Bobby Makaza, the rapist freed recently under a Presidential amnesty, has become one of the poster boys for ZANU PF’s election campaign.
Zimbabwe's most contested and litigious election is fast approaching. While the CCC awaits the Supreme Court decision on the banning of its candidates in Bulawayo, it faces many other obstacles. ‘Spotlight on Zimbabwe’ looks at mounting obstacles for the opposition, including the Patriotic Act.
In our ongoing series, "Zim Elections 2023: Citizens Speak," Spotlight on Zimbabwe returns to the streets, capturing the heartbeat of the nation. We asked citizens: Are you planning to cast your vote? What drives your decision? Here's what they shared
The ruling Zanu PF has already secured more than 90 council seats uncontested ahead of the 2023 elections. Spotlight on Zimbabwe looks at the candidate nominations, shifting goal posts, confusion and court cases
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
Spotlight on Zimbabwe looks at Elections 2023 proclamations and preparations. Join Violet Gonda as we dissect hurdles in the run-up to the polls. Uncover controversies and complexities shaping the political landscape.
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?
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.
The list of opposition opponents being detained and convicted on frivolous charges continues to grow as elections approach. Journalist Violet Gonda explores ‘Persecution by Prosecution’ in the ‘Spotlight on Zimbabwe’ series.
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?
Spotlight on Zimbabwe recently highlighted ZANU PFs ‘poisonous poll recipe’, so it is only fair to examine if the Citizens Coalition for Change, can concoct an effective antidote. Is the CCC Election Recipe a Watery Soup, a Spicy Surprise or just, God is in it?
The 2023 elections are six months away, but the ruling ZANU PF party appears to be boiling up its repressive recipe to ensure victory. These are the key ingredients they are using in their poisonous poll recipe, ready for 2023 to try and stay in power forever.
In Zimbabwe, the leadership's priorities and initiatives appear disconnected from the daily challenges faced by the general population. As the country prepares for upcoming national elections the only certainty is that the people will receive more promises.
In Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa's Zanu PF party has succeeded in manipulating the national justice system to punish political opponents. Members or supporters of the Citizens Coalition for Change such as Job Sikhala, Makomborero H, Joanna Mamombe, and Cecilia Chimbiri have spent days languishing in custody or on continual remand.
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!
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?
This month Zimbabwe marks 42 years of independence. But for many of the country’s youths, there is little to celebrate. Spotlight on Zimbabwe presents the first in a series of Independence Day personal portraits from a cross-section of Zimbabweans.
On March 26th, Zimbabwe’s 2022 By-Elections were contested in 28 constituencies and 122 wards across Zimbabwe, in an election marked by low turnout. Episode 4 of the series Spotlight on Zimbabwean elections analyses these by-elections.
Saturday 26 March sees Zimbabwe's first by-elections since the Covid pandemic struck two years ago. With the economy continuing its downward trajectory, can ZANU PF convince its supporters to stay loyal?
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.
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?
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.
This is the 4th in the SAPES Trust Policy Dialogue series on 'Zimbabwe’s Deepening Crisis' and we are looking at ‘What We Have To Do Now”. Today’s theme is: South Africa’s Policy Towards Zimbabwe. We bring you this event in partnership with the South African Institute of International Affairs.
"Zimbabwe’s Deepening Crisis and we are looking for the way forward”: Today’s theme is: What will it take to reach a Settlement in Zimbabwe? The fundamental questions we will be asking are: Is the Zimbabwean crisis sufficient that it requires international pressure?
Insurgents have unleashed a reign of terror in Cabo Delgado. Mozambique's security situation is spiralling out of control. What does this mean for Zimbabwe's stability? What measures can Zimbabwe and other neighbours take to assist Mozambique and to preempt the violence from spilling into the rest of the region
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
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.
Zimbabweans reacted in horror as Mugwadi insulted Al Jazeera journalist Femi Oke during a virtual debate on her “The Stream” programme this week. Oke was reading comments from the audience before Mugwadi started laughing, interrupting her and said, “This is rubbish. F*ck you.” Read more
SAPES Trust Policy Dialogue series on “Zimbabwe’s Deepening Crisis* and ‘What We Have To Do Now”. Today’s main theme is: Zimbabwe: Towards Constitutionalism and the Return of the Military to the Barracks. How can we stop the military from policing civilians
“Zimbabwe’s Deepening Crisis* and ‘What We Have To Do Now”. Today’s main theme is: Harnessing Zimbabwe’s Diaspora Towards the National Settlement. The fundamental question we will be asking is: What does the Zim Diaspora really want and what is it prepared to do:
Zimbabwean journalist Violet Gonda who has been in exile from Zimbabwe for the last 20 years, after she escaped former President Mugabe’s rule. Matt began by asking her about the half empty seats at the funeral and what this meant for the memory of Robert Mugabe.
We Have Not Forgotten (Part 2): This is a short documentary produced in memory of the tragic events of 01 August 2018 when 6 people were shot and killed by the military in Zimbabwe. We join the families in remembering this tragic day and call for justice.
On the Hot Seat programme Journalist Violet Gonda spoke to European Union ambassador to Zimbabwe Philippe Van Damme on the bloc’s re-engagement strategy on Zimbabwe, land compensation and elections. What will be the EU position on Zimbabwe post Brexit?
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.
Drove past someone who looked like Cde Chinoz parking his vehicle in Harare. I stopped & called out to see if it was him.
When Violet met the larger than life Hon. Joseph Chinotimba for the first time since the 'farming people' saga
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.
The MDCT on Saturday declared Nelson Chamisa the winner of the July 30th presidential election and “installed” him as the President of Zimbabwe, at Gwanzura Stadium where the party was celebrating its 19th anniversary celebrations.
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
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 - 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 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 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 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
Out of the 23 presidential candidates in the upcoming election, four are women. A first for Zimbabwe. Is the electorate ready for a woman president? What do the women, as individuals or as a collective bring to the local politics?