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Hot Seat is your go to platform for engaging debate, unbiased, balanced hard-hitting and in-depth analysis of the sectors of society.Your host is Violet Gonda, award-winning journalist who has worked from multiple countries interviewing global leaders, influencers and rights defenders.

The platform started more than 15 years ago as a radio programme that engaged Zimbabwean politics and providing alternative ways to circumvent state censorship in the country while reporting from exile. The unique strength of this platform is that it will focus on issues that are not only important to Zimbabwe, but which also affect African states and societies as a whole and seeks to go deeper to investigate complex issues.

  • 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|Categories: 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|Categories: 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.

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  • 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: Politics

Zimbabwe: Politics

  • 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!

  • 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?

Hot Seat Interview with EU Ambassador

June 24th, 2019|Audio, Hot Seat, Politics|

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?

ZESN Ladies Debate

July 8th, 2018|Elections, Politics, Video, Zimbabwe|

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?

Zimbabwe: Elections

Zimbabwe: Elections

  • 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.

  • 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: 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.

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Please help to support the platform Hot Seat with freelance female journalist Violet Gonda. This platform brings you unbiased, investigative, balanced hard-hitting and in-depth analysis of issues affecting the African continent, especially Zimbabwe. Any and all support is greatly appreciated. Excited to get to work.

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