The need for direct democracy in Africa

The only people holding Africa back are the African masses who continue to allow themselves to be left out of important political matters by career politicians. The result is unsurprisingly the same old story of ‘independence’ without freedoms for ordinary men and women; an abundance of natural wealth that will not protect the poor from poverty; centralised authority and exclusive democracy that will protect certain ethnic groups over others. Continue reading

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Zimbabwe’s independence paradox

The end of the white racists’ Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) and the attainment of independence in 1980 was supposed to usher in a new world order; a political dispensation in which no man would decidedly order another’s life; the expectation was of a country in which the law was going to shout out loud in support of the masses struggling to gain and keep their rights. Continue reading

Biased media and democracy deficit

Expecting the media to be apolitical is rather too much to expect from any human being or any human-led institution. Ideally, one would want the media’s role to be that of providing well researched information to the people and allowing the public to make independent and informed judgement. The media should preferably not be telling people what things to see or how to think. Continue reading

Zimbabwe’s political future is bigger than any one man

For all his popularity, Morgan Tsvingirai is not a lesser dictator! For the better part of the last 15 years he has become the face of Zimbabwe’s faltering opposition politics; he has become a political figure portraying himself as a democrat yet wilfully subverting democratic principles and processes for personal gains at every opportunity. He has become a disaster in-waiting; a political figure who requires temporary suspension of reason by the electorate as a necessity to support his policies.

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