Sunday, June 26, 2022

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BSR: Presidential Decree – A Bout of Economic Madness and a Cocktail of Illegalities

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On 7th May 2022, President Emmerson Mnangagwa issued an economic declaration that must surely claim a place among the most absurd economic policy initiatives...

BSR: ZEC has broad powers to ensure a free, fair, and credible election

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There is a video clip in which the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, Justice Priscilla Chigumba claims that she and her organization have...

BSR: Understanding power and accountability

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Power is a complex phenomenon. If you are seeking power or trying to hold those who hold power to account, it’s important to understand...

BSR: Dealing in Numbers – a critique of voting figures in Manicaland Province

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In the last installment of the BSR, we looked at the election results from Mashonaland West province and the lessons that could be drawn...

BSR: Dealing in Numbers – a call for data-based election strategy

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Elections are a numbers game, it is often said. It may be a cliché, but it captures the essence of electoral contestation. At the...

Supreme court of public opinion: Preliminary observations on the by-elections

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“The court of public opinion has spoken,” a reader of the BSR wrote to me this morning as he petitioned “the good Lord to...

BSR: Election Time and the Return of Mugabe

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When Robert Mugabe died in September 2019, the man who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years had made sure that he wouldn’t go down without...

BSR: Turning from the regime while gaslighting the opposition

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One of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s advisors, Trevor Ncube recently announced that he had resigned from the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC). In comments made at...

BSR: Understanding the Geography of State Power

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This article examines power and how it is distributed within the Zimbabwean state. It challenges the traditional conception of the state, arguing that it...

BSR: What happens when ZANU PF faces an existential threat

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As the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) basks in the glory of its early gains across the country, it is important to remember that...

BSR: Who wants to stop the by-elections?

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Tortoises on fence posts As the country prepares for by-elections scheduled for the end of this month, there is yet another sighting of the proverbial...

BSR: Why the “political story” matters in electoral competition

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This article makes the case for the importance of the political story in the life of a political party. The political story is aspirational....

BSR Special: Yellow Sunday – Some observations on the CCC’s Star Rally

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Soon after the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe delivered a judgment that was to have long-lasting effects on the geography of opposition politics in the...

BSR: Gaslighting, Moral Hazard and Change Management

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Gaslighting in politics You have been in a situation where someone has abused you but later, as you argue your case, they tell you that...

BSR: Plight of the Zimbabwean teacher

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On Wednesday, I received a message on social media from a colleague. “When will Magaisa write something about the plight of teachers in Zimbabwe?”...