• Gun Culture Engulfs Zambian Politics

    Gun Culture Engulfs Zambian Politics0

    The political temperature is rising as Zambia nears the 2021 general elections. The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and the main opposition party United Party for National Development (UPND) are not leaving anything to chance. Analysts have put this to the fact that the ruling party has never felt secure with its narrow victory over UPND

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  • Is Zimbabwe headed for another coup?

    Is Zimbabwe headed for another coup?0

    The November 2017 military coup which forced tyrant Robert Mugabe from power is still haunting Zimbabwe, almost 18 months down the line. The remnants of the coup and its footprints will not disappear sooner than we expected. After topping Mugabe, President Emmerson Mnangagwa had an enormous task facing him trying to please his erstwhile conspirators

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  • On Chief Justice Mogoeng calling for prayer in Parliament

    On Chief Justice Mogoeng calling for prayer in Parliament0

    When the Judicial Service Commission hearings on Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng were being held, I expressed significant doubts regarding his suitability for the role of Chief Justice. Among my concerns were his views on homosexuality, his reasoning in certain judgments related to sexual assault, and of course, his religious views and whether they would impact on

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  • Public Assemblies: Why the “tomato seller” argument is flawed

    Public Assemblies: Why the “tomato seller” argument is flawed0

    In theory and principle, the right to freedom of assembly is straightforward. People are free to peacefully assemble and to petition. The role of the state is simply to ensure that all of us enjoy our rights equally – not one over the other. The contestation has been rather on how assembly rights can be

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  • Election Thoughts: South Africa, 8 May 2019

    Election Thoughts: South Africa, 8 May 20190

    Along with many of you on the 8th May, I made a difficult decision regarding which party to vote for in South Africa’s National elections – more difficult than any of the previous 10 (if you include the Municipal elections) were. In one respect, I take that as a positive thing, because competition is good,

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