On the 8th of February, Zimbabwe’s political principals - President Mugabe, Prime Minister Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Mutambara - met to discuss outstanding issues in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) ahead of a planned visit by SADC facilitator, President Zuma of South Africa. And the story that was given to the media after the lengthy discussion seemed very positive - on a host of issues from the constitution to elections to media reform to a land audit.

Major General Chedondo nails colours to Mugabe's mast

Tshwane Principles launched after global consultations

China is the prime consumer of several resources which Zimbabwe has in abundance, and investment trends in 2009 and 2010 show the high Chinese appetite for local mineral resources. China is ranked fourth in terms of the size of mining investment approved by the Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA) in 2009, after British Virgin Islands (BVI), Mauritius, and South Africa.

This piece provides the analytical updates of the election starting with the 27th February 2015 – the day before election. It provides the overview of the key electoral dynamics of the day and the implication for the credibility of the March 28th election.

New report calls for complete overhaul of security sector

Report calls for action or face more instability

The US Congress has been holding hearings into the likely impact of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which aims to control the trade in conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and its possible consequences for the Congolese people. The Act has stirred enormous debate with activists and mining companies lobbying hard - but little space has been given to Congolese voices.

There are a few countries in the world that polarise public opinion more than Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe’s utterances often appear to be crafted to cause controversy. So it was recently that he added antagonism and hostility to the political debate by remarking that a violence-free election is better than a new constitution. Since those remarks, Zimbabweans across the political divide have been angrily trying to come to terms with the merits and demerits of Mugabe’s dubious proposition.

The Southern African region faces the major challenge of combining the principles of democracy and the creation of democratic institutions with the pragmatic decisions required to implement reforms in the security sectors of SADC member countries. This is rendered especially difficult by the need to address security issues in the different country contexts. There are also conceptual barriers to be overcome, because there is no consensus among African leaders as to what ‘security’ denotes, for example whether it refers to regime or human security.

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