Produced by Columbus Mavhunga
September 20, 2023
EU Withdraws Zimbabwe Electoral Body Funding Over Lack of Transparency
HARARE — The European Union says it is withdrawing $5 million in financial support to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission because of what it calls a lack of independence and transparency in the country's disputed August polls.
August 25, 2023
Zimbabwe’s Opposition Criticizes National Elections Amid Vote Counting
Members of Zimbabwe’s main opposition Citizens Coalition for Change, CCC, said the 2023 general elections were marred with irregularities after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, ZEC, extended voting Thursday in some locations before the closure of polls for vote counting. For more, reporter Columbus Mavhunga produced this report from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, where some areas experienced the 24-hour extension to vote.
August 24, 2023
Zimbabwe’s Electoral Body Explains 24 Hour Voting Extension
Zimbabwe’s Electoral Commission, ZEC, Wednesday released a statement where it blamed legal problems faced by the commission prior to Aug. 23’s election, for the massive delays and shortages of electoral materials experienced on election day. ZEC’s delays resulted in the continuation of voting on Thursday at some polling stations in the southern African nation. For updates, reporter Columbus Mavhunga produced this report from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.
August 18, 2023
Zimbabwe Election Analysis
Political parties in Zimbabwe are bracing for the country’s general election on Aug. 23, that will pit President Emmerson Mnangagwa against Nelson Chamisa of the Citizens for Coalition for Change, among nine other candidates. Reporter Columbus Mavhunga has more from Harare, Zimbabwe.
July 29, 2023
Economists: Zimbabwe Artificially Manipulating Local Currency
Debates have sparked among Zimbabwean economists amid allegations of the government artificially manipulating the local currency to strengthen its value against the U.S. dollar, despite the ongoing increased costs of goods. Government critics argue that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is using the strengthened currency as a tactic to garner votes for the August 23 elections. For more, reporter Columbus Mavhunga produced this report from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.
July 23, 2023
Zimbabwe’s Opposition CCC Resorts to Door-to-Door Campaigns
Zimbabwe’s main opposition Citizens Coalition for Change, CCC, says it has turned to door-to-door campaigns as a means of seeking voters after arguing that police authorities continue to turn down applications for public rallies – allegations vehemently refuted by police commissioner Paul Nyathi. For VOA, reporter Columbus Mavhunga produced this report from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.
July 18, 2023
Zimbabwe Rights Groups, Opposition Decry 'Patriotic Bill'
Activists and opposition groups in Zimbabwe are calling the so-called "Patriotic Bill," signed into law by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a grave attack on fundamental freedoms and rights. The new law authorizes harsh measures, including the death penalty, for anyone found guilty of "willfully damaging the sovereignty and national interest of Zimbabwe."
July 05, 2023
Zimbabwean Activists Launch Peaceful Elections Campaigns
The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) on July 1 launched a series of “Vote in Peace” concerts that are focused on promoting unity and peace - while working to rid the nation of its history of electoral violence, amid preparations of the August 23 elections where experts predict a tight race between incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa and main opposition Citizens Coalition for Change candidate Nelson Chamisa. For insight, VOA correspondent Columbus Mavhunga produced this report from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.
July 01, 2023
Zimbabwe Rights Groups Claim Opposition Crackdown
Zimbabwean human rights groups claim the government is cracking down on opposition members - quoting the "guilty" charge against lawmaker Job Sikhala for "obstruction of justice," as an example. The verdict against Sikhala has put him out of contention in the August 23 elections alongside opposition leader Jacob Ngarivhume, who is also incarcerated. For more, VOA’s Columbus Mavhunga produced this report where he detailed charges against the incarcerated opposition figures, and how government has responded to crackdown claims.
June 22, 2023
Sudan's Warring Forces Trade Accusations Over Zimbabwe Embassy Attack
HARARE — Sudan's rival forces, the Sudanese army and the paramilitary, the Rapid Support Forces, Thursday traded accusations over the responsibility of Tuesday's attack on Zimbabwe’s embassy in the capital, Khartoum.
June 18, 2023
Zimbabwean Experts Predict Tough 2023 Election for Mnangagwa
Zimbabwean political analysts predict that the ruling ZANU-PF, and its presidential candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa, will face challenges as they seek another term in office amid a poorly performing economy and an opposition looking to capitalize on gaining support ahead of the August 23 polls. For more, VOA correspondent Columbus Mavhunga produced this report that details the positions of authorities, opposition members, and analysts.
June 12, 2023
Zimbabwe Fails to Strengthen Local Dollar
Zimbabwean economists are presenting mixed views over recent attempts by the southern African nation’s central bank to arrest the sharp depreciation of the local currency that continues to nosedive - and was trading at over $6,000 ZWL against the U.S. dollar. For more, VOA’s Columbus Mavhunga produced this report where he spoke to locals, economists and authorities who reacted to measures implemented by the central bank.
June 03, 2023
Zimbabwe Attempts to Boost Local Currency
Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube recently signed off on measures focused on increasing demand of the local currency, while arresting demand of the U.S. dollar – developments facing resistance from local traders who lost faith in the local dollar as it continues sliding against the greenback. For more, VOA correspondent Columbus Mavhunga produced this report from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.
May 29, 2023
Zimbabwe Called Out for Cholera Outbreak
Health experts have called out Zimbabwean authorities over a recent cholera outbreak that has taken several lives due to the consumption of unsanitary water – a development that has pushed government to urge citizens to practice good hygiene to contain the waterborne disease. For more, VOA correspondent Columbus Mavhunga speaks to experts and authorities.
May 17, 2023
Zimbabwe Uses Gold Digital Currency to Save Economy
Zimbabwean analysts are calling on the Southern African nation’s central bank to address economic challenges triggered by the government-controlled foreign-exchange market. This, before resorting to the recently launched gold-backed digital currency, which authorities hope will reduce the demand for U.S. dollars and strengthen the continuously devaluing local currency. For more, VOA’s Columbus Mavhunga speaks to experts and authorities from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.