Cyril Zenda is a freelance writer based in Zimbabwe.
Instead of nudging Harare towards reforms, the targeted sanctions have become a lucrative cover for non-performance, incompetence and unbridled corruption by the ruling elites.
While Zimbabweans would want CITES to lift ban on ivory trade, they however cannot trust the thoroughly corrupt ruling elite to manage the possible windfall for the benefit of ordinary citizens and the wildlife.
Since the beginning of the year, some 50 people, mainly government detractors, have been abducted and tortured in Zimbabwe, but it is not easy to say who could be behind these heinous crimes.
Two years ago when Mugabe was still in power, many people wished him dead, but when he truly died, a lot of people grieved for him.
A member of the Zimbabwean minority Muslim community is challenging school regulations that ban beards for pupils, which he says are discriminatory and therefore unconstitutional.
President Mnangagwa’s office has appointed war veterans and inexperienced lawyers to the bench and other key judicial posts.
Patients are being expected to perform miracles in the absence of drugs, equipment and other basic hospital consumables, while in some cases the doctors are made to conduct surgeries with bare hands.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is facing a paradoxical situation with a whole cross-section of Zimbabweans questioning his decision to pay compensation to white commercial farmers.
With so many rapes going unreported and unprosecuted, victims are instead forced by circumstances to commit paternity fraud. Most have managed to keep their secrets, but the arrival of affordable DNA technology is now threatening to expose them.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has gone after lawyers and doctors, targeting them for providing medical and legal aid to those who suffered at the hands of the state following the January protests.
With the government acknowledging reports of rapes committed by security forces, could this be the beginning of the end of impunity among the state-sponsored armed forces?
The recent violent protests that have rocked Zimbabwe appear to have presented an opportunity for impoverished locals to get even with refugees and foreign nationals who they accuse of prospering at their expense.
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