Digital rights report shows global freedom declines

Digital rights report shows global freedom declines

Slightly more than half of 65 nations reviewed in the new Freedom on the Net 2019 report show a decline in access, democratic protections for speech, and related Internet and social media rights – with Sudan showing one of the biggest drops and Zimbabwe not far behind. The annual report…

With protests across the globe, UN appeals for peaceful change

With protests across the globe, UN appeals for peaceful change

The United Nations addressed on Friday the global spread of unrest that has swept across nearly every continent, with both the UN Secretary General and the head of the UN human rights office in Geneva appealing for peaceful demonstrations and expressing concerns over violence. “Disquiet in peoples’ lives is leading…

Botswana, Zimbabwe stock exchanges confirm cross-border plan

The stock exchanges of Botswana and Zimbabwe have inked a deal that’s meant to boost investment in both countries, help Zimbabweans to raise capital, and contribute to the economic advance of the Southern African Development Community as a whole. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Thapelo Tsheole, CEO of…

Mugabe funeral held in Harare

A state funeral was held for former president Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe on Saturday, but the moment of honor in Harare was one of mixed messages and conflicting emotions. That’s been the case since Mugabe, the 95-year-old founder of the independent nation, died in a Singapore hospital on September 6….

Mugabe is gone. But Mugabe already was gone, and yet remains

Robert Mugabe has died, and Zimbabwe is planning a historic funeral to mark the passing of the man both honored and loathed by his nation. World leaders – from Nigeria and Kenya, Venezuela and the United States and China – responded to the news with their condolences. His Zanu PF…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

SADC summit ends with focus on Burundi, Lesotho and Zimbabwe

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has wrapped up its two-day summit in Dar es Salaam, with Tanzanian President John Magufuli taking leadership of the 16-nation body from outgoing chairman President Hage Geingob of Namibia. For now, the SADC will remain at 16 members because Burundi – hoping to join…

Can Africa shake its toxic past?

In Zimbabwe, crisis is in the air again. Two years after the country’s long-time ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted in a military coup, a crippling energy crisis forces people to live by candlelight as the economy is lurching back towards hyper-inflationary territory. After years of turmoil under Robert Mugabe, the…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Mnangagwa defends Zimbabwe currency decision

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Tuesday that the country’s decision to return to a single Zimbabwean currency is part of a suite of decisions meant to stabilize the economy – but the abrupt decision to make other currencies illegal, effective immediately, has caught many off guard. Mnangagwa said the use of…

Zimbabwe to begin compensation for land-reform farmers

Zimbabwe is moving forward with a process to compensate former farm owners whose land was taken from them because they were white during the country’s fast-track land reform program (FTLRP). “The registration process and the list of farmers should be completed by the end of April 2019, after which the…