COVID-19 Lockdown: A Radical View By Azu Ishiekwene

Until a few days ago, I was a big fan of testing, testing, testing. I still believe testing is important because data, reliable data, ought to direct action. But considering where we are at today (about 6,000 tests so far, and at an official figure of 500 daily), it will take 3,600 days or 10 years to test one per cent, that is 1.8 million of our population or five years, if we double the testing rate. The government did not extend the lockdown by two weeks to punish us.…

Beyond Mugabe: The Other Vultures In Harare By Azu Ishiekwene

Robert Mugabe overstayed his welcome by miles. But he wouldn’t come this far without the support of his former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the ruling ZANU-PF party, and the military top brass. They were in it together. Ordinary Zimbabweans wanted Mugabe out at least over a decade ago. The clearest expression of that was in 2008 when they voted Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change in a general election later stolen by ZANU-PF after the first round of voting. Mugabe’s party didn’t only stop at stealing the vote.…