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Zim restores dollar peg as currency crashes

Zimbabwe’s government, which banned use of the dollar nine months ago, has restored the peg its currency had to the greenback due to a scarcity of foreign exchange. The southern African nation faces shortages of fuel, power and food because it can’t afford to pay for the imports. The worst […]

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COVID-19 is the wildcard that is changing politics as we know it

By Simon Allison Just a few weeks ago, Peter Mutharika’s political future was looking bleak. Malawi’s much-maligned president had been the subject of more than six months of vociferous anti-government protests, which were showing no sign of simmering down any time soon. The president’s administration had been on the receiving end of a […]

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Nurses and customs officials protest over coronavirus fears

Nurses at Zimbabwe’s state hospitals started walking off the job on Wednesday, saying the government had failed to respond to their demands for protective equipment as they brace for a battle against the coronavirus. Customs officials at the country’s biggest airport have also stopped reporting for work, fearing exposure to […]

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Zimbabwe reports first coronavirus death, shuts borders

Rising broadcaster Zororo Makamba, 30, became the first person to die of coronavirus in Zimbabwe, the government confirmed on Monday as it also announced the closure of its borders to curb the spread of infection. Health Minister Obadiah Moyo confirmed Makamba’s death, who was the second person to test positive […]

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The courts can’t save democracy on their own

By Nic Cheeseman Africa’s courts have been making history. Despite having a reputation for doing the bidding of their respective governing parties, in the past few years judges have grabbed the headlines by refusing to accept poor quality elections. First in Kenya in 2017, and then again in Malawi this year, courts […]