Girls of black African descent are upset over policies at some Ugandan schools that require them to cut their hair. The female students say the policies discriminate against them, as some girls of other ethnicities are allowed to grow their hair long.
Zimbabwe’s land reforms led to widespread evictions and neglected farms, but it returned prime agricultural space to people who hadn’t been legally able to own or manage it for generations. GPJ sat down with two men – an activist and a one-time farmer – to discuss the land reforms’ long-term impacts.
Despite an extensive policy platform and a resume including a stint as deputy prime minister, much of the public attention on the presidential candidacy of Thokozani Khupe has focused on her identity. She’s Ndebele and a woman, and both of those make her an outlier in Zimbabwe’s public life – as well as a target.
Under former President Robert Mugabe, who was ousted from office in November after nearly four decades of authoritarian rule, Zimbabwe’s economy fell apart so badly that economists today are challenged even to calculate the country’s astronomical unemployment rate. With structural problems and long-standing friction between the country’s major population groups, presidential candidates and citizens alike are wondering how to address the persistent lack of jobs.
Building on Zimbabwe’s wetlands is illegal, but that hasn’t stopped the important ecosystems from being developed. Lax enforcement of the law means developers don’t face repercussions, but environmentalists argue that dire environmental consequences – for all Zimbabweans – are inevitable.
Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry is thriving, but its forests are not even though the government has set aside money for reforestation. Now, tobacco farmers, who rely on burning wood to cure their crop, are taking those efforts into their own hands.
President Mauricio Macri’s emergency decree to speed up deportations and bar entry for immigrants with criminal charges or convictions has sparked a national debate in Argentina. Human rights groups say immigrants who have committed even minor offenses will lose the ability to defend themselves and keep their families together, but proponents say the changes are necessary to prevent crime and to rid the nation of foreign narcotics traffickers, arms dealers and money launderers.
Ambrose Mutinhiri is angling to be the heir to ousted President Robert Mugabe, but to prove his loyalty, he had to leave the party Mugabe that led for decades. Mutinhiri says Mugabe has rewarded that loyalty with his support. Now, he hopes Zimbabweans will reward him with their votes.
When colonialist Cecil John Rhodes died, he asked to be buried in Zimbabwe’s sacred Matobo Hills. His gravesite has long been a popular and lucrative tourist destination. As the threat of COVID-19 has shuttered the site and killed the nation’s tourism industry, local people are renewing the debate over whether the polarizing politician deserves to stay.