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A Crisis of Governance - Zimbabwe
  • Jacob Chikuhwa
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This is a detailed analysis of Zimbabwe (the former Rhodesia)'s struggle to become a viable independent state, with a focus on the tumultuous events under President Robert Mugabe.

About the Author

Jacob Chikuhwa was born and raised in Zimbabwe. After having been detained by the white minority Rhodesian Front regime between 1964 and 1965, Jacob Chikuhwa escaped into Zambia, in 1966, from where he secured an Afro-Asian scholarship to study in the former Soviet Union. In 1972, upon completion of his studies, Chikuhwa moved to Sweden.

Dr Jacob Chikuhwa holds degrees in economics and international relations from Ukraine's Kiev Institute of National Economy and the University of Stockholm in Sweden. A Zimbabwean national, Chikuhwa has lectured on economics, finance, and administration both in Zimbabwe and Sweden. In April 2005, he lectured at The New School Graduate Program in International Affairs, New School University, in New York City.

He was an economics professional for 26 years, then turned to writing full time. His books include A Short Tour of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe: The Rise to Nationhood. He was editor of the ZANU monthly journal in Scandinavia, Zimbabwe Chimurenga, Impi ye Nkululeko (1974-1976) and founded A Quarterly Abstract of PTC Statistics in 1983. He is currently working on Venturing into the Unknown (Kumaziwandadzoka), a film on HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, and another title called The Pendulum. Chikuhwa has three further titles pending publication.

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Written by an internationally-trained African economic analyst, A Crisis of Governance is a detailed study of Zimbabwean socio-economic history and development since the nation achieved independence from Great Britain in April 1980, with a focus...
Written by an internationally-trained African economic analyst, A Crisis of Governance is a detailed study of Zimbabwean socio-economic history and development since the nation achieved independence from Great Britain in April 1980, with a focus on recent events under President Robert Mugabe and the ZANU (Patriotic Front). Problems range from the need for constitutional reform to political patronage and a de facto one-party democracy and the need for transparency in land reform, privatization, and economic liberalization. It is one thing to break free of colonial tutelage; it is quite another to recover from the legacy of colonialism and implement the macroeconomic changes that would lay the basis for a self-sustaining economy. The crisis of governance in Zimbabwe (formerly known as Rhodesia) began with the occupation of Mashonaland by the British South Africa Company (BSAC) in 1890. Self-rule and the subsequent British-sponsored constitutions did not much improve the situation, and the 1965 Unilateral Declaration of Independence only aggravated it. Jacob Chikuhwa provides many specific examples of the steps forward — and the steps back, documented by personal interviews, news sources and others, Bibliography, Index, Footnotes.
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PART I. CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT CHAPTER 1. SOCIO-POLITICAL SYSTEMS Pre-Historic Social Structures Pre-Colonial Political Systems Colonial Incursions and the Early Constitutions The Chimurenga War T
PART I. CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT CHAPTER 1. SOCIO-POLITICAL SYSTEMS Pre-Historic Social Structures Pre-Colonial Political Systems Colonial Incursions and the Early Constitutions The Chimurenga War The 1923 Constitution The 1961 Constitution The Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) The 1965 Constitution The 1969 Constitution CHAPTER 2. THE NEED FOR CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE Settlement Talks The 1979 Constitution The Lusaka Accord and the Lancaster House Constitution Countless Amendments to the Lancaster House Constitution Retention of Colonial Laws Cultural Expression and Repression Special Legislation and Rights Infringements The Clamor for a Homegrown Constitution Mugabe's Constitutional Commission The Commission's Draft versus the Popular Will Ramming It Through CHAPTER 3. THE FOLLY IN A DE FACTO ONE-PARTY DEMOCRACY Harassment of the Opposition Growing Discontent Cracks within the Ruling Party The Roots of Corruption One-party political systems Allocation of Resources to the Less-privileged Aid Programs Centralized Allocation of Assets and Projects Commodity Shortages and National Disasters PART II. ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT CHAPTER 4. THE INDIGENIZATION POLICY Prerequisites for Indigenous Investment The Economic Empowerment Lobby Political Patronage CHAPTER 5. ECONOMIC REFORMS The Land-Reform Program Economic Liberalization Parastatal Privatization Industry and Export Promotion What Lies Ahead APPENDIX I. THE PRESIDENCY AND MINISTERS' SALARIES APPENDIX II. GOVERNMENT COMPOSITION BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX
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Pages 368
Year: 2004
LC Classification: JQ2925.C47
Dewey code: 320.96891'dc22
BISAC: POL016000
BISAC: HIS001000
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