Zimbabwe: the past is the future


Those for whom Zimbabwe is home do not necessarily share the dismissive judgments often made about their country. But we are a deeply worried people. Much of what is written about us is true.

The most persistent concern is about government and its relationship to civil society. Our rulers have an apparently overriding desire to remain in power no matter what the consequences for the country. In the long run this is unsustainable. But in the short term it can persist for several more years. If we are to break with the habits that have placed us where we are, we have to understand how we arrived in this position.

The writers in this collection are all Zimbabwean – by birth or adoption. They are academics, lawyers, politicians, civil activists, priests, and war veterans. They all share a single passion: to describe so as to understand.

Their investigations cover the interconnected questions of politics, land, the environment, economics, civil rights, the opposition, and the ideologies underlying the decisions of our leaders before and since independence.

The authors pull no punches, but a message of hope emerges: the commitment of many to build a better future.

  • Foreword – Archbishop Pius Ncube
  • Preface – David Harold-Barry
  • Current politics in Zimbabwe: confronting the crisis – Brian Raftopoulos
  • Robert Mugabe: revolutionary or rebel? – Dieter Scholz
  • What happened to our dream? – The Zimbabwe Liberator’s Platform
  • The people’s liberation struggle – Duduzile Tafara
  • The long way home: one man’s story – Alexander Kanengoni
  • Environmental impacts of the fast-track land reform programme: a livelihoods perspective – Emmanuel Manzungu
  • Land reform and farm workers – Lloyd M. Sachikonye
  • The culture of party politics and the concept of the state – David Kaulemu
  • Continuity and change in the religio-cultural landscape of Zimbabwe in the era of HIV/AIDS – Paul H. Gundani
  • The Zimbabwean economy 1980-2003: a ZCTU perspective – Godfrey Kanyenze
  • Travails of opposition politics in Zimbabwe since Independence – Eldred Masunungure
  • The onslaught against democracy and rule of law in Zimbabwe in 2000 – Geoff Feltoe
  • Sticks and stones, skeletons and ghosts – A. P. Reeler
  • Opportunities for political renewal in Zimbabwe – Fay Chung
  • One country ‘two nations’, no dialogue – David Harold-Barry
  • Chronolology

Zimbabwe: the past is the future
Edited by David Harold-Barry
Weaver Press
Harare

ISBN 1 77922 025 1

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