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Marko Phiri is a freelance journalist based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe riot police break up a protest for better pay and personal protective equipment by nurses in Harare in July. (AP photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Marko PiriOctober 22, 2020
The latest move to militarize Zimbabwean society appears an attempt not to reward career military officers who remain loyal to the ruling ZANU-PF party but to exert control over a different group of professionals who have been pressing for reform.
A young boy walks past a wall with graffiti urging people to wear face masks in Harare, on May 28. Manhunts have begun after hundreds of people fled quarantine centres in Zimbabwe and Malawi. Authorities worry they will spread COVID-19 in countries whose health systems can be rapidly overwhelmed. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Marko PiriJune 02, 2020
As under Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s contemporary political elite continue to trample on civil libertie with what the same disregard of censure from both local moral authorities and international human rights organizations.
A man does exercises in a scrap yard, during lockdown due to the coronavirus, in Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Marko PiriApril 20, 2020
Zimbabwe had recorded 23 coronavirus cases and three deaths as of April 16, but many fear that the true numbers could be much higher because of the lack of Covid-19 testing capacity here.