• May. 13 2016
  • Nosimilo Ramela

Corruption on the land: giving a voice to women, demanding change

By Mary Jane Ncube
Farai Shone Mutondoro and Manase Chiweshe

In Zimbabwe land is power. And when this power is abused to score political points or amass wealth illegally, the most vulnerable citizens are the hardest hit. In the traditionally patriarchal communities of Zimbabwe, these citizens are most often women.

The country’s economic crisis – fuelled by recurrent drought and a controversial land reform programme – has led to rapid urbanisation, pushing up demand for housing and prices. Politicians parcel out land at a fraction of its real cost to those pledging support for certain parties while responsible urban planning has given way to opportunism.

  • May. 4 2016
  • Nosimilo Ramela

Youth, Freedom, Integrity & Corruption

The youth is adversely affected by corruption and it has become all the more crucial to talk about it. Young activists, students and youth in civil society organisations across the country have been very vocal of late around issues that directly affect them as a constituency.

The failures of the NSFAS loans and the systemic prejudices against black students have prevented many from accessing higher education studies. But this sort of corruption is present even at high school level. Recent research and campaigning efforts at Corruption Watch (CW) have focused on corruption in schools and on transparency and accountability mechanisms in local School Governing Bodies (SGBs).