Traditional authorities and the new peasants in Zanu-PF’s Zimbabwe

A recent article by Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) president Patekile Holomisa lauding Robert Mugabe as a “true African hero” begged the question: “What is the role of Zimbabwe’s traditional authorities in that country’s complicated political economy?” Holomisa didn’t ask. Rather, he wrote that Zimbabwe’s Fast Track Land Reform Programme (some call this …

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