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Title:Nationalist-Military Alliance and the Fate of Democracy in Zimbabwe
Author:Ndlovu-Gatsheni, SabeloISNI
Periodical:African Journal on Conflict Resolution
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:civil-military relations
Military, Defense and Arms
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.accord.org.za/ajcr-issues/%ef%bf%bcnationalist-military-alliance-and-the-fate-of-democracy-in-zimbabwe/
Abstract:This article examines the dynamics of the connections between the nationalist government of Zimbabwe and the armed forces, which have translated into serious politicization of the security sector and heavy militarization of politics in the country. Since 2000, a significant number of military commanders have uttered political statements favourable to the ruling ZANU-PF and threatening those challenging ZANU-PF's rule. What has emerged in Zimbabwe is a clear nationalist-military oligarchy as a form of government. The question is: When did this nationalist-military oligarchy emerge? What are its dynamics and implications for governance in Zimbabwe? This article grapples with these fundamental questions in an endeavour to contribute to the ongoing and animated debate on the crisis of governance in Zimbabwe in the 21st century. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]