n African Security Review - Zimbabwe : governance through military operations : commentary

Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Extracted from text ... COMMENTARY ZIMBABWE: GOVERNANCE THROUGH MILITARY OPERATIONS MARTIN RUPIYA The military-style Operation Murambatsvina (Restore Order), which was launched on 19 May 2005 to curb urban-based 'informal trade and settlement', confirms a characteristic that continues to severely undermine Zimbabwe's democratic governance. However, this message appears to be lost on the government because, even after Murambatsvina drew widespread international condemnation, the state established another operation - Operation Garikai/Hlalani Kuhle - on 9 July 2005. Current evidence has shown colonels of regiments trying to again take the lead in motivating local government councils to embark upon the construction of housing units ..

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