John Campbell

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Campbell tracks political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Zimbabwe and Nigeria: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who Is the Most Corrupt of Them All?

by John Campbell
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe addresses supporters during celebrations to mark his 90th birthday in Marondera about 80km ( 50 miles) east of the capital Harare, February 23, 2014. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters) Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe addresses supporters during celebrations to mark his 90th birthday in Marondera about 80km ( 50 miles) east of the capital Harare, February 23, 2014. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters)

Robert Mugabe, the poster boy for bad governance in Africa, said last month that Zimbabweans were behaving “like Nigerians” with respect to bribes and corruption. This, he implied, is not a good thing. Read more »

Former President Mbeki Claims Former Prime Minister Blair Pressured Him to Invade Zimbabwe

by John Campbell
South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki (L) stands with Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe at Harare International Airport January 17, 2008. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters) South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki (L) stands with Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe at Harare International Airport January 17, 2008. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters)

In a recent al-Jazeera broadcast, former president of South Africa Thabo Mbeki claimed that then United Kingdom prime minister Tony Blair pressured him to cooperate on joint British–South African military action to depose Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe. Read more »

Afrobarometer Shows Mixed Results on Africa’s Fight Against Corruption

by Guest Blogger for John Campbell
A protester displays a modified Kenyan 1,000 Shilling note ($12) imprinted with an image of a pig to depict what he says is greed in lawmakers demanding for a pay rise, during a demonstration in Nairobi, June 11, 2013. (Noor Khamis/Courtesy Reuters) A protester displays a modified Kenyan 1,000 Shilling note ($12) imprinted with an image of a pig to depict what he says is greed in lawmakers demanding for a pay rise, during a demonstration in Nairobi, June 11, 2013. (Noor Khamis/Courtesy Reuters)

This is a guest post by Diptesh Soni. Diptesh is a master’s degree candidate at the Columbia University School of International Public Affairs (SIPA) studying economic and political development. You can read more by him at: https://dipteshsoni.contently.com/. Read more »

Tracking the Traffickers: Cyanide as Poachers’ Weapon of Mass Destruction

by John Campbell
A herd of elephants gather at a watering hole inside Hwange National Park, about 840 km (521 miles) outside Harare, October 28, 2013. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters) A herd of elephants gather at a watering hole inside Hwange National Park, about 840 km (521 miles) outside Harare, October 28, 2013. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters)

This is a guest post by Emily Mellgard, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program.

Reports began appearing in Zimbabwe in July and August that entire elephant herds were dead at watering holes. A recent aerial survey from professional hunters increased initial government estimates of the number of dead elephants from eighty-nine to over three hundred. Read more »

Why Did South Africa’s Jacob Zuma Cave to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe?

by John Campbell
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (L) and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma (R) visit a maize stand during their tour at Harare Agricultural Show, August 28, 2009. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters) Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (L) and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma (R) visit a maize stand during their tour at Harare Agricultural Show, August 28, 2009. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters)

Simukai Tinhu in Think Africa Press provides a credible answer as to why South African President Jacob Zuma seemingly abandoned his democratic principles and his African leadership role in the face of Zimbabwean strongman Robert Mugabe’s intransigence during his country’s July elections process. Read more »

U.S. Sanctions and Zimbabwe

by John Campbell
Crowds cheer Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe during a rally in the capital Harare March 2, 2011. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters) Crowds cheer Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe during a rally in the capital Harare March 2, 2011. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters)

Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF party repeatedly assert that the collapse of Zimbabwe’s economy is the result of Western–especially American–sanctions. He repeats it enough that African public opinion may start to believe it. Mugabe used sanctions as the pretext for refusing to allow U.S. election observers in Zimbabwe during the July elections this year. Read more »

President Robert Mugabe for Five More Years

by John Campbell
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace arrive for his inauguration as President, in Harare August 22, 2013. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters) Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace arrive for his inauguration as President, in Harare August 22, 2013. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters)

Emily Mellgard co-authored this post. Emily is the Africa research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Robert Mugabe retains his grip on Zimbabwe for another five years. The swearing in ceremony for his seventh term as the nation’s leader took place on August 22 at a stadium in the capital Harare. It was attended by forty visiting heads of state and busloads of supporters brought in from the provinces to show their loyalty to the “fearless revolutionary.” Read more »

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe: Unjust Rewards?

by John Campbell
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses the crowd gathered to commemorate Heroes Day in Harare August 12, 2013. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters) Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses the crowd gathered to commemorate Heroes Day in Harare August 12, 2013. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters)

Only weeks after he won Zimbabwe’s sham elections, Robert Mugabe was elected deputy chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Malawi’s president Joyce Banda was elected chairperson. After she completes her one-year term, Mugabe will become the chairperson. SADC, for the time being, has embraced Mugabe. Read more »

Zimbabwe Elections: Impact on “African Solutions”

by John Campbell
Supporters of ZANU-PF party celebrate with a coffin wrapped in a Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) flag in Mbare township, outside Harare August 4, 2013. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Courtesy Reuters) Supporters of ZANU-PF party celebrate with a coffin wrapped in a Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) flag in Mbare township, outside Harare August 4, 2013. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Courtesy Reuters)

In the wake of Zimbabwe’s elections on July 30, the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have declared the elections, which gave Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party a landslide victory, “free and fair.” Others, however are less convinced of the elections’ credibility. Read more »

Zimbabwe’s Post-Election Repression

by John Campbell
Zimbabwean police stand outside the opposition party Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) head offices in Harare August 1, 2013. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters) Zimbabwean police stand outside the opposition party Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) head offices in Harare August 1, 2013. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters)

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and his party ZANU-PF have consistently used repression to remain in power. The aftermath of the July 31 elections is no exception.

According to SW Radio Africa, “ZANU-PF youth militia are threatening to punish anyone who witnessed electoral fraud and speaks about it.” The Herald, a ZANU-PF organ, has published a warning from the senior assistant commissioner of police: “We want to warn politicians who are considering this option of inciting Zimbabweans into mass protests that it is not good for the country. Politicians should not blame the police when they find themselves on the wrong side of the law.” The Herald also reports that the police have mounted nationwide roadblocks and are searching vehicles moving toward city centers. ZANU-PF also uses traditional rulers as enforcers. Read more »