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The Long Wait for Election Results Provokes Fear of Rigging in Zimbabwe

Why is it taking so long to get some answers?

In the suspiciously long wait for election results in Zimbabwe, Nelson Chamisa and Emmerson Mngangagwa are both sure they are winners.

Old habits die hard. It's been difficult to believe the promises from Zanu-PF that this election will be fair, yet Zimbabweans tried their best to vote yesterday. While international attention has made it harder for rigging to exist, there are still familiar stories about people showing up to vote and being told there is an "error" in their registration, of Zanu-PF taking too long to share results, and of the threat that there won't be a peaceful transfer of power if MDC wins.




Earlier today, Tendai Biti had a press conference where he expressed concerns about election rigging. Calling Zanu-PF the "merchants of chaos and bishops of electoral fraud," he said that 21% of V11 forms that give reports on polling stations have not been released.

Adding concerns for his safety Biti said, "Chiwenga has issued an assassination order of Biti and Chamisa... We are reliably informed."

While politicians have been throwing around accusations all elections season, the history of violence against the opposition of Zanu-PF makes these claims hard to ignore. It seems that MDC has decided to be proactive and pressure ZEC to release results faster than they might intend to.



It's been a disorienting couple of days, and it's been made more confusing by the ways that each side has proclaimed a victory. Biti is already calling Chamisa "President Chamisa" and Chamisa tweeted "Winning resoundingly....We've done exceedingly well." Clearly the strategy for each side is maintaining their political bravado and insisting that they have won despite the fact that most people have been unsure about the outcome of this election.

There can only be one winner though, and according to BBC, ZEC has until Saturday to offer the results.




Photo: Alvin Ukpeh.

The Year Is 2020 & the Future of Nigeria Is the Youth

We discuss the strength in resolve of Nigeria's youth, their use of social media to speak up, and the young digital platforms circumventing the legacy media propaganda machine. We also get first-hand accounts from young creatives on being extorted by SARS and why they believe the protests are so important.

In the midst of a pandemic-rife 2020, the voices of African youth have gotten louder in demand for a better present and future. From structural reforms, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and derelict states of public service, the youths have amplified their voices via the internet and social media, to cohesively express grievances that would hitherto have been quelled at a whisper.

Nigerian youth have used the internet and social media to create and sustain a loud voice for themselves. The expression of frustration and the calls for change may have started online, but it's having a profound effect on the lives of every Nigerian with each passing day. What started as the twitter hashtag #EndSARS has grown into a nationwide youth revolution led by the people.

Even after the government supposedly disbanded the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) unit on the 10th of October, young Nigerians have not relented in their demands for better policing. The lack of trust for government promises has kept the youth protesting on the streets and online.

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Interview: 808x On Crafting Different Sounds For the Diverse Innanetwav Roster

808x, the in-house producer for South Africa's popular hip-hop collective/label Innanetwav, breaks down his working process with artists and the importance of energy.

Reflecting on the early days of Cash Money Records during a conversation with legendary New Orleans producer Mannie Fresh earlier this year, Lil Wayne said:

"When we started, record labels had one producer for the whole record label. Meaning that Mannie Fresh produced every song on every album, from the intro to the artist."

Some labels, groups and collectives still observe that tradition. It, however, takes a producer with such versatility they could be mistaken to be different personalities altogether.

Joburg-based producer 808x is a great example of that type of producer. Being the in-house producer and engineer for one of the country's most versatile collectives and contemporary hip-hop labels, Innanetwav, 808x has to craft beats that slice through the spectrum of genres with inimitable fluidity and creativity.

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Namibia Announces Special Court in Response to #ShutItDown Protests

Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has announced the establishment of a special court to deal with sexual and gender-based violence but protestors are skeptical and continue to call for further action.

According to eNCA, Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has announced that the government will establish a special court for dealing with sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) cases. This follows the massive #ShutItDown protests that have been ongoing for two weeks now in the country. The protests were sparked by the reported news of a 22-year-old Namibian woman, Shannon Wasserfall, who was allegedly murdered at the hands of her boyfriend. Daisry Mathias, a presidential youth advisor, and representatives of the #ShutItDown protests were all part of the recent meeting with President Hage Geingob and Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. All parties briefed media after the controversial closed-door meeting. However, protestors have responded with skepticism and called the meeting non-transparent.

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#EndSARS: Nigerian Sports Stars Speak Up in Support of Ongoing Protests

Nigerian sports stars have amplified their voices through the continued #EndSARS banner by revealing their own harrowing experiences with the rogue special police unit.