Revisting the Political Philosophy of Nicollo Machiaevelli: Reflections on Governance and The Rule of Law in Zimbabwe.
J. Moyounotsva Marava

Governance and the rule of law have become a topical agenda in the academic and international conferences and the issue of human rights violation has been widely discussed both formally and informally in Zimbabwe and in other African states. Media is dominated by political discourse centered on governance and the rule of law. The colonisation of Zimbabwe and other African countries marked the collapse of law and order among the Africans, thus giving birth to violence. Globalisation has also contributed towards the complications in setting an ideal framework to define and operationalise the two concepts at both national as well as at international level. As a global village, the world should be governed from a common holistic platform and this calls for an ideal comprehensive legal framework that can cut across the whole world. The overall objective is human security and respect of human rights. Security and human rights compromise the most ambiguous and controversial concerns for the African community. To achieve the research objectives questionnaires and interviews were used including the use of secondary data sources. The methodology for my research work is new hermeneutics and philosophical analytical methods. Results from this research show a number of emerging views on governance and the rule of law across Africa. The most widely accepted though a disputed view is that African politics is incomplete if not accompanied by violence, rigging and corruption. This paper shows that the rights to a standard of living, adequate security, medical care, land and peace have become the right for politicians rather than common people.

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