Media appearances on Zimbabwe’s political crisis, post-Mugabe elections and economic outlook

November 2017

  • The military was likely to broker a power-sharing deal between Mugabe and former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, country risk analyst at IHS Markit Theophilus Acheampong said. https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/markets/2017-11-20-bonds-weaker-as-market-eyes-zimbabwe-and-credit-ratings-decisions/
  • Experts speculate that Mugabe will be held as a figurehead until a new ZANU-PF leader is anointed. “The military, using the leverage gained from the insurrection, is likely to broker a power-sharing deal and transitional agreement between President Mugabe and former VP Mnangagwa” IHS Markit Analyst Theophilus Acheampong says in an email. “Mnangagwa is likely to lead a transitional government, which will likely be composed of his allies including former finance minister Patrick Chinamasa.” http://time.com/5025028/zimbabwe-military-coup-robert-mugabe/
  • A leading contender to head a transitional government is Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose dismissal as vice president by Mugabe ultimately prompted the military to take over. It may include former Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa, who was fired last month, and possibly Joice Mujuru, who established her own opposition party after Mugabe dismissed her as vice president in 2014, according to Theophilus Acheampong, a risk analyst at IHS Markit… A leading contender to head a transitional government is Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose dismissal as vice president by Mugabe ultimately prompted the military to take over. It may include former Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa, who was fired last month, and possibly Joice Mujuru, who established her own opposition party after Mugabe dismissed her as vice president in 2014, according to Theophilus Acheampong, a risk analyst at IHS Markit. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-16/zimbabwe-army-eyes-transition-as-it-pursues-criminal-officials
  • The army is expected to negotiate a power transfer to Mnangagwa, according to Theophilus Acheampong, researcher at international analytics firm IHR Markit? “Mnangagwa is likely to lead a transitional government, which will likely be composed of his allies,” said Acheampong http://www.iii.co.uk/alliance-news/1510813979254303400-3/zimbabweans-greet-military-takeover-with-mix-of-joy-and-unease
  • Mnangagwa is the leading contender to head a transitional government, which may include members of the opposition. It may also include former Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa, who was fired last month, and Joice Mujuru, who established her own party after Mugabe dismissed her as vice president in 2014, according to Theophilus Acheampong, a risk analyst at IHS Markit. http://nationalpost.com/news/world/zimbabwes-new-military-rulers-hit-a-roadblock-mugabes-refusal-to-resign
  • Ultimately, Zimbabwe’s growth depends on what kind of government results from the current upheaval, said Theophilus Acheampong, Zimbabwe analyst at IHS Markit. “Improvement in the liquidity and FX flows over the medium-term, possibly driven by increased agricultural output, (could) improve electricity supply and minerals production,” Acheampong told CNBC. “Mwangagwa’s allies coming back to government means that these proposals are likely to go ahead as the country carves a new image for itself on the political and economic front with various pro-business reforms that will attract FDI into the country.” https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/16/zimbabwe-economic-growth-could-be-huge-after-mugabe-.html
  • BBC Business Live Interview on 16 November 2017:

July-August 2018

  • I was on the BBC World News’ Business Briefing this morning to discuss Zimbabwe’s post-election economic outlook. I discussed issues including public-sector reform, resolving the debt and currency crisis and role of supranational agencies such as the IMF, African Development Bank and China. Wishing my beloved Zimbabweans violence-free elections today. A new and prosperous Zimbabwe beckons whatever the outcome, be it ZANU-PF or the MDC Alliance.
  • Sky TV news discussion on Zimbabwe’s post-election political violence and economic outlook.

 

 

 

 

 

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Theo Acheampong
Theo is an economist and social media enthusiast who provides regular commentary on socioeconomic and political developments in Ghana and Africa at large. Theo is passionate about leadership, entrepreneurship and the role of innovative technologies in solving Africa's developmental challenges.