The BBC World Service is holding a special debate in Zimbabwe just weeks ahead of historic elections. It is the latest in a series of debates across the world.
BBC World Questions – an international series of English language events created with the British Council – allows the public to question politicians, leaders and opinion formers directly face to face. The debates are led entirely by questions from the audience who are able to have their points heard around the world.
On July 3rd, BBC World Questions comes to Harare, Zimbabwe, to host a debate on the country’s political and economic future and to find out what Zimbabweans themselves think about world events.
World Questions comes to Zimbabwe at a crucial time in the country’s history. Zanu PF President Emmerson Mnangagwa – the man who replaced Robert Mugabe in November last year- has promised that the upcoming elections will be “free and fair” and that he offers a distinctly new vision for Zimbabwe. But he faces a challenge from Nelson Chamisa, the new leader of the opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change. What are the best solutions to the country’s crippling economic problems? Will the elections be peaceful – and credible?
Chairing the debate at the Meikles Hotel in Harare will be the BBC’s Allan Little, who will be joined by a panel of leading politicians and thinkers to debate questions from a public audience.
The panel will include:
Paul Mangwana – Zanu PF’s Secretary for Legal Affairs
Welshman Ncube – leader of the MDC-N party
Fadzayi Mahere – independent candidate
Trevor Ncube – newspaper publisher
BBC World Questions will be recorded in English on July 3rd at the Meikles Hotel in Harare at 18:00. To join in the debate and be part of the audience please apply for FREE tickets here
BBC World Questions: Harare will air on BBC World Service English on July 7th at 1900-2000 CAT and available online after that
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