While no ruling party has yet been unseated, the alienation and frustration expressed by a new generation has sent a sharp message in South Africa, Zambia, and even Zimbabwe.
Millions in parts of eastern and southern Africa are facing the worst drought in three decades. Only 15 percent of the $155 million needed for relief aid has been funded to date.
The killing of Cecil the lion by a US hunter in Zimbabwe is drawing attention to the money side of hunting lions and other 'trophy' wildlife.
The southern African strong man was greeted by President Xi Jinping in a full state visit to China. But did Mugabe put up all his minerals and ore for a badly needed loan?
The harvest brought in about $50 million more than last year. In spite of so many farmers growing the crop, they are unable to reach the volumes grown in the days of commercial farming.
When Mugabe drove 4,000 productive white farmers off their land a decade ago it was a tragedy. Kicking out the last 150 seems like a sad farce. Let's hope that cooler heads prevail.
With six failed banks and runaway corruption, most places in Africa would be looking at a military coup. But the dictator's grip remains strong and he may simply print more money.
Ten sad legacies bestowed by Zimbabwe's perpetual strongman on his nation and people.
A dictator's guide.
Zimbabwe's flawed election is not the only issue. Africa's southern tier faces potentially volatile elections in Madagascar this year, and Mozambique and Malawi in 2014.