Pedzisai Ruhanya is a Zimbabwean academic, journalist, and political commentator. He has written articles for Al Jazeera. Ruhanya is the director of the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI).


He studied journalism, political science, sociology and Human Rights Law at the Universities of Zimbabwe, Essex (UK) and Westminster (UK). He is a former Hubert Humphrey Fellow on International Human Rights Law with the Universities of Minnesota and New York (USA). postdoctoral Research Fellow with the University of Johannesburg's Faculty of Humanities.[1] During his fellowship year at the University of Minnesota, Ruhanya focused on international human rights law and the law of armed conflict.[2]


Ruhanya was the Programs Manager for the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition which he joined in 2004. He coordinated the organization’s activities, including the documentation of human rights abuses and research in comparative human rights violations, promotion, and protection in Southern Africa.[2]


  • The History and Political Transition of Zimbabwe: From Mugabe to Mnangagwa


  1. Pedzisai Ruhanya, Al Jazeera, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: January 19, 2021
  2. 2.0 2.1 2008 - 2009 Humphrey Fellows, University of Minnesota, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: January 19, 2021