Letters to the Editor

Address Beitbridge water supply challenges 4 April 2017 EDITOR — It sounds quite strange to hear that water charges in Beitbridge are so high compared with other towns in Zimbabwe. One would expect Beitbridge to have the cheapest water because the distance from the water source to the point of consumption is just too short. Being the busiest bor...
Develop reliable energy sources 17 March 2017 EDITOR — The country must develop sustainable renewable energy sources to cushion the economy from the devastating effects of power shortages. It is imperative that our policy makers look into the aspect of energy provision with an inclination towards establishing our own reliable energy sourc...
Corporal punishment must never be viewed as violence 8 March 2017 EDITOR — Children have to be put on a leash. A child who grows without the leash of fear of the stick meanders boundlessly into forbidden seams of the social realm. The element of force is an essential societal tool which has to be used to coerce delinquents into desired order. Every country h...
Teacher-pupil ratio cause for concern 7 March 2017 EDITOR — The teacher to pupil ratio in most primary and secondary schools in Zimbabwe currently stands at 1:50 and in some extreme cases one teacher to 80 learners, a scenario which definitely compromises quality of the end result. Just imagine how parents are traumatised and tormented by just...
Xenophobic attacks unacceptable 1 March 2017 EDITOR — The resurgence of xenophobic attacks in neighbouring South Africa is quite disturbing. We point out to the fact that part of progress in South Africa was a result of African efforts through the support of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU), especially duri...
Parly can do more to enhance its PR 28 February 2017 EDITOR — Our Parliament can do much more to engage the public in activities of the House. First, Parliament needs an overhaul in order to restore its credibility before the public. If we still have a Parliament where legislators largely prioritise issues concerning their welfare rather than th...
Stop abusing command agric 23 February 2017 EDITOR — In as far as the government is doing a good job in distributing tractors, scotch carts and other agricultural inputs to farmers in most parts of the country, these implements are being abused by those who wield power here in Buhera. It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter as...
Air Zim needs good management 14 February 2017 EDITOR — The Finance minister must not act as if he is an agent of some aircraft manufacturers. AirZim needs not buy new air craft. It can lease them. All it needs, however, are the following: — Working capital, say $100 million to fund some severance packages, pay expenses for the first six m...
I beg to differ Chihuri... 8 February 2017 EDITOR - Last week, Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri was quoted saying corruption within the police force was to do with how us parents bring up children and not necessarily a police force origination since they only have six months to mould a police officer. ...
Opposition parties coalition not feasible 30 January 2017 EDITOR — The much talked about formation of the grand coalition among the opposition political parties in the country supposedly fronted by the former Vice President Joice Mujuru of the Zimbabwe People First party as leader and Morgan Tsvangirai of the MDC is a script on paper which is not feasib...
Embrace wildlife conservation practices 26 January 2017 EDITOR — It makes sad reading to hear claims by locals that the number of elands in Chimanimani Eland Sanctuary is fast dwindling amid fears of rampant poaching activities. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) should get tough on poaching activities not only at the eland...
Govt must attend to drug shortages urgently 19 January 2017 EDITOR — I read with dismay that hospitals in Zimbabwe are running short of crucial drugs. This had me thinking how people's lives will be saved if the hospitals that are supposed to help them run out of crucial drugs. Most of us were aware that the country's public health sector was collap...
Parents must be exemplary in raising children 15 January 2017 EDITOR - I wonder everyday when I walk through the streets of Harare and see the youth of today's disturbing behaviour. It hurts me more to see them indulge in activities that they know are deviant to our society. Consumption of drugs to excess has become a habit, clubbing has become a hobb...
Let's shun corruption 15 January 2017 EDITOR - Zimbabwe is past the tipping point of no return as far as corruption is concerned. I can't understand how our president and some of his ministers can stand before the public and say they are busy trying to fight corruption when the situation is so bad. Corruption and rot in this co...
Urban tollgates unrealistic 4 January 2017   EDITOR — The residents are right in rejecting the introduction of urban tollgates that were proposed last week by the Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere. The suggestion by Kasukuwere that councils should install tollgates to collect revenue is just unrealistic and unfair to the ...
Roadblocks have become ineffective 3 January 2017 EDITOR — It has become a trend in Zimbabwe during the festive season that on our highways there many   roadblocks that are meant to ensure public safety. Recently, I travelled by road from Harare to Murambinda, Chivhu and Harare and, as expected, I found many roadblocks on my way, but to my su...
I am not a gold digger, as suggested! 23 December 2016 EDITOR - I hereby write this letter to set the record straight on an article carried by your paper on 28 November headlined: Ex pursues lover, which I found to be defamatory and offensive as it was not what I gave your reporter during an interview. The article insinuated I was a gold digger an...
Reinstating student grants right move 21 December 2016 EDITOR — I applaud the government for resolving to reintroduce student grants which were scrapped several years ago. The move will go a long way in assisting students to meet some of their requirements. Many students have dropped out of college over the years owing to financial challenges. ...
Let's unite to rebuild Zim 16 December 2016 EDITOR — As a nation, we need to come up with policies which will create room for trust from our citizens and international community. Mutual trust is the firmest building block in rebuilding the broken walls of Zimbabwe. Without it, the whole structure comes down. Trustworthiness is a high...
Norton has been an eye-opener 7 November 2016 EDITOR — Now that the Norton by-election has come and gone we need to take stock. Firstly congratulations to Temba Mliswa and those Norton citizens who were brave enough to stand up to Zanu PF. There is no need to congratulate anyone for having woken up to how useless any Zanu PF candidate wou...
Strange case of Zim's IMF's repayment 30 October 2016 EDITOR — On October 28, 2016, Zimbabwe utilised part of its Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) to settle the $108 million it owed to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust Fund (PRGT), which funds were held and kept at the IMF. The timing of this payment and the ...
Govt must treat its workers equally 23 October 2016 EDITOR - The preferential treatment the broke Zanu PF government has been according Zimbabwe’s uniformed forces through early payment of their salaries shows how President Robert Mugabe uses the divide and rule tactic to manipulate government workers. Government coffers are dry and we all know...
Zanu PF should fulfil its promise 23 October 2016 EDITOR — Zanu PF bankrolls many development plans, economic blueprints every time when there is an election or when we near an election. This only highlights it’s intention to win all the elections. Last week, Zanu PF unveiled thousands of stands in Norton just in time for the by-election held...
Police should help Zacc investigate graft 14 October 2016 EDITOR — Your Monday story on probable fraud at Zimdef refers. Obert Gutu of MDC is right to be frustrated by the lack of action on the part of the authorities. By now solid statements should be coming from the following: Zimdef management and Trustees or Board; The Presidency', Zimbabwe...
Reburial of Moyo's father an eye-opener 13 October 2016 EDITOR — The granting of the authority to exhume, for reburial in a decent place, the remains of Jonathan Moyo's late father is a landmark development, which sets a precedence. I have no doubt in my mind that many families who lost their beloved ones during what President Robert Mugabe describ...