Letters to the Editor

UN, AU please help Zim 3 August 2017 EDITOR — Following a clear defeat at the hands of Morgan Tsvangirai in 2008, President Robert Mugabe withheld the announcement of results as he planned a way of robbing Zimbabweans of sweet victory and force himself back onto the people of Zimbabwe. The alleged strategy involved misrepresentin...
Surely, does Zim deserve all this? 31 July 2017 EDITOR — I think the chickens are surely coming home to roost now. The goings-on in the ruling Zanu PF party in the last couple of weeks have never been so ominous. We have seen men, real men being humiliated, mutilated and undressed in public by First Lady Grace Mugabe. All this has hap...
Govt should audit police lifestyles 7 July 2017 EDITOR — The reported $14 million raised by the police from roadblocks is way below the mark. It is a tip of the iceberg. Most police officers have at least two cellphones each, laptops, iPhones and iPads. No other settlement has satellite dishes more than a police camp. Police statio...
Advanced spikes not the solution 6 July 2017 EDITOR — The recent announcement by Home Affairs deputy minister Obedingwa Mguni in Senate last week that police will use an advanced spike system will not solve the problems that we have on our roads. There is no need to go to town about such a system which only works for those vehicles that ...
Legislators must be elected on merit 4 July 2017 EDITOR — In one of the articles that appeared in the press last week, women parliamentarians were demanding that the proposed amendments to the Electoral Act include clauses that create constituencies that are exclusively for women so that it becomes compulsory that at least 50 percent parliament...
Female MPs should be elected on merit 28 June 2017 EDITOR — I am responding to an article titled Female MPs demand more Parly seats in one of the Daily News editions last week where women  parliamentarians were demanding that the proposed amendments to the Electoral Act include clauses that create constituencies that are exclusively for women so ...
That's the way to go Tshinga Dube 27 June 2017 EDITOR — War Veterans minister Tshinga Dube must be commended for speaking freely and frankly about succession in Zanu PF and in the country's highest office. There is no shortage for potential successors, like in other countries. For the State presidency, he is one, as are the two vice presid...
Zec must adhere to best principles of voter registration 23 June 2017 EDITOR — The Election Resource Centre (ERC), notes with concern the reintroduction of the proof of residence as a prerequisite for one to register to vote without any other alternative. This happening ahead of the imminent voter registration exercise potentially threatens the principle of incl...
Govt's call for blood price slash commendable 4 June 2017 EDITOR — The recent call by the Health ministry  to the National Blood Services of Zimbabwe to find ways of reducing the price of blood, which is considered too high compared to other countries in the region, is very noble. Many people have been complaining about the high cost of blood in this...
Mugabe must provide jobs for all 26 May 2017 EDITOR — President Robert Mugabe has failed to create jobs for youths in Zimbabwe, but for his son in-law Simbarashe Chikore and his daughter, Bona, he has successfully managed to do that. Out of 2,2 million jobs promised it seems only two have been created and with only a year left, Mugabe ha...
Let's all play our part 13 April 2017 EDITOR — One thing that has become patently and painfully clear to me is a lesson from history: the peaceful masses are irrelevant. The saying that goes, “Evil only flourishes when good men do nothing,” becomes crystal clear when looking back over Zimbabwe's history and the current complete an...
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...