Letters to the Editor

Open letter to Sulu Chimbetu 16 February 2016 EDITOR — I write about what transpired on October 31, 2015 in Mabvuku at one of your shows where the fans were tear-gassed. I want you to know that I am a Dendera fan since the days of your father Simon “Chopper, Mr Benson, Mr Viscos” Chimbetu. When I see you perform the song Shura Regore R...
City parking employees should work diligently 3 February 2016 EDITOR — I write this letter with disappointment following the number of vehicles that I see clamped within the Harare Central Business District. I am aware that the council is on a drive to make money but they also have to consider that vehicle owners would love to pay but most of the times d...
Fuel prices 'must' go down 28 January 2016 EDITOR — With the global oil prices tumbling to around $30 a barrel it is of major concern that fuel prices remain high in Zimbabwe with motorists being forced to fork out up to $1,40 per litre for petrol despite being blended with locally-processed ethanol. As the international prices continu...
Are the Warriors really serious? 26 January 2016 EDITOR — The early exit of Zimbabwe national soccer team — the Warriors — from the 2016 Chan tournament was such a disappointment. As a nation, we expected our team not to be eliminated in the early stages of the tournament but to at least proceed to the next round. My question now is are o...
Vital to know our HIV status 14 January 2016 EDITOR — Many people have lost relatives and friends to HIV and Aids. Some children have lost both parents and it is their grandparents and other relatives who have to take care of them. Back in the 1990s, stigmatisation and discrimination was at its peak and most people did not care to kno...
Investigate rampant corrupt activities in schools 12 January 2016 EDITOR — As schools open for the first term of 2016, I have noticed how some learning institutions are fleecing parents of their hard-earned cash by putting up atrocious demands. An example is that of a school in Hatfield that is demanding you pay $10 for their branded book covers among other ...
Govt should take education seriously 30 December 2015 EDITOR — Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. This is absolutely true. Think about a world where everyone is educated or has knowledge; we would not be racists, or tribalists. We would not hate fellow human beings simply be...
Police officers should have names on uniforms 15 December 2015 EDITOR — I believe that police officers should have their names and force numbers on their uniforms' shirts front pockets to curb corruption. Because not doing so is promoting corruption. In other countries that is what they do so that when a police officer approaches you, you can call him ...
Media must report objectively 11 December 2015 EDITOR — This letter is in response to a story published in yesterday's edition of the Daily News titled “Mushowe calls for balanced reporting”. I also echo the same sentiments highlighted by the Information minister that the media should report objectively in a balanced and credible way. T...
Zesa must take action 10 December 2015 EDITOR — A picture you published in your paper on page 9 of November 18 (pictured) has prompted me to make some few comments on it. It was a picture of a cyclist looking at a gum tree on a residential property in Parktown between Stonebridge Road and Solomon Mazorodze Road. The old tree loo...
Vehicle clamping charges too high 10 November 2015 EDITOR — I would like to appeal to the City of Harare to reduce the amount that they charge for clamped vehicles. The amount that is being charged is just too much in this harsh economic environment. The council should revise the figure of $57 because that is just too much as many people ca...
Mugabe succession: Let's think outside the box 20 October 2015 EDITOR — Allow me to express my views on the hot topic of succession in Zanu PF. I have been a staunch supporter of Zanu PF under President Robert Mugabe for more than two decades but it does not make me blind to the realities on the ground. One of the most contentious issues which is slowly e...
Police officers should identify themselves 11 October 2015 EDITOR — With the increase in people masquerading as law enforcement officers, police must identify themselves when asked to. It's a matter of prudence and vigilance that the public should exercise. What is shocking, however, is that police officers are offended when asked to identify themselv...
Has Zhuwao lost his marbles? 6 October 2015 EDITOR — There is something seriously wrong in Zimbabwe today. Companies are already struggling owing to a difficult operating environment. While some in Cabinet are trying to find ways of attracting investment, one — Indigenisation minister Patrick Zhuwao — is actually proposing to impose ...
Mujuru blueprint: Don't get too excited yet 14 September 2015 EDITOR — I am surprised as to what people are getting so excited about with regards the recent political developments in the country. I think this excitement is born out of desperation and frustration. If Mai Mujuru had not been booted out of Zanu PF, do you think she would be publishing th...
Churches must impart good morals 3 September 2015 EDITOR — Please allow me through your paper to express my sincere gratitude to the AFM Church in Zimbabwe for successfully holding their centenary celebrations. In a world that has given in to poverty, war, hate, adultery, homosexuality, crime and violence, the church has stood as the only sou...
Have a heart Mr President 24 August 2015 EDITOR — It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this short missive to President Robert Mugabe, the commander-in-chief of the Zimbabwe National Army and chancellor of all State universities, on the continued decline of the economy. My interest sir — I'm sure this could be yours as well — is...
Battle with vendors far from over 12 August 2015 EDITOR — The government and the city councils must not celebrate their eviction of vendors from city centres. Yes the streets are much cleaner but from where I stand the battle over the vending issue if far from over. My point is that as long as the government and the councils do not put th...
Good job, Mildred Chiri 21 July 2015 EDITOR — I take my hat off to the Auditor General Mildred Chiri for her commendable work that truly defines her as a genuine patriotic Zimbabwean. She has been at the forefront of exposing huge cases of corruption, financial mismanagement and other underhand dealings involving top government o...
Farewell, Chenjerai Hove 17 July 2015 EDITOR — The MDC has learnt with sadness the passing on of renowned author Chenjerai Hove who is reported to have succumbed to liver failure while in exile in Norway. The country and literary community has lost a talented, fearless and principled writer who contributed immensely towards the ed...
Media should not give up on Dzamara 25 June 2015 EDITOR — I write once again to remind the media fraternity, civil society and other concerned groups to continue to make noise about one of their own who has been missing for several months now; Itai Dzamara. So far, calls for his search or investigations about his abduction have died down to ...
Pari Hospital fees hike unwarranted 16 June 2015 EDITOR — The hiking of admission fees by 100 percent with effect from last week by Parirenyatwa Hospital spells doom for thousands of Zimbabweans who do not have medical insurance. This means that 90 percent of the 13 million population who do not have medical insurance and at least 80 percent...
MDC condemns Mphoko's remarks on Gukurahundi 17 May 2015 EDITOR — The MDC has been totally taken aback by the crude and bizarre remarks that were made by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko in Masvingo last Thursday regarding the Gukurahundi genocide. What we find totally appalling is the fact that this is the second time in as many months that Mphoko...
Improve medical supplies in hospitals 7 April 2015 EDITOR — The government, and the ministry of Health and Child Care in particular, should try and make sure that medication needed by patients is readily available at hospitals. Recently, one of my relatives was admitted at a provincial hospital  and I was surprised that all the medication that...
Nothing wrong with Mugabe travelling but... 25 March 2015 EDITOR — It seems people are now very worried about President Robert Mugabe's extensive travels around the globe as if he does it out of sheer pleasure of flying. I feel it is unfair to blame him for “just doing his job” because he still has election promises to deliver as well as regional obl...
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