Opinion & Analysis

CIO tarnishing pfeesident's reputation 16 June 2019 © I WOULD like to apologise to my dear readers for the no show last week as I had to attend to an urgent family emergency in my rural home.
Economic reform: This  is not time to turn back. . . unpacking deep seated structural disequilibria, exchange controls 16 June 2019 © FOREIGN exchange controls in Zimbabwe can be traced back to the pre-Independence era when Rhodesia adopted an inward-looking strategy in response to sanctions imposed on it when it unilaterally declared independence in 1965. 
It's time shops price their goods fairly 10 June 2019 © LAST week the country's biggest beverages company — Delta Beverages — announced that it had reduced prices of its products including lager beers and soft drinks following an improvement on availability of foreign currency on the interbank market. This was a welcome development as Delta's ann...
We need food not guns 10 June 2019 © GOVERNMENT'S recent purchase of weaponry as reported in media circles has shown that President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration is gearing itself for a brutal confrontation with defenceless Zimbabweans. Instead of addressing people's concerns that range from the daily skyrocketing of prices ...
We can do better! 7 June 2019 © A WAR of words that has erupted between the ruling Zanu PF government and the opposition MDC is aggravating an already bad situation. The hyped political talk between the country's political titans is ruffling feathers and worsening the hostilities between them. If common sense continues to el...
Dismal performance on reforms 7 June 2019 ELEVEN months since the 2018 harmonised elections, Zimbabwe's performance in addressing reforms has been nothing short of dismal. Efforts towards real reforms given the country's historical electoral and political challenges could have been bearing fruits by now had sincere efforts been made towa...
More should follow Delta Beverages's lead 6 June 2019 © ZIMBABWEANS are feeling the pinch of the fast-decaying economy which has been precipitated by the bond note and RTSG$ loss of value on the parallel market. Ever since Finance minister Mthuli Ncube announced that the bond note's value was no longer at par with the United States dollar, everythin...
Chief Ndiweni must be sanctioned 6 June 2019 THE duties of a chief are enshrined in the Traditional Leaders Act chapter 29:17 which was enacted in 1998. As head of his or her chieftains the chief has to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters, unable to vote or stand for election, however, the chief does have important cer...
ED, Chamisa talks are unavoidable 6 June 2019 © THE recent call by Zanu PF youth league political commissar Godfrey Tsenengamu for an all-inclusive dialogue is a breath of fresh air.  Tsenengamu’s refreshingly candid view demonstrates that there are also people in the ruling party who want President Emmerson Mnangagwa to hold talks with the ...
Rectify pitfalls in tobacco sector 5 June 2019 Government must correct pitfalls in the  tobacco sector. Soon, the tobacco marketing season will be coming to an end, bringing the curtains down to an eventful season. Renowned agriculture economist Peter Gambara and many other experts in the field predict that given the challenges encountered by...
Mtanda Moyo appointment OK but... 3 June 2019 LAST Thursday President Emmerson Mnangagwa swore-in the new chairperson of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) — High Court judge Loice Matanda Moyo — amid concerns that she is conflicted. Matanda Moyo is a veteran lawyer who has previously held influential positions as director of ...
Are we missing something? 3 June 2019 © THE late Dumiso Dabengwa was no ordinary man. Zimbabwe's history would be incomplete if it does not mention the heroic exploits of the Black Russian — as Dabengwa was affectionately known.
Praz has huge task ahead 2 June 2019 © IT WAS a refreshing day for Zimbabweans after President Emmerson Mnangagwa officially launched the State Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Praz) in Harare last Thursday
Bees deliver more  than just honey 2 June 2019 © IT has often been said that honey bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. Most crops grown for their fruits require pollination by insects. 
'ED must swallow his pride' 2 June 2019 © FORMER MDC Women's Assembly chairperson Lynnet Karenyi-Kore was elected one of the party's vice presidents along with Welshman Ncube and Tendai Biti at the just-ended party congress. The Daily News on Sunday's Senior Writer Mugove Tafirenyika spoke to her on the congress and her new role.
Chickens are coming home to roost, already! 2 June 2019 © IT is now six months since I started to write this column.  As I reflect on the issues that I have debated, I am agonised by how much of what I warned against, has already, regrettably and unfortunately, been proven.
Dabengwa: The epitome of hero 31 May 2019 © THE overwhelming way in which people in Zimbabwe and beyond are mourning the loss of liberation war stalwart Dumiso Dabengwa is yet another reminder that genuine heroes are just that; they don't need to be validated by some committee of one political party which might not be necessarily made up...
Gumbo has '18 lives' 31 May 2019 A FEW weeks ago, Joram Gumbo was one of the most quoted ministers in the press, not entirely for the right reasons. Until his recent reassignment from the Energy ministry to the President's Office, Gumbo's track record was fraught with accusations of protecting corrupt individuals, especially tho...
Govt must improve on communication 30 May 2019 © PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration has a communication crisis on its hands which may undo all the good works it is trying to do. Earlier this week, there was huge speculation on social media of an imminent rise in fuel prices from RTGS$4,97 to RTGS$7,89 per litre for petrol and RTGS...
Grain millers are haemorrhaging 30 May 2019 THE current economic changes, precipitated by exchange rate movements since last week, are impacting negatively on the viability of the grain milling industry. The elimination of the concessionary 1;1 rate by the central bank is a welcome development as it seeks to remove market distortions. Howe...
Govt should cushion farmers 29 May 2019 © STATISTICS from the Tobacco Industry Marketing Board (TIMB) show a 23 percent drop in tobacco sales from the 115,1 million kilogrammes (kg) delivered last year.  As of day 37 of the 2019 marketing season only 87,8 million kg of tobacco had been delivered at both auction and contract floors. ...
Dabengwa: Liberator, peacemaker 29 May 2019 © THE sun set on Dumiso Dabengwa when he passed on. This happened on May 23, 2019 at Nairobi Airport, Kenya on his way back from India where he had gone to seek medical treatment.  Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences are with the entire family and relatives who lost our illustrious s...
Real work starts now for Chamisa, MDC 28 May 2019 © THE MDC congress is done and dusted, however, the real work for Nelson Chamisa and company starts now. Chamisa has the huge task of uniting the MDC and prove to both ordinary Zimbabweans and MDC supporters that he is a leader and unifier — whether he is criticised or praised for decisions likel...
Africa in age of capitalism, neo-imperialism 28 May 2019 © ONE of my first lectures in graduate school was on how “enlightenment era” Europe imagined and mapped Africa.  And some of the first maps were silent about the interior save for pyramids to the north, elephants on coasts and an unknown “darkness” in the centre.  All accompanied by myths of dem...
Real work starts now for Chamisa, MDC 27 May 2019 © THE MDC congress is done and dusted, however, the real work for Nelson Chamisa and company starts now. Chamisa has the huge task of uniting the MDC and prove to both ordinary Zimbabweans and MDC supporters that he is a leader and unifier — whether he is criticised or praised for decisions likely..
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