Opinion & Analysis

Zim hospitals in need of revival 16 August 2017 HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa had to be airlifted to South Africa last week to receive urgent medical assistance following suspected food poisoning. Mnangagwa fell ill in Gwanda, where he was attending President Robert Mugabe’s sixth youth interface meeting. He initially received ...
No public interest in running of local govt 16 August 2017 HARARE - The Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing recently held a national “Local Government Investment Conference’’ which it conveniently dubbed with a catchy acronym, Logic. According to the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe’s (UCAZ) organising committee for t...
Zim MPs must learn from SA counterparts 14 August 2017 HARARE - The “Rainbow Nation”, as South Africa is affectionately known, recently left their northern neighbours in Zimbabwe green with envy when that country’s highest court ruled their legislators could cast secret ballots in a confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma, whose second term at t...
Let's all ensure a crash-free holiday 13 August 2017 HARARE - Another popular travelling holiday — the Heroes and Defence Forces days — begins tomorrow with several people having already journeyed to different destinations across the country on Friday. Most of Zimbabwe’s roads are in a bad state, leaving travellers at the mercy of drivers of bot...
Zanu PF presidential hopefuls must open up 13 August 2017 HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi and First Lady Grace Mugabe must all start talking straight and openly declare their ambitions to take over from President Robert Mugabe. The crusade for the presidency has started slowly, with contenders playing th...
Avian flu exposes govt's weaknesses 12 August 2017 HARARE - The recurrence of avian flu, a lethal chicken virus which has been reported, for the second time, at one of the farms belonging to the country’s largest poultry producer Irvine’s, should be a major concern to  all of us. There is widespread panic among ordinary citizens and also anxie...
Time for Miss World Zim to get busy 11 August 2017 HARARE - Now that Miss World Zimbabwe 2017 Chiedza Lorraine Mhosva has officially received her prize money of $20 000 and a brand new Kia Picanto, it is time she gets down to serious business. The Miss World Zimbabwe title is not just about the glitz and glamour, it is also about the social re...
Concert violence must be slammed 10 August 2017 HARARE - The recent violence that erupted at a musical concert featuring international reggae star Busy Signal in Bulawayo over the weekend should be strongly condemned. Fans ran amok after Winky D walked off the stage in protest over poor sound and in the resultant mayhem, beer and other beve...
Tsvangirai must end culture of violence 9 August 2017 HARARE - On Saturday Morgan Tsvangirai was endorsed as the leader of an MDC Alliance comprising six other political parties in a development lauded as historic by multitudes fed up with President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF rule which they blame for their troubles. But hardly had the celebration...
Zipped when we should be speaking loudest 9 August 2017 HARARE - The combination of upcoming, potentially watershed elections and deadly infighting within the ruling Zanu PF party should make for exciting times for journalists. Not in Zimbabwe. At a time when news reporting should be at its most exciting, the trade has become a hazard as powerful a...
Mugabe should name successor 9 August 2017 HARARE - Our beloved Zimbabwe is once again on the edge politically, economically and, by extension, socially and the chorus that President Robert Mugabe needs to name a successor is increasingly becoming relevant with each day that passes. At the same time, opposition political parties must g...
Soldiers' actions expose bad policing 5 August 2017 HARARE - On Tuesday, hundreds of ordinary citizens witnessed a spectacle they felt would never occur in Zimbabwe — angry soldiers beating up uniformed police officers on the streets of Harare! Yes, it happened and much to the shock of many people. The incident was sparked by a reported use ...
How much has Tsvangirai raised? 4 August 2017 HARARE - Recent developments within the mainstream MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai, which point to the reality that the party is broke, is sad news. Sad news because, as the biggest opposition political party in the country that has “consumed” other small parties to form a grand coalition, everyo...
New strategies needed to mitigate cash crisis 4 August 2017 HARARE - The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s decision to introduce an additional $300 million bond notes will not help ease the current cash crisis. There was a lot of excitement and apprehension last year when the central bank introduced the $200 million Afreximbank-backed bond notes, with the maj...
Zivhu off-side 3 August 2017 HARARE - Chivi Rural District Council chairperson Killer Zivhu was off-side when he announced that there was no going back on the campaign by the Association of District Councils of Zimbabwe (ADCZ) to mobilise 2,3 million votes for President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF in the 2018 elections. Ziv...
Policy flip-flop costing Zim dearly 3 August 2017 HARARE - During the Mashonaland West youth interface rally last Saturday, Mugabe ordered the reinstatement of around 2 000 youth and gender officers who had been struck off the government payroll — as part of austerity measures — ostensibly because Cabinet had not sanctioned the move. For a go...
Politics must not be enmity 1 August 2017 HARARE - Last week, there was furore in the National Assembly after Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa pulled a shocker — highly esteemed auditor-general (AG) Mildred Chiri was stepping down. The Treasury chief, to the dismay of legislators across the political divide, went on to announce that...
First Lady conflating party and State 31 July 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's spin-doctor — George Charamba — is a British-trained Chevening scholar, who has admirably shaped the president's public image and runs the Munhumutapa Building communications office with aplomb. A jolly good fellow, he has achieved a meteoric rise as press se...
Every Zimbabwean deserves a better life 26 July 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe is said to have been touched by the plight of his former Presidential Affairs minister, Didymus Mutasa, who has been going through a rough patch ever since he was kicked out of the ruling Zanu PF party and government over two years ago. Mutasa was forced out of...
Hit terror groups the hardest 23 July 2017 HARARE - On Friday, President Robert Mugabe spoke for the first time on the emergence of terror groups that have brought horror to a number of communities that are now living in constant fear of being harangued by these marauding gangs. As the country's election-weary citizens tiptoe towards c...
We can't go on like this 22 July 2017 HARARE - In recent weeks Zimbabwe has witnessed the resurgence of politically-motivated and State-sponsored violence which rights and opposition groups say could be the harbinger for what is likely to happen in the coming months as the country prepares for the crucial 2018 national elections. ...
Consult widely on prepaid water meters 21 July 2017 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) should consult widely with residents before they roll out the controversial prepaid water meters. Residents believe the city should conduct joint meetings with all stakeholders to explain and justify prepaid water meters before they can introduce them to the ...
Police must deal with Zanu PF terror gangs 20 July 2017 HARARE - The resurfacing of terror gangs in several parts of the country — all of which are linked in one way or the other to the ruling Zanu PF — is indeed worrying. Their resurfacing must be least surprising as it is a reminder of the impending 2018 elections. Innocent and unsuspecting citiz...
Should Zim be run by statutory instruments? 19 July 2017 HARARE - This week, the Environmental Management Agency gave manufacturers and users of polystyrene material up to three months to comply with Statutory Instrument (SI) 84 of 2012, which prohibits the use of kaylites. SI 84 had caused a major uproar countrywide, with manufacturers of kaylites ...
Mzembi must know when to talk 18 July 2017 HARARE - The public quarrelling between Tourism and Hospitality minister Walter Mzembi and Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Karikoga Kaseke — over the sponsorship of Harare International Carnival — highlights the endemic culture of domineering and overbearing arrogance by politici...