Opinion & Analysis

Mugabe: Master at ducking responsibility 27 April 2017 HARARE - Ever since the controversial July 2013 elections, Zimbabweans have been scrounging for survival amid a plethora of challenges. The ruling Zanu PF — victorious in the heavily contested polls — entered a new trajectory characterised by deadly internal squabbles, at a time the general so...
With Mugabe, Zanu PF it is suffer continue 26 April 2017 HARARE - An ancient African saying that “when elephants fight it is the grass that suffers” rings loud in the Zimbabwean context where our politicians are oblivious of the pain they are causing to over 14 million people in their blind pursuit for power. Zanu PF factions are expending energy, f...
Obert Mpofu must shut up: Moyo 25 April 2017 HARARE - While on government duty in India, my attention has been drawn to reckless, irresponsible, disrespectful and unacceptable remarks about me by Obert Mpofu made in the glare of the media at an extraordinary meeting of Zanu PF's Matabeleland North provincial coordinating committee in Lupane...
Address needs of learners with disabilities 25 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is a community that is hypothetically dedicated to equal access and accommodation for all its members. However, we believe that when it comes to an education policy tailored for disabled students’ needs, the State is falling short. Elsewhere in this edition, we report that...
We can't continue blaming sanctions 24 April 2017 HARARE - If there is one thing that Zanu PF politicians, including President Robert Mugabe, have perfected in the last decade, it is to blame sanctions for everything that has gone bad in this country. This very disconcerting propaganda has been given legs by government which is funding a rese...
We must not forget the rural population 23 April 2017 HARARE - As reported elsewhere in this edition, the rise in the demand for card-swipe or point-of-sale (POS) machines appears to be fairly good news for all Zimbabweans. However, there is need for citizens to be circumspect as cascading the technology may only be easy in urban areas. Zimbab...
Chivamba is NOT a hero! 21 April 2017 HARARE - It is said in Shona that “wafa anaka”, which loosely interpreted means that the civil thing that people tend to do when somebody passes away — no matter how bad the deceased was — is not to dwell too much on that person's errant ways. Even though we at the Daily News always try our be...
Mugabe living in Cloud cuckoo land 20 April 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday wasted a golden opportunity to pronounce key solutions to economic challenges affecting the masses such as a debilitating cash crunch that is threatening to break the country apart. To say Zimbabwe is a pale shadow of its former self would be an unde...
'Our liberators freed us in order to capture us' 19 April 2017 HARARE - As Zimbabweans celebrate 37 years of independence, the Daily News spoke to a number of people with diverse interests to find out how our journey has been so far. Zimbabwe’s independence is celebrated on April 18 each year since President Robert Mugabe was voted into office in 1980. ...
Zanu PF violence cause for concern 18 April 2017 HARARE - Despite President Robert Mugabe’s calls for calm in Zanu PF in response to the several demonstrations held countrywide against embattled party national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, deadly violence erupted in Harare on Saturday as supporters from opposing camps turned on each o...
Do Zimbabweans deserve all this? 16 April 2017 HARARE - The cash shortages affecting Zimbabwe today are nothing new; this is familiar territory people trudged during the tumultuous years of 2008-9. We warned before that the signs were ominous when government introduced bond notes last year, ostensibly as an export incentive which would als...
Football thrives on vibrant junior policies 14 April 2017 HARARE - With only two weeks into the 2017 Castle Lager Premiership season, it is disappointing to note that a lot of fans have already started complaining about the lack of goals. Over the years, local strikers and attack-minded midfielders have become very goal-shy. CAPS United forward Le...
The reality of Easter is what matters 14 April 2017 HARARE - Every year, we are never short of people, including Christians, who misguidedly attack Easter and Christmas celebrations as if Christians are committing a great sin by taking over originally pagan celebrations to serve the cause of Christ. Now, I must make it clear from the onset that...
Police must walk the talk 13 April 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has, for the past few weeks, been telling all and sundry that they will reduce roadblocks on the country’s roads and highways and that the law did not permit their members to throw spikes at moving vehicles. However, nothing has changed. In fact, the...
Opposition should learn from Mwenezi poll 12 April 2017 HARARE - The country’s disjointed opposition parties should draw lessons from the recently-held Mwenezi by-elections that Zanu PF will not reform itself out of power, but will instead push for elections under conditions that guarantee its victory. While the main opposition party, the Movement ...
TBs set to worsen Zim's situation 11 April 2017 HARARE - Revelations that government is issuing Treasury Bills to raise money to pay bonuses for the 300 000-plus civil service confirms what we have been saying all along. Government’s decision to pay the unbudgeted 2016 bonus after pressure from employee unions is likely to worsen the situat...
Zec independence important 10 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Election Commission (Zec) independence is the top most important ingredient of free and fair elections. All other technologies and mechanisms are useless if Zec is not an independent electoral body.  All political parties, Zanu PF included should aim to divorce themselves fro...
Councils must emulate Bulawayo 9 April 2017 HARARE - Reports that the City of Bulawayo had lifted restrictions on water supplies must have come as a relief for residents of Zimbabwe's second largest city. The Friday edition of our sister paper, the Daily News, carried this story, indicating that water levels in dams which supply Bulaway...
Soccer clubs must pay staff on time 7 April 2017 HARARE - Only a game into the 2017 Castle Lager Premiership, it is disappointing to note there is already discord among the teams with issues to do with remuneration. Before taking on Shabanie Mine last weekend, CAPS United players went on industrial action refusing to train. The Makepekepe...
Cry for our beloved Zim 5 April 2017 HARARE - We all know that going backwards, though motion, is never progress and 37 years after independence we, are going in reverse when other nations are making great strides in terms of social and economic development. While our leaders may represent the few who live in splendour, statistic...
Zim's multiple taxes stalling progress 4 April 2017 HARARE - The clueless and desperate Zanu PF administration has come up with a raft of new taxes, further strangling its overtaxed citizens. President Robert Mugabe’s government last Thursday imposed a new 10 percent tax on tobacco sales, resulting in angry farmers threatening to withhold their...
What to expect from a Malaba reign 2 April 2017 KENT - Although Chief Justice (CJ) Luke Malaba will only have four years in office, he could still leave a remarkable legacy as head of the judicial arm of the State. He has nothing to lose. In fact, with only four years, he has a great incentive to do more and better as he won't have the oppo...
Zanu PF door-to-door campaigns ominous 2 April 2017 HARARE - The aggressive door-to-door voter registration exercise Zanu PF is conducting in several Harare suburbs bodes ill for the crucial general elections set for next year. Ominous signs on the ground, particularly the violence and intimidation accompanying the ruling party's voter registra...
Charlatans are burying Mujuru 1 April 2017 HARARE - With a mere three months of the new year gone, 2017 is already turning out to be yet another annus horribilis (horrible year) for former vice president and now leader of the floundering National People's Party, Joice Mujuru. Indeed, it's not just continuing to rain for Mujuru, it's po...
Kudos to you Mr President 30 March 2017 HARARE - Following the appointment of seasoned jurist Luke Malaba as the country’s chief justice - to replace the outgoing Godfrey Chidyausiku - we applaud President Robert Mugabe's decision to appoint this experienced lawman at a time when the process risked degenerating into a complete farce du...