Opinion & Analysis

AirZim needs urgent recapitalisation 21 February 2017 HARARE - With critical losses having washed out cash and the national airline sinking deeper into financial dire straits, it remains to be seen how quickly the anchor shareholders of the stuttering carrier — the government — will come up with a rescue package. The ongoing financial crisis expo...
Threats won't solve doctors' grievances 19 February 2017 HARARE - The current standoff between government and hospital doctors is coming at a huge cost to the suffering patients, who expect to get healthcare service at national referral centres. Doctors went on strike on Wednesday, citing government’s failure to honour its promises to improve their ...
ZBC must polish its programming 18 February 2017 HARARE - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya’s displeasure with the huge amounts of foreign currency being channelled towards Multichoice’s digital satellite television (DStv) must prod the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) to raise its game. While presenting his Monetary Pol...
Chaos part of Zanu PF DNA 15 February 2017 HARARE - From the chaotic land reform programme of 2000 right to the bedlam caused by the Indigenisation law and now the schools new curriculum confusion — the Zanu PF government has proved beyond measure to be past-masters of doing the unthinkable. Under President Robert Mugabe’s rule, disord...
Court sheriffs must be probed 14 February 2017 HARARE - The office of the Sheriff of the High Court must be investigated for poor supervision which has resulted in messengers of court serving papers to defendants at wrong addresses. A lot of people in Zimbabwe were not particularly surprised last week when the Con-Court threw out Promise M...
Should Mawarire have come back? 13 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans across the divide have been debating on whether it was wise for activist clergyman and founder of #ThisFlag movement, Evan Mawarire to come back to the country after his six months self-exile in the United States. Mawarire returned to Zimbabwe on February 1 only to be arre...
Police attitude on violence worrying 13 February 2017 HARARE - As the much-anticipated 2018 national polls loom large, there is a feeling of deja vu among pro-democracy, opposition and rights groups. This is especially so given the increase of violence by Zanu PF supporters who have historically benefitted from the lack of appetite by police to b...
Zifa must improve on professionalism 10 February 2017 HARARE - It is high time the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) starts conducting its business in a more professional manner. This past week, Zifa has been embroiled in an employment saga with former Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa. At the height of the soap opera, Zifa president Philip Chi...
NAMA can drive creative industries 10 February 2017 HARARE - As we move ahead in an ever-changing creative economy which is being affected in both a positive and negative way by local and global political, economic, social and technological factors, it is critical for the National Arts Council and its National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) stakeholders...
Media key to political transition 10 February 2017 HARARE - Thank you very much for inviting me to this important discussion forum. We at the Daily News are always most grateful for opportunities such as this one, where we can exchange notes with key opinion leaders in the country, and enrich each other on important national issues. Allow m...
Retailers must reduce meat prices 9 February 2017 HARARE - The government must follow up on its recent decision to suspend the implementation of Statutory Instrument 20 (SI 20), which imposed 15 percent value added tax (Vat) on rice, meat, potatoes, margarine, cereals and maheu, by ensuring retailers reduce their prices. Over the past few wee...
Zanu PF MPs' demands shocking 8 February 2017 HARARE - It certainly does not need a rocket scientist to appreciate that our economy is bleeding and thus it is somewhat shocking that at such a time we have our esteemed parliamentarians demanding, rather bizarrely, that they want more vehicles. The reasons given by Zanu PF legislators for d...
Zanu PF attitude on dissent frightening 7 February 2017 HARARE - The denying of bail to Evan Mawarire — founder and campaign leader of the #ThisFlag movement — following his arrest last Wednesday at the Harare International Airport after making a surprise return to Zimbabwe from the United States shows just how determined President Robert Mugabe’s gov...
Things fall apart, as Mphoko breaks wind 6 February 2017 HARARE - That Zimbabwe once again finds itself on the edge politically and economically — and that the centre can no longer hold both within the ruling Zanu PF and in government — is not a subject for speculation or conjecture anymore. Indeed, it does not matter which way long-suffering Zimbab...
Mphoko makes a fool of himself 6 February 2017 HARARE - Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko embarrassed himself on national television on Saturday evening when he alleged, with a straight face, that popular political leader Morgan Tsvangirai was once involved in an assassination attempt on the late national icon Joshua Nkomo and was also behind...
Widowed, left with nothing 5 February 2017 HARARE - “Before my husband was even buried, my brother-in-law was making moves (to take over my property)…,” a widow living in a homestead outside Bulawayo with her three children told me, “I only realised about three weeks later that I was being left out.” She is not alone in this experience...
The Church and its neglected role 5 February 2017 HARARE - Two pastors are in Harare’s Remand Prison, not necessarily on religious grounds but political. Did I just say political! Yes I did. It is almost a taboo and surreal but that’s what it is. Clergymen Evan Mawarire and Patrick Mugadza are behind bars on frivolous charges against the Stat...
Namas: More still needs to be done 4 February 2017 HARARE - Nominees for the 16th edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (Namas) released on Thursday have predictably elicited mixed feelings. As has become the norm since the awards were introduced by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) in 2000, critics and art lovers alike have bem...
Treat our national footballers equally 3 February 2017 HARARE - The issue of equal pay for women in our local sport should be addressed as soon as possible for so many reasons but most importantly — to become truly all inclusive. Parliamentarians last week rightly sought government answers when they took Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane to task...
ZEC should share roadmap details for 2018 2 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) should share with stakeholders its roadmap for the 2018 harmonised elections which should be anchored on the principles of accountability, honesty and integrity. Zec announced recently that it had finalised its 2018 harmonised elections roadmap, and...
Zim collapsing before our eyes 1 February 2017 HARARE - After briefly visiting Harare last week on his way to Ethiopia from his long holiday, President Robert Mugabe must come down to his senses and address the burning issues of the day namely, the collapsing health sector, economy, extreme poverty hitting our people, the deadly Zanu PF succe...
Govt must also pay Mighty Warriors 1 February 2017 HARARE - Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane should not wish away the mistreatment of the Mighty Warriors before and after their national duty at the Women Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Cameroon last year. The welfare of the Mighty Warriors took centre stage in Parliament last week and righ...
Slashing police funding wrong 31 January 2017 HARARE - It is sad that government is quietly slashing a key piece of police funding despite promising there would be no cuts in the police budget at all. New figures tabled in Parliament yesterday confirm the extent of the cuts, forcing police bosses to scrounge for cash from other lines of r...
Should Mnangagwa declare interests? 30 January 2017 HARARE - Political analysts have said it would be suicidal for Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to come clean on his mooted presidential ambitions despite growing calls by his supporters who feel his silence is fuelling the factional and succession fights in the deeply divided Zanu PF. Mnanga...
Is it cowardice or fear? 30 January 2017 HARARE - Remember firebrand politician and former Zanu PF legislator Margaret Dongo who in the early 1990s caused pandemonium in Parliament after she called Zanu PF MPs, including cabinet ministers, “Mugabe's wives”? Among those incensed by the remarks was the late liberation war icon, General...