Opinion & Analysis

Can Zanu PF spring an Esigodini surprise? 11 December 2018 HARARE - Zanu PF meets in Esigodini in Matabeleland South Province this week for its annual people's conference amid a worsening economic crisis which has in recent weeks been highlighted by shortages of fuel, medical drugs and a doctors' strike. The former liberation movement's conclave could...
Concrete solutions crucial 11 December 2018 HARARE - After assuming power following the ouster of long-serving leader Robert Mugabe in November last year, President Emmerson Mnangagwa made it clear he wanted to do things differently. True to his word, he somehow moved away from the old habits and at some stage, the neutrals were looking...
Austerity must start at the top 10 December 2018 HARARE - When President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over the reigns in both Zanu PF and government following a soft coup in November 2017, he started preaching the gospel of economic revival whose foundation he said would lie on the adoption of austerity measures in the country. The message appear...
Deal with currency crisis 9 December 2018 HARARE - As we count down on the year 2018, Zimbabweans are seized with a fragile surrogate local currency which is losing value every day. Prices are also going up and one fears that savings could soon be wiped out once again, as they were during the economic collapse and spectacular hyperinf...
Is ED taking us down a familiar path? 9 December 2018 HARARE - The furore surrounding the Commission of Inquiry into the August 1 post-election violence set up by President Emmerson Mnangagwa has not come as a surprise. Many people who were — and are still — very disturbed by the manner in which six innocent and defenceless civilians were shot de...
More vigilance needed on roads 7 December 2018 HARARE - The rainy season is now in full swing, making our deadly national roads even more treacherous and death traps for the public. Last month alone, at least over 100 people lost their lives after two major traffic accidents. One of the disasters occurred along the Harare-Mutare highway...
Zim leaders should learn to share power 7 December 2018 HARARE - There is no other time than now that Zimbabweans, especially politicians, have to sit down and talk because the country is burning. The only hindrance among us as a people though is that we hate to share power, be it within our political parties or even at national level. And like ...
Councils must focus on service delivery 5 December 2018 HARARE - Most local authorities in the country have been busy working on their budgets for 2019. As reported elsewhere in this edition, Harare has presented a $472,2 million budget of which over 50 percent will be gobbled by salaries. Harare is not alone in this situation. The Local Gover...
Advisory council key for economic recovery 5 December 2018 HARARE - Decision-making in any governance structure is key for economic recovery and proper economic projections. An advisory council is crucial because it keeps government in check before key decisions are made. I would suggest this council must comprise academics, policy makers, opinion lea...
ED govt shouldn't make Mugabe look like a saint 3 December 2018 HARARE - The current fuel shortages being experienced in the country are a reminder to all and sundry that Zimbabwe is a long way off from stabilising its sickly economy. And the prevailing economic situation serves also to remind the authorities that without an inclusive approach, Zimbabwe wi...
Zim politics must show maturity 2 December 2018 HARARE - The MDC — undoubtedly the country's biggest opposition party — had its supporters out on the streets of the capital in a demonstration they had branded as the mother of all protests. On one hand, the fact that the party got an opportunity to gather and march without any hindrance show...
Engaging local contractors welcome 1 December 2018 HARARE - Elsewhere in this edition, we report a major Zimbabwe government policy announcement that it is mulling to prioritise local construction firms on mega projects as a way of preserving scarce foreign currency. This move will provide a lifeline to local contractors during this time of in...
Govt must act on reports of graft 29 November 2018 HARARE - Government will never tame corruption in ministries and parastatals unless it acts on the annual audits reports by Auditor-General Mildred Chiri. While every year Chiri points out at corrupt tendencies within government, her findings have been ignored. Tender processes and procurement...
Councils must prioritise water programmes 28 November 2018 HARARE - Yesterday, the Daily News reported on the ongoing Sadc Water Proficiency Testing Evaluation Workshop in Harare. This is happening on the back of a cholera outbreak that hit Harare recently, claiming the lives of over 50 people while infecting hundreds others, especially in the disease...
So where to from here? 26 November 2018 HARARE - After weeks of conjecture we had the first budget of the new government on Thursday last week. Finance minister Mthuli Ncube was not thrown by the chaos that resulted when MDC members refused to respect the State President and were evicted from the House. Just what they thought the...
Our roads have become death traps 26 November 2018 HARARE - On Saturday, another life was lost when a Gweru-bound bus carrying 53 passengers veered off the road and overturned in Bulawayo. This comes on the bedrock of several other accidents that have claimed more lives this month. A fortnight ago, 42 passengers were burnt beyond recognitio...
Autonomy critical for Motlanthe commission 25 November 2018 HARARE - When President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed the Commission of Inquiry into the August 1 killings, there was substantial criticism on the manner in which its members were picked as well as its composition. The seven-member Commission — headed by former South African president Kgalema M...
Councils, Ema must ensure people's safety 22 November 2018 HARARE - The Glen View Complex on Monday caught fire — for the third time this year alone — destroying yet-to-be-quantified property and injuring several people at the site. Only yesterday, sections of Siyaso home industry in the Magaba area of Mbare, Harare were burnt in an inferno, again des...
Police force needs resources 21 November 2018 HARARE - Disturbing reports of an increase in armed robberies have emerged around the country in recent weeks. Perpetrators are targeting unsuspecting hitchhikers on the roads before robbing them of their valuables and in the worst case scenario, they then murder the victims. According to the ...
Warriors blip leaves them in tight spot 20 November 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe men's national soccer team — the Warriors defeat to Liberia on Sunday in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers — should be taken as a step backwards given the new dynamics that have now come into play. The Warriors needed just a draw to book a ticket to the African football's ...
Zim has hardly moved post-November 2017 19 November 2018 HARARE - November 2017 remains etched in the memories of many Zimbabweans as well as foreigners as a month when so much promise loomed on the horizon. This was after the fall of the once-mighty despot Robert Mugabe which also signalled the crumbling — like a deck of cards — of former first lad...
Greed, graft major undoings for Zim 18 November 2018 HARARE - Over the years, the Zanu PF leadership has taken the country and its citizens down a bottomless pit where recovery is proving very difficult. Since independence from the British in 1980, when the country was still under one of Africa's longest ruling dictators — Robert Mugabe – Zanu...
LNGB, bold move to empower girl child 17 November 2018 HARARE - Thousands of girls’ prospects are severely limited because they cannot finish school. According to the United Nations, some 33 million children in sub-Saharan Africa were out of school. While statistics for Zimbabwe are not immediately available, pervasive poverty and persistent cultu...
Highway patrols must be effective 16 November 2018 HARARE - Not a year passes without a major accident taking place on the country's highways. Government has never been proactive, but reacts only when tragedy has struck. Only last week, 46 people died when two buses — Smart Express and Bolt Cutter — were involved in a head-on collision ju...
One year after Mugabe: A revolution still not televised 16 November 2018 HARARE - On November 15, 2017, Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's longest serving ruler was confined to his private residence in the affluent suburb of Borrowdale in Harare, Zimbabwe. This, while armed soldiers took control of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation's (ZBC) headquarters major stations an...
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