Opinion & Analysis

Citizens must take BVR blitz seriously 19 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans should take advantage of the ongoing Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) campaign blitz so that they register to vote in the 2018 general elections. The BVR blitz, which is being conducted by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights), Election Resource Centre (ERC),...
We should not be our own enemies! 17 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC)’s successful bid to host the 2018 World Cup qualifiers is indeed a rare dose of good news for the local sporting fraternity. For those enamoured with cricket, the granting of rights to Zimbabwe to host the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers and the International C...
Women must stand up and be counted 15 October 2017 HARARE - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president of Liberia and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, inherited a war-ravaged country and, with motherly hands, she has done exceptionally well in rebuilding her country. She will probably go down in history as one of the greatest leaders to ever...
Tsvangirai's return renews hope 14 October 2017 HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai returned to Zimbabwe mid-afternoon yesterday after almost a month of medical treatment in South Africa over his colon cancer ailment. Supporters of the MDC president staged celebrations at Harvest House to welcome him home. Tsvangirai’s return was announced throug...
Be very, very afraid! 14 October 2017 HARARE - Timing always makes a difference either in successful execution of an idea or its dismal failure. This is why it is important to look critically at the timing of President Robert Mugabe’s Cabinet reshuffle on Monday. It is no longer debatable that since 2000 most of his appointed m...
We are watching you 13 October 2017 HARARE - Yesterday, a local weekly reported that the much-hyped billion-dollar Zisco Steel (Zisco) deal was yet to be signed. The man at the forefront of crafting and announcing the deal, Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha, said “nothing solid has been signed to date”, though, he though...
Zanu PF to blame for CBD chaos 13 October 2017 HARARE - While over the years the MDC-led Harare City Council has been accused of promoting lawlessness in the central business district (CBD), President Robert Mugabe recently let the cat out of the bag when he revealed that it was actually his party officials who have been blocking the cleaning...
Mugabe double-faced on indigenisation 12 October 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s order for Zanu PF to import $3,6 million worth of service vehicles for the youth and women’s leagues ahead of the 2018 elections is an insult to government’s indigenisation drive. While there are several car dealers in the country, several of whom are on the ...
A case of loyalty vs meritocracy 12 October 2017 HARARE - One of the biggest losers in President Robert Mugabe’s Monday Cabinet reshuffle was no doubt Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, along with other individuals perceived to have rooted for him taking over from the 93-year-old Zanu PF leader. After announcing at a youth league meeting in ...
Zanu PF's obsession with power sickening 11 October 2017 HARARE - Observers have often remarked that Zanu PF behaves like a pack of baboons that savages each other when there is food to partake in but regroups at the slightest whiff of danger. Despite their rivalry over President Robert Mugabe's succession, like a pack of baboons, party functionarie...
Cabinet reshuffle must dwell on performance 9 October 2017 HARARE - Obviously, the Daily News feels vindicated after President Robert Mugabe confirmed — at a youth meeting on Saturday — its story on an impending Cabinet reshuffle that was published at the end of September. On his return from the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York on S...
It's never too late to do right 9 October 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe told members of his party's youth league on Saturday that they should expect to see Cabinet changes in the coming days as he seeks to foster a sense of unity of purpose amongst his wrangling lieutenants. The current Cabinet probably ranks as the worst since Zan...
Spare a thought for the poor pensioners 8 October 2017 HARARE - The recent announcement by National Social Security Authority (Nssa) that it will from this month not pay close to 19 000 pensioners who have failed to register with the Nssa biometric system will for sure be condemning the already poverty-stricken elderly to destitution. While it is ...
Mnangagwa's private press ban tragic 7 October 2017 HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa barred several private news organisations from an on-camera press briefing on Thursday night, handpicking a select group of State media reporters that he perceives to be friendly towards him. The “gaggle” with the VP then took place before only a pool...
This is beyond you, Khaya Moyo et al 6 October 2017 HARARE - Initial reports on the fallout within the Zanu PF cockpit, fuelled by the worsening acrimony in the ruling party's succession politics, were down-played by none other than the former liberation movement's spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo. Khaya Moyo ill-advisedly slammed the private med...
Giving hostage to fortune 6 October 2017 HARARE - With the year drawing closer to an end, local authorities have started engaging stakeholders to get their input through pre-budget consultations. The exercise has taken off to a slow start in the capital city, which has a population of over two million. According to reports, some o...
Who is the modern day Judas Iscariot in Zim? 2 October 2017 HARARE - Last week, President Robert Mugabe railed against unnamed ruling party officials whom he likened to Judas Iscariot for attempting to betray him in order to seize power. As much as Jesus' disciples wondered back then during their last supper who among them could betray the Son of Man, ...
Massaging inflation data won't revive Zim economy 2 October 2017 HARARE - Prior to December 1991 when the Soviet Union ceased to a communist empire, its flagship broadsheet newspaper was called Pravda, or “Truth.” But everyone knew it wheeled out fibs. The credibility of Pravda was so small that those who bothered to peruse it would believe unerringly th...
Mugabe must walk full mile 1 October 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe issued a proclamation early last month, appointing a commission of inquiry to probe the sale of State land in and around urban areas. The commission, which is led by Justice Tendai Uchena and whose other members include Andrew Mlalazi, Steven Chakaipa, Tarisai ...
Mugabe has 'learnt nothing, forgotten nothing' 28 September 2017 HARARE - When the inclusive government crumbled following the disputed July 2013 elections, then MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti — who had just vacated the Finance ministry portfolio when his party lost in the polls — said; “ You can rig an election but you cannot rig the economy.” At that t...
Poor citizens are subsidising the rich 27 September 2017 HARARE - Does it make sense for government to pay an extremely generous $390 for a tonne of grain delivered to perennial loss-maker Grain Marketing Board (GMB), from the taxpayer's pocket, and selling that same tonne to millers for $250? In Zambia, that same tonne is going for $100 — nearly th...
We have been saying it 26 September 2017 HARARE - Last week, the Daily News published a comment urging President Robert Mugabe’s administration to urgently act decisively and sincerely on the worsening cash shortages and the deepening economic crisis. The message was one of countless ones relayed by the newspaper in the interest of t...
Cde Chombo, Zim is on the brink 26 September 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's government is so predictable: when it is exposed for its gross failings, it responds by using either knee-jerk reaction or threats against purveyors of truth — usually the country's independent media. Part of the reason why our government behaves in such a ma...
Mugabe faces electoral rebuke over economy 25 September 2017 HARARE - Right about now, Eddie Musonza, a 30-year-old streetwise Harare hustler would normally be oblivious to the politics and would be busy concentrating on how to make his next dollar. Not this year. “My brother, for the first time in my life, I am registering to vote. Kuchema kwedu kwa...
Be careful what you wish for! (Pt:II) 24 September 2017 HARARE - In the main, Zimbabwe’s economic challenges are rooted in the lack of confidence on the part of locals and foreigners alike, which confidence evaporated because of the country’s toxic politics. Our Tsikamutanda brand of primitive politics premised on feja-feja and witch-hunting in Zan...