Opinion & Analysis

MDC court battles mere waste of time 20 April 2018 HARARE - The death of MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai in February this year could not have come at a worse time as the country prepared for the crunch 2018 general elections. The MDC Alliance had chosen him as their presidential candidate and his passing on created a yawning gap that could tur...
Nurses strike: Govt must give dialogue a chance 19 April 2018 HARARE - The firing of striking nurses on the eve of the country’s 38th independence anniversary does not bode well for the country’s potential to dialogue with its broader and disgruntled employees’ body. On Tuesday night, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga issued a statement announcing the ...
Cholera outbreak sad reminder of 2008 17 April 2018 HARARE - About a week ago, the Daily News ran an editorial comment on whether Zimbabwe should be battling medieval diseases like cholera and typhoid in this day. An outbreak had been reported in Stoneridge — a sprawling settlement in Harare South. But then cholera is an aggressively contagi...
Cholera belongs to the Stone Age era! 17 April 2018 HARARE - It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the rising cases of cholera as a passing phase. This is especially so when one considers the sad and unpalatable situation on the ground where the highly infectious disease is spreading rapidly. For the umpteenth time, our impoverishe...
The nation needs answers on deal 15 April 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe is really a cursed country. Last week, citizens witnessed the height of comic performances from two whole senior Cabinet ministers. To begin with, it was Transport minister Joram Gumbo who — in an attempt to explain the acquisition of four aircrafts from Malaysia — indicat...
Zim Cricket board must be dissolved 10 April 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe national cricket side elimination from the 2019 World Cup (WC) as painful as it was must give the country a chance to re-arrange the game and build for the future. However, it must be said without fear that the re-building of the national teams and re-arrangement of the dec...
Zimbos should vote wisely 10 April 2018 BULAWAYO - As Zimbabweans go to the polls in less than four months, it is important that voters are reminded of how a once prosperous country was brought to its knees through gross economic mismanagement. I want to remind Zimbabweans — as leader of Democratic Opposition Party (DOP) — of that d...
Zanu PF should level electoral field 9 April 2018 HARARE - The requirement to stage regular elections that are both free and fair is one of the defining features of a liberal democracy. In past elections, pointedly the internationally condemned 2008 poll, thousands of Zimbabweans braved violence, intimidation and other obstacles to demand the...
Let's all work towards removal of sanctions 9 April 2018 HARARE - The meeting between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and two United States senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons — who are both members of Washington's Senate Foreign Relations Committee — has shown that the US is in fact prepared to work with Zimbabwe once certain fundamental conditions are m...
Zanu PF should level electoral playing field 9 April 2018 HARARE - The requirement to stage regular elections that are both free and fair is one of the defining features of a liberal democracy. In past elections, pointedly the internationally condemned 2008 poll, thousands of Zimbabweans braved violence, intimidation and other obstacles to demand the...
ED, may the trips pay off please 6 April 2018 HARARE - During his last days in power, deposed president Robert Mugabe earned himself mocking nicknames — frequent flyer and airborne-president, among many other unpleasant ones — because he was always on the next flight to attend a conference or make a State visit. The 90-year-old-plus leade...
Free, fair, credible poll still achievable in Zim 6 April 2018 HARARE - Ever since taking over the reigns of power in November last year, President  Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has been touting its ability to stage free, fair and credible elections this year. Whether this is going to be achieved remains largely dependent on the sincerity and confidenc...
Delayed polls dates compromise credibility 5 April 2018 HARARE - For some time now, the buzz word has been Zimbabwe is holding watershed elections this year yet despite this excitement, no one knows actually when. President Emmerson Mnangagwa is by law empowered to proclaim the election dates and until he does so, civic groups, opposition parties a...
Fighting fire with fire makes a bigger fire 4 April 2018 HARARE - Last week, illegal artisanal miners invaded Grace Mugabe’s Smithfield Farm in Mazowe in what appeared to be a politically-motivated occupation. Grace is thought to be the real force behind her aging husband’s volte-face over his resignation last November and his dim view of President ...
Grace, RG Mugabe hypocrisy shocking 2 April 2018 HARARE - Land invasions were pushed into fashion by the Zanu PF government way back in the year 2000 as the party desperately tried to find other ways to placate an increasingly restive population. Then, the law was swiftly amended to legitimise these otherwise illegal moves that were led by v...
ZHRC has hit the nail right on the head 1 April 2018 HARARE - The rather uncharacteristic attack on the country’s leadership by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) for seeking medical treatment in foreign hospitals is both bold and refreshing. It is a marked departure from the culture of local State bodies who are largely guided by the d...
Parirenyatwa should quit 1 April 2018 HARARE - Health minister David Parirenyatwa should just do the honourable thing and resign so as to save the little that is left of an ailing Zimbabwean health sector. The doctors' strike that crippled the entire health sector for more than three weeks is testimony of his shortcomings. Pari...
Doctors' strike has become national crisis 30 March 2018 HARARE - Public hospitals doctors' strike has clocked a month today. The impasse between the health professionals and government — the third in three years over the same issues — has taken an unnecessarily long time to resolve. But the pain has mainly been borne by the ordinary struggling m...
Inept boards killing football's big three 27 March 2018 HARARE - It is not a coincidence that the country's three most successful clubs — Dynamos, Highlanders and CAPS United, in that order — have over the years attracted sponsorship from some of the big companies. These clubs have built strong profiles over the course of their existence and ordina...
Nothing changes in Zanu PF 27 March 2018 HARARE - To any right-thinking person, it would be foolish to expect President Emmerson Mnangagwa to fix Zimbabwe's broken economy in the few months he has been in the office. That is totally impossible. The 75-year-old politician inherited a bastardised economy, thanks to his 94-year-old p...
Health sector woes need urgent solution 25 March 2018 HARARE - The circus in the health sector — by far one of the most critical ones in any country — is depressing to say the least. What is surprising is that government had threatened not to pay the striking doctors. As the employer, government is entitled to its opinion but denying the doctors ...
Chamisa, MDC Alliance on cusp of Barrowian history? 25 March 2018 HARARE - The Gambia is a small river country, named after the river which cuts through its heart, the smallest country on mainland Africa, which is entirely surrounded by Senegal on one side and the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean on its western side. It experienced one of the variety of the n...
Fight against the incest scourge begins at home 24 March 2018 HARARE - Every week, we report a case of a father sexually assaulting their children. This is becoming alarming. Have fathers become sick in the head? Week after week, it’s unrelenting, these heinous acts of rape and sexual assault on minors by their very own biological fathers. We have become...
Moyo speaks on Harare town clerk 23 March 2018 HARARE - Local Government minister July Moyo has for the first time opened up on the Harare City Council (HCC) town clerk issue, saying he is waiting for council’s reaction to the Local Government Board (LGB) that they could not appoint a substantive incumbent from the list that they submitted. ...
Did First Lady's hospital visits mean anything? 23 March 2018 HARARE - The stance taken by health authorities to withhold salaries for striking doctors comes as a shock and huge disappointment. This is why. In the recent past, just after taking office after dislodging former president Robert Mugabe, there were reports that President Emmerson Mnangagwa...