Opinion & Analysis

Zim opposition must start thinking, again 10 December 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's opposition political parties, especially the Morgan Tsvangirai-led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) — who have been in the trenches for the past several years trying to unseat former president Robert Mugabe and his party — must be panicking over the latest developments i...
Zim needs law against unlawful gig cancellations 9 December 2017 HARARE - Devine Assignments is mulling whether or not to file a civil lawsuit against Zodwa Wabantu because they felt short-changed by her no-show at a scheduled show in Harare and Bulawayo this week even though she was paid. Zodwa’s latest no-show has prompted a furious reaction from expectan...
Budget has many bright spots 9 December 2017 HARARE - At the beginning of 2017, in the Daily News annual Cabinet review for 2016, we voted Finance minister Patrick Anthony Chinamasa as the best performer. We also included the new President Emmerson Mnangagwa who was the vice president then, among a short list of top performers in deposed...
Presidential insult laws must be abolished 8 December 2017 HARARE - A Harare court yesterday refused to prosecute a war veterans’ leader under an archaic law that punishes insulting the president with a one year jail term. Prosecutors dropped charges of undermining the authority of the president against war veterans leader Victor Matemadanda, reflecti...
What's next for the opposition? 8 December 2017 HARARE – Opposition political parties in Zimbabwe should wake up from their deep slumber and smell the coffee because President Emmerson Mnangagwa is fast moving with the ball of change. And already, Mnangagwa seems to be pre-empting everything that the opposition has been fighting for and his...
Let's double efforts to end violence against women, girls 7 December 2017 HARARE - The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence comes against a back drop of increased media focus, thanks to more women that are survivors of gender based violence (GBV) speaking openly about their experiences. This is an opportune time to double our efforts to end violence aga...
Govt must probe Tsholotsho crash 7 December 2017 HARARE – This week Zimbabwe was plunged into mourning following the terrible accident at Jimila in Sipepa Area within Tsholotsho District, where 11 people died on the spot while 15 others passed on at Tsholotsho Hospital. The fact that the deceased — all from Matabeleland North malaria control...
Open letter to our new President 7 December 2017 HARARE – Let me start by congratulating you on your assumption of the vitally important position of chief executive of our beautiful country. Indeed, all eyes in our country, in our region and around the world are fixed on you as both citizens and the global community alike hope and pray for...
Human rights are inalienable 6 December 2017 HARARE – The week, Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating Human Rights Day at an opportune time for the nation. The day is observed on the 10th of this month, being the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This y...
Mnangagwa needs good advisor(s) 5 December 2017 HARARE – The announcement of a new Cabinet by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his subsequent revision of it to address the constitutional mistakes he had made should not be treated as a small thing. Mnangagwa is historically a stickler for detail and is known for meticulous planning and there...
Let's walk the talk on corruption 4 December 2017 HARARE – Last week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa took the first bold step towards tackling the rot that has destroyed Zimbabwe’s economy. Mnangagwa issued a statement, giving individuals and corporates up to three months to return money and assets they externalised. The previous week, he ha...
We can only hope for the best 4 December 2017 HARARE – Had traditional political conventions held, the new President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa would never have progressed further than the Zanu PF primaries in the race for the State House. In fact, it was unfathomable for anyone to challenge Robert Mugabe for Zanu PF first secretary ...
Playing football without a goalie! 2 December 2017 HARARE – This year will mark the 44th anniversary of the English Professional Footballers Association (PFA) Awards. The awards are given to outstanding players across all the divisions including the eight women football teams. To help the football fans both in England and Wales and those ar...
Mugabe is a lesson to those in power 2 December 2017 HARARE – At the height of his power, former president Robert Mugabe was elevated to deity status, his opponents were wantonly thrown into prison under the country’s nefarious laws such as Criminal Codification, and in Zanu PF he would fire his subordinates at the snap of a finger. Indeed absol...
ED is taking Zim back into the right track 30 November 2017 HARARE – As Zimbabwe's political leadership is fast getting clearer and taking shape — as the burning questions and lingering uncertainty dies down, for now — it is the beginning of a long new journey. Zimbabweans across the race and political divide are celebrating the unbelievable and unimag...
ZRP should reform 30 November 2017 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has a lot to learn from the recent professional conduct exhibited by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) on how to police responsibly. While Zimbabweans across the political divide expect the ZRP as an institution to be efficient, effective and honest,...
Govt should consider teachers, nurses' plight 30 November 2017 HARARE – While every Zimbabwean is agreed that the new government should urgently concentrate on reviving the economy, we believe the health and education sectors also need attention. A previous complete ban on public sector recruitment put in place to reign in government spending crippled bot...
Zim optimism not misplaced 30 November 2017 HARARE – Still marvel at how Zimbabweans got together in a show of disapproval to the Robert Mugabe regime on Saturday, November 18. Obviously, this day will go down into history books for being the first of its kind, in support of yet another first by the country’s military in the whole world...
Pain is unavoidable in the short-term 29 November 2017 HARARE – It is an understatement to say that Zimbabwe's economy is limping following years of disastrous policies and lack of strategic leadership, but just as well, Zimbabweans united recently to manage former president Robert Mugabe out of power after 37 years of economic ruin. Very soon, Pr...
The future leadership agenda 29 November 2017 HARARE – Following the recent political developments in Zimbabwe, one involuntarily enters into deep thinking and speculation on what will become of the beloved country a year down the line. There is every reason to explore both extremes, in as much as one would want to remain highly optimisti...
Opposition must not drop the ball 28 November 2017 HARARE - Events of the last three weeks were so compelling that millions of Zimbabweans — both those domiciled here and the Diaspora, respectively — broke with tradition as they all put a united front to see former president Robert Mugabe's back. The unity displayed was touching as Zimbabwea...
No more monkey business 28 November 2017 HARARE - Enough of the jubilation. Let's get down to serious business. Our new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and his administration, have their work cut out. Mnangagwa inherited a badly damaged economy, which was on the precipice of total collapse.  The country — once a thriving nation ...
ED has a chance to prove himself 27 November 2017 HARARE - The closure of former president Robert Mugabe’s long rule which was largely undisturbed for the duration of his 37-year reign, while good news to ordinary Zimbabweans, presents huge challenges to newly-installed leader Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government. President Emmerson Mnan...
Zanu PF full of political prostitutes 27 November 2017 HARARE - A key member of a group of vanquished Zanu PF Young Turks called Generation 40 (G40) has told me that the current mood of Robert Mugabe veers from high spirits to embittered grumbling, describing a man who is scornful of the allies who abandoned him, angry at a military that prescribed a...
President Mnangagwa urged to actualise speech 26 November 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans have said President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be a good leader if he actualises his inauguration speech, which talked about re-engagement with the international community and compensating white farmers. The new president was sworn in on Friday at the National Sports Stadium ...