Opinion & Analysis

Central bank must stick to its guns 23 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's banking public welcomed central bank governor John Mangudya’s recent capping of lending rates at 12 percent given that Zimbabwe’s lending interest rates are still considered the region’s highest after peaking at an alarming 35 percent. In his 2017 Monetary Policy Statement,...
Mugabe must learn from Mauritius 22 March 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe was this week in Mauritius where he attended the African Economic Platform (AEP) inaugural conference. We sincerely hope the nonagenarian leader and his Zanu PF government took a few minutes to reflect and learn the economic success story of the island nation. ...
Zim must pay its debt 20 March 2017 HARARE - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya over the weekend reiterated the country's commitment to repay its external debts. “Zimbabwe owes many people money and we owe it to pay everyone; there is no favouritism. If you borrow money from the World Bank, you need to pay the World...
Safe water provision is critical 19 March 2017 HARARE - Yesterday, our sister paper the Daily News, carried a story on a burst sewer pipe that runs across the Marimba River near Kambuzuma. This is against the background of a cholera outbreak that has been reported in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces. Two people have since died from the di...
Zim must learn to value its farmers 18 March 2017 HARARE - The treatment of tobacco farmers in the past few days by buyers has brought to the fore issues of how farmers across the country are treated as second-class citizens. Tobacco farmers are complaining that the new the electronic auction system is not working and they are not happy with ...
We owe it all to Zifa, Chiyangwa 17 March 2017 HARARE - You have to give it up to Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa after he engineered the downfall of former Confederation of African Football (Caf) Issa Hayatou yesterday. Chiyangwa was the campaign manager for Madagascar Football Association president Ahmad Ahmad, who was voted as the new C...
Zim must learn from Japan 17 March 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s government must take a leaf from Japan, which returned to a trade surplus for the first time in six years in 2016, helped by cheaper oil imports and an improvement in exports toward the end of the year. The Asian nation’s trade balance improved drastically fr...
Spare a thought for flood victims 15 March 2017 HARARE - How Zanu PF functions and how it has remained in power even against glaring evidence of its incompetence really boggles the mind. Some can be forgiven for concluding that we have a leadership that we truly deserve, because we have been stuck with the same recycled deadwood for over 37...
Zim roads need urgent attention 12 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans on Thursday woke up to the terrible news of the demise of over a dozen family members in a horrific accident that had occurred the previous night near the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) in Bulawayo. Social media went into a frenzy, posting images of t...
Chinamasa's propaganda can't resuscitate economy 11 March 2017 HARARE - Back in the days when the Soviet Union was still a communist empire, its flagship broadsheet newspaper was called Pravda, or “Truth”. But all and sundry knew it was a supplier of lies. The credibility of Pravda was so small that those who bothered to peruse it would believe unerrin...
Make renal treatment accessible, affordable 11 March 2017 HARARE - Health minister David Parirenyatwa’s recent revelation that over 1 000 cases of chronic kidney failure are being reported in Zimbabwe, with only 700 of these on dialysis, should make our government take this health challenge more seriously. In line with the Zimbabwe government’s polic...
Zim's loathsome peacetime heroes 8 March 2017 HARARE - Ordinarily, we don't bother to expend our energy and write leaders on the crass opinions of social media fleas, as well as those of twopenny-halfpenny so-called critics, and would-be competitors of the Daily News and the Daily News on Sunday. After all, we recognise, as the Shona sayi...
Hats off to Sharif Mussa 7 March 2017 HARARE - Sharif Mussa's decision to quit as the manager of the Zimbabwe senior national football team is a very big blow to the country's most loved sport. Mussa was a dedicated professional who selflessly discharged his services for the benefit of the national game often with very minimal app...
Govt releases positive signals 3 March 2017 HARARE - Two symbolic and important developments which took place over the past few days have given Zimbabweans a glimmer of hope that our beloved country will not implode completely after all — as is widely feared, with good reason, in some sections of the populace. In a welcome change of tac...
Does Zim need all these roadblocks? 2 March 2017 HARARE - Reports this week that over 10 000 tourists have complained about the numerous police roadblocks in Zimbabwe and the rough treatment they received from the uniformed forces is a matter of national concern. This does not only put a dent on the tourism industry — one of the few sectors ...
Health sector needs attention 1 March 2017 HARARE - It is not a secret that our health sector is on the deathbed, doctors are on strike and nurses have also issued a warning that they will follow suit if their working conditions are not improved. Nothing really seems to be working in the critical sector, a situation that should ring al...
Honouring the president 27 February 2017 HARARE - Whether one agrees with President Robert Mugabe's politics or not, it would take a particularly uncivil person to begrudge him for the fact that he has been blessed with a long life. Indeed, not many people get to his ripe old age and still be relatively healthy, and of sound mind, as...
Zanu PF must deliver the jobs it promised 22 February 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe this week gave flimsy excuses on why his Zanu PF-led government has failed to create the 2,2 million jobs they promised to the electorate in the run-up to the July 2013 elections. Speaking in his traditional birthday interview, the 93-year-old leader had the te...
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...