Opinion & Analysis

Govt must encourage rainwater harvesting 22 January 2017 HARARE - The current heavy rains have indeed come as a blessing for communities like those in Zimbabwe, which are still reeling from the effects of the El Nino-induced drought that ravaged the country last season. However, it appears nobody in Zimbabwe cares a jot about harnessing the excess w...
DeMbare bickering must cease now 20 January 2017 HARARE - Since time immemorial, Dynamos has always had an opaque ownership and leadership structure which has certainly curtailed the club’s growth. Presently, there is an ongoing ownership wrangle between the Bernard Marriot group and Ernest Kamba’s posse over who should be in control of the ...
Mugabe must eat humble pie 19 January 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's long-suffering civil servants are yet to receive their 2016 bonuses despite getting assurance from President Robert Mugabe. What makes the situation worse is the fact that the nonagenarian leader has taken time to enjoy himself with his family in the Far East on his annual ...
Hospitals will soon turn into mortuaries, Cdes! 16 January 2017 HARARE - Long-suffering and impoverished Zimbabweans must really be afraid. This is especially so considering that everything around them seems to be crumbling without any signs of serious care from the authorities. But in all this tale of how things have fallen apart, there is really need ...
Iron spikes: ZRP's new weaponry 16 January 2017 HARARE - While not so long ago the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) traffic section had become notorious for chasing down kombis in town and smashing their windscreens, this time around the force has devised another tool — the hand iron spikes. In the past, it had become normal to see many kombi...
Zhakata, persecuted but still standing 15 January 2017 HARARE - After years of persecution and blacklisting of his songs which were deemed politically incorrect by the public broadcaster, ZBC Holdings, Zora music star Leonard “Karikoga” Zhakata is still standing. And it was not only the public broadcaster that shunned his politically-charged songs...
Typhoid outbreak: Councils to blame 15 January 2017 HARARE - We are concerned that when other progressive nations are scoring big in terms of technological advancements and eradication of diseases, Zimbabwe is still stuck with medieval illnesses such as typhoid which has claimed a couple of lives and affected thousands. Indeed, as we have consi...
'Forget political reforms before 2018' 14 January 2017 HARARE - With only a year and few months left before the 2018 elections, political and social analysts contend that the governing Zanu PF government will not entertain any electoral reforms as this will be tantamount to surrendering power. Election Resource Centre (ERC) director Tawanda Chimhi...
Namas must generate credibility, acceptance 14 January 2017 HARARE - With February 18 set as the date for the 16th edition of the National Arts Merit Awards (Nama), the onus is now on the organisers to ensure that they put in place an event which will win the endorsement of all the stakeholders. The Namas are Zimbabwe’s only multi-disciplinary awards a...
Let's all back the Warriors 14 January 2017 HARARE - Beginning tomorrow, the senior Zimbabwe national soccer team goes into battle at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Gabon against three of the continent’s football powerhouses in the form of Tunisia, Senegal and Algeria. As Zimbabweans, we should all temporarily switch off fr...
Zifa must learn from the past 13 January 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean football administrators should learn from the past, judging by what transpired last week at the Warriors send-off ceremony for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals. The players refused to attend the function at a top local hotel after they reached a deadlock with t...
Stop passing buck on typhoid 13 January 2017 HARARE - The ministerial taskforce is not being sincere when they blame food vending for the recent typhoid outbreak in Harare while absolving themselves from the mess. Instead of giving vendors a 48-hour ultimatum to cease operations in the Harare metropolitan area, the ministers should actua...
Mugabe must listen to people's calls 11 January 2017 HARARE - As calls from Zimbabweans, including opposition supporters, war veterans and even some in Zanu PF for President Robert Mugabe to step down get almost deafening, it is becoming increasingly desirable for the nonagenarian to listen to the voice of reason — for the sake of his young family....
Harare carnival can't happen soon 11 January 2017 HARARE - One of the biggest events in Zimbabwe — the Harare International Carnival — could not happen last year and rightly so because it could have been suicidal on the part of the organisers. With the country on the edge and mass protests occurring at every turn, it was wise for the Zimbabwe...
Prepare for elections now 10 January 2017 HARARE - Political activists and opposition political parties should change tack this year and stop spending their energies on trying to push President Robert Mugabe out of office — instead they should start preparing the masses for next year’s crucial elections. There is a lot that they can d...
Fear mounts as campaign year arrives 10 January 2017 HARARE - The possibility of political violence this year is high as political parties start campaigning for what has been described as a do or die election next year. Political and social analysts interviewed by the Daily News said the pattern over the years is that all campaign years have tur...
Violence inherent part of Zanu PF DNA 8 January 2017 HARARE - It is alarming that Zanu PF is again threatening to unleash abductions and violence if  it loses the Bikita West by-election. The threats by Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Shuvai Mahofa at Gwindingwi Primary School on Wednesday were not only primitive and unwarranted, but also s...
Govt's Warriors package paltry 7 January 2017 HARARE - While the intervention by government to bail out the Warriors ahead of their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) participation in Gabon is applauded, they still need to do more if we are to compete with the best on the continent. With just a week left before the tournament begins, Warr...
Council must clean up its mess 6 January 2017 HARARE - Recent flooding that affected some parts of Mbare is worrying. This is especially so because it largely is a result of bungling on the part of authorities, in this case the Harare City Council. It has since emerged that flooding started ever since the construction of the Gulf Sunsh...
Let's take health warnings seriously 5 January 2017 HARARE - Back in September, Health minister David Parirenyatwa warned urban residents of a possible cholera and typhoid outbreak, if residents were not cautious of their water sources during the rainy season. In retrospect, we are beginning to question if we did enough as a country in the wake...
Looting of agric inputs worrying 3 January 2017 HARARE - Reports that top Zanu PF and army officials have been leading the looting of the State-sponsored $500 million Command Agriculture inputs are very worrying, given Zimbabwe's history of another plundered agricultural fund — the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)-run Farm Mechanisation scheme. ...
It has to stop, Khama! 2 January 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans have high hopes on diminutive Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Khama Billiat who had a stellar season last year both in the South African Absa premiership and African continent. Billiat stands at the cusp of making history by becoming the first Zimbabwean to win the African Pl...
Hello 2017, what is in store for us? 1 January 2017 HARARE - Compliments of the New Year! As we all celebrate the beginning of a brand new year, there are things we wish must not be part of us forever. These are the things that would have stalked us in 2016. [GoogleAd] Sadly, for millions of long suffering ordinary Zimbabweans, as we r...
Time to deal with rising unemployment 31 December 2016 HARARE - The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe this week made stunning revelations that close to 3 000 workers lost their source of revenue in the nine months to September this year. What this means is that the country’s already high and unsustainable unemployment rate — estimated above 90 percent — is...
Tick-tock, clock is ticking! 30 December 2016 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe and his colleagues in Cabinet may look back at 2016 as the year that they realised Zimbabweans are indeed fed up with them. How on earth can they ignore the rising wave of discontent and subsequent citizen engagement which saw an ordinary cleric rallying thousa...