Opinion & Analysis

The MDC's $100 billion Zim economy dream 25 June 2017 HARARE - Economic assertions by the government and opposition alike have left observers wondering if Zimbabweans have become so gullible to incontestably believe promises by their preferred political parties. Zanu PF intends to create 300 000 jobs from the dualisation of a 900-kilometre road! ...
Govt must restore students' grants 25 June 2017 HARARE - Calls by senators last week on government to reinstate financial aid to assist students in the payment of educational expenses must be supported by all right-thinking Zimbabweans. This comes after a damning report by the thematic committee on HIV and Aids which highlighted poverty as ...
Warriors: 10 steps forward, 20 backwards 24 June 2017 HARARE - If there is one thing that football “mad” Zimbabweans cannot talk about with authority and confidence, it is the consistency by their beloved Warriors. There are many times that they have been taken to the “Seventh Heaven” and also, in equal measure, condemned to hell, as the performa...
Zim treading on slippery ground 24 June 2017 HARARE - The World Bank this week made sad and disheartening projections of Zimbabwe's moribund economy. The international financier — which forecast Zimbabwe's economic growth to decline from this year's 2,7 percent to 0,9 percent next year and plummet further to 0,2 percent in 2019 — painted...
Politicians must stay out of JSC's way 21 June 2017 HARARE - This week, the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) ran advertisements in nearly all the newspapers, inviting suitable candidates to apply for the Prosecutor-General (PG)’s post. The position fell vacant following the dismissal of Johannes Tomana, who became the first PG to be appointed...
Cde Chinx deserves the honour 19 June 2017 HARARE - Late liberation war fighter and renowned musician Dickson Chingaira, aka Cde Chinx, should be declared a national hero. While the onus to bestow such an honour lies in the hands of President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party, it would be a mockery for them to even declare him a libe...
ZRP ignores voices of reason 19 June 2017 HARARE – The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) continues to ignore calls by senior government officials — including President Robert Mugabe — to reduce roadblocks, a situation that has immensely affected the tourism industry and prejudiced the country millions of dollars. At various public forums...
Harare must wake up from its slumber 18 June 2017 HARARE – It appears it never rains but pours for Zimbabwe's capital city, which has been struggling to supply adequate potable water to its residents, despite the above normal rains received during the last farming season. While the heavy rains culminated in devastating floods in some places a...
Opposition parties need to wise up 18 June 2017 HARARE – The ruling Zanu PF party is reviving its election machinery in readiness for next year's polls. A string of “meetings” lined up by party leader President Robert Mugabe to “interface” with Zanu PF youths should serve as evidence that the ruling party means business, and will not allow ...
Govt risks not being taken seriously 17 June 2017 HARARE – One of the burning issues on nearly everyone's lips these days is the high prevalence of roadblocks on the country's roads. It has become the “new normal” for motorists to go through at least three roadblocks in a stretch of about 10 kilometres, possibly unprecedented in the history o...
Going beyond demands for reforms 17 June 2017 HARARE – The 2018 elections are likely to be noxious for the opposition, should the parties fail to be strategic, decisive and resist the compulsion of being driven by emotions rather than rationale. Indications are that there is not likely to be any prerequisite election-related reforms befor...
Govt, millers must agree on food fortification 16 June 2017 HARARE – Reports that the proposed fortification of basic foods will trigger an estimated 10 percent increase in the price of bread and maize meal — at least according to millers — are enough to shock any right thinking Zimbabwean, as the majority among the country's over 13 million people are al...
Concerted efforts key in managing garbage 15 June 2017 HARARE – While the issue of refuse collection has become so central in discussions on local authorities’ provision of service, it is important for residents to play their part to ensure they live in garbage-free environments. This may only be achieved if councils educate residents on how they ...
Politicians must stop abusing children 15 June 2017 HARARE – As political parties intensify their campaigns ahead of the 2018 general elections, they must restrain their members from force-marching schoolchildren to their gatherings. The governing Zanu PF party is notorious for closing schools on days they have rallies in particular constituenc...
Councils must improve refuse management 13 June 2017 HARARE - Waste management, especially the collection of garbage in Harare and other towns and cities such as Chitungwiza — as reported in our sister publication, the Daily News on Sunday — has become an issue of major concern. While residents are doing all they can to pay for water and rates, ...
Doctors, nurses need to vote 12 June 2017 HARARE - Health practitioners will today meet the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to discuss ways in which they can exercise their voting rights in the 2018 general election while on duty. Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZNA) and Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights and other health professional...
Govt must act now on accidents 11 June 2017 HARARE - News that 45 people perished when a Zambia-bound bus — carrying mostly cross-border traders — crashed in Nyamakate near Makuti made very sad reading. Only last month, over 30 passengers were burnt beyond recognition in a bus accident at Nyamatikiti near Chaka in Chirumanzu. These a...
Zifa, Sundowns need not fight over Billiat 9 June 2017 HARARE - Since independence in 1980, Zimbabwe has produced a lot of star players who have gone on to do wonders for the national team. The likes of Shacky Tauro, Vitalis Takawaira, Willard Mashinkila-Khumalo, Benjamin Nkonjera, Stanford “Stix” Mutizwa, Benjani Mwaruwari together with the Ndlov...
Festivals must focus more on local talent 9 June 2017 HARARE - Dates for this year’s edition of Shoko Festival were announced last week, just a few days after the end of another equally big and internationally acclaimed local arts event  — the Miombo Magic Music Festival. While arts lovers are obviously looking ahead to the seventh edition of Sho...
Mnangagwa spot-on on police roadblocks 8 June 2017 HARARE - Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa was on-point when he ordered Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo and his Tourism counterpart Walter Mzembi to urgently meet and address concerns raised over numerous police roadblocks. Mnangagwa on Tuesday said he was aware that the issue of roadb...
Stop the fights, Mr President 7 June 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe is 93. At that ripe age, he is surprisingly sprite and energetic, although he seems to have lost the touch and the magic that helped him steer the country during very difficult periods. Indeed the spirit appears to be willing but the body is tired — both mental...
Zim must quickly contain bird flu 7 June 2017 HARARE - A strain of avian influenza virus has now been found in Zimbabwe. The highly pathogenic H5N8 strain is capable of causing death among humans and inflicting serious losses on poultry farmers. The bird flu has been detected in a chicken breeder flock on a Harare farm, and 140 000 bir...
Zim must embrace sustainable tourism 6 June 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe will today mark the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development in Harare as pronounced by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. Government considers tourism as a low hanging fruit that contributes 10,9 percent to Zimbabwe’s Gross Domestic Product, 7,3 ...
ZRU's organisational comedy 6 June 2017 HARARE - Goodness me! It took a long six months into this year for local rugby authorities to arrange the Zimbabwe-Zambia encounter on Saturday evening. But first things first . . . The Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) — I hate that long, unchanging name in this era of short, sexy brand names, as...
Chipanga's boot-licking exposes lack of depth 4 June 2017 HARARE - Zanu PF secretary for youth league in the politburo —Kudzanai Chipanga — has a right to lavish praise on President Robert Mugabe because it is his democratic right. Being a leader of the next generation of politicians — the youths — it is also expected that Chipanga should inspire con...