Opinion & Analysis

Celebrating democracy on aspirin 17 June 2018 HARARE – On Thursday history was made, as for the first time in post-independent Zimbabwe there will be female presidential candidates who  threw their lots against 20 male counterparts in the race to occupy the country’s hottest seat. And also, for the first time, the presidential plebiscite ...
Zim enjoying pre-election peace 13 June 2018 BULAWAYO - With or without the much fought for electoral reforms, the reality is that the 2018 harmonised elections are now on our doorstep and as the opposition, it’s either we sink or swim. While I have my reservations on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s handling of our economic affairs, it is...
Mighty Warriors reward was long overdue 13 June 2018 HARARE - At long last, government finally heard the calls from the Mighty Warriors when each member of the team received $1 000 from the Sports ministry. For many years, Zimbabwe’s female footballers have been treated like second-class citizens by both government and the Zimbabwe Football Asso...
The foolishness of some of our politicians 6 June 2018 HARARE - Is it not sad that a major city can operate for nearly four years without a substantive chief executive? Such is the case with Harare, which has been operating without a substantive town clerk since 2015. After cutting ties with Tendai Mahachi three years ago, the city fathers have...
Fear factor could sway poll outcome 4 June 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's presidential, parliamentary and municipal polls will be held on July 30. They will be fought around generational issues and a collapsing economy marked by critical cash and fuel shortages. Sadly, there have been no opinion polls — except the dubious Nekorach poll — so far t...
Fighting graft requires will, not special unit 4 June 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa “hit the ground running” when he assumed office last November, pledging to fight corruption wherever it exists. Busting corruption became one of his top priorities, along with his “Zimbabwe is open for business” mantra, which is meant to whet investor-appe...
Electoral Amendment Act is a flawed legislative piece 3 June 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa has signed into law a flawed Electoral Amendment Act that is still unaligned to the Constitution unanimously approved by 95 percent of Zimbabweans in a referendum held in March 2013. The flawed Electoral Act was enacted on May 28 in a Government Gazette an...
Inheritance divides bigwigs' families 3 June 2018 HARARE - Over the years, Zimbabwe has witnessed families of rich politicians who when the breadwinners die fight over their estates. When the politicians die they leave behind several children born out of wedlock who only emerge after their deaths, hence creating confusion as they also claim s...
What should we expect from Zim elections? 1 June 2018 HARARE - A coup in November, now elections in July. After years of waiting for post-Mugabe politics in Zimbabwe, the new dispensation is in full campaigning mode, amidst international re-engagement and promises of a bright future ahead — provided those elections are free, fair and credible. ...
Zim Airways: The national 'air crime' 30 May 2018 HARARE - When we read of criminal syndicates of the western world, we always envision Al Capone and the Italian Mafia as the apex of organised crime. In Zimbabwe, the mafia is our inept selfish government that thrives on exorbitant unjustifiable expenses on what they term the best intentions f...
Vigilante groups must be disbanded 29 May 2018 HARARE - Elections are the hallmark of representative democracy, allowing the people’s regular input in choices about leaders and policy. Yet, they are also competitive processes, unleashing conflict and tensions that could potentially destabilise the fabric of the State and societies. It is e...
Chamisa must act on the vanguard 28 May 2018 HARARE - The chaos and violence which were witnessed in the MDC's primary elections, just like what happened in the Zanu PF internal voting, highlight a very worrying culture of failing to disagree in a manner that shows civility. It is quite disconcerting that despite the country's leadership...
A little paint wouldn't kill 21 May 2018 HARARE - Harare City fathers should spare a thought for motorists and put markings on the city's roads which have now become death traps, especially at night. The markings on our roads in and around the city are no longer visible and motorists are unknowingly encroaching into other motorists' ...
Police patrols long overdue 21 May 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) should be applauded for re-launching patrol units countrywide as this will help curb crime. Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga was spot-on when he recently bemoaned the absence of police officers on the streets, ordering them to resume patrols. M...
Chihuri must come back home and clear his name 17 May 2018 HARARE - Former police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri has been sucked in a number of controversies ever since he was retired from the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) in December last year. Unlike his predecessors who retired quietly, Chihuri is being hounded left, right and centre since...
Parliament spot-on on CDF audit 13 May 2018 HARARE - Reports that Parliament has embarked on an exercise to audit the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) ranks as one of the most progressive actions by the August house in years. Our sister paper, the Daily News, on Friday carried a story where the acting Speaker of the National Assembly...
Zimra officials must lead by example 9 May 2018 HARARE - A trend is emerging at the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) whereby its top officials appear to be averse to subjecting themselves to the same values they would want their stakeholders to follow. It was reported recently that Zimra board chairperson Willia Bonyongwe reversed a decis...
Diplomatic offensive needed to achieve reforms 7 May 2018 HARARE - Last Friday, we reported that the United States' offer to lift sanctions slapped on the country's leadership was on the verge of collapsing because of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's failure to implement reforms needed to level the political playing field. Despite charming the world wi...
Charumbira offside on this one 7 May 2018 HARARE - Last year, just before former president Robert Mugabe was ousted through a military intervention, government had announced it had purchased 226 Isuzu double cabs for traditional chiefs. The move received mixed reactions, with some opposition parties condemning it as a vote-buying gimm...
City must prioritise garbage collection 5 May 2018 HARARE - No matter how hard we attempt to give them fancy titles — some call them waste and recycling collection vehicles — but a garbage truck is still a garbage truck and its mission is humble but critical to the whole well-being of a functioning society: It picks up your mess and keeps your ...
ZRP must step up policing in CBD 3 May 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) should step up traffic control in Harare's Central Business District (CBD). The sight of kombis and mushikashika driving along wrong lanes is now the order of the day in most of the busy streets downtown. The drivers are also notorious for entering re...
Zim voter getting more complex, unpredictable 3 May 2018 HARARE - The chaotic nature of the Zanu PF primary elections held over the weekend showed just how shambolic the ruling party's planning can be. In some constituencies, the elections were still to be completed following various challenges that manifested during the period, including late del...
Behavioural change key in combatting malaria 28 April 2018 HARARE - Yesterday, we reported that malaria is spreading rapidly in Zimbabwe, with an estimated 518 deaths in 2017, up from 231 a year before, according to the Health and Child Care ministry. Clearly, deaths from malaria in Zimbabwe last year outstripped 2016 figures amid indications that the...
ED's govt must have clear land policy 26 April 2018 HARARE - When President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over the reins of power on November 24, 2017, immediately announcing his intention to compensate farmers who had lost their land during the chaotic land reform programme of the early 2000s, most people felt his government had signalled a departure f...
Our leaders must simply fix health care system 23 April 2018 HARARRE - Vice President Kembo Mohadi has gone abroad for medical treatment. The reason for exercising this choice is pretty obvious: he lacks confidence in the Zimbabwe health systems and can also afford the trip given that the expenses are paid for by taxpayers. Because of this, our leaders ...