Opinion & Analysis

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 ...
Of nurses dismissal, minister's allowance 20 April 2018 HARARE - There is a joke doing rounds on social media that nurses — earning a basic monthly salary less than $300 — go on strike and they are fired, but on the other hand, deputy Finance minister Terrence Mukupe beats up his subordinate in protest over a $910 allowance for a three-day trip to Sou...
MDC court battles mere waste of time 20 April 2018 HARARE - The death of MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai in February this year could not have come at a worse time as the country prepared for the crunch 2018 general elections. The MDC Alliance had chosen him as their presidential candidate and his passing on created a yawning gap that could tur...
Nurses strike: Govt must give dialogue a chance 19 April 2018 HARARE - The firing of striking nurses on the eve of the country’s 38th independence anniversary does not bode well for the country’s potential to dialogue with its broader and disgruntled employees’ body. On Tuesday night, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga issued a statement announcing the ...
Cholera outbreak sad reminder of 2008 17 April 2018 HARARE - About a week ago, the Daily News ran an editorial comment on whether Zimbabwe should be battling medieval diseases like cholera and typhoid in this day. An outbreak had been reported in Stoneridge — a sprawling settlement in Harare South. But then cholera is an aggressively contagi...
Cholera belongs to the Stone Age era! 17 April 2018 HARARE - It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the rising cases of cholera as a passing phase. This is especially so when one considers the sad and unpalatable situation on the ground where the highly infectious disease is spreading rapidly. For the umpteenth time, our impoverishe...
The nation needs answers on deal 15 April 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe is really a cursed country. Last week, citizens witnessed the height of comic performances from two whole senior Cabinet ministers. To begin with, it was Transport minister Joram Gumbo who — in an attempt to explain the acquisition of four aircrafts from Malaysia — indicat...
Zim Cricket board must be dissolved 10 April 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe national cricket side elimination from the 2019 World Cup (WC) as painful as it was must give the country a chance to re-arrange the game and build for the future. However, it must be said without fear that the re-building of the national teams and re-arrangement of the dec...
Zimbos should vote wisely 10 April 2018 BULAWAYO - As Zimbabweans go to the polls in less than four months, it is important that voters are reminded of how a once prosperous country was brought to its knees through gross economic mismanagement. I want to remind Zimbabweans — as leader of Democratic Opposition Party (DOP) — of that d...
Zanu PF should level electoral field 9 April 2018 HARARE - The requirement to stage regular elections that are both free and fair is one of the defining features of a liberal democracy. In past elections, pointedly the internationally condemned 2008 poll, thousands of Zimbabweans braved violence, intimidation and other obstacles to demand the...
Let's all work towards removal of sanctions 9 April 2018 HARARE - The meeting between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and two United States senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons — who are both members of Washington's Senate Foreign Relations Committee — has shown that the US is in fact prepared to work with Zimbabwe once certain fundamental conditions are m...
Zanu PF should level electoral playing field 9 April 2018 HARARE - The requirement to stage regular elections that are both free and fair is one of the defining features of a liberal democracy. In past elections, pointedly the internationally condemned 2008 poll, thousands of Zimbabweans braved violence, intimidation and other obstacles to demand the...
ED, may the trips pay off please 6 April 2018 HARARE - During his last days in power, deposed president Robert Mugabe earned himself mocking nicknames — frequent flyer and airborne-president, among many other unpleasant ones — because he was always on the next flight to attend a conference or make a State visit. The 90-year-old-plus leade...
Free, fair, credible poll still achievable in Zim 6 April 2018 HARARE - Ever since taking over the reigns of power in November last year, President  Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has been touting its ability to stage free, fair and credible elections this year. Whether this is going to be achieved remains largely dependent on the sincerity and confidenc...