Opinion & Analysis

One year after Mugabe: A revolution still not televised 16 November 2018 HARARE - On November 15, 2017, Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's longest serving ruler was confined to his private residence in the affluent suburb of Borrowdale in Harare, Zimbabwe. This, while armed soldiers took control of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation's (ZBC) headquarters major stations an...
Motlanthe Commission: Shutting doors when horses have bolted 15 November 2018 HARARE - While out of desperation, insincerity or naivety, many people would have welcomed the Commission of Inquiry (the Motlanthe Commission) into the August 1, 2018 shootings in Harare, many did not give it a chance. Many people who would have liked, or been expected to give evidence, did n...
Illicit trade in foreign currency must cease 15 November 2018 HARARE - Recent action by government in which it imposed 10-year custodial sentences on illegal foreign currency dealers was overdue although more should be done to exterminate the practice completely. The Unexplained Wealth Statutes came into effect on Monday, sending the bulk of the country'...
Training must respond to industry needs 14 November 2018 HARARE - Over the years, our system of education followed that of former colonial master Britain by aiming to produce graduates geared for white-collar jobs in commerce and industry. However, this trajectory had to change to suit the country’s contemporary demands. This saw the adoption of the...
Money is the root of all evil 14 November 2018 HARARE - We all use money everyday and yet few of us really understand what these bits of paper or cotton or simply figures in a ledger, really mean. But we know the stuff is important. In economic terms the answer is actually quite simple, the stuff is a means of exchange, a store of wealth a...
Ncube needs consistency 13 November 2018 HARARE - Finance minister Mthuli Ncube will present his maiden National Budget next week Thursday against a background of huge economic challenges and public expectation that he is the man to help Zimbabwe out of its current rut. So far, Ncube has had an unflattering start to his tenure as evi...
Economic pain not being shared 12 November 2018 HARARE - Finance minister Mthuli Ncube's recent confirmation that government will soon buy vehicles for parliamentarians exposes government's insincerity in tackling its ballooning budget deficit. It also flies in the face of Ncube's claim to parliamentarians this week that Zimbabwe is putting...
We've lost our spirit of Ubuntu 11 November 2018 HARARE - Recent events following the tragic road accident that left at least 50 people dead along the Harare-Mutare highway near Rusape on Wednesday are very disturbing. A Smart Express bus is alleged to have tried to overtake a haulage truck on a prohibited stretch on the road before crashing...
Arrests should follow convictions 11 November 2018 HARARE - While we all applaud the anti-corruption drive being spearheaded from President Emmerson Mnangagwa's office which has seen several ex-ministers arrested for abuse of office, we all wait for the first conviction. Until we start seeing convictions and perpetrators being sent to jail, th...
Zanu PF perpetuating poverty 9 November 2018 HARARE - Would you believe that your poverty is being created by your own government? I know it is hard to believe, but here is the story. Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson in their 2012 seminal book Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Poverty, and Prosperity; have this answer: “Rather ...
Traffic deaths can be avoided 9 November 2018 HARARE - Late on Wednesday afternoon, at least 47 Zimbabweans lost their lives following a head-on bus collision along the Harare-Mutare highway. A Smart Express coach crashed with a Bolt Cutter bus near Torish Farm just after the Rusape tollgate. Although police are still investigating the...
Intransigence won't help govt 8 November 2018 HARARE - Government has, for the past few decades, had to battle a restive employee body that continued to pester its employer over working conditions. Admittedly, people’s salaries and wages have been undergoing gradual erosion in terms of value since 2012, despite multi-currencies having bee...
Cool heads needed in corporate Zimbabwe 8 November 2018 HARARE - Among the many things in short supply in Zimbabwe today are cool heads, especially among our business leaders. It is quite evident that, once again, Zimbabwe’s economy is on a slippery slope, risking sliding back to where it was about a decade ago. Inflation — an evil that devoured...
Finally some common sense prevails 6 November 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa's recent announcement that he will review the two cents per dollar transaction tax is a welcome relief to long-suffering Zimbabweans. The new tax regime introduced by Finance minister Mthuli Ncube last month had been totally rejected by both business and c...
Football admins should wake up 4 November 2018 HARARE - While discussing the way football clubs are run in Zimbabwe, a colleague took time to show me an article from The Guardian. It is about a team, which is run professionally and has set values that are culture-specific. “Athletic Bilbao are almost entirely reliant on their academy fo...
Prohibitive input prices will ruin Zim prospects 4 November 2018 HARARE - The recent wave of price increases that has been sweeping across the country has not spared the country’s agricultural sector, without doubt the mainstay of the Zimbabwean economy. Prices of farming inputs — especially those for seed and fertiliser — virtually shot through the ceiling...
The abuse of servant leadership mantra 1 November 2018 HARARE - “Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living.” (Einstein). Einstein was indeed a great thinker who spoke beyond his own time. A commitment to the betterment of other world citizens would surely happen if everyone is driven by the commitment to be a servant of all. ...
ED's meeting with business welcome 31 October 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent meeting with bankers as well as captains of industry and commerce is a good start. Coming as it does after the scrapping of Statutory Instrument (SI) 122 of 2017 and the turbulence that rocked the country after the bond note suffered heavy losses ...
Religion has limits in the secular world 31 October 2018 HARARE - One would be forgiven for thinking that Zimbabwe is caught up in some sort of national religious frenzy. Pastors, prophets, politicians-come-pastors-messiahs, business people are regularly making reference to God or Jesus in relation to what should essentially be secular spheres of ou...
To dare is to do, Cde Mnangagwa 30 October 2018 HARARE - English premiership side, Tottenham Hotspur, has flattered to deceive in the last decade in England's football top division. Spurs or Lilly Whites, as the London club are fondly called by their faithful, have produced great talent and fused it with a few buys from a strict budget whic...
Blame game doesn't work 29 October 2018 HARARE - Finance minister Mthuli Ncube should be ashamed of himself for the unprecedented events that culminated in the suspension of senior Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) officials. This was an uncalled for action done to cover up for the ministers' careless and inconsistent pronouncements, w...
MDC at 19 28 October 2018 HARARE - After many bans by the authorities ostensibly to stop the spread of the cholera outbreak, the rebranded main opposition party MDC — formerly the MDC Alliance — had its 19th anniversary celebrations yesterday. Since its historic formation in September 1999 at Harare Grounds, the opposi...
What is there to look forward to? 28 October 2018 HARARE - The cost of one of the most basic foodstuffs ­— bread — is set to increase by over 100 percent despite government’s attempts to heavily regulate the price without offering any subsidy to bakeries. Lobel’s, which runs one of the country’s largest bakeries, advised its customers that th...
Greediness killing our economy 26 October 2018 HARARE - Recent developments in the Zimbabwe economy have just confirmed what most people have suspected all along; greediness is at the centre of our problems. Ever since new Finance minister Mthuli Ncube announced his new monetary policy earlier this month, the economy has been on a free fal...
Lifting of SI 64 commendable 25 October 2018 HARARE - The move by government on Tuesday to lift indefinitely the ban on the importation of groceries and other basic commodities with immediate effect could prove to be the solution to the obtaining shortages and price hikes. Government had, in 2016, promulgated SI 64 as a way of protecting...