Opinion & Analysis

Zimsec board could be part of the problem 19 February 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) issued a statement last week advising the public of the suspension of seven officials from the examination body in order to pave way for an audit into leakages of question papers. Two of the officials were suspended pending retirement,...
Varsities must show professionalism 19 February 2018 HARARE - John Henry Newman in The Idea of a University, way back in 1852, wrote: “A university is a place for the communication and circulation of thought, by means of personal intercourse... It is a place where inquiry is pushed forward,... discoveries verified and perfected, and... error expose...
An election without Mugabe, Tsvangirai 16 February 2018 HARARE - Zimbabweans will, for the first time since 2002, vote in a presidential election without its two main political characters; Robert Mugabe and the late Morgan Tsvangirai. Mugabe, who led the ruling Zanu PF and stood as their presidential candidate since 1980, was disposed in a military...
Mourning Tsvangirai the people's hero 16 February 2018 HARARE - It is often said that you are lonely when you are dead but not with the late Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, the former MDC leader and once prime minister in the inclusive government, who died on Wednesday at a South African hospital after losing his battle with colon cancer. Rarely do we ...
Corporate sponsorship crucial for football 15 February 2018 HARARE - Unlike in Zimbabwe, football the world over is powered by big corporates who pour in millions of dollars in sponsorship. The corporates in turn receive mileage as they ride on the football teams’ popularity thereby promoting their brands and exposing them to wider audiences. Agains...
Alliances do not have room for egos, greed 15 February 2018 HARARE - When politicians plan for and agree to form coalitions, the implication is they have been able to subdue personal egos. It is the culmination of an embrace of diversity and tolerance. They have agreed to iron out their differences while thriving on their areas of agreement. Their s...
Gen Matanga; the real work has just begun 14 February 2018 HARARE - On Monday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced the appointment of Godwin Matanga as the substantive commissioner-general of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP). Before his appointment, Matanga was the acting commissioner-general, a position he found himself in after Augustine Chihur...
Hero Tsvangirai deserves better 13 February 2018 HARARE - Although gravely ill, lion-hearted opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has not yet been called by his Maker — and as far as we know, there is not one living soul who has privileged access to the Lord’s workings to say with authority that he will not recover from his current physical infi...
ED's statements do not accord to Constitution 11 February 2018 HARARE - This article focuses on the timing of elections and is necessitated by comments by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos that general elections would be held earlier than July, 2018. Unfortunately, since getting into office, Mnangagwa has m...
Zimsec in need of self-introspection 11 February 2018 HARARE - For several years now, the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) has been mired in a series of controversies involving examination paper leaks, placing its credibility into the spotlight. During the 2017 examination session, examination papers for several subjects reportedly l...
Many political parties not ideal 10 February 2018 HARARE - Because there is no minimum threshold, we now have a staggering 78 political parties registered to contest the 2018 general elections. Yes, seventy-eight!  As small parties multiply, the large ones are rocked by shocking elite fractures, pointedly the largest political grouping in ...
ED must enforce stringent austerity measures 9 February 2018 HARARE - During the inclusive government between long-time rivals — deposed president Robert Mugabe and opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai — a statement which goes; “We eat what we kill” became very common. The phrase, commonly used by then Finance minister Tendai Biti, simply meant livin...
It's battle royale in 2018 polls 7 February 2018 HARARE - There are 75 political parties registered to contest in the looming elections in Zimbabwe — up from 35 that existed prior to 2017. The so-called big league has the MDC Alliance‚ made up of seven political parties whose leaders Morgan Tsvangirai‚ Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube were par...
Govt taking too long to act on councils 7 February 2018 HARARE - The trial of former Harare town clerk Tendai Mahachi has kicked off in the High Court. Mahachi, along with other top council officials, are facing charges of awarding tenders to companies that did not participate in the bidding process. During his time at Town House, councillors we...
Mnangagwa must act decisively on violence 6 February 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa needs to act decisively on acts of violence by party thugs who appear hell-bent on continuing with their barbaric acts in the post-Robert Mugabe era. It is a long known fact that violence is heavily-rooted in Zanu PF and that whenever the party feels threa...
ED has tonnes of work to do 6 February 2018 HARARE - When it comes to winning back lost investor confidence and trust, it seems deposed president Robert Mugabe's successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has a long way to go. Fed up of policy inconsistencies and lack of respect for property rights during the greater part of Mugabe's 37-year rule, ...
Don't we all deserve a chance? 5 February 2018 HARARE - The appointment of Justice Priscilla Chigumba as head of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has been met with mixed feelings. Pessimists are frightened by her appointment. They are arguing that none of her predecessors was independent from the appointing authority, thus the ne...
Zanu PF must rein in over-zealous followers 4 February 2018 HARARE - Elections can sow the seeds of good governance when adequately managed. But most of the times here in Zimbabwe, elections trigger widespread political violence because they exacerbate tensions in this fragile, conflict-prone, and oppressive society. National People's Party (NPP) presi...
Water treatment plant closure must be brief 3 February 2018 HARARE – The reported temporary complete shutdown of Morton Jaffray Water Works — Harare and its neighbouring towns' source of water — does not auger well for residents given the cholera and typhoid cases that have claimed a number of lives in recent days. Harare also supplies water to Chitung...
Apologise or face ICC 2 February 2018 HARARE - Former President Robert Mugabe has to eat humble pie and lead the process of healing people in Midlands and Matabeleland who were victims of the infamous Gukurahundi. While Mugabe was forced to retire from politics, it is to his advantage to tackle the Gukurahundi issue and apologise ...
Revisiting agrarian reform modalities the way to go 2 February 2018 HARARE - The announcement by government that Zimbabwe will now — going forward — consider white farmers for 99-year leases instead of the current five, signals a complete departure from former agrarian policies of former president Robert Mugabe. The new dispensation led by President Emmerson M...
'Cellphone farmers' have no room in Zimbabwe 1 February 2018 HARARE - While President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has been making corrections on most disastrous policies former president Robert Mugabe was pursuing, his next call should be to bring order on the farms where most resettled farmers have been unable to fully utilise the land for economic pr...
Access to critical info key for agriculture 1 February 2018 HARARE - The rains which fell in most parts of the country on Monday must have come as a relief to farmers across Zimbabwe as they injected some bit of hope in an increasingly hopeless population. Things were looking bad, really bad in previous weeks. Crops in most parts of the country were ex...
Zimbabwe is not for sale, Mr President 31 January 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa was in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum (Wef) and the run up to his visit had been characterised by a significant amount of State-controlled media fanfare, private media encouragement and a decent amount of optimism by the business sector. O...
Dire crop situation calls for contingent measures 31 January 2018 HARARE - The crop situation in most parts of the country is not looking good because the heavens have not been generous with the rains. Farming experts warned this week that some of the crops could be written off if the heavens do not open up this week. Zimbabwe is an agro-based economy, whose...