Opinion & Analysis

Is this the Zimbabwe we want? 4 August 2018 HARARE - When former president Robert Mugabe resigned from power last year — after running the country he inherited in a sound economic state from the Rhodesians into the ground — Zimbabweans from all walks of life celebrated that significant development. It was a window of opportunity for the...
Coalitions don't thrive on egos 2 August 2018 HARARE - Some  time in February, I wrote an opinion piece for this very publication, on political party alliances in Zimbabwe and elsewhere on the continent, exploring their potential to win elections. Already, elections have come and gone and a cursory glance at National Assembly results that...
It is prudent we all remain calm 2 August 2018 HARARE - While the whole world has congratulated Zimbabwe for holding a peaceful election, the post-election period should be guarded jealously. We have said it before and we are going to say it now; any election will only produce one winner and that is the reality. In the same spirit, whil...
Zec mustn't apply the law selectively 31 July 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) announced on Sunday that it had reported MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa to the police for violating the law by convening a press conference well outside the period permissible for political campaigns. Zec commissioner Qubani Moyo was quoted ...
Has the leopard changed its spots? 31 July 2018 HARARE - “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.” As the old saying goes, it’s better to deal with someone you are familiar with, even if they are not ideal, than to take a risk with an unknown person. But then there is the other old adage: “A leopard can’t change its spots.” ...
Has there been a judicial coup? 30 July 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's High and Supreme Courts have delivered a series of strange judgments in this election cycle dismissing opposition and civil society suits seeking to have the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) act within its legal and administrative powers to enhance the credibility and legit...
People's will must prevail 30 July 2018 HARARE - Zimbabweans are voting today in momentous polls that have a huge bearing on the country’s future. Significantly, these are the first polls since former president Robert Mugabe was ousted from power in a soft military coup last November. Under Mugabe, Zimbabwe drifted from being the...
Analysts share views on polls 30 July 2018 HARARE - Political analysts believe today’s synchronised polls will produce a contested outcome because they were not entirely free and fair. Before today’s polls, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) was under pressure to level the political playing field, tilted in favour of the ruling Zanu ...
Charismatic appeals vs performance legitimacy 29 July 2018 HARARE - Tomorrow, July 30, 2018, Zimbabwe will have its first post-Robert Mugabe harmonised election, where 23 candidates from 22 political parties will engage in mortal political combat for the country’s presidency. Over 1 648 candidates from at least 55 political parties (about 220 are in...
Let there be peace after elections 28 July 2018 HARARE - After Monday’s crucial harmonised elections there will be joy for the winners and despair for the loser; such is the nature of any contest. The most important thing is for Zimbabweans to remain calm after the election as we eagerly await the announcement of the final results. Whi...
ED, Chamisa being selfish 27 July 2018 HARARE - Although opinion polls can sometimes be misleading, both Zanu PF and the MDC Alliance are being naive by completely ignoring the results of recent surveys suggesting Zimbabweans are hoping for a coalition government. According to a poll conducted by the online data analysis organisati...
Is ED about to end whites' hell? 24 July 2018 HARARE - On March 4, 1980, Prime Minister-elect Robert Mugabe gave his first ever speech to an independent Zimbabwe which captured the attention of the world as he promised to bury the country's past after years of conflict with the then Rhodesian government and its forces. Zimbabwe had just c...
ED, Chamisa in statistical dead heat 23 July 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's presidential race looked tighter than it has all year on Friday, a week before voting begins, as an Afrobarometer poll put the two frontrunners Emmerson Mnangagwa and Nelson Chamisa in a statistical dead heat. The latest voter survey may raise concerns about the outside pos...
ED, Chamisa must value key meetings 22 July 2018 HARARE - The Church has for years played a crucial role in governance issues, brokering in conflict situations and also taking part in several ceasefire negotiations. On Thursday, the Jesuit-run Arupe College in Mt Pleasant, Harare hosted an interface meeting of all presidential candidates con...
Time for Zim's third wave 22 July 2018 HARARE - Africa has been through a series of momentous changes. First came decolonisation. Then came a second wave, too often marked by tyranny and economic stagnation. I believe that a new era is now in prospect, Africa’s third wave. Let us make this third wave one of lasting peace, bas...
ED's rhetoric deceptive 21 July 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s “new dispensation” rhetoric in Zimbabwe has been exposed as just a small public relations stunt to sanitise the 2018 post-military intervention harmonised elections, which have been subjected to a rigging plot. Do not even imagine me throwing another bog...
Chigumba must talk to Chamisa 16 July 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is right to agree to participate in talks with Nelson Chamisa over how to resolve the serious threat posed by failure to iron out a raft of administrative electoral reforms the opposition leader has said are vital for a credible vote on July 30. ...
Biti, Chamisa poll remarks not helpful 16 July 2018 HARARE - The recent threats by both the MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa and Tendai Biti, who leads the People's Democratic Party, one of the fringe parties in an alliance with the MDC, of announcing the results of this month national elections ahead of the Zimbabwe Electoral Co...
Zec must go the extra mile 13 July 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) chairperson Priscilla Chigumba and her entire team have a huge task at their hands of running a credible poll on July 30. Zec risks failing this mandate because of the way they have batted away demands from the opposition parties, particularly the M...
Invest in family planning 13 July 2018 HARARE - On Wednesday, we commemorated World Population Day. This day has been commemorated globally each year since 1989. It’s a day that focuses our attention on the importance of population issues and is therefore quite central to our work as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). T...
Let's keep our peace 12 July 2018 HARARE - The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) must be commended for launching the Election Peace Pledge to ensure that peace and tranquillity prevail during the forthcoming harmonised elections. The initiative is crucial to the holding of peaceful elections since past polls ...
Zim education must bury fake diesel era 12 July 2018 Open letter to Higher Education ministry It was with much interest that I recently read an article in the Financial Gazette where the permanent secretary of Higher and Tertiary Education ministry Dr Desire Mutize Sibanda was reported as having directed all tertiary institutions to set up indus...
Zim, Africa need youthful leaders 11 July 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe, like most African countries' populations, is dominated by young people. Historically, young leaders are energetic, rich in new ideas, technically competent with dynamic innovative capabilities. Unfortunately, Zimbabwe and many other African nations are endowed with the ru...
Empowerment Bank has work cut out 11 July 2018 HARARE - Last week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa officially launched the Empowerment Bank, amid pomp and fanfare. The microbank has “been formed with the purpose of providing social and financial solutions to the financially excluded population with a greater focus on the youth”. Capitalise...
Ball boys kill soccer's entertainment value 10 July 2018 HARARE – Ball boys in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) have completely abandoned their duty and have now become a complete nuisance during matches, killing the entertainment value of the sport in the process. Instead of quickly returning match balls onto the pitch for a swift resumption of acti...