Opinion & Analysis

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...
Now is the time for action, Mr President 24 October 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa has made a lot of promises ever since he came to power in November 2017, and again when he was elected in the disputed July 30 election. One of Mnangagwa's proclamations in his first days in office was that his administration would take corruption head-on....
Lumumba appointment controversial, divisive 23 October 2018 HARARE - The furore surrounding Acie Lumumba's out-of-the-blue appointment as head of the newly-created Finance ministry communications committee is not only disappointing but also shows, rather painfully, that our Cabinet ministers are not reading from the same script. If it is indeed true that ...
Hiring Lumumba could harm Mthuli's credibility 22 October 2018 HARARE - Recent events in government have been largely surprising as those tasked with crafting policies that will turn around the fortunes of the country battle to achieve their goals. No sooner than Finance minister Mthuli Ncube had introduced the controversial two percent tax on electronic ...
ED has to deliver and, urgently too 19 October 2018 HARARE - When the new dispensation was ushered in following Robert Mugabe's resignation last November, it rode on the narrative of restoration to win people's hearts. True, there was need for restoration on a number of fronts starting with the political that had been poisoned by deadly faction...
Poor planning costs Zifa heavily 18 October 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) once again proved to the entire nation that they are the best when it comes to poor planning. Over the years, Zifa has made classic boobs in the administration and running of national teams but Tuesday night's events at the National Sports Stad...
Zanu PF dictatorship, ideological dominance 18 October 2018 HARARE - The European Union Observer Mission's (EU OM) final report showed the ruling Zanu PF dominance in the 2018 elections in Zimbabwe was achieved, not by popular vote, but a cocktail of manipulation. While the reaction by the ruling class and its media mouthpieces swiftly conveyed its rev...
Drive out touts, money changers 17 October 2018 HARARE - Recent events in the country will leave anyone — including those outside Zimbabwe's borders — having a rethink on our citizens' claims to being one of the most literate nations on the continent. No-one would doubt that things are so bad in the country but surely there is something tha...
Govt abdicating on its responsibilities 17 October 2018 HARARE - The government has stolen $220 from me. Yes, the very government mandated to provide me with a constitutionally-guaranteed right to health has failed me. I have a $220 hole in my home economics budget right now because I have been forced to source US dollars from the black market because...
Please pay your bills 16 October 2018 HARARE - Politicians and public officials must be at the forefront of paying utility bills owed to various service providers. In Zimbabwe, these public officials have a propensity for refusing to honour their debts using their political clout to ward off bailiffs. As a result of this welshi...
Lessons from Zim's failed land reform 16 October 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's failed populist-based land reform is a salutary lesson for South Africa on how land reform must be pragmatic, safe-guard commercial agriculture and focus on boosting ordinary subsistence, small, medium and emerging black commercial farmers already committed to farming. In 2...
Struggling Zimboz need a reprieve 14 October 2018 HARARE - Todays' Asian tigers, China included were nonentities when we attained independence in 1980 with Singapore a laughing stock. Thirty years on, these nations have ushered in sound economic policies that raise the standard of living for their people and have become global players of note. ...
Be sensitive to people's poverty 14 October 2018 HARARE - The prevailing situation in which the government continues to ignore the plight of the generality of the suffering masses needs serious admonition. The recently announced fiscal measures which have drawn widespread criticism come against a background of a gross insensitivity by a go...
Is Zim headed for Titanic moment? 13 October 2018 HARARE - “I have never been in an accident of any sort worth speaking about… nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort… I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder… modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.” These words were said by...
Human life is sacred 12 October 2018 HARARE - A sad incident occurred in Harare's central business district (CBD) on Wednesday morning when a motorist gunned down a “parking marshal”. A lot of versions of the story started circulating on social media but later in the day, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) issued a statement clar...
Ministers should be accountable 11 October 2018 HARARE - There is a saddening trend that is developing in government departments where whole Cabinet ministers thrust in specific portfolios do not want to talk about their ministries. It is surprising that ministers — some of whom traverse the length and breadth of the country campaigning for...
We cannot bury our past 11 October 2018 BULAWAYO - Last week, Zenzele Ndebele premiered a new documentary at the Intwasa Arts Festival. It is about Gukurahundi, the code name used by Zimbabwe's security forces for the operation in which they massacred thousands of Ndebele people in the 1980s. It is the Shona word for “the early rain...
Economy must move towards normalcy now 8 October 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwean economy has been a subject for discussion for decades now as it continues its slide into the abyss. Following the July 30 harmonised elections, a lot has been said about the best post-poll arrangement with some pushing for an inclusive government similar to the one that...
Councils must mimic govt on austerity 4 October 2018 HARARE - Most urban councils countrywide are holding pre-budget consultations with key stakeholders in their respective areas. These are expected to give a general direction to the budgets the local authorities are likely to come up with. However, given the position on austerity the President ...
Public servants must remain accountable 3 October 2018 HARARE - In a bid to curb corruption, President Emmerson Mnangagwa must walk the talk with his call for public office bearers to declare their assets. The exercise is commencing with this Friday's deadline for all Parliamentarians to disclose details of their assets and income. All Cabinet ...
Unity, dialogue the way to go for Zim 2 October 2018 HARARE - The recent call by outgoing United Kingdom envoy to Zimbabwe Catriona Laing on the importance of unity so as to ensure the success of efforts to turn around the southern African nation's economic fortunes must be supported by all right-thinking citizens. Following the July 30 harmon...
ED strikes right tone at the Big Apple 30 September 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa delivered his maiden speech to the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This was a historic speech, his virgin address after the toppling of long-ruling despot Robert Mugabe. The speech was devoid of the characteristic bellig...