Opinion & Analysis

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...
The time for MDC to make a decision is now 30 January 2018 HARARE - Two schools of thought have emerged in the MDC on how the party should resolve the debate around Morgan Tsvangirai's succession. One school of thought is campaigning for an extraordinary general meeting where all those aspiring for the top job can present themselves before the MDC mem...
Focused water programmes can mitigate disease woes 29 January 2018 HARARE - The publicity that has been given to the cholera and typhoid issue to date shows just how critical its containment is in our communities. One of the major reasons for this is that it is a highly-contagious affliction with the potential to spread beyond geographical borders in a short ...
All change and no change 24 January 2018 HARARE - It now looks as if South African President Jacob Zuma's days in power are nearing closure. He simply can no longer carry on as if it was business as usual. The weight of the 800 odd charges of corruption and the allegations of State capture are simply too much and the increasing press...
The $15bn diamond saga cannot be wished away 24 January 2018 HARARE - Last week, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa did a pathetic job of defending the indefensible. During debate in the National Assembly on the National Budget, he tried to dismiss former president Robert Mugabe who revealed in a televised interview in February 2016 that diamond revenue...
Everything must start at home 23 January 2018 HARARE - President Emerson Mnangagwa and his colleagues in government have been trying hard to convince sceptics that they have what it takes to steer the country forward despite the huge economic problems currently being experienced. Mnangagwa, since coming into office on November 24 last yea...
Dialogue must come before unions' threats 21 January 2018 HARARE - Yesterday, the Daily News reported that the country’s medical doctors are threatening to embark on an industrial action to force government to review their on-call allowances by 50 percent, allow them to import vehicles duty free and unfreeze the recruitment of additional manpower to eas...
Banning MDC Alliance rally tragic 20 January 2018 HARARE - The police's  decision to ban an MDC Alliance rally in Harare's Glen View suburb is tragic under a new dispensation led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. This comes just after Mnangagwa told a meeting with business leaders on Thursday ahead of his maiden trip to the World Economic Foru...
Govt, councils must focus on core business 19 January 2018 HARARE - Once again, Zimbabwe is battling another health crisis — a typhoid outbreak. It is sad and extremely disheartening that we continue to suffer from medieval diseases such as typhoid. It reflects badly on our leadership and nation as a whole. It's humiliating. This calls for serio...
Drug abuse can ruin artists' careers, future 19 January 2018 HARARE - The history of popular music is full of stories of musicians and singers making questionable decisions in pursuit of misadventure and drug addiction. From Jimmy Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson to Whitney Houston, these are great musicians who fell to drug-induced deaths. Ne...
Last chance to register as voters 18 January 2018 HARARE - Potential voters who had not yet registered to vote in this year’s harmonised elections should utilise the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)’s biometric voter registration (BVR) mop-up exercise which commenced on January 10 and ends on February 8. BVR was launched in 63 districts of...
Those who play hard to get shall come to grief 17 January 2018 HARARE - Last month, President Emmerson Mnangagwa directed those who externalised money and assets to make arrangements to return their loot within three months. The three-month window is expiring on February 28 and chances that the moratorium would be extended look slim. Mnangagwa has prom...
Address property rights issue, rule of law 17 January 2018 HARARE - In most of Africa, property in terms of land was almost always held under communal tenure. The reasons were cultural but based economically on the need for open access. When the smaller settler populations were eventually overthrown by diplomacy or force of arms, land rights were i...
Zanu PF must pursue politics of the brain 16 January 2018 HARARE - Steep prices are a source of discomfort to any serving head of State because they can easily lead to civil disturbances as has been witnessed in many African and Latin American countries. Tunisia, which sparked a revolution across the Arabic countries in what was became known as the A...
Parliament needs to be trimmed 15 January 2018 HARARE - The Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda recently called on government to increase budget allocations for the ministry of Health and Child Care and Parliament to avoid crippling their operations. In the case of the ministry of Health, it was allocated $400 million — represen...
Open letter to the first lady 15 January 2018 Dear first lady, It is with tremendous obligation that I have been moved to publish this open letter to you since your husband duly assumed office when he took the oath of office as President at midday on a sunny Friday on November 24 in Harare. As a well known aphorism goes, “behind ever...
General election: Defining moment for Zimbabwe 14 January 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe enters into 2018 without its first executive president Robert Gabriel Mugabe and for the first time in 37 years, the voice of Mugabe will be missing outstandingly during the 2018 general election. This is an extremely interesting development for a number of reasons but more p...
Multi-pronged approach needed to address students' issues 13 January 2018 HARARE - For many years, we have seen the tendency by our government to give directives to schools to allow learners to attend classes despite lagging behind with their fees. Despite prohibiting the chasing away of students over non-payment of fees, schools have largely ignored the directive...
Govt must address root cause, not symptoms 12 January 2018 HARARE - Without any doubt, retailers have hiked prices of basic commodities to alarming and shocking levels. Prices of most basics — rice, meat and other products — have more than doubled in the past weeks. And something certainly has to be done to curb this deepening crisis. But the crisi...
MDC behaving like Zanu PF 12 January 2018 HARARE - The MDC’s youth and women’s assemblies should not behave like leagues of the “old” Zanu PF who, against all logic, wanted former President Robert Mugabe to remain party candidate for this year’s election despite his advanced age and ill health. I was surprised at the MDC’s wings’ rece...
A good dancer knows when to leave the stage 10 January 2018 HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai has given the first clearest hint that he is on his way out after leading his MDC party since its formation in 1999. In his New Year message released on Monday, the former trade unionist said he cannot continue to hold onto the party’s reins and is about to pave way ...
Chiyangwa must act on mistakes 9 January 2018 HARARE - The flamboyant president of the country's supreme football governing body, Zifa, Philip Chiyangwa, has fought very good wars in southern African football — thereby raising his profile as one of the faces that are welcome in the global sport. Firstly, he successfully waged a messy war ...
No more hoodwinking 9 January 2018 HARARE - Barely two months after President Emmerson Mnangagwa dramatically succeeded long-ruling 93-year-old Robert Mugabe, the new dispensation has made numerous pronouncements. From giving looters of national resources a three-month ultimatum to return the loot, to making moves to retire the...
Electorate must be wary of vote buyers 8 January 2018 HARARE - The year 2018 has begun in earnest and the keenly-awaited harmonised elections are fast approaching. The electorate must be careful as sitting and aspiring legislators have started making beelines to different constituencies in the country. [GoogleAd] The major purpose of the vi...
Nothing amiss about 'opposition' lawyers representing Zanu PF clients 8 January 2018 HARARE - In the expanding anti-corruption crackdown on the country's political elite, several erstwhile senior ruling party members have been arraigned in the purge being pursued by new President Emmerson Mnangagwa. They face allegations of money laundering, bribery, extortion and exploiting p...