Opinion & Analysis

Police should probe vandalism, looting 17 January 2019 HARARE - Whenever the bulls fight it is always the grass that suffers. The aforementioned adage is true as witnessed by the recent destruction of ordinary people's properties, including retail shops which were looted throughout the country. Most of the looted shops are domiciled in the high...
Getting our priorities right on water: Part 2 13 January 2019 HARARE - In debating the issues of how a society can deliver a better quality and standard of living to its people, we need to consider how we can deliver basic essentials — in this series we have covered so far, education, health and shelter.  This week, we need to look at how we can deliver ...
Time to permanently deal with land barons 12 January 2019 HARARE - For many years, Zimbabweans have suffered at the hands of land barons, who have fleeced people of their hard-earned cash. These unscrupulous property dealers have parcelled out State, council and privately-owned land to unsuspecting buyers. When push comes to shove, it is the home-...
ED must urgently address Zim crises 11 January 2019 HARARE - The desperate situation Zimbabwe finds itself in today is not new. Zimbabweans are all-too familiar with shortages and sky-rocketing basic commodity prices. The issue is perhaps why people have allowed this curse to continue befalling them. Besides, things did not suddenly get bad ove...
MDC should proffer solutions to crises 10 January 2019 HARARE - While it is the MDC's democratic right to demonstrate over the worsening economic situation in the country, we also expect its shadow government to proffer solutions on the on-going crisis. The MDC should by now have learnt that demonstrations alone will not wake up a Zanu PF governme...
Honesty will pull govt out of mess 9 January 2019 HARARE - All along, the whole country had thought that the problems bedevilling the health services sector would remain confined to that sector alone. Everyone had hoped — against hope though — that the impasse would not take long to get resolved since it involved a key sector. No-one can e...
Command economics no longer hold sway 8 January 2019 HARARE - When President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced his Cabinet in September last year — following his hotly-disputed July 30 poll victory — there was generally wide approval from Zimbabweans. The reasons for that approval were that Mnangagwa had finally cut loose long time loyalists of forme...
ED must make bold decisions 8 January 2019 HARARE - “Given the mood within the government workforce and the country at large, it would be wise for the government to abandon its bully tactics and take the demands of the workers seriously to avoid situations that could bring chaos into the country. Threats and other forms of intimidation, a...
Imbibers must think long and hard 7 January 2019 HARARE - Following the announcement by Delta Corporation Limited — the Zimbabwean company part owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev — to only accept hard currency for its beverages, it appears the future of beer pricing is still far from certain, with factors such as foreign currency availability being ...
Unpacking Zimbabwe's wobbling health system 6 January 2019 HARARE - Is the doctors’ strike about their conditions of service or the state of the health sector?  The correct answer is both.  I will briefly state the structural issues in the health sector then conditions of service for health workers (not just doctors). Let us not defend this gove...
Only a firm hand benevolent autocratic leader can save us 6 January 2019 HARARE - Eddie Cross’s opinion piece of December 29, 2018 titled “How long oh Lord, how Long?”, in which he lambasts lousy government, corruption, nonsensical monetary and macroeconomic policies, concludes that “the problem is one word: leadership”. In this article, I am complementing his obse...
Agriculture: Low-hanging fruit with sound policies 6 January 2019 HARARE - Agriculture was an enabler to urbanisation. Increased productivity meant large segments of the population could be fed by a few committed to agricultural production. Irrigation technologies evolved through ages from the Mesopotamian shaduf to the modern day drip and centre pivot syste...
Govt should urgently resolve dispute with doctors 6 January 2019 HARARE - Morale and motivation of medical personnel require urgent attention, even in the midst of economic challenges. A legacy of poor policies over years has left healthcare devastated.  The current junior doctors’ strike is just but one of many ills. The new dispensation ushered hope...
Govt should sort out this mess now 6 January 2019 HARARE - Making the Zimbabwean economy work again requires a cocktail of initiatives and discussions which may involve the adoption of certain options and dropping of others.  However, this may only be possible when government is receptive and abandons all combative tactics in pursuit of long-...
Solve doctors' grievances ASAP 5 January 2019 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has reportedly been forced to cut his vacation short due to the worsening health crisis, needs to address the doctors’ grievances immediately. Zimbabweans are dying and suffering because of the continuing unavailability of doctors and for that reason ...
A better 2019 by improving people's lives 5 January 2019 HARARE - I had hoped to comment on former Zimbabwean vice president Joice Mujuru's blistering Open Letter to Oppah Muchinguri. I found it ticklish. I must also readily admit that it reflects an approach only Joice would take; she does not hold back when she decides to speak.  Ahead of the pres...
Non-taxable income bracket needs review 3 January 2019 HARARE - Finance minister Mthuli Ncube needs to reconsider his decision to totally throw out of the window suggestions by Members of Parliament  for the non-taxable income threshold to be raised to $400. In his 2019 national budget, Ncube raised the non-taxable income threshold to $350 from $3...
Too much blood was spilled 3 January 2019 HARARE - Ever since Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain 38 years ago, the majority of its people have never experienced real prosperity, joy and peace — as there has been one tragedy after another. There can be any number of reasons why the people of Zimbabwe have always been a suffering...
'Re-dollarisation of economy wrong turn for Zimbabwe' 2 January 2019 HARARE - There is an effervescence in the economy — an imperceptible but definite shift towards re-dollarisation of the economy. Initially a trickle, this will soon turn into a mighty tide in one direction — a steady but irretrievable tendency towards re-dollarisation. Pharmacies and stocki...
Cool heads needed in 2019 1 January 2019 HARARE - Compliments of the new year! There is no one among us who disagrees with the facts that the last quarter of 2018 was horrible as Zimbabweans experienced the suffering last witnessed in 2008. Therefore every Zimbabwean is looking and hoping for a better 2019. In his New Year mess...
Reviving the 'New Zim' dream in 2019 1 January 2019 HARARE - As Zimbabweans enter 2019 from a forgettable festive season, probably the worst in the past decade, uncertainty abounds about Emmerson Mnangagwa's government. Zimbabweans are deeply concerned about the rapid deterioration in the economy since November 2017. But what would have been th...
Please save our doctors 31 December 2018 HARARE - The handling thus far by the government of the ongoing industrial action by the country's medical doctors has left a lot to be desired — reflecting very poorly on both the bona fides and humanity of the so-called 'new dispensation' now in power. To those who may be confused about the ...
Zim has great potential to prosper 31 December 2018 HARARE - While Zimbabwe is endowed with breath-taking natural beauty of great potential to establish utopian tourist destinations; natural farming regions conducive for various sustainable agricultural activities; vast mineral wealth and an education system that ranks among the top in Africa; chu...
Social Media the new agora 30 December 2018 HARARE - Social media in the form of new technologies has become a new agora world-wide providing a platform for communication among different people regardless of space and time. Several applications such as Handtalk, Prodeaf, Youtube, Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype are user friendly to the dea...
Solutions lie in appreciating the importance of health issues 30 December 2018 HARARE - While the perception is that Zimbabwe's healthcare is in intensive care progress has been made on some health outcomes.  The challenges are considerable but with discipline, consistency and focus we have the tools to turn this situation around.  Are there solutions?  Yes.  So...
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