Opinion & Analysis

President Mnangagwa urged to actualise speech 26 November 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans have said President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be a good leader if he actualises his inauguration speech, which talked about re-engagement with the international community and compensating white farmers. The new president was sworn in on Friday at the National Sports Stadium ...
Pomp, fun-fair, high fashion at Mnangagwa inauguration 26 November 2017 HARARE - The inauguration of President-designate Emmerson Mnangagwa was all pomp, fun-fair and high fashion on Friday. Thousands gathered at the National Sports Stadium to witness the end of the military takeover that oversaw the subsequent resignation of Robert Mugabe. Due to the massive a...
Is this a second lease of life for Zim? 25 November 2017 HARARE – Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans from all walks of life thronged the National Sports Stadium yesterday to witness the swearing-in of the country’s second Executive President, Emmerson Mnangagwa — marking the dawn of a new chapter for the country. To many gathered in the stadium, yeste...
Mnangagwa faces huge challenges 25 November 2017 HARARE – Fortune favours the bold. President Emmerson Mnangagwa took a huge gamble and won. Now he has to turn victory into success. He has given his country, Zimbabwe, and the cause of outward-looking democracy a fresh opportunity. The question is whether he can seize it. If he is to do so...
Let's get Zim to work again 24 November 2017 HARARE - The 21st of November will go down in memory lane as one of the most important days in the history of independent Zimbabwe. It's a day long-serving president, Robert Mugabe, left office under pressure from sectors that for so long had been the centrifugal forces coalescing around him to d...
The mighty do fall after all 23 November 2017 HARARE - It is hard to believe that Robert Mugabe has disappeared from the Zimbabwean political landscape which he dominated for the past 37 years, marking the end of one of the longest political careers the world over. The excitement that gripped Harare, with car hooters booming on the street...
Be wary of being used by politicians 23 November 2017 HARARE - Events of the past few days have shown how important it is for Zimbabweans to guard against being used by politicians for their own selfish gains. Former president Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, is one individual who enjoyed having people making a beeline to attend her rallies while gov...
'Military takeover strengthens Zanu PF' 21 November 2017 HARARE - The current military siege in the country which is meant to push President Robert Mugabe into resigning will most likely benefit the ruling Zanu PF while on the other hand this might signal the death of opposition politics in Zimbabwe, social and political analysts contend. With Zanu ...
Please God, help Zimbabwe 21 November 2017 HARARE - At 93 years, what else does President Robert Mugabe want to achieve which he hasn't, whether right or wrong? That was the question on the lips of many Zimbabweans on Thursday when the veteran former Zanu PF leader played hardball in his talks with the mediation team that involved envo...
Zim woes need pragmatic, well-coordinated approach 21 November 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe seems to be a peculiar country. It is full of drama. For a long time now, it has gone through endless troubles — lurching from crisis to crisis. As the dust seemed to settle following the panic buying and hoarding of basic goods a month ago, with spooked long-suffering ...
Mnangagwa's full statement 21 November 2017 HARARE - My attention has been drawn to the Press Statement issued by the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Constantino Guveya Chiwenga. I can confirm that President Robert Gabriel Mugabe made contact with me and invited me to return home for a discussion on the current politic...
Strong institutions must underpin the future 20 November 2017 HARARE - After Zimbabweans celebrated the impending downfall of President Robert Mugabe on Saturday, it is becoming absolutely critical that they immediately get down to serious business to reason together about the future. Worth noting, as they ponder about that future, is the undeniable fact...
Army intervention must end with free, fair polls 20 November 2017 HARARE - Last Wednesday, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) seized power from President Robert Mugabe in an intervention, that was cleverly worded. The takeover was staged initially to target the “criminals” around the 93-year-old but is now demanding the ouster of the autocratic and corrupt Mu...
Zim is not the banana republic of western fancy 20 November 2017 HARARE - On Friday, an office worker at a government building took down President Robert Mugabe’s portrait to dust it, as she has done every day for years. Then she paused, unsure whether to put it back up. The portrait is everywhere, from supermarkets, offices and banks. There he is — M...
'Military in guardian coup' 19 November 2017 HARARE - The current military take-over in Zimbabwe is a “guardian” coup where the army has had to step in to deal with poor or bad governance, political analysts have said. They said while the political crisis in the country has just spun into a new orbit, it remains generally with us. Pol...
Zim must ensure return to constitutional rule 17 November 2017 HARARE - While the move by the army to step in and put President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace under house arrest has been described as commendable by many Zimbabweans, the military should facilitate a return to constitutional rule as soon as is possible, thereby paving way for the holding of ...
This is a time for cool heads 16 November 2017 HARARE - For those with eyes and ears, the writing had been on the wall for a very long time. Things have not been well at all in Zimbabwe for the past two decades and it really did not require rocket science to see that sooner, rather than later something would have to give. President Robe...
Tackle root cause, not symptoms 14 November 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's celebrated music superstar, Oliver Mtukudzi, has a popular song titled Handiro Dambudziko, which has lyrics that go — Kushingirira kurapa mhopo pamusana...mhopo iripamusana iwe uneziso rinembonje. Translated to English, this means putting much effort in curing the symptom b...
Who's Nkosana Moyo fooling? 12 November 2017 HARARE - Like salesmen, Zimbabwe's politicians are out in full force to market themselves to the electorate ahead of the 2018 polls. As is part of life, not everyone is gifted in whatever they do, and this also applies to our politicians. Even though President Robert Mugabe is yet to procla...
Zim woes beyond price controls, priority lists 10 November 2017 HARARE - To anyone who has a basic understanding of economics, the wave of price hikes witnessed in recent weeks was nothing but the wake of market forces. The market — manufacturers and retailers, among other economic players — was merely responding to circumstances on the ground. But it s...
Fights will not solve Zim economic woes 9 November 2017 HARARE - Since independence from the British in 1980, the Zimbabwean political landscape has metamorphosed significantly, but for the generality of the population, nothing has improved. If anything, things have registered phenomenal deterioration over the years. The gap between the rich and th...
Zim must learn from Egypt 6 November 2017 CAIRO - In 2015, we were told that construction of Zimbabwe’s new administrative capital will get underway in Mt Hampden — some 20km from central Harare — within two years after Cabinet approved the multi-million-dollar project. Well, it’s now three years, and nothing is happening.  Again i...
Ncube sending wrong message 5 November 2017 HARARE - During my time as a reporter I always looked forward to having interviews with politicians, musicians and athletes who gave me riveting stuff. If it was not riveting, it was controversial stuff. In my reasonably long career which is almost nearing 22 years, I regard Welshman Ncube,...
MDC Alliance in limbo 2 November 2017 HARARE - While MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai’s continued illness has thrown opposition politics in disarray ahead of the crucial harmonised 2018 elections, we hope opposition political parties will not despair. As we speak the MDC Alliance which has realistic chances to challenge President R...
Cowardice, stubbornness behind Zim's demise 31 October 2017 HARARE - I have always believed that part of the fundamental duties or responsibilities of any leader — be it in the corporate, political and even social sphere — is to be able to speak the truth and accept it. Leaders owe their subjects the truth and vice versa. In our Shona culture, there...