Opinion & Analysis

Mnangagwa derseves rest, but.... 29 December 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken is annual leave and like any other civil servant, he rightly deserves it. Yes, he deserves it more than anyone else because the task he has ahead needs him to take a long breather and re-merge refreshed. It is also the time that he has to reflect...
'We are a sick nation' 29 December 2018 HARARE - They say “a healthy nation is a happy nation while a sickly nation is a sad nation”. Today Zimbabwe is a “sad nation” because of an ailing health sector saddled by drug shortages and a crippling strike by doctors. With the doctors away from their stations, the sight of nurses might...
New approach to tackle road carnage needed 28 December 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) released depressing statistics early this week which showed an increase in the number of road fatalities during the festive season. In the period under review, at least 89 people lost their lives in 2017 but the figure increased to 122 this year. ...
Spare a thought for the sick 27 December 2018 HARARE - A visit to any of the country's major hospitals is heart-breaking while government continues to ignore labour issues raised by doctors who have downed tools. The doctors are demanding better working conditions, payment in US dollars, stocking of medicines and equipment in hospitals. ...
A Christmas to forget 27 December 2018 HARARE - The year 2018 will remain etched in the back of many Zimbabweans for its poor and dull Christmas! Shortages of basics which are traditional for any Christmas, things like soft drinks, beer, bread and cooking oil spoiled all the fun. Chicken which used to be on every family's meal c...
Mthuli Ncube must engage more 24 December 2018 HARARE - Before and after the announcement of Mthuli Ncube as Finance and Economic Development minister the public was bombarded with a series of articles in the media lauding his educational qualifications and that he was the best man for the job.  A video of him talking about good and bad mo...
2018: Zim's annus horribilis 24 December 2018 HARARE - The Latin term, annus horribilis, meaning a bad and unfortunate year, would probably for most Zimbabweans best describe the year 2018. Average Zimbabweans would be forgiven to think that the ancestors, nature or God, the Supreme Being, has forsaken this land between the Zambezi and th...
Outlook for 2019 dismal --— unless? 24 December 2018 HARARE - I was called by a major local newspaper this past week and asked what my view of 2019 was? I laughed at the question because right now I do not think anyone could tell you what is going on, let alone predict 2019. Then I had coffee with two of the most important business leaders in...
Is it time to tolerate homosexuality? 23 December 2018 HARARE - This week I break silence on an emotional topic whose time I believe has come for public and open debate. Homosexuality. Gays and Lesbians. Recent events at St John's College in Harare captured the significant attention of social media, but, as happens with time, it quietened down and...
ZBC cannot continue on this path 23 December 2018 HARARE - The case at the High Court in which the War Veterans Welfare Group has sued the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) for refusing to flight advertisements inviting former liberation war heroes to participate in a demonstration held in Harare recently, has once again put the national b...
ED's anti-corruption drive half-hearted 23 December 2018 HARARE - In legal circles, it is said that “justice delayed is justice denied.” In essence, the axiom implies that matters brought before the courts must be dealt with within a reasonable time because delaying the granting of justice is tantamount to denying it altogether. It infers that th...
Getting our priorities right on education 23 December 2018 HARARE - It is now quite clear that those countries that give close attention to the education of their people are those that do best in the global markets of the world and succeed in raising the standard of living of their people in the process.  I ask myself how it was that before independen...
NCA gives thumbs up to Motlanthe report 23 December 2018 HARARE - The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) party welcomes the published findings of the Commission of Inquiry set to establish the circumstances surrounding the August 1 unfortunate shooting and killings of civilians. As NCA party we applaud the Commission of Inquiry findings that; ...
August 1 culprits must pay the price 22 December 2018 HARARE - The release of the much-awaited Commission of Inquiry report on the August 1 politically-motivated violence that culminated in the death of six innocent civilians when the army was drafted to help the police break protests in central Harare is commendable. However, it is important for...
Who is fooling who on unity govt? 19 December 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa, not once but twice, last week, ruled out forming a government of national unity (GNU) with opposition leader Nelson Chamisa. On the other hand, Chamisa continues to push for dialogue which he says should not be mistaken as a clamour for another GNU. Mn...
Judicial independence non-negotiable 17 December 2018 HARARE - Judicial independence, which is critical for the sustenance of democracy, is under assault if developments at the on-going trial of MDC national chairperson Tendai Biti are anything to go by. In our sister paper on Wednesday, an account was given of court proceedings in which Biti's l...
Party, state conflation awry 17 December 2018 HARARE - Over the years, one of Zimbabwe's greatest handicaps — and one that led to run-away expenditure by any standard for a little geographical entity as ours — has been the conflation of party and government functions. This trend, which started during the dark years of former president Rob...
Ban on torture must have no exceptions 15 December 2018 HARARE - Elsewhere in this edition, we report that government has paid $150 000 in compensation to prominent rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko over torture she was subjected to by State agents in 2008 over trumped-up terrorism charges. settlement, the first of its kind on such a scale paid by g...
Govt's threats to NGOs dangerous 13 December 2018 HARARE - Government's stern warning to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) accused of meddling in politics should not be taken lightly. Acting Social Welfare minister Kazembe Kazembe said his office had received several reports that can lead to the withdrawal of licences from NGOs in the cou...
Can Zanu PF spring an Esigodini surprise? 11 December 2018 HARARE - Zanu PF meets in Esigodini in Matabeleland South Province this week for its annual people's conference amid a worsening economic crisis which has in recent weeks been highlighted by shortages of fuel, medical drugs and a doctors' strike. The former liberation movement's conclave could...
Concrete solutions crucial 11 December 2018 HARARE - After assuming power following the ouster of long-serving leader Robert Mugabe in November last year, President Emmerson Mnangagwa made it clear he wanted to do things differently. True to his word, he somehow moved away from the old habits and at some stage, the neutrals were looking...
Austerity must start at the top 10 December 2018 HARARE - When President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over the reigns in both Zanu PF and government following a soft coup in November 2017, he started preaching the gospel of economic revival whose foundation he said would lie on the adoption of austerity measures in the country. The message appear...
Deal with currency crisis 9 December 2018 HARARE - As we count down on the year 2018, Zimbabweans are seized with a fragile surrogate local currency which is losing value every day. Prices are also going up and one fears that savings could soon be wiped out once again, as they were during the economic collapse and spectacular hyperinf...
Is ED taking us down a familiar path? 9 December 2018 HARARE - The furore surrounding the Commission of Inquiry into the August 1 post-election violence set up by President Emmerson Mnangagwa has not come as a surprise. Many people who were — and are still — very disturbed by the manner in which six innocent and defenceless civilians were shot de...
More vigilance needed on roads 7 December 2018 HARARE - The rainy season is now in full swing, making our deadly national roads even more treacherous and death traps for the public. Last month alone, at least over 100 people lost their lives after two major traffic accidents. One of the disasters occurred along the Harare-Mutare highway...
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