Opinion & Analysis

ED's diplomacy is quite significant 7 January 2018 HARARE - On Friday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai who has been battling colon cancer since 2016. Mnangagwa's statesmanship shone through his unprecedented visit to the ailing Tsvangirai. As noted by one analyst in our sister daily, the fact that he...
Free user-fee policy good but... 6 January 2018 HARARE - It is not in dispute that a sizeable number of Zimbabweans have not been accessing public and private health facilities because of the costs involved resulting in a situation whereby a number of people have actually died in silence from treatable diseases, while others have sought altern...
License genuine community radios 6 January 2018 HARARE - The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (Baz) should sail along with the new government by awarding community radios licences to deserving operators. For democracy to flourish and to augment calls by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to democratise the nation, we need to give the ordinary p...
Mugabe package a bitter pill 5 January 2018 HARARE - Last week, we published an exclusive story — which angered and disappointed many long-suffering Zimbabweans — that deposed president Robert Mugabe had been awarded a lavish and hefty package. Apart from a cool $10 million which the long-serving 93-year-old leader had been given follow...
Jah Prayzah must see the bigger picture 4 January 2018 HARARE - Jah Prayzah is undoubtedly one of the music success stories of the past five years. He has grown from being an unknown quantity to be prodigious talent whose destination promises much bigger things. However, he needs to sort out a few things to be able to reap real rewards that his...
Can internal transformation of Zanu PF solve Zim woes? 4 January 2018 HARARE - What transpired in Zimbabwe in the past two or so months perhaps signals a deliberate move by the powers-that-be in Zanu PF to change the way the party has been functioning in its over 50-year history. Last Sunday marked the end of an eventful year on the Zimbabwean political landscap...
Extraordinary measures needed to rejuvenate MDC 3 January 2018 HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is expected to preside over meetings of three top organs of his party next week. According to reports, the MDC president's national standing committee, along with the national executive and the national council will be holding their respective meetings in ...
Where is the opposition? 2 January 2018 HARARE - Zimbabweans will be going to the polls in the next six months to elect their National Assembly and council representatives, including their president. To all intents and purposes, Zanu PF looks better prepared for the polls. Last November, the party dethroned its former leader, Rob...
AirZim needs strategic partners 30 December 2017 HARARE - After failing to secure partnerships with reputable airlines put off by the $300m-plus debt at the struggling Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) and concomitant critical monthly financial losses, it remains to be seen how quickly the anchor shareholders of the stuttering carrier — the government — wi...
Police, we are still watching you 29 December 2017 HARARE - While the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has apologised for its ill practices and transgressions of the past, the latest Christmas road traffic accidents statistics compel us to once again remind the law enforcement agency of their mandate. The stats speak volumes about our beloved po...
ED must walk the talk on corruption 28 December 2017 HARARE - One of the key pronouncements made by new Zanu PF leader and State President Emmerson Mnangagwa centred around the issue of graft, without doubt an impediment to national economic growth and the general advancement in the quality of life for ordinary Zimbabweans. Having promised to hi...
The Grinch steals Xmas cheer again 24 December 2017 HARARE – Zimbabweans are once again facing a bleak Christmas, with most families finding themselves with barely enough to survive following a year characterised by a tough economy and cash shortages, among a myriad problems. For years now, the hard-pressed masses have not enjoyed the festive h...
Price increases spoil Christmas cheer 23 December 2017 HARARE - The Christmas season is a time that is supposed to evoke joy, good cheer and benevolence towards our fellow humans. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. With the Christmas season now here, tradition dictates that consumers flood shopping malls and department stores to buy everyt...
Better future for Zim possible 23 December 2017 HARARE - Blue print to getting Zimbabwe back on-track is within the manifesto of Zimbabwe Partnership for Prosperity (ZIPP) whose simple 10-point plan starts with God and ends with Him as the ultimate blesser of nations. ZIPP believes strongly that Jeremiah 23 verses 1 to 8 are prophesying abo...
Police apology noted but... 22 December 2017 HARARE – One of the key determinants to passing a character test is being able to admit your mistakes and apologising. That is extremely difficult. Not many can do it. But the Zimbabwe Republic Police did it. That is commendable. In making the apology to the nation on Wednesday, ac...
Opposition caught flat-footed 22 December 2017 HARARE – While the sudden political turn of events in Zanu PF’s factional fights that saw former President Robert Mugabe finally stepping down after 37 years in power surprised many in the country and those around the world, I am sure it caught opposition political parties flat-footed. [Goog...
Drivers should respect lives 21 December 2017 HARARE - As Zimbabweans from all walks of life begin travelling to various destinations for the festive holidays, it is important for drivers to observe road rules and avoid driving while under the influence of alcohol. Instead of this period being for celebrations as family members converge f...
MDC Alliance sanitised 'coup' 21 December 2017 HARARE - The political evolution in Zimbabwe — particularly the dethronement of autocrat Robert Mugabe has raised a discourse on the legitimacy of the Zimbabwean army's Operation Restore Legacy — because it involves the overthrow of a democratically-elected president. Contemporary political de...
Police must redeem themselves 20 December 2017 HARARE - The incoming Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Phillip Valerio Sibanda announced on Monday that the military was pulling out of the streets after nearly a month during which they virtually took over the functions of the police. In making the announcement, he made an interesting...
Profiteering culture must stop, now 19 December 2017 HARARE - Hard-pressed Zimbabweans have once again been hit by a wave of massive price increases. According to a snap survey by this paper, prices of basic commodities — rice, chicken and beef, among many other needs — have gone haywire, rising by between two and 125 percent within a month. ...
Opposition misreading political mood 19 December 2017 HARARE - Recently, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and representatives of the MDC Alliance — Tendai Biti and Nelson Chamisa — were in the United States of America as part of an invitation to discuss the fall of former president Robert Mugabe. The discussion included prospects of holding credible elec...
Autonomy of Judiciary must be sacrosanct 18 December 2017 HARARE - In recent times, Zimbabwe has witnessed instances where the country’s Judiciary has had its arms amputated by another arm of government, especially the Executive. There were a number of cases which were before the courts which sadly got trashed by the country’s top officials and those...
TSCZ, ZRP campaigns must not be periodic 18 December 2017 HARARE - The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) must be applauded for launching — in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) – the current accident awareness campaign targeted at the festive season. However, these campaigns must not be an event but a process as accidents occ...
Govt must open avenues for dialogue 17 December 2017 HARARE - A forthright discussion between an MDC Alliance delegation and the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee has triggered nasty exchanges between Zanu PF and its rivals in the opposition. Government’s anger was encapsulated by Foreign Affairs minister retired major general Sib...
Zanu PF intent on perpetual rule 17 December 2017 HARARE - When newly re-appointed Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa presented the projected Budget for 2018 he did not mince his words. Paramount in the intentions of government is the embrace of (neo) liberal economics of the free market with a dash of State capitalism also known as “command ...