Opinion & Analysis

War against vendors: Rescuing 'clean' streets, ruining lives? 30 September 2018 HARARE - Since its emergence in growing volumes some years ago, vending in Zimbabwe's major urban areas, especially Harare, has never been tolerated as a legitimate economic activity and alternative source of livelihood, especially in the attitudes of central government. But the irony is that ...
Sexual harassment is real 28 September 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe needs to take issues of sexual harassment seriously and ensure the practice is confined to the dustbins of history. The issue was brought back into spotlight by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) which wants President Emmerson Mnangagwa to withdraw the appointment o...
Food minus votes: Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe's 'new' political project 28 September 2018 HARARE - The irony of Zimbabwean politics, today, is the variable that must change for matters to move forward is the one which new President Emmerson Mnangagwa is not prepared to change. What needs to change is the pursuit of power by all and any means, fair and foul, by the ruling party esta...
Ninth Parly should realign laws 27 September 2018 HARARE - One of the key issues that the Ninth Parliament must focus on in the next five years is the realignment of laws with the Constitution and consolidation of the rights of Zimbabweans as enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Thus, Parliament must ensure implementation of the Constitution and ...
ED must cut loose bad police officers 25 September 2018 HARARE - Government's decision to drive vendors off the streets of the Central Business Districts (CBDs) across the whole country, especially after the outbreak of cholera in Harare, has been generally warmly received by a large cross section of the populace. Apart from having to curb the spre...
Zim's currency options 25 September 2018 HARARE - It goes without saying that pursuant to the adoption of the multi- currency system in Zimbabwe in January 2009 until about 2015, one could withdraw up to $5 000 from an automated teller machine. Over the counter (i.e. from the tellers inside a bank), you could withdraw up to $10 000. ...
Why push schools into gay agendas? 24 September 2018 HARARE - Schools, by their nature, have always been and remain institutions of learning. Recent developments at a top Harare boys' high school when a deputy head at the institution — revealed his gay status in an address to other staff and students alike — defies all logic. Zimbabwe is a fr...
Africa must cut trade deficit with China 24 September 2018 In the midst of the latest merry-go-round with China, once more foreign aid takes centre stage with a bouquet of loan offers, cancellations and grants concocted for the continent. This helps, but is far from the answer to Africa's medium and long-term development goals. The answer lies with...
Avarice among MPs shocking 23 September 2018 HARARE - Before even the dust from previous Parliaments' demands for and misuse of Constituency Development Funds (CDF), there has been an outcry from current legislators — elected into the august House only on July 30 — over deferred vehicles, as reported by our sister paper the Daily News yeste...
Motlanthe probe team must be allowed room 21 September 2018 HARARE - It's positive that president Emmerson Mnangagwa has finally sworn in members of the probe team to look into the army killings that occurred on August 1 in central Harare. The military used live ammunition to break protests on that fateful afternoon. MDC Alliance supporters were dem...
Trust, sincerity key in dialogue 21 September 2018 HARARE - There are instances in life when we opt to resort to the basics in shaping key life trends, including political directions. Dialogue, in essence refers to a conversation between two or more people or groupings. It is opposed to monologue, which is a conversation within the self. Pe...
Extortionist pricing regrettable 20 September 2018 HARARE - At a time when the nation is battling to contain the cholera outbreak, it is disheartening to note that some people are trying to take advantage of this tragedy to fatten their pockets. This follows reports that some suppliers of hygiene products such as gloves had hatched a plan to i...
Blame game doesn't solve cholera crisis 18 September 2018 HARARE - The cholera outbreak in Harare and its devastating effects which have killed innocent lives and left thousands needing treatment, are a painful reminder to every Zimbabwean of the serious problems confronting our beautiful country. It is sad that lives continue to be lost to medieval ...
Govt must deliver 16 September 2018 HARARE - The scepticism we have seen around since the entry of President Emmerson Mnangagwa into the country's top political post has been a product of lessons from Zimbabwe's history. The people are tired and they have endured enough in the past four decades or so.  The current cash shortages...
Ways to tackle waterborne diseases 16 September 2018 HARARE - With the recent outbreak of cholera in the country, water and sanitation management is being put under the spotlight again. Waterborne diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid are acute diarrheal diseases caused by pathogenic micro-organisms that are transmitted in water. Th...
Cholera fight needs teamwork 15 September 2018 HARARE - It is  very sad and demoralising to note that at least over 25 people have succumbed to the latest cholera outbreak that has hit Zimbabwe. For God's sake, this is 2018 but still our people are feeling the effects of a disease that belongs to the medieval times. The worst-affected a...
Chamisa copies the Kenyan playbook 15 September 2018 HARARE - When Nelson Chamisa this week announced his intention to inaugurate himself as “People's President” of Zimbabwe, he was following in the footsteps of other African opposition leaders — specifically Uganda's Kizza Besigye and Kenya's Raila Odinga, both of whom rejected election results an...
Land barons a menace to society 14 September 2018 HARARE - For many years, Zimbabwe has grappled with the phenomenon of land barons, who have illegally possessed State, council and private land before selling it to unsuspecting home seekers. Due to a high demand for homes, Zimbabweans are easily falling prey to these unscrupulous and politica...
'Be open on outbreak' 13 September 2018 HARARE - Local Government authorities should not keep the cholera outbreak a secret as it will only lead to more deaths, public health expert Prosper Chonzi said. In an interview with the Daily News, Chonzi said unlike typhoid which has a longer incubation, cholera can kill within hours. Ov...
Proof of pudding is in the eating 13 September 2018 HARARE - Despite earlier criticism aimed at his capacity, Zimbabweans have so far seen an Emmerson Mnangagwa who represents a refreshing departure from his predecessor, former president Robert Mugabe. Mugabe had become so predictable that anyone could foretell his Cabinet cast after elections....
Workers' pay rise demands justified 11 September 2018 HARARE - Ever since the start of the year, prices of basic commodities have increased significantly but at the same time salaries of most workers have remained the same. It’s no secret but generally there is a three-way pricing system currently operating in the local economy. There are pric...
We simply cannot afford to squander the next five years 11 September 2018 HARARE - All of us have a stake in what is going on right now in Zimbabwe. When I say all of us — I mean everyone, every Zimbabwean from the peasants in the Tribal Areas, the Zimbabweans in the Diaspora, the urban population and the people in the formal and informal sectors. Everyone. No...
I want a healthy opposition 9 September 2018 HARARE - September is the first month of spring in Zimbabwe. The jacaranda trees that line Harare's avenues will soon flower into a sea of purple. Last November, their blossom formed the backdrop to the people taking to the streets and demanding change. This year, following our democrati...
Cholera must not be part of our problems 9 September 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe, in particular its metropolis Harare, should not be struggling with diseases of the mould of cholera and typhoid if communities start doing the right thing. Of course, in the urban setup, infrastructural issues that have to be addressed by local authorities play a pivotal rol...
Hope as ED swings axe 8 September 2018 HARARE - Cabinet appointments anywhere in the world are by their nature highly-contested and emotive affairs — because virtually all politicians think they are Cabinet material, while ordinary citizens harbour different criteria with regards to the ideal qualities for such appointments. On tha...