Opinion & Analysis

Councils must upgrade stadia 16 March 2018 HARARE - As the 2018 Castle Premiership season opens tomorrow, there is a lot that the authorities will be grappling with as this year’s lap progresses. It is a fact that the majority of Premiership clubs are struggling financially, something not far removed from the state of the national ec...
Zim inching towards disputed polls 16 March 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's 2018 harmonised elections are likely to be disputed if no effort is made to strengthen democratic institutions and laws that govern elections. Already there are special voting blocs that are raising the red flag, among them those living in the Diaspora, prisoners, the physi...
ZBC CEO appointment stinks 15 March 2018 HARARE - The appointment of Patrick Mavhura as ZBC chief executive officer (CEO) ahead of those who had fared better in interviews is a scandal. As exclusively reported by the Daily News yesterday out of the 15 people interviewed for the top ZBC post, Mavhura was seventh, and was not even part...
Vulnerability of politicians when they fall from grace 15 March 2018 HARARE - Political leaders appear to be saints for as long as they are in power but tumble off that pedestal of cleanliness once they are out of the power equation. This, however, is not limited to Zimbabwe alone as other countries within and outside Africa have also found themselves in simila...
Parastatals reduced to Zanu PF soup kitchens 14 March 2018 HARARE - The acting general manager (GM) at the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) revealed on Monday that the parastatal was pressured to dish out money to the ruling party, in what constitutes fresh evidence of the conflation between Zanu PF and the State. Giving oral evidence...
Zim does not need 107 political parties 12 March 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission  has said there are 107 political parties running for the 2018 elections comprising largely an assortment of small parties. That might seem harmless, but in the strange, convoluted netherworld of Zimbabwean politics, a lot of the minor parties are use...
Striking doctors have been letdown for long 12 March 2018 HARARE - It is disconcerting that despite well documented problems in public hospitals, government has not responded in a manner which shows an eagerness to either mitigate or end them. The problems at public health institutions — including hospitals and laboratories — have been there for some...
Mnangagwa must earn US trust 8 March 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government should deliver a free and fair election this year if they want the United States to lift restrictive measures imposed on Zanu PF officials and their associated companies. It was not surprising that US President Donald Trump last week ren...
Zim must regulate all imports 8 March 2018 HARARE - The outbreak of the world’s worst Listeria will serve as a wake-up call to authorities in Zimbabwe as the country has continued as a dumping ground for mostly cheap imports, especially food stuffs and drugs, from other countries. Listeria, which causes flu-like symptoms, nausea, diarr...
Another MKD effect brewing in Zim 7 March 2018 HARARE - It is often said that the more the merrier, but not in Zimbabwe's political context. In successive polls since the 1990s, the ruling party has survived attempts by opposition parties to take power because of the absurd divisions among its opponents. The most prominent example was t...
So what are you waiting for Cde ED? 5 March 2018 HARARE - Last week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa extended the deadline applicable to those who externalised money and assets by two weeks in the hope that the cold-hearted among them will mellow and do the right thing before the noose tightens around their necks. From the recorded cases of ext...
Mugabe restoration dream — 'Looking back into the future' 2 March 2018 HARARE - A colleague on a journalists’ social media group threw in this rather thought-provoking phrase — “looking back into the future” — as debate raged on former president Robert Mugabe’s statements on his 94th birthday party in Harare last week. Unlike previous birthday celebrations for th...
Zec should publish elections roadmap 1 March 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) should heed the call by election watchdogs to immediately release a comprehensive election operational plan and that they timeously avail crucial information for the upcoming harmonised elections. With only a few months before the crucial polls,...
Police force reform long overdue 28 February 2018 HARARE - One of the core functions of any national police force is to maintain law and order. In discharging that important responsibility, there must be a presumption of innocence when a crime is perceived to have been committed until the suspect is proven guilty by a competent court. Somehow...
Police must serve and protect 28 February 2018 HARARE - Trigger-happy Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers should at all costs desist from using live bullets when controlling large crowds and enforcing the law on suspects. It is very sad that barely a week after two innocent citizens fending for their families were shot dead, now emerge...
Mpofu's behaviour erodes trust in ED's govt 28 February 2018 HARARE - People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening! I found the above, which I read from the weekly e-mail bulletin shared with thousands of people by Kubatana.net. The statement is full of irony but very rich when deducted from a non-emotional point of view. I ha...
Someone please tell Bob to zip it! 26 February 2018 HARARE - Let us start at the beginning to drive this important point home: No sane Zimbabwean wants ousted former president Robert Mugabe back, or to see him influencing the country’s national politics in any way. This is why hundreds of thousands of people — of all political persuasions, colo...
Requiem for Save 26 February 2018 HARARE - When Morgan Tsvangirai passed away on Valentine’s Day, the young nation came together to mourn its former Prime Minister. Tsvangirai received many eulogies from as far afield as Washington to Pretoria. In fact, after news of his death spread, there were dozens of mourning ceremonies. ...
'Tsvangirai family has no future role in MDC' 25 February 2018 HARARE - The late Morgan Tsvangirai's family will not have anything to do with MDC politics as their role in the party naturally ended when he was buried on Wednesday, social and political analysts have said. While Tsvangirai's family has been at the centre of the MDC succession row, giving co...
Mugabe, Tsvangirai departure ushers competitive politics 25 February 2018 HARARE - Zimbabweans are in for an exciting 2018 harmonised election as Zanu PF and the MDC go into this crucial contest without their two main political characters: Robert Mugabe and the late Morgan Tsvangirai. The two had since 2002 elections fiercely contested each other in successive polls...
Why sully Morgan's name in death? 20 February 2018 HARARE - The death of MDC leader and former prime minister in the inclusive government — Morgan Tsvangirai — who will be interred at Humanikwa Village in Buhera today has united many Zimbabweans across the political divide. The unity that has been shown since his death last week — after succum...
Zimsec board could be part of the problem 19 February 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) issued a statement last week advising the public of the suspension of seven officials from the examination body in order to pave way for an audit into leakages of question papers. Two of the officials were suspended pending retirement,...
Varsities must show professionalism 19 February 2018 HARARE - John Henry Newman in The Idea of a University, way back in 1852, wrote: “A university is a place for the communication and circulation of thought, by means of personal intercourse... It is a place where inquiry is pushed forward,... discoveries verified and perfected, and... error expose...
An election without Mugabe, Tsvangirai 16 February 2018 HARARE - Zimbabweans will, for the first time since 2002, vote in a presidential election without its two main political characters; Robert Mugabe and the late Morgan Tsvangirai. Mugabe, who led the ruling Zanu PF and stood as their presidential candidate since 1980, was disposed in a military...
Mourning Tsvangirai the people's hero 16 February 2018 HARARE - It is often said that you are lonely when you are dead but not with the late Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, the former MDC leader and once prime minister in the inclusive government, who died on Wednesday at a South African hospital after losing his battle with colon cancer. Rarely do we ...