Opinion & Analysis

Vote-buying trend must be stopped 7 July 2018 HARARE - Elsewhere in this edition, we report on concerns by ant-graft agencies about the rising vote buying scourge in the homestretch to the July 30 general poll. This is emerging to be a major blot on elections and indeed the democratic process in Zimbabwe. The bad thing  is that this pract...
Zimbabwe must work again 7 July 2018 HARARE - The last few weeks heading into this month, have seen some shades of the gloom and doom which once characterised Zimbabwe and its people during the hyperinflationary era — a period which forever will be rightly used to highlight former president Robert Mugabe's ruining the once prosperou...
MDC Alliance election boycott will be suicidal 5 July 2018 HARARE - A boycott from this month's harmonised elections as mooted by the MDC Alliance can only have an impact if it has the buy-in of all opposition parties. The Alliance is bitter that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) is not transparent in its approach to electoral issues, including ...
Govt must suspend 2018 science practical exams 4 July 2018 HARARE - The new curriculum launched in January 2017 by the former Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora, which among other changes requires “O” Level students to sit for combined science practical examinations, is very progressive. It is inspiring in terms of government's lo...
We can all dream 4 July 2018 HARARE - It is now 26 days to “D” Day — the day of democracy, when we all go to a polling station and at the cost of about $50 each (the cost of an election in Zimbabwe) we are asked to appoint our next batch of 2 500 leaders. We start with the president, then our local representative in the H...
Chamisa U-turn on Khupe comes late 3 July 2018 HARARE - As we report elsewhere in this issue, MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has withdrawn his court challenge against Thokozani Khupe over the use of the MDC name, symbols and logos. Had this occurred at another time, which is not towards elections, Chamisa's decision wou...
Beware of bearer cheques repeat 3 July 2018 HARARE - During deposed president Robert Mugabe's time, government was notorious of playing a blame game, coupled with focusing on symptoms rather than dealing with the root cause of a problem. This perpetuated untold suffering of the vulnerable ordinary masses. Today — under the new dispensat...
ED running competitive authoritarian regime 2 July 2018 HARARE - I have just finished reading an intriguing book by Steven Levitski, a well-known comparative political scientist. The 2002 book has given me very useful insights into Zimbabwe's contemporary regime under President Emerson Mnangagwa. Apparently, Zimbabwe is neither a modern democrac...
Address problems faced by industry 2 July 2018 HARARE - The worsening shortages of foreign currency, particularly the United States dollar, underline the mammoth task that government faces in its quest to make things work again. Part of the problem we face as a country is that when former president Robert Mugabe and the late MDC leader Mor...
Punish political violence perpetrators severely 30 June 2018 HARARE - Politically-motivated violence must not be allowed to consume the moral fabric of Zimbabwean society to the extent of forgetting even the sanctity of human life. Last Saturday, a bomb blast rocked White City Stadium soon after a rally that was addressed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa...
Zifa must plan ahead 28 June 2018 HARARE - When Sepp Blatter’s reign at Fifa ended, Gianni Infantino — the new president — embarked on a mission to spruce up the Fifa image after a raft of corruption and bribery accusations that had been thrown against the previous executives. Infantino even went on a charm offensive, visiting...
ED must fix liquidity crisis 28 June 2018 HARARE - While we condemn in the strongest sense the bombing — it is totally unacceptable and regrettable — at a Zanu PF rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo last Saturday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration and the nation at large need not lose sight and focus on the myriad problem...
Chiadzwa drifting in wrong direction 27 June 2018 HARARE - Despite the general consensus that the country did not benefit from the previous mining regime that existed in the Chiadzwa diamond fields before the formation of the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC), events on the ground suggest that it may not be long before we revert to th...
Opposition must boycott Zim elections 18 June 2018 HARARE - All the 22 opposition candidates contesting this presidential election must, for once, agree on one thing, that is to boycott the elections and create a legitimacy crisis for this competitive authoritarianism being fronted by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF. It is quite c...
Celebrating democracy on aspirin 17 June 2018 HARARE – On Thursday history was made, as for the first time in post-independent Zimbabwe there will be female presidential candidates who  threw their lots against 20 male counterparts in the race to occupy the country’s hottest seat. And also, for the first time, the presidential plebiscite ...
Zim enjoying pre-election peace 13 June 2018 BULAWAYO - With or without the much fought for electoral reforms, the reality is that the 2018 harmonised elections are now on our doorstep and as the opposition, it’s either we sink or swim. While I have my reservations on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s handling of our economic affairs, it is...
Mighty Warriors reward was long overdue 13 June 2018 HARARE - At long last, government finally heard the calls from the Mighty Warriors when each member of the team received $1 000 from the Sports ministry. For many years, Zimbabwe’s female footballers have been treated like second-class citizens by both government and the Zimbabwe Football Asso...
The foolishness of some of our politicians 6 June 2018 HARARE - Is it not sad that a major city can operate for nearly four years without a substantive chief executive? Such is the case with Harare, which has been operating without a substantive town clerk since 2015. After cutting ties with Tendai Mahachi three years ago, the city fathers have...
Fear factor could sway poll outcome 4 June 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's presidential, parliamentary and municipal polls will be held on July 30. They will be fought around generational issues and a collapsing economy marked by critical cash and fuel shortages. Sadly, there have been no opinion polls — except the dubious Nekorach poll — so far t...
Fighting graft requires will, not special unit 4 June 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa “hit the ground running” when he assumed office last November, pledging to fight corruption wherever it exists. Busting corruption became one of his top priorities, along with his “Zimbabwe is open for business” mantra, which is meant to whet investor-appe...
Electoral Amendment Act is a flawed legislative piece 3 June 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa has signed into law a flawed Electoral Amendment Act that is still unaligned to the Constitution unanimously approved by 95 percent of Zimbabweans in a referendum held in March 2013. The flawed Electoral Act was enacted on May 28 in a Government Gazette an...
Inheritance divides bigwigs' families 3 June 2018 HARARE - Over the years, Zimbabwe has witnessed families of rich politicians who when the breadwinners die fight over their estates. When the politicians die they leave behind several children born out of wedlock who only emerge after their deaths, hence creating confusion as they also claim s...
What should we expect from Zim elections? 1 June 2018 HARARE - A coup in November, now elections in July. After years of waiting for post-Mugabe politics in Zimbabwe, the new dispensation is in full campaigning mode, amidst international re-engagement and promises of a bright future ahead — provided those elections are free, fair and credible. ...
Zim Airways: The national 'air crime' 30 May 2018 HARARE - When we read of criminal syndicates of the western world, we always envision Al Capone and the Italian Mafia as the apex of organised crime. In Zimbabwe, the mafia is our inept selfish government that thrives on exorbitant unjustifiable expenses on what they term the best intentions f...
Vigilante groups must be disbanded 29 May 2018 HARARE - Elections are the hallmark of representative democracy, allowing the people’s regular input in choices about leaders and policy. Yet, they are also competitive processes, unleashing conflict and tensions that could potentially destabilise the fabric of the State and societies. It is e...