Opinion & Analysis

Goba, pride comes before a fall 30 October 2017 HARARE - Karma is a bi**h. And a week is a long time in politics. Just last week, de-stooled Prosecutor-General Ray Goba, abused and insulted a Daily News journalist inquiring into Victory World International Ministries Church leader Paul Sanyangore’s rape charges after a congregant reported a...
PG's dismissal compromises the Judiciary 30 October 2017 HARARE - The dismissal of Prosecutor-General (PG) Ray Goba, hardly two months after  assuming office as the country’s substantive PG, is really shocking. As  pointed out by constitutional law experts, President Robert Mugabe’s  rescission of Goba’s appointment is a violation of the Constitutio...
These are encouraging economic signs 29 October 2017 HARARE - It's not every time that hard-pressed Zimbabweans get to hear news from industrialists that cheers them up because conversations amongst business leaders are most of the time dominated by depressing news. If it’s not the slow pace of bank transfers for cross-border transactions occasi...
Jere does it for love of the game 28 October 2017 HARARE - On Thursday evening, I had a brief chat with CAPS United president Farai Jere as we made our way out of the National Sports Stadium following the club’s tie against Highlanders. I had not seen Jere and CAPS United for almost a year due to increasingly pressing work commitments but was...
Zec must probe reports of intimidation, violence 27 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Election Commission (Zec) should take seriously concerns of intimidation and violence as reported by civic organisations monitoring the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) process. Zimbabwe Election Support Network (Zesn), Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights), Electio...
Mzembi to blame for Mugabe's humiliation 24 October 2017 HARARE - Without a doubt the decision by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to rescind its earlier decision to appoint President Robert Mugabe as its African ambassador for Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is hard to take for the nonagenarian and his band of supporters. It leaves Mugabe embar...
Friday Phiri: A football giant that never disappointed 23 October 2017 HARARE - I am deeply saddened by the death of one of Zimbabwe’s most underrated players – Friday “Breakdown, Amayenge” Phiri - who yesterday gave up a good fight he had thrown in his bid to live longer. Phiri’s death reminded me of so many things that happened during my early life as an innoce...
Zim must not evade WHO guidelines 21 October 2017 HARARE - Elsewhere in this edition, we report that Zimbabwe is pondering whether to increase hospital visits by expecting mothers to eight from the current four in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on antenatal care adopted in November last year that says pregnant women should ...
Cyber Security ministry real threat to people's freedoms 21 October 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's demotion of Patrick Chinamasa from the Finance ministry to lead a new Cyber Security ministry that will focus on crimes on social media and other websites ahead of an election due next year should not be taken lightly. Chinamasa's new ministry — Cyber Securit...
Govt must treat farmers fairly 19 October 2017 HARARE - For many years, agriculture has buoyed Zimbabwe’s agro-based economy with crops such as tobacco and cotton ranking among the major foreign currency earners. While cotton has since fallen down the pecking order, tobacco has remained a top earner of the much-needed foreign currency. ...
Citizens must take BVR blitz seriously 19 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans should take advantage of the ongoing Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) campaign blitz so that they register to vote in the 2018 general elections. The BVR blitz, which is being conducted by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights), Election Resource Centre (ERC),...
We should not be our own enemies! 17 October 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC)’s successful bid to host the 2018 World Cup qualifiers is indeed a rare dose of good news for the local sporting fraternity. For those enamoured with cricket, the granting of rights to Zimbabwe to host the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers and the International C...
Women must stand up and be counted 15 October 2017 HARARE - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president of Liberia and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, inherited a war-ravaged country and, with motherly hands, she has done exceptionally well in rebuilding her country. She will probably go down in history as one of the greatest leaders to ever...
Tsvangirai's return renews hope 14 October 2017 HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai returned to Zimbabwe mid-afternoon yesterday after almost a month of medical treatment in South Africa over his colon cancer ailment. Supporters of the MDC president staged celebrations at Harvest House to welcome him home. Tsvangirai’s return was announced throug...
Be very, very afraid! 14 October 2017 HARARE - Timing always makes a difference either in successful execution of an idea or its dismal failure. This is why it is important to look critically at the timing of President Robert Mugabe’s Cabinet reshuffle on Monday. It is no longer debatable that since 2000 most of his appointed m...
We are watching you 13 October 2017 HARARE - Yesterday, a local weekly reported that the much-hyped billion-dollar Zisco Steel (Zisco) deal was yet to be signed. The man at the forefront of crafting and announcing the deal, Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha, said “nothing solid has been signed to date”, though, he though...
Zanu PF to blame for CBD chaos 13 October 2017 HARARE - While over the years the MDC-led Harare City Council has been accused of promoting lawlessness in the central business district (CBD), President Robert Mugabe recently let the cat out of the bag when he revealed that it was actually his party officials who have been blocking the cleaning...
Mugabe double-faced on indigenisation 12 October 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s order for Zanu PF to import $3,6 million worth of service vehicles for the youth and women’s leagues ahead of the 2018 elections is an insult to government’s indigenisation drive. While there are several car dealers in the country, several of whom are on the ...
A case of loyalty vs meritocracy 12 October 2017 HARARE - One of the biggest losers in President Robert Mugabe's Monday Cabinet reshuffle was no doubt Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, along with other individuals perceived to have rooted for him taking over from the 93-year-old Zanu PF leader. After announcing at a youth league meeting in ...
Zanu PF's obsession with power sickening 11 October 2017 HARARE - Observers have often remarked that Zanu PF behaves like a pack of baboons that savages each other when there is food to partake in but regroups at the slightest whiff of danger. Despite their rivalry over President Robert Mugabe's succession, like a pack of baboons, party functionarie...
Cabinet reshuffle must dwell on performance 9 October 2017 HARARE - Obviously, the Daily News feels vindicated after President Robert Mugabe confirmed — at a youth meeting on Saturday — its story on an impending Cabinet reshuffle that was published at the end of September. On his return from the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York on S...
It's never too late to do right 9 October 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe told members of his party's youth league on Saturday that they should expect to see Cabinet changes in the coming days as he seeks to foster a sense of unity of purpose amongst his wrangling lieutenants. The current Cabinet probably ranks as the worst since Zan...
Spare a thought for the poor pensioners 8 October 2017 HARARE - The recent announcement by National Social Security Authority (Nssa) that it will from this month not pay close to 19 000 pensioners who have failed to register with the Nssa biometric system will for sure be condemning the already poverty-stricken elderly to destitution. While it is ...
Mnangagwa's private press ban tragic 7 October 2017 HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa barred several private news organisations from an on-camera press briefing on Thursday night, handpicking a select group of State media reporters that he perceives to be friendly towards him. The “gaggle” with the VP then took place before only a pool...
This is beyond you, Khaya Moyo et al 6 October 2017 HARARE - Initial reports on the fallout within the Zanu PF cockpit, fuelled by the worsening acrimony in the ruling party's succession politics, were down-played by none other than the former liberation movement's spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo. Khaya Moyo ill-advisedly slammed the private med...