Opinion & Analysis

Giving hostage to fortune 6 October 2017 HARARE - With the year drawing closer to an end, local authorities have started engaging stakeholders to get their input through pre-budget consultations. The exercise has taken off to a slow start in the capital city, which has a population of over two million. According to reports, some o...
Who is the modern day Judas Iscariot in Zim? 2 October 2017 HARARE - Last week, President Robert Mugabe railed against unnamed ruling party officials whom he likened to Judas Iscariot for attempting to betray him in order to seize power. As much as Jesus' disciples wondered back then during their last supper who among them could betray the Son of Man, ...
Massaging inflation data won't revive Zim economy 2 October 2017 HARARE - Prior to December 1991 when the Soviet Union ceased to a communist empire, its flagship broadsheet newspaper was called Pravda, or “Truth.” But everyone knew it wheeled out fibs. The credibility of Pravda was so small that those who bothered to peruse it would believe unerringly th...
Mugabe must walk full mile 1 October 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe issued a proclamation early last month, appointing a commission of inquiry to probe the sale of State land in and around urban areas. The commission, which is led by Justice Tendai Uchena and whose other members include Andrew Mlalazi, Steven Chakaipa, Tarisai ...
Mugabe has 'learnt nothing, forgotten nothing' 28 September 2017 HARARE - When the inclusive government crumbled following the disputed July 2013 elections, then MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti — who had just vacated the Finance ministry portfolio when his party lost in the polls — said; “ You can rig an election but you cannot rig the economy.” At that t...
Poor citizens are subsidising the rich 27 September 2017 HARARE - Does it make sense for government to pay an extremely generous $390 for a tonne of grain delivered to perennial loss-maker Grain Marketing Board (GMB), from the taxpayer's pocket, and selling that same tonne to millers for $250? In Zambia, that same tonne is going for $100 — nearly th...
We have been saying it 26 September 2017 HARARE - Last week, the Daily News published a comment urging President Robert Mugabe’s administration to urgently act decisively and sincerely on the worsening cash shortages and the deepening economic crisis. The message was one of countless ones relayed by the newspaper in the interest of t...
Cde Chombo, Zim is on the brink 26 September 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's government is so predictable: when it is exposed for its gross failings, it responds by using either knee-jerk reaction or threats against purveyors of truth — usually the country's independent media. Part of the reason why our government behaves in such a ma...
Mugabe faces electoral rebuke over economy 25 September 2017 HARARE - Right about now, Eddie Musonza, a 30-year-old streetwise Harare hustler would normally be oblivious to the politics and would be busy concentrating on how to make his next dollar. Not this year. “My brother, for the first time in my life, I am registering to vote. Kuchema kwedu kwa...
Be careful what you wish for! (Pt:II) 24 September 2017 HARARE - In the main, Zimbabwe’s economic challenges are rooted in the lack of confidence on the part of locals and foreigners alike, which confidence evaporated because of the country’s toxic politics. Our Tsikamutanda brand of primitive politics premised on feja-feja and witch-hunting in Zan...
Tuku@65: A reason to celebrate 23 September 2017 HARARE - Glam metal band Cinderella might not have been that popular among my friends that I grew up with in Glen Norah but their powerful song — Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone) — was a hit. We could be forgiven for not really having been quite aware of the musical prowess of this gro...
Veld fires can be avoided 21 September 2017 HARARE - The period from July 31 right up to the end of October rank as some of the driest in Zimbabwe and  — befittingly has been named the fire season by environmentalists. The major reason for naming it thus was to increase awareness on the importance of taking precautions whenever someone ...
BRV registration begins, but… 21 September 2017 HARARE - We applaud the Zimbabwe Election Commission (Zec) for finally commencing the much anticipated national biometric voter registration (BVR) on Monday. Reports from around the country have, however, exposed some of the weaknesses to this exercise, chief among them the slow pace at which ...
Working together for Zim's sustainable development 20 September 2017 HARARE -The United Nations Team in Zimbabwe, in support of national development priorities and in partnership with development partners, reiterates its commitmentsarticulated under the 2016-2020 Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF). The United Nations, through the ...
Tsvangirai, Mugabe health a big concern 19 September 2017 HARARE - Former Prime Minister and MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai is a giant of Zimbabwe's politics and his reported deteriorating health, which prompted him being airlifted to South Africa for emergency treatment, is not good news for most Zimbabweans. The news is so depressing as it comes a...
Long-term solutions crucial for Zim crises 15 September 2017 HARARE - The deepening cash crisis seems to be hitting hard all facets of Zimbabweans’ lives.  And their health has not been spared. Yesterday, we published a story warning that an acute drugs shortage looms as pharmaceutical companies are now struggling to secure foreign currency to import...
Govt must boost education sector 12 September 2017 HARARE - Schools' opening today almost coincides with a story we published in yesterday’s issue about children dropping out of learning institutions due to malnutrition and financial challenges, among other problems. It made a sad reading. It’s hard to imagine a child failing to attend clas...
Politicians must lay off Jah Prayzah 12 September 2017 HARARE - Music artistry is something that cannot be influenced by groups of people or individuals who hold an interest in a particular subject. Artistry is a creative skill, brilliance and virtuosity that is so special that only an artist sending a particular message is able to explain what go...
SA has been faithful Mr president! 11 September 2017 HARARE - Government needs to restrain itself from being pushed into a messy relationship with South Africa. Events of the last two weeks or so have raised real fears of plunging Zimbabwe into dangerous waters as rants by President Robert Mugabe and his government’s decision to ban and reverse ...
Sadc must de-escalate Zim-SA row 11 September 2017 HARARE - The increasingly threatening rhetoric between Zimbabwe and South Africa over the legacy of Nelson Mandela — who guided his country from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy — risks triggering a conflict that could escalate to the annihilation of fragile diplomatic relation...
Has Mugabe finally opened his eyes? 10 September 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s admission that government has been carrying the burden of most parastatals that were under-performing must have been surprising for many. Mugabe disclosed during an interface meeting with business at State House on Thursday where he also said Cabinet had deci...
Politics, economics: Bane of Zim's socio-economic prospects (Part 11) 10 September 2017 HARARE - Government has always paid its employees an annual bonus cognisant of the level of salaries and the need to help its staff with school fees in the following period although this thinking is now being challenged as there is clear evidence President Robert Mugabe’s administration can no lo...
Mugabe's attacks on SA dangerous 9 September 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe remains unique to the rest of the world in so many ways. It is a country whose citizenry soldiers on even in some of the harshest environments. Here people spent endless hours in serpentine bank queues waiting to withdraw their money which is not readily available. And ...
Clean voters' roll key for credible poll results 9 September 2017 HARARE - Since the arrival of multiparty democracy in Zimbabwe, the opposition has consistently alleged that President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF was tinkering with electoral outcomes. One of the most common complaints has been that details of dead voters were used to sway the results. Zan...
Political injustices and the Church's silence 6 September 2017 HARARE - I am stunned by some contradictions presented by the Church in Zimbabwe. We preach brimstone and fire against adultery, robbery and murder, but suddenly find “good” reasons to avoid doing the same when the sins are committed by politicians. We claim to have absolutely no fear of th...