Opinion & Analysis

We need real deals 8 September 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent trip to China did not yield major deals as what some people and the media want us to believe. The president met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (Focac) where the two leaders ar...
Belling Zim's electoral-ideological cat 5 September 2018 HARARE - It will take a while yet for the national after effect of the 2018 harmonised election to wear off. Praise singers of Emmerson Mnangagwa will continue justifying his eventual victory while those of the opposition will continue to cast extremely negative aspersions to it. What will, ho...
Do we need deputy ministers? 5 September 2018 HARARE - There is consensus among Zimbabweans that the improvement in the country's economic fortunes will hinge on the Cabinet to be appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. We agree with Zimbabweans from various sectors and from the ruling Zanu PF party itself who believe that only a youth...
Changing age limits must be resisted 3 September 2018 HARARE - The debate in Zanu PF on plans by some in the ruling party to push for a constitutional amendment that will raise the minimum presidential age limit from the current 40 to between 55 and 60 years is very retrogressive. Clearly, the suggested constitutional amendment is being mooted pr...
This country needs capable bureaucrats 1 September 2018 HARARE - In a disturbing move which shocked the nation, the very faces that made up the previous underwhelming presidium have bounced back. The presidium remains testosterone-filled, with absolutely no female promoted into the echelons of State power as vice president. Our fear now is that ...
Zim — A future finely balanced between democracy, militarisation 1 September 2018 HARARE - Emmerson Mnangagwa's inauguration as Zimbabwe's second president and commander-in-chief consummated power for the main beneficiary of the November 2017 “soft” coup that forced Robert Mugabe's long delayed retirement. Zimbabwean scholar and activist Brian Raftopoulos' remarks during a ...
ED's Cabinet will shape our destiny 31 August 2018 HARARE - Presidnet Emmerson Mnangagwa should not repeat the same mistake he made when he appointed his last Cabinet after former president Robert Mugabe threw in the towel last year. Concerned Zimbabweans who had for years suffered under Mugabe were hopeful that Mnangagwa would bring fresh bra...
Zanu PF being hypocritical 31 August 2018 HARARE - Since the July 30 harmonised elections, there have been very worrying statements made by Zanu PF officials and apologists regarding the minimum age limit of presidential candidates. President Emmerson Mnangagwa with a poll percentage of 50,6 narrowly beat the youthful MDC Alliance lea...
Watch children at Agric Show 30 August 2018 HARARE - One of the most attended calendar events in the country is the Harare Agricultural Show, which is currently taking place in the capital, ending on Saturday. Over the years, we have had unfortunate circumstances when a number of parents lost their children because of the intense human ...
Zim doesn't need endless fights 30 August 2018 HARARE - Youthful MDC leader Nelson Chamisa — who took over the control of the popular labour-backed party following the death of founding president Morgan Tsvangirai in February this year — has threatened to unfurl crippling demonstrations in the wake of his loss at the Constitutional Court. ...
New Cabinet must help 'restore legacy' 29 August 2018 HARARE - Former president Robert Mugabe was notorious for stuffing his Cabinet with poor performers. The ultimate for him was to reward his cronies for their loyalty and ensuring fair representation across regions, while also serving as a retirement home for his bosom buddies. With his fall...
Open Letter to Mnangagwa 29 August 2018 I would start by congratulating you on becoming our new President. As you assume your five-year mandate, have a few suggestions. A female vice president It goes without question that Section 56 of our Constitution requires that we have equal representation in our country, since 54 percent o...
A new dawn or more of the same for Zim? 28 August 2018 HARARE - A loud and familiar chant rang out across the tightly-packed arena as Emmerson Mnangagwa took to the stage to be sworn in as Zimbabwe’s president. “ED Pfee! ED Pfee!” the crowds roared in unison, echoing the ruling Zanu PF party’s election campaign slogan for Mnangagwa to “get in ther...
ED must deliver on election promises 28 August 2018 HARARE - After everything is said and done, it’s now high time President Emmerson Mnangagwa turn all those promises he made on the campaign trail into reality. When Mnangagwa came into power last November following a military intervention that toppled Zimbabwe’s long-standing ruler — Robert Mu...
War vets are out of order 24 August 2018 HARARE - Veterans of Zimbabwe's war of liberation falling under the banner Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) have all but squandered the goodwill they earned last November in the aftermath of the ouster of then president Robert Mugabe after a military intervention spe...
The Con-Court on trial 23 August 2018 HARARE - As Zimbabwe awaits the Constitutional Court (Con-Court)’s verdict on MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s election petition challenging the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)’ s declaration of Zanu PF leader  Emmerson Mnangagwa  as the winner of the July 30 Presidential  election, the c...
Partisan politics is Zim's biggest flaw 23 August 2018 HARARE - In most politically mature nations, people vote around the issues candidates present during the election campaign period, including party manifestos. This suggests that people are free to make independent choices based on what they think about the different candidates who present themsel...
Citizens must reclaim their space 23 August 2018 HARARE - The Constitutional Court (Con-Court) is sitting in Harare today to hear a petition filed by MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa, challenging the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)'s declaration of President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa as the winner of the July 30 plebiscite. By Friday, Z...
It's time to focus on the economy 21 August 2018 HARARE - It is not misplaced to say every well-meaning Zimbabwean is concerned about what has been happening in our country since the country held its hotly-contested polls on July 30, including the killing of six people. The country has been showing serious signs of divisions — which were a p...
Con-Court must rise above partisan politics 21 August 2018 HARARE - The Constitutional Court (Con-Court) will tomorrow hear for the first time in its five-year history a case involving a presidential election, in which the nine justices will weigh a decision by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to declare Zanu PF presidential nominee Emmerson Mnang...
Annan: Great friend many didn't realise 20 August 2018 HARARE - To some in Zimbabwe, Kofi Annan appeared a distant figure when it came to the socio-economic and political interests of the country, and yet nothing could have been further from the truth. This unassuming tower of knowledge and diplomacy I used to call KA was, at times, referred to in...
Hodzi has started well 20 August 2018 HARARE - Acting Prosecutor General (PG) Kumbirai Hodzi has been shaking up things ever since he was sworn into office by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last month. The courts have been busy, lately, with corruption-related cases. Among the high-profile cases that have been brought to court since...
The worst is yet to come 20 August 2018 HARARE - There has been so much political drama in the country in the last couple of years whose impact has not solely been confined to the political realm but has descended to pulverise Zimbabwe's economy as well as the standard of living of the majority of the population. Locating the genesi...
Zimbabwe's elusive search for legitimacy 19 August 2018 HARARE - The outcome of the disputed election will be resolved by the Constitutional Court when it sits on August 22, 2018. At stake is the determination of the winner of the presidential election. But beyond that, there is something more fundamental in this electoral process which is outside ...
ED should apologies for shootings 16 August 2018 HARARE - President- elect Emmerson Mnangagwa — who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) — lost a golden chance on Tuesday to apologise to the nation for the killing of at least six unarmed civilians who were gunned down by the military on August 1. As thousands o...