Opinion & Analysis

Are we ready for farming season? 6 September 2017 HARARE - How time flies! Only around this time last year, Zimbabweans were not so sure what the heavens had in store for them after going through consecutive drought periods the previous years that left millions in need of food aid. Just as well, the heavens opened during the 2016/17 farming s...
Tsvangirai in last chance saloon 5 September 2017 HARARE - MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai should know he is in last chance saloon to try and avert a third split in his party. It is clear there are so many problems at the MDC right now and these need a sober head to deal with as they are coming at a time the party should be going full steam a...
Govt failing to deliver on promises, commitments 5 September 2017 HARARE - Last week, President Robert Mugabe’s government announced yet another mega deal in the making. This time around, it’s billionaire Chinese investor, Zhang Li — co-founder and chairman of R&F — whom they are touting as the new survivor of collapsed iron and steel manufacturer Ziscosteel...
Zodwa ban — Too much censorship emerging in Zim 4 September 2017 HARARE - The Aeneas Chigwedere-led Board of Censors has unleashed controversy by banning South African socialite Zodwa Wabantu from performing at the Harare International Carnival. Apparently, the board —whose vision is to be the best providers of moral guidance and advisers to the public on e...
Politics, economics: Bane of Zim's socio-economic prospects (Part 1) 3 September 2017 HARARE - A recent report on Zimbabwe authored by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) creates the impression that efforts of the economic team driving the country’s revival agenda are being undermined by political circumstances. It notes that this economic team was forced to pay the 13th cheq...
Govt must consider schools plight 3 September 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe — a former educationist himself — last week officially opened the Education Conference and Expo 2017 in Harare, a story which was carried in Friday’s edition of our sister paper, the Daily News. While the conference may have been valuable for headmasters and te...
Grace solidarity march misplaced 31 August 2017 HARARE - Allies of First Lady Grace Mugabe, in organising a solidarity march in Harare yesterday to show their support after she assaulted a South African model, Gabriella Engels, in Johannesburg two weeks ago, should be ashamed of themselves. If we may ask; what were they marching in solidari...
Zanu PF youths have lost dignity 31 August 2017 HARARE - It is getting evident that the leadership of Zanu PF has created, for use at times opportune to them, desperate youths who are always willing to do their bidding because essentially they have nothing to do. Over the years, Zanu PF’s skewed policy framework has continued to churn out f...
ED must clear the air on poisoning claims 30 August 2017 HARARE - The atmosphere in the ruling Zanu PF party, and in the country at large, has become poisoned with suspicions following Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s alleged poisoning, while in Gwanda, about four weeks ago. Government alleges that he ate “stale food” but this is being disputed b...
Let there be sunshine again 29 August 2017 HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) recently moved to slash salaries of its senior managers in a move which it said was in line with its policy of channelling most of its revenue towards service delivery rather than on consumption and salaries. Whether this would be implemented remains to be se...
Mugabe right on roadblocks 29 August 2017 HARARE - Our beloved police continue to hog the limelight. Sadly, due to wrong reasons, mostly. This time, it had to take President Robert Mugabe to call the law enforcers to order. And it is not the first time the 93-year-old leader has had to intervene in reigning in errant police beha...
Mugabe can not be trusted on roadblocks 28 August 2017 HARARE - On Saturday, President Robert Mugabe had many surprises for thousands of mourners who converged at the National Heroes Acre for the joint burials of the late Moudy Muzenda and George Rutanhire. But no one had expected him to savage the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) for the conduct of...
Rival Zanu PF factions capture presidency, state institutions 28 August 2017 HARARE - A serving High Court judge gave me something interesting to think about. He claims Team Lacoste has captured State institutions — from the judiciary, the military, the State media — and G40 has captured the presidency.  The judge, who cannot be named for professional reasons, insis...
People losing hope in grand coalition 24 August 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans who had pinned their hopes on the possibility of a grand coalition of opposition political parties to challenge President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF in the 2018 elections should be disappointed with the slow pace of negotiations. With just over six months before a possible ...
Let's revisit our modus operandi 24 August 2017 HARARE - The Zanu PF government, very clear in its conscience that it is doing things wrongly, continues to try and treat symptoms of major deficiencies within its operational system. The President Robert Mugabe-led administration superintends over shareholding in several corporations, most of...
Mr President, where are you? 23 August 2017 HARARE - What has our country been reduced to by this merciless Zanu PF regime? This is the question many people, young and old have been asking. When the angry and long-suffering people of Zimbabwe meet journalists they also ask us what we are doing to expose the rot that has seen them reduce...
Aviation tiff was poorly handled 22 August 2017 HARARE - The wrangle between Zimbabwean and South African aviation authorities, which left thousands of travellers between the two countries stranded over the weekend, could have been handled differently. Thousands of travellers, including international tourists, were caught up in a tiff betwe...
Zim govt must address fundamentals first 22 August 2017 HARARE - The Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe managing director — very qualified to comment on economic and monetary matters — warned that Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya’s plans to inject more bond notes into circulation will not help reduce the crippling cash crisis, which has caused h...
Electoral Regulations: Progress amidst weak transparency 22 August 2017 HARARE - Election Resource Centre (ERC) welcomes Statutory Instrument 85 (S.I. 85) of 2017 that was gazetted by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) last month. The statutory instrument outlines new voter registration regulations ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections, and provides nine fun...
Zim elections: Sadc's unfinished business 22 August 2017 HARARE - With South Africa taking over the leadership of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and Zimbabwe heading for yet another landmark election likely to be highly-contested and equally disputed, it is only logical to remind both Sadc and South Africa on the unfinished business ...
Moyo must be upfront with the media 21 August 2017 HARARE - Something is certainly amiss with the way Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo is thumbing his nose at journalists who will be going about their duties. Like a teaser bull seeking to frighten a more potent opponent, he belligerently kicks dust in all places at the sight of inconven...
Opposition must destroy rural fear factor now 21 August 2017 HARARE - The 2018 elections are taking place in a threatening environment hostile to free speech and genuine political participation, again raising the spectre of elections that will neither be free nor fair. There is a massive wall of fear built for the rural people — who constitute 75 percen...
Manyenyeni only being realistic 20 August 2017 HARARE - The solo war Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni has started at the City of Harare is one he may not win easily. The Harare mayor is reportedly planning to slash wages for council employees, ostensibly because they are too exorbitant and gobble a significant chunk of revenue meant for ser...
Should it be 'our people' or 'fellow citizens'? 20 August 2017 HARARE - With the silly season of elections now upon us, it is no longer uncommon to hear the political elite referring to their fellow citizens as “our people”. While this might sound like a genuine slip of the tongue, in the majority of cases it is actually a true reflection of what those in...
State media silence shocking 17 August 2017 HARARE - The local public media’s silence on skirmishes involving First Lady Grace Mugabe in South Africa, where she allegedly severely assaulted a 20-year-old woman she had found with her sons at an upmarket hotel in Sandton is shocking to say the least. Grace is the President’s wife and a pu...