Opinion & Analysis

Zim optimism not misplaced 30 November 2017 HARARE – Still marvel at how Zimbabweans got together in a show of disapproval to the Robert Mugabe regime on Saturday, November 18. Obviously, this day will go down into history books for being the first of its kind, in support of yet another first by the country’s military in the whole world...
Pain is unavoidable in the short-term 29 November 2017 HARARE – It is an understatement to say that Zimbabwe's economy is limping following years of disastrous policies and lack of strategic leadership, but just as well, Zimbabweans united recently to manage former president Robert Mugabe out of power after 37 years of economic ruin. Very soon, Pr...
The future leadership agenda 29 November 2017 HARARE – Following the recent political developments in Zimbabwe, one involuntarily enters into deep thinking and speculation on what will become of the beloved country a year down the line. There is every reason to explore both extremes, in as much as one would want to remain highly optimisti...
Opposition must not drop the ball 28 November 2017 HARARE - Events of the last three weeks were so compelling that millions of Zimbabweans — both those domiciled here and the Diaspora, respectively — broke with tradition as they all put a united front to see former president Robert Mugabe's back. The unity displayed was touching as Zimbabwea...
No more monkey business 28 November 2017 HARARE - Enough of the jubilation. Let's get down to serious business. Our new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and his administration, have their work cut out. Mnangagwa inherited a badly damaged economy, which was on the precipice of total collapse.  The country — once a thriving nation ...
ED has a chance to prove himself 27 November 2017 HARARE - The closure of former president Robert Mugabe’s long rule which was largely undisturbed for the duration of his 37-year reign, while good news to ordinary Zimbabweans, presents huge challenges to newly-installed leader Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government. President Emmerson Mnan...
Zanu PF full of political prostitutes 27 November 2017 HARARE - A key member of a group of vanquished Zanu PF Young Turks called Generation 40 (G40) has told me that the current mood of Robert Mugabe veers from high spirits to embittered grumbling, describing a man who is scornful of the allies who abandoned him, angry at a military that prescribed a...
President Mnangagwa urged to actualise speech 26 November 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans have said President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be a good leader if he actualises his inauguration speech, which talked about re-engagement with the international community and compensating white farmers. The new president was sworn in on Friday at the National Sports Stadium ...
Pomp, fun-fair, high fashion at Mnangagwa inauguration 26 November 2017 HARARE - The inauguration of President-designate Emmerson Mnangagwa was all pomp, fun-fair and high fashion on Friday. Thousands gathered at the National Sports Stadium to witness the end of the military takeover that oversaw the subsequent resignation of Robert Mugabe. Due to the massive a...
Is this a second lease of life for Zim? 25 November 2017 HARARE – Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans from all walks of life thronged the National Sports Stadium yesterday to witness the swearing-in of the country’s second Executive President, Emmerson Mnangagwa — marking the dawn of a new chapter for the country. To many gathered in the stadium, yeste...
Mnangagwa faces huge challenges 25 November 2017 HARARE – Fortune favours the bold. President Emmerson Mnangagwa took a huge gamble and won. Now he has to turn victory into success. He has given his country, Zimbabwe, and the cause of outward-looking democracy a fresh opportunity. The question is whether he can seize it. If he is to do so...
Let's get Zim to work again 24 November 2017 HARARE - The 21st of November will go down in memory lane as one of the most important days in the history of independent Zimbabwe. It's a day long-serving president, Robert Mugabe, left office under pressure from sectors that for so long had been the centrifugal forces coalescing around him to d...
The mighty do fall after all 23 November 2017 HARARE - It is hard to believe that Robert Mugabe has disappeared from the Zimbabwean political landscape which he dominated for the past 37 years, marking the end of one of the longest political careers the world over. The excitement that gripped Harare, with car hooters booming on the street...
Be wary of being used by politicians 23 November 2017 HARARE - Events of the past few days have shown how important it is for Zimbabweans to guard against being used by politicians for their own selfish gains. Former president Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, is one individual who enjoyed having people making a beeline to attend her rallies while gov...
'Military takeover strengthens Zanu PF' 21 November 2017 HARARE - The current military siege in the country which is meant to push President Robert Mugabe into resigning will most likely benefit the ruling Zanu PF while on the other hand this might signal the death of opposition politics in Zimbabwe, social and political analysts contend. With Zanu ...
Please God, help Zimbabwe 21 November 2017 HARARE - At 93 years, what else does President Robert Mugabe want to achieve which he hasn't, whether right or wrong? That was the question on the lips of many Zimbabweans on Thursday when the veteran former Zanu PF leader played hardball in his talks with the mediation team that involved envo...
Zim woes need pragmatic, well-coordinated approach 21 November 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe seems to be a peculiar country. It is full of drama. For a long time now, it has gone through endless troubles — lurching from crisis to crisis. As the dust seemed to settle following the panic buying and hoarding of basic goods a month ago, with spooked long-suffering ...
Mnangagwa's full statement 21 November 2017 HARARE - My attention has been drawn to the Press Statement issued by the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Constantino Guveya Chiwenga. I can confirm that President Robert Gabriel Mugabe made contact with me and invited me to return home for a discussion on the current politic...
Strong institutions must underpin the future 20 November 2017 HARARE - After Zimbabweans celebrated the impending downfall of President Robert Mugabe on Saturday, it is becoming absolutely critical that they immediately get down to serious business to reason together about the future. Worth noting, as they ponder about that future, is the undeniable fact...
Army intervention must end with free, fair polls 20 November 2017 HARARE - Last Wednesday, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) seized power from President Robert Mugabe in an intervention, that was cleverly worded. The takeover was staged initially to target the “criminals” around the 93-year-old but is now demanding the ouster of the autocratic and corrupt Mu...
Zim is not the banana republic of western fancy 20 November 2017 HARARE - On Friday, an office worker at a government building took down President Robert Mugabe’s portrait to dust it, as she has done every day for years. Then she paused, unsure whether to put it back up. The portrait is everywhere, from supermarkets, offices and banks. There he is — M...
'Military in guardian coup' 19 November 2017 HARARE - The current military take-over in Zimbabwe is a “guardian” coup where the army has had to step in to deal with poor or bad governance, political analysts have said. They said while the political crisis in the country has just spun into a new orbit, it remains generally with us. Pol...
Zim must ensure return to constitutional rule 17 November 2017 HARARE - While the move by the army to step in and put President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace under house arrest has been described as commendable by many Zimbabweans, the military should facilitate a return to constitutional rule as soon as is possible, thereby paving way for the holding of ...
This is a time for cool heads 16 November 2017 HARARE - For those with eyes and ears, the writing had been on the wall for a very long time. Things have not been well at all in Zimbabwe for the past two decades and it really did not require rocket science to see that sooner, rather than later something would have to give. President Robe...
Tackle root cause, not symptoms 14 November 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's celebrated music superstar, Oliver Mtukudzi, has a popular song titled Handiro Dambudziko, which has lyrics that go — Kushingirira kurapa mhopo pamusana...mhopo iripamusana iwe uneziso rinembonje. Translated to English, this means putting much effort in curing the symptom b...