Opinion & Analysis

This crisis needs political solutions 15 August 2018 HARARE - Focus has now shifted to the Constitutional Court (Con-Court) where the full bench of learned judges shall preside over an MDC Alliance petition, challenging the outcome of the July 30 presidential election. The MDC Alliance has been frothing at the mouth before, during and after the ...
2018 elections failed test 15 August 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's just-concluded harmonised elections have failed the real test of fairness, being free and transparent. On July 30, Zimbabweans went to vote in high numbers hoping that their voice would be heard through their votes. While the pre-electoral environment and voting day were...
Zimbabweans need a break from crises 14 August 2018 HARARE - One of our main stories in yesterday’s edition spoke about price hikes and shortages that have returned to haunt crisis-weary Zimbabweans. The latest shortages as well as price increases come as sad reminders of the trying 2007-8 period that was characterised by record hyperinflation ...
It's not the economy 14 August 2018 HARARE - Over the years, local sports bodies and teams have cried out for funding and sponsorship ahead of crucial matches and assignments. Shortly before the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals, the Zimbabwe government had to fork out $1 million to bankroll the Warriors' participation i...
Can ED restore Zim? 13 August 2018 HARARE - Elections in Zimbabwe appear to have been free and fair, according to observers, but the vote counting has not been satisfactory to the opposition parties. Nelson Chamisa and Tendai Biti, leaders of the MDC Alliance, have claimed that the vote counting was fraudulent. Emmerson Mnan...
Let us hold 1970s war sacrifices dear 13 August 2018 HARARE - Zimabwe's independence was achieved following sacrifices by thousands of men and women who participated in the protracted war of liberation. It is not only those who were involved in armed combat who made the sacrifices but millions of other Zimbabweans took part, including the ordina...
Devolution of power is the direction to go 12 August 2018   HARARE – When the current Zimbabwean Constitution came into effect in 2013, one of the major highlights of the new charter was its focus on re-orienting the governance of the country. The fact that the whole life of a Parliament has come to an end without having this key provision impleme...
Zim's 2018 poll aftermath: Personal but collective political catharsis 12 August 2018 HARARE – There was always going to be a disputed winner of Zimbabwe's 2018 elections, especially after Robert Mugabe was no longer on the presidential ballot paper. And it was always going to be very personal. In a number of ways. Firstly, it was the personalities that were running for office ...
Zim now a divided nation 11 August 2018 HARARE - The recently-held harmonised elections have left Zimbabwe as a divided nation. The governing Zanu PF won a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly while incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly beat MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa in the presidential ballot. Chamisa has...
Corruption still a big problem 8 August 2018 HARARE - The recent arrest of Harare businessman Wicknell Chivayo has thrust the spotlight back on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s corruption fight. Chivayo was arrested last week on corruption charges while trying to flee the country when he had gotten wind that law enforcement agents were loo...
Chamisa shouldn't go to court 8 August 2018 HARARE - Nelson Chamisa, leader of the MDC Alliance, has said he will not accept the results of the hard-fought and blood-soaked July 30 election. According to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) he lost, but could Chamisa legally challenge the results? And how would that process work? ...
Zim electoral logjam: Possible win-win routes 7 August 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe is on the edge of bedlam owing to a disputed presidential poll. A declared winner of the poll, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is seemingly not in full control of apparatus of the State security. Official, albeit disputed, elections results show that Mnangagwa “won” by a small margin ...
We are on our own to deal with this crisis 6 August 2018 HARARE - Events of the past week have demonstrated how deeply divided Zimbabweans are. The voting patterns which emerged at just-ended harmonised polls mirrored the dichotomy between the rural folk and urbanites, whereby those who bore the brunt of the liberation war effort in the countryside ...
Lessons from July 30, August 1 5 August 2018 HARARE - The long-awaited July 30 has come and gone. Results are out. If campaign utterances are anything to go by, some will simply refuse to "feel the rhythm." It is difficult to accept, having already practiced the guard of honour salute and packed bags en route to Plot 1. Some were alre...
Zim needs healing over everything else 5 August 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe is a bruised nation. Citizens have endured crisis after crisis, the bulk of which happened during the reign of former president Robert Mugabe, who had almost turned the country into a personal fiefdom. What we have is a battered economy, grappling with myriad challenges — rec...
The harsh reality 5 August 2018 HARARE - Well the elections have come and gone, former president Robert Mugabe voted for Nelson Chamisa and the MDC Alliance and the rest of us queued on average for about 3 hours to cast our votes. I voted in a tent and could hardly see the ballot paper. I had to use my cellphone to illuminat...
Who is Emmerson Mnangagwa? 4 August 2018 HARARE - Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, — who rose to become Zimbabwe’s president on November 24, is also the Zanu PF leader following former president Robert Mugabe’s fall through a soft coup last year. Better known as “Ngwena (Crocodile)” — Mnangagwa was born in Zvishavane on September 15, 194...
ED must do the right thing now 4 August 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been declared president after winning the presidential election by a lean margin. His main challenger Nelson Chamisa, who lost the poll by a whisker, put up a valiant fight against all odds, and has the backing of almost half this country, going by Zec...
Is this the Zimbabwe we want? 4 August 2018 HARARE - When former president Robert Mugabe resigned from power last year — after running the country he inherited in a sound economic state from the Rhodesians into the ground — Zimbabweans from all walks of life celebrated that significant development. It was a window of opportunity for the...
Coalitions don't thrive on egos 2 August 2018 HARARE - Some  time in February, I wrote an opinion piece for this very publication, on political party alliances in Zimbabwe and elsewhere on the continent, exploring their potential to win elections. Already, elections have come and gone and a cursory glance at National Assembly results that...
It is prudent we all remain calm 2 August 2018 HARARE - While the whole world has congratulated Zimbabwe for holding a peaceful election, the post-election period should be guarded jealously. We have said it before and we are going to say it now; any election will only produce one winner and that is the reality. In the same spirit, whil...
Zec mustn't apply the law selectively 31 July 2018 HARARE - The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) announced on Sunday that it had reported MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa to the police for violating the law by convening a press conference well outside the period permissible for political campaigns. Zec commissioner Qubani Moyo was quoted ...
Has the leopard changed its spots? 31 July 2018 HARARE - “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.” As the old saying goes, it’s better to deal with someone you are familiar with, even if they are not ideal, than to take a risk with an unknown person. But then there is the other old adage: “A leopard can’t change its spots.” ...
Has there been a judicial coup? 30 July 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's High and Supreme Courts have delivered a series of strange judgments in this election cycle dismissing opposition and civil society suits seeking to have the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) act within its legal and administrative powers to enhance the credibility and legit...
People's will must prevail 30 July 2018 HARARE - Zimbabweans are voting today in momentous polls that have a huge bearing on the country’s future. Significantly, these are the first polls since former president Robert Mugabe was ousted from power in a soft military coup last November. Under Mugabe, Zimbabwe drifted from being the...