Opinion & Analysis

Delayed polls dates compromise credibility 5 April 2018 HARARE - For some time now, the buzz word has been Zimbabwe is holding watershed elections this year yet despite this excitement, no one knows actually when. President Emmerson Mnangagwa is by law empowered to proclaim the election dates and until he does so, civic groups, opposition parties a...
Fighting fire with fire makes a bigger fire 4 April 2018 HARARE - Last week, illegal artisanal miners invaded Grace Mugabe’s Smithfield Farm in Mazowe in what appeared to be a politically-motivated occupation. Grace is thought to be the real force behind her aging husband’s volte-face over his resignation last November and his dim view of President ...
Grace, RG Mugabe hypocrisy shocking 2 April 2018 HARARE - Land invasions were pushed into fashion by the Zanu PF government way back in the year 2000 as the party desperately tried to find other ways to placate an increasingly restive population. Then, the law was swiftly amended to legitimise these otherwise illegal moves that were led by v...
ZHRC has hit the nail right on the head 1 April 2018 HARARE - The rather uncharacteristic attack on the country’s leadership by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) for seeking medical treatment in foreign hospitals is both bold and refreshing. It is a marked departure from the culture of local State bodies who are largely guided by the d...
Parirenyatwa should quit 1 April 2018 HARARE - Health minister David Parirenyatwa should just do the honourable thing and resign so as to save the little that is left of an ailing Zimbabwean health sector. The doctors' strike that crippled the entire health sector for more than three weeks is testimony of his shortcomings. Pari...
Doctors' strike has become national crisis 30 March 2018 HARARE - Public hospitals doctors' strike has clocked a month today. The impasse between the health professionals and government — the third in three years over the same issues — has taken an unnecessarily long time to resolve. But the pain has mainly been borne by the ordinary struggling m...
Inept boards killing football's big three 27 March 2018 HARARE - It is not a coincidence that the country's three most successful clubs — Dynamos, Highlanders and CAPS United, in that order — have over the years attracted sponsorship from some of the big companies. These clubs have built strong profiles over the course of their existence and ordina...
Nothing changes in Zanu PF 27 March 2018 HARARE - To any right-thinking person, it would be foolish to expect President Emmerson Mnangagwa to fix Zimbabwe's broken economy in the few months he has been in the office. That is totally impossible. The 75-year-old politician inherited a bastardised economy, thanks to his 94-year-old p...
Health sector woes need urgent solution 25 March 2018 HARARE - The circus in the health sector — by far one of the most critical ones in any country — is depressing to say the least. What is surprising is that government had threatened not to pay the striking doctors. As the employer, government is entitled to its opinion but denying the doctors ...
Chamisa, MDC Alliance on cusp of Barrowian history? 25 March 2018 HARARE - The Gambia is a small river country, named after the river which cuts through its heart, the smallest country on mainland Africa, which is entirely surrounded by Senegal on one side and the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean on its western side. It experienced one of the variety of the n...
Fight against the incest scourge begins at home 24 March 2018 HARARE - Every week, we report a case of a father sexually assaulting their children. This is becoming alarming. Have fathers become sick in the head? Week after week, it’s unrelenting, these heinous acts of rape and sexual assault on minors by their very own biological fathers. We have become...
Moyo speaks on Harare town clerk 23 March 2018 HARARE - Local Government minister July Moyo has for the first time opened up on the Harare City Council (HCC) town clerk issue, saying he is waiting for council’s reaction to the Local Government Board (LGB) that they could not appoint a substantive incumbent from the list that they submitted. ...
Did First Lady's hospital visits mean anything? 23 March 2018 HARARE - The stance taken by health authorities to withhold salaries for striking doctors comes as a shock and huge disappointment. This is why. In the recent past, just after taking office after dislodging former president Robert Mugabe, there were reports that President Emmerson Mnangagwa...
Give all parties equal public media access 23 March 2018 HARARE - Information minister Simon Khaya Moyo was on Wednesday dodgy when asked what government policy is regarding coverage of independent or opposition political parties by the public media during this election campaign season. The minister, who was repeatedly asked the same question by dif...
ZIPP challenges youths 23 March 2018 AS THE 2018 general election fast approaches, Zimbabwe Partnership for Prosperity (ZIPP) challenges the youths in Zimbabwe to rise up and vote in numbers as this crucial vote will help shape their future. The first step is for them to register to vote and show up to vote on Election Day. While...
ED must not be overly optimistic 22 March 2018 HARARE - Our politics have entered very interesting times with social media, as usual, going into overdrive peddling any form of lies that can be imagined, most casting aspersions on specific persons in political office. Scary stories of mabhinya (murderers) — alleged to have been terrorising ...
Nothing special about Mudede 22 March 2018 HARARE - Government officials have over the years disrespected Parliament by stubbornly refusing to answer questions from legislators. Just recently, Registrar-General (RG) Tobaiwa Mudede refused to divulge his age as he appeared before the parliamentary portfolio committee on Defence and Home...
Big talk hurts an expectant nation 21 March 2018 HARARE - The hullabaloo over the $1,3 billion alleged to have been funnelled outside the country's borders by greedy individuals and corporates turned into an anti-climax on Monday. The list of alleged culprits circulated by the Office of the President and Cabinet has raised more questions tha...
Zim education needs strong skills' backing 21 March 2018 ONE area of success that Zimbabweans are proud of — rightly or wrongly — is the education of its citizens. Before independence, access to education was heavily skewed along racial lines. Correcting this became one of government's top priorities soon after independence. The country's literac...
Mnangagwa's list of looters deflating 20 March 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa, since assuming office on November 24 last year, has really tried hard to stamp his mark on the country’s politics. He has been consistent in preaching about economic reform, peace and re-opening Zimbabwe’s business to the outside world. It must be said...
Perception is reality 20 March 2018 HARARE - Perception is reality, so it is said. What is perceived is regarded as real. In most cases, once a negative perception tag is attached to something or someone, it is extremely difficult to shake off. That's the crisis for Zimbabwe — a major one, particularly for its new leadership ...
Action speaks louder than words 19 March 2018 HARARE - While addressing captains of industries in the resort town of Victoria Falls last week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa pledged government's commitment towards reviewing media regulations to allow more players in the sector. It would be foolhardy for anyone to believe any Zanu PF governm...
Why does Mugabe not just shut up? 18 March 2018 HARARE - Robert Mugabe must never have imagined himself outside the Zimbabwean presidency. He was so drunk with power that his own family at some point actually thought Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans belonged to them. His SABC interview, organised by political flip-flopper Jealousy Mawarire, all ...
Capital's interest, influence in Zim's 2018 polls 18 March 2018 HARARE - At the risk of stating the obvious, the “ease of doing business” is an inherently political term. Not merely because President Emmerson Mnangagwa, is using the term in each and every one of his major speeches. Locally and internationally. It is a phrase that is always sweet music to t...
Ousted Mugabe makes a fool of himself 17 March 2018 HARARE - It was Mark Twain who said it is always better to keep one's mouth shut and let people think that you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt. Similarly, Jesus cautioned in the Book of Matthew that, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”. And so it was, that ...