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Alex Magaisa

Big Saturday Read: Pillars of Success

Alex T. Magaisa It has often been said that criticism without propositions is only half the job. It has also been asked what ought to be done to transform and make the nation a better place for its citizens. The most common retort is that Zimbabwe must change its politics, which is a fair point.

Author...Conrad Mwanza

Our Country, Our Continent, Our Pride

By Conrad Mwanza ZIMBABWE was named among the best must-visit destinations by Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019. The country finds itself in lofty company in a list that includes tourism boons like Sri Lanka, Germany and Belize among other countries. The announcement by one of the world’s leading travel authorities unravels one of the

Author...Joseph Chivayo

Are you just busy or you are productive?

By Joseph Chivayo How many times do we speak to friends, colleagues and family and all they say is they have been extremely busy? Have you ever thought you can’t exercise because you are busy, you can’t pray because you don’t have time, maybe you can’t start your business because you are running someone else’s

David Mutori

Economic reform: Is Zimbabwe confronting its most defining moment?

By David Mutori THE fortunes of countries are dependent on events that take place geopolitically and domestically. Often it is the interaction between global issues and domestic challenges that shape a country’s destiny. My previous post considered geopolitical events that might affect Zimbabwe’s economy. This post looks at domestic issues that can shape Zimbabwe’s fortunes

Conrad Mwanza

ZIM DIASPORA: A case for reverse brain drain

By Conrad Mwanza ZIMBABWE is a beautiful country with a colourful story and wonderful people. According to the census of 2016 the population stood at 16 million with almost another million scattered around the world. Home is where the heart is, so goes the adage and more often than not Zimbabweans, like all other peoples

Vice president Constantino Chiwenga

Zimbabwe: How not to win hearts and minds

By Eddie Cross IN a country that is used to turmoil, the month of January will go down as a period when we literally shot ourselves in the foot. The November military assisted transition (MAT) in 2017 brought to a close 38 years of dictatorial administration under Robert Mugabe, associated with genocide, human rights abuse,

President Emmerson Mnangagwa and deputy Constantino Chiwenga

South Africa again mesmerised by a Zimbabwe crisis

By Peter Fabricius Almost two decades after the start of the Zimbabwe crisis, South Africa is once again standing silently on the sidelines, seemingly mesmerised, as its northern neighbour bashes opposition heads indiscriminately, shuts down the internet to stifle criticism, and spins out of economic control. Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ‘new Zimbabwe’ that promised so much change

With no saviour in sight, Zimbabwe needs help to save itself

By David Monyae Eighteen years ago, the so-called Mbeki-Mugabe Papers, purportedly penned by former president Thabo Mbeki, generated heated debates about the crisis in Zimbabwe. Some children born in that year, 2001, are now entering universities as first-year students. How can one make sense of the history of colonialism and liberation to such a generation?

South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa

South African diplomacy on Zimbabwe can remain quiet – but it must get tough

Roger Southall, University of the Witwatersrand Cries of moral outrage have greeted the brutal crackdown by the Zimbabwean security forces on nationwide protests sparked by a sudden, massive, government-ordained hike in the price of fuel. Naturally enough, the demand is that “something must be done” to stop the brutality. Twelve people have already died, hundreds

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Why Mnangagwa’s rule may not last very long

By Peter Godwin The Spectator (UK) Ten days ago, Zimbabwe’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, hiked the price of petrol by 250 per cent, making it the most expensive in the world. There had been an acute fuel shortage for months and this move was supposed to ease the situation — presumably by making petrol beyond the

The mask slips as Zimbabwe’s ‘new’ regime bares its teeth

By The Financial Times (UK) THIS week, Emmerson Mnangagwa, president and ostensible new face of Zimbabwe, cut short a foreign trip, skipping Davos to attend to things at home “in light of the economic situation”. In his utter failure to capture the gravity of events, Mnangagwa echoed Japan’s Emperor Hirohito who, after Hiroshima and Nagasaki

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

What was Mnangagwa thinking?

By Eddie Cross Trying to Explain the Unfathomable ALWAYS something new out of Africa. I have always accepted this adage but right now I think the situation in Zimbabwe is beyond reason. Just try to understand what this regime has done in the past seven days.  Firstly, the President announces a raft of measures, one

Constantino Chiwenga (inset) was acting president when the internet bans were imposed

Why government’s internet blackouts are illegal

By Tyler Walton Murmurs of an imminent internet shutdown began leaking out of Zimbabwe on the evening of Tuesday 15 January. Marches and protests had broken out in Bulawayo and across the country following the hike in the petrol price that President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced the prior weekend. Overnight and into the morning, Zimbabweans and

After Protests, a Bloody Crackdown in Zimbabwe

By Panashe Chigumadzi AFTER replacing Robert Mugabe as the president of Zimbabwe in late 2017, Emmerson Mnangagwa promised a “new” Zimbabwe, a country with “a thriving and open economy, jobs for its youth, opportunities for investors and democracy and equal rights for all.” But those hopes have died as Mr. Mnangagwa has turned out to be no different from