Columnists

Columnists

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube

3 things keeping Zim’s finance minister awake at night

Fin24 Food, power and currency stability are the three things most likely keeping Zimbabwean Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube awake at night. The southern African country is facing drought for the second consecutive year, with more than 8 million people food insecure. The drought, according to the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report for 2020, had

Author...Tichaona Zindoga

Pick up or PAC up? …Jury out on Mnangagwa’s advisory body

Tichaona Zindoga On Friday, President Mnangagwa broke his annual leave, only two days into the scheduled three-week rest, and met members of his Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC). PAC is a panel of about 30 eminent personalities drawn from different fields that Mnangagwa conscripted last year to aid him in finding solutions to running the country.

Can Zimbabwe Move Beyond the Sanctions Rhetoric?

By Hoitsimolimo Mutlokwa 2020 marks 19 years of the Zimbabwean government declaring that it is under sanctions and subsequent political and economic isolation. Whilst, at the same time, the government also argues that these conditions should be removed by the US and the EU – the main sources of the sanctions. There are two main

Tichaona Zindoga

A rough guide to Mbeki Mediation 2.0

By Tichaona Zindoga Former South African president Thabo Mbeki was in an unexplained no-show in Harare last week, after he had been pencilled to return to the Zimbabwean capital to advance mediation among the country’s political parties. During a visit mid-December, Mbeki met President Mnangagwa, main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa and a number of smaller

Kuphukile Mlambo

Battle for the RBZ and the “Judas Iscariot” within?

By Anthony Matutu One of Zimbabwe’s financial publications had a very interesting, though not unusual story of one of the two Deputy Governors of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), Kupukile Mlambo, almost trashing the institution he leads. According to the article, the former academic, whose ascendancy to the helm of the RBZ was engineered

Tendai Biti

It’s flawed macro-economic governance systems, Stupid!

By Jameson Dapi PUBLIC Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson, Honourable Tendai Biti is not only an accomplished lawyer but has also authored a book with Greg Mills and former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo. Their book shows that a functional democracy is an outcome of the interaction of systems and institutions of government as they deliver value

Author...Alex Magaisa

Big Saturday Read: Two years after the coup – Part 1

By Alex Magaisa This month, the month of November, marks two years since Zimbabwe’s former leader, Robert Mugabe lost power to his long-time ally and lieutenant Emmerson Mnangagwa in a coup which was orchestrated by military commanders. We shall be doing a series of papers based on thematic areas to assess the performance of the

It’s time to engage Zimbabwe with a view to lifting sanctions

By David Monyae Why is Zimbabwe’s economic crisis persisting and the economic sanctions applied by the western countries not lifted? After all, President Robert Mugabe has long ago left the political stage and subsequently passed on. Like South Africa, Zimbabwe had a significant number of white farmers, who not only dominated the political scene up

Sorry, but the West isn’t responsible for Zim’s continuing economic collapse

By Jon Temin, Alexander Noyes and Mark Bellamy  The countries of southern Africa have declared Oct. 25 to be “Zimbabwe Solidarity Day” in protest of Western sanctions. Unfortunately for Zimbabwe’s struggling citizens, though, this act of “solidarity” isn’t directed at them. It is being offered instead to Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, whose human rights abuses and widespread corruption

Can Zimbabwe’s tainted elite be trusted with windfall from ivory trade?

TRTworld While Zimbabweans would want CITES to lift ban on ivory trade, they however cannot trust the thoroughly corrupt ruling elite to manage the possible windfall for the benefit of ordinary citizens and the wildlife. President Emmerson Mnangagwa reacted with fury to the recent decision by the Geneva-based Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

Cost of data in Zimbabwe remains lowest in the region

TechnoMag Zimbabwe’s RTGS currency is crushing! Crushing so fast that if there is no immediate solution to this, we are soon going to be removing zeros again. This is the elephant in the room we must all be focusing on. We have all complained about the cost of living and yes, communication as well, citing

Zanu PF and Umkhonto we Sizwe, a less than cosy relationship

Daily Maverick Despite eulogies by Cyril Ramaphosa and Thabo Mbeki after his death, the historical records show Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF even collaborated with the old apartheid government to keep the ANC’s military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) out of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF and South Africa’s old National Party government were publicly sworn enemies. Privately,

A closer look at contact lenses and their daily usage

Common issues faced by contact lens users and how to tackle them

By Special Correspondent THE brand of contact lens that one uses is extremely important. Wearing quality contact lenses like Acuvue Define is very safe. It is important that those that wear contact lenses follow the instructions of their ophthalmologist about lens care, usage period, and their replacement schedule. But sometimes problems can occur due to contact lenses. Let’s look

Takudzwanashe Mundenga

Mnangagwa a President with no Audience

By Takudzwanashe Mundenga President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s 74th United Nations General Assembly address in a hall bereft of the audience recently has raised eyebrows towards his inarticulacy and lack of appeal. Comparing the audiences that used to pay attention to Robert Mugabe speechifying to Mnangagwa’s no-show, the SABC News’s United Nations correspondent, Sherwin Bryce-Pease laughed amusingly

Furore over burial of National Heroes divides funeral industry

By Nathan Chikara THE conferment of the National Hero Status has more often than not caused sparks to fly in Zimbabwe’s deeply polarised communities. The divisive multi-million dollar question has always been, Who deserves to be interred at the National Shrine? Across the country’s funeral sector, a different debate is causing emotions to run high