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Luke Tamborinyoka

Goromonzi West: Slipping off the pedestal of hope!

By Luke Batsirai Tamborinyoka AS the commission investigating the August 1 2018 callous murders continues its mission to probe the obvious we, the people of Goromonzi, are waiting for the outcome with bated breath. Among those heinously killed by the military on that fateful day was a family man, Ishmael Kumire of Matope village in

Prof Hanke: Zimbabwe’s Road to Serfdom

By Pro Steve Hanke In 1944, my good friend, the late Nobelist Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992), published the Road to Serfdom. It immediately became an international sensation. In it, Hayek argued that government interventions into markets, whether they be via regulatory mandates or the outright taking of private property, will lead to an initial failure. In short,

RBZ governor John Mangudya

Let’s stop the madness!

By Chiichiri Muzita There is no honour in becoming a billionaire through overcharging an impoverished customer base for mobile and internet services. Why does Econet’s 2.5 GB data bundle cost US$50 in Zimbabwe yet broadband in India costs US$4 per 5 GB?” RECENT events in Zimbabwe have brought to the surface everything that is wrong

Acie Lumumba

Acie Lumumba video: The untold story

By Tawanda Majoni Acie Lumumba, a young and controversial but brilliant Zimbabwean politician has just torched a storm in Zimbabwe. On Monday, he produced a virally dramatic video in which he named several people who he alleged to be the main sharks behind the debilitating foreign currency black market that is among the biggest drivers

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

ECONOMY COLLAPSE: Why Mnangagwa doesn’t have answers

By Robert Rotberg For The Conversation.com When President Emmerson Mnangagwa campaigned in July for Zimbabwe’s presidency, he promised to be a business friendly leader, and to return his country’s economy to twentieth century times of plenty and prosperity. But Mnangagwa has already shown himself incapable of jettisoning the state centrist, rent-seeking predilections of his predecessor. A “big-bang”

Zimbabwe: Broke again

By Gwynne Dyer “ZIMBABWE is open for business” was President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s slogan in the July election that was supposed to show that the long and destructive reign of dictator Robert Mugabe, overthrown late last year, is really now a thing of the past. The country has been getting steadily poorer for decades now, but

Sports minister Kirsty Coventry

Why Mnangwagwa is wooing white Zimbabwean sports stars

By Tapiwa Chagonda The Conversation Sport in general, and particularly gifted sports people, have been known to rouse feelings of national unity. In the process, they instil a sense of patriotism and pride in their countries. Good examples include George Weah, the soccer legend from Liberia now the president of his country and Imran Khan, the

Prof Mthuli Ncube

Is Zimbabwe finally on the road to recovery?

Zimbabwe’s new administration prepares to tackle considerable economic problems as most investors and lenders watch and wait to see whether it is up to the challenge. In this special report for International Investment, Yigal Chazan assesses both the current economic challenges facing the country and the emerging opportunities for investors. Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe is at a crossroads.

Zimbabwe’s Economic Malaise: Looting of the State Resources

By Tendai Kamba THE Zimbabwe economic malaise can be traced to a situation in which the political elite in the ruling party loot and strip public funds from institutions such as the Zimbabwe Reserve Bank, among others. The looting of state resources by the Zanu PF elite, imply that the Zimbabwe citizens are regularly financing

Zimbabwe: troubled nation now faces tough foreign policy choices

By Prof Steven Chan The toxic presidency of Mugabe may be over, but the new Zimbabwean government of Emmerson Mnangagwa must quickly make some hard foreign policy decisions if it is to change the country’s fortunes. For so far no major foreign power has undertaken to relieve in any significant way the country’s economic distress. Although election

Cholera outbreak in Harare is government’s baby

By Pride Mkono Harare has been hit by a deadly cholera outbreak, the death toll has surpassed 30 with over 5000 cases reported. On 12 September 2018, the newly appointed Minister of Health Obadiah Moyo toured the Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital where he was quoted blaming the City of Harare for the epidemic. The

Chamisa’s false Hobson’s choice

Seewell Mashizha Julius Sello Malema, a South African Member of Parliament was born on the 3rd of March in 1981. He is the founder and leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, a far-left South African political party dating back to July 2013. Malema has been rather vocal on Zimbabwe. As usual, some of his utterances

Strive Masiyiwa: How Rwanda earns hundreds of millions from its gorillas alone

*This article was a Facebook post by the Econet group chairman and founder WHEN President Paul Kagame asked me to participate in a ceremony to name 23 baby gorillas a few days ago, I thought it was cool, and it earned some bragging rights for my youngest daughter amongst her animal-loving schoolmates…”My dad went to

Emmerson Mnangagwa

May and Merkel backing Mnangagwa is bad news for Zimbabwe

On August 28, British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, for a one-day working visit. This visit was part of a three-nation tour of South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria designed to strengthen Britain’s trade ties with African nations. During the course of her visit, May made a brief appearance on South