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Columnists

ICT Minister Kazembe Kazembe

Why the ICT sector is now struggling

By Toneo Rutsito Zimbabwe’s telecoms sector has hit the May Day button yet it seems all normal for the average users and those in authority. Ironically, ICTs are a key component of the social fabric, and we are yet to see the government subsidising the telecoms sector the same way it does with the fuel

Alex Magaisa

Governments have an obligation to deliver public goods to citizens in return for the exercise of political power

By Alex Magaisa Public goods are sometimes referred to as political goods. The government usually claims a monopoly in the provision of public goods thereby preventing others from producing them while some are by nature the sole responsibility of the government. Therefore, the government might claim a monopoly in the delivery of electricity but the delivery of

Here is how you can stop HIV this season

By Takudzwa Mukiwa Takudzwa Mukiwa is the Head of Social Marketing for Britain’s leading HIV and Sexual Health charity Terrence Higgins Trust – and this summer he’s inviting you all to play your part in stopping HIV in its tracks. Recently at African Nations Cup UK, (which Team Zimbabwe UK won), I was discussing HIV

Are Banks Racist and is Prayer alone enough?

I get asked this question so many times. My answer is always the same. No!! Banks are not racist. The next question I get asked is then “how come they keep funding only white people and reject our proposals”. Well, I will tell you…truth hurts, and this truth will hurt very much…but let me tell

Alex Magaisa

Return of the Zimbabwe dollar

By Alex Magaisa The most significant news from Zimbabwe today is the dramatic return of the Zimbabwe dollar. Zimbabweans woke up to the news of a legal instrument, Statutory Instrument 142 of 2019, which reintroduces the Zimbabwe dollar and ends the multi-currency regime. The purpose of this note is not to assess the legality of SI142/19

Douglas Mwonzora

MOPA is a bad law borrowed from Apartheid South Africa’s statutes

By Douglas Togaraseyi Mwonzora Recently, the government of Zimbabwe, through the Minister of Home Affairs, introduced the Maintenance of Peace and Order Bill to Parliament (MOPA). This Bill, that will replace the reviled Public Order and Security Act (POSA), inter alia seeks to govern public demonstrations and gatherings. It is therefore a very important factor

Big Saturday Read: MDC – The challenge beyond Congress

By Alex Magaisa POLITICS questions are best solved in the court of politics. There is no point running around with a piece of paper without the people. This is what I wrote a few weeks ago after a High Court judge ordered the MDC to, among other things, hold an extraordinary congress. That decision was

Blessing Miles Tendi

Dumiso Dabengwa: Zimbabwe’s intelligence Czar

By Blessing Miles-Tendi On the night of August 15, 2011, I attended the launch of Wilfred Mhanda’s (nom de guerre Dzinashe Machingura) memoir, Dzino: Memories of a Freedom Fighter in Harare. Mhanda was an important figure in Zimbabwe’s independence struggle — particularly for his role in the formation of Zipa and the crafting of the

Zimbabwe should fully liberalise the petroleum industry

By Victor Bhoroma It has become apparent that the Zimbabwean government is failing to sustain its fuel subsidy in the economy due to foreign currency shortages. The rationale for such a subsidy has been to bring price stability to the market thereby managing inflation, to prevent the local economy from re-dollarizing and give the Reserve

The Death Penalty in Zimbabwe: is the country ready for abolition?

By Parvais Jabbar and Val Ingham-Thorpe May 2019 marks the anniversary of the publication of ‘12 Years Without an Execution: Is Zimbabwe Ready for Abolition?’, an independent survey of public attitudes towards capital punishmentcommissioned and published by the Death Penalty Project in association with Veritas. Since the release of the report, there appears to have

Alex Magaisa

Judgment: An Existential Threat to the Opposition

By Alex Magaisa A judgment delivered by a High Court judge, Justice Mushore has drawn a lot of attention and raised many questions among members of the public. Many are concerned to understand its meaning and implications. It is impossible to separate the legal and political aspects of the matter, given its broader consequences. The

Takura Zhangazha

Zim Workers Day 2019: Re-Linking the Idea of State with Working People

By Takura Zhangazha Zimbabwe’s biggest labour federation the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), gave the theme for  the 2019  Workers Day commemorations as ‘We are at a Crossroads! Unite, Fight Neo-liberalism and Austerity.’ This is a radical theme to say the least.  It is also directly ideological in that it immediately challenges the free

Alex Magaisa

Big Saturday Read: How to overcome polarisation in Zimbabwe

By Alex T Magaisa I have been reading: How Democracies Die, a fascinating book by political scientists, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. While the book primarily examines the challenges facing American democracy in the wake of the unusual Trump presidency, it nevertheless raises important issues that are relevant to other countries, including those struggling with

A truly ‘new Zimbabwe’ should mean a free space for dissent

By Vongai Chikwanda As Zimbabwe celebrates 39 years of independence, its citizens still await evidence that the country truly has broken away from its repressive past. “I am your listening President, a servant leader. No one is above the law. This is a new Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe we all want.” At his inauguration on 26

Stembile Mpofu

Not yet Uhuru – Celebrating Virtual Independence

By Stembile Mpofu The fight for the Independence of African countries has been ongoing from the time the territorial flags of European countries began flying over African soil. In 1957 Ghana became the first African country to gain independence. Almost 40 years passed before South Africa, the last African country to gain its independence, attained