Columnists

Columnists

Of demonstrations and government’s response

By Takudzwanashe Mundenga We often say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this, we picture the time to be placed in an obscure and distant future. There is never a convenient time for any of us to die, but it is indeed a premature death when parents have to

Axed Minister Prisca Mupfumira

The Effects of Trivializing Corruption in Africa

By Takudzwanashe Mundenga One of the colossal challenges facing the post-colonial Africa is the scourge of political corruption and lack of accountability and transparency in public spending. Resources that are meant for public good like building schools, health centres and improving service delivery are diverted for personal gain by a few oligarchs. Africa is indeed

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube

Zimbabwe at ‘tipping point’ with ‘wheels coming off’

Bloomberg News Zimbabwe’s finance minister responded to the country’s worsening economic crisis last week by blacking out inflation statistics for the next six months, boosting the price of the little power that’s available five-fold and admitting what the International Monetary Fund told him in April: the economy will contact for the first time since 2008.

Gnashing your teeth over rising fuel prices? Implications enormous for business

By Japhet Chiri Every driver’s nightmare has become securing fuel and getting it at an affordable price. Remember the days of parity with the US dollar, when fuel was at USD$1.36 for petrol &USD$1.25 for diesel? Fuel companies could easily buy and trade fuel without much intervention from the central bank as it was economic

Stanley Gama

Zim Cricket ban: When political hyenas stray onto the sports field

By Stanley Gama I HAVE been out of active journalism for almost two years now after circumstances beyond my control and my pride as an independent journalist meant that I had to unceremoniously leave the Daily News just before the November 2017 ouster of long-time ruler Robert Mugabe, which ushered in President Emmerson Mnangagwa. My

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