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Conrad Mwanza

Sunday Digest: Zimbabwe, the quest for new kind of politics

By Conrad Mwanza I have always been fascinated by the impact carried by words sharing a vision. They seem to come with an extra urgency that is not found in ordinary conversation. This is because a vision is often borne out of a deeper place which harbours dreams and ambition and when a person shares

Alex Magaisa

Big Saturday Read: Confronting Institutional Biases and Prejudices

Alex T. Magaisa Glorious Convergence The response to Cyclone Idai, which devastated the eastern part of Zimbabwe, taking hundreds of lives and burying villages and livelihoods demonstrated an amazing convergence of love and compassion across the nation and beyond. Generous contributions came from people of all over the country, Zimbabweans coordinating brilliantly both in virtual

Knocked down by adversity? Get back up and continue with the fight

By Joseph Chivayo Sometimes life happens in such a way that no matter how hard you try to make something happen, it won’t. In those moments we all have a choice of either giving up or trying one more time. You have to make that choice to Get back up. Imagine you are a boxer

Author...Conrad Mwanza

SUNDAY DIGEST: A case of validation

By Conrad Mwanza The year 2010 holds some special memories for me as a Zimbabwean and African. It was the year that the continent known as the cradle of mankind opened its arms to welcome the rest of the world as South Africa hosted the biggest global soccer showpiece, the FIFA World Cup. It also

Takura Zhangazha

Amending the Constitution again: The necessity of 100% proportional representation

By Takura Zhangazha ZIMBABWE’s government recently announced that it is preparing to amend the national Constitution.  This was announced by the Minister of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Ziyambi  Ziyambi, who informed the public that government in following up on the recommendations of the (former South African President Kgalema) Monthlante Commission in seeking, as reported

Author Conrad Mwanza

SUNDAY DIGEST: Building the Zimbabwe we all want

By Conrad Mwanza No man is an island and we all need one another; and the past week has proven that now more than ever Zimbabweans need oneness above everything else. The past week has been difficult for everyone after the tropical Cyclone Idai hit the eastern parts of the country leaving a trail of

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