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July 31 protests a turning point for Zimbabwe

TimesLive Under cover of Covid-19, Zimbabwean authorities are preparing to arm the police with state of the art crowd control equipment to “crack down on lockdown violations” although the real agenda appears to be to quash opposition demonstrations. The opposition has called for street protests on July 31st given the deepening economic crisis and perceived

Alex Magaisa

EXCLUSIVE: Beneficiaries of the RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme

Alex T. Magaisa In 2007/08 the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe ran a scheme which was ostensibly designed to support commercial agriculture. At the time, Zimbabwe was undergoing a major land revolution, with significant changes in land ownership under the Fast Track Land Reform Programme (FTLRP) The government was that the new farmers needed support from

Alex Magaisa

Big Saturday Read: Zimbabwe – From Militarism to Constitutionalism

By Alex Magaisa This week, I participated in a Zoom Policy Dialogue Forum organised by SAPES, the Harare-based think-tank led by Dr Ibbo Mandaza. The dialogue was moderated by journalist Violet Gonda. My brief was to lead a discussion on constitutionalism and the military. It was a fascinating conversation in which former Minister, Professor Jonathan

Co-author Tsepang Nare

It’s a wild roller coaster ride to nowhere

By Tsepang T. Nare and Abel Mavura Its not just about dreaming that creates a visionary but its the art of one’s dream that creates a leader who is so rare. For a person with a disability (PWD), like any other, has that dream to live a life of dignity, where he/she is appreciated and

Zimbabwe- A case of resignation to fate or …

By Farai Nhende  A cursory glance at the history of post independent Zimbabwe provides compelling evidence pointing to the fact that there has been little in the way of organized or galvanized civic action against bad governance, either in its broadest sense or within the ambit of more context specific scenarios of holding to account

Tapiwanashe Chiriga

Ok Emerson lets pray!

By Tapiwanashe Chiriga Dear Emerson Mnangagwa, I am told that you have declared the 15th of June 2020 a day of fasting, prayer and supplication for Zimbabwe, the land I love with passion. It almost surprised me that you could ask hungry people impoverished by your ruthless, intentionally destructive and fatally directionless policies whose only

A coup or no a coup?

By Alex Magaisa  That is the question presently doing the rounds among Zimbabweans following a bizarre press conference in Harare today at which the National Security Council issued a statement denying rumours of a military coup. The statement, entitled “concerning widespread rumours of an imminent coup d’etat in Zimbabwe”, said the government had noted “a recent upsurge in rumours

Gorden Moyo

Establish Covid-19 National Trust Fund

By Gorden Moyo Noting that the coronavirus pandemic has already upended the public health care system, eroded the livelihoods of millions of people and deepened the economic headwinds across the country; Realising that when the Covid-19 virus landed on the shores of Zimbabwe, the country was already sinking under the weight of its worst economic

Tapiwanashe Chiriga

57 years on…. Zinasu celebrates Africa Day

By Tapiwanashe Chiriga Happy Africa Day! The 25th of May is always a special day to celebrate Africa. Today marks 57 years since the formation of the giant Organization of African Unity now African Union. It is also a day to celebrate the tireless works of Henry Sylvester Williams, William Edward Burghardt DuBois, Kwame Nkrumah,

Author, Nomazulu Thata

Tribalism: UK has become Zimbabwe’s tribal tower

By Nomazulu Thata                                                                             The MDC sings from Zanu PF’s hymn books without shame when it comes to tribalism. How do you replicate a party you are opposing in all aspects of its operations? MDC is comfortable with tribal allocation of party positions determined by ethnic demography. Nothing challenges these tribal outfits and tribal inclinations: ability,

John Masuku

How a Media NGO Changed the COVID-19 Narrative in Zimbabwe

By John Masuku When the Covid-19 pandemic hit Zimbabwe, state accountability and access to accurate, up-to-date information were poor. An investigative and developmental journalism group shook up the government, forcing them to respond better, and more responsibly. Alarm bells were rung in Zimbabwe when, in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, the infection claimed

Author...Nomazulu Thata

Unfettered privileges and entitlements of an African boy-child

By Nomazulu Thata                                                                             Who has ever seen an anxious mother at the delivery ward? She is frightened, anxiety in her eyes is telling the same old story we know. The thought of giving birth to a girl can even affect the birth pains. She knows what it means to take a girl-child home, she knows

Author...Alex Magaisa

BSR: Concerning the recall of MDC Alliance MPs

By Alex T. Magaisa When I wrote last week’s BSR on the issue of recalling Members of Parliament from Parliament, I was oblivious of the fact that the issue was already before the legislative body. Today, Parliament was convened to announce that four (4) MPs of the MDC Alliance have been recalled in terms of

Author...Nomazulu Thata

Julius Sello Malema; das Drama des hochbegabten Kindes

Nomazulu Thata                                                                                         The son of the soil is Juju. The youthful South African politician Julius Malema was born in 1981 in Transvaal province. Malema was not even born when Zimbabwe got independence in 1980 and he was barely 10 years when Mandela was released from Robin Island Prison in 1990. Like all black South Africans,

Author...Tichaona Zindoga

Shingi Munyeza is right, Zim needs to break the strangleholds

By Tichaona Zindoga Businessman, pastor and member of President Mnangagwa’s Advisory Committee, Shingi Munyeza, made a powerful statement recently, centred on “breaking strangleholds”. He argued that the country had suffered 40 years of stagnation and needed to break the strangleholds and allow for a new generation and culture that would lift the country. His message