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Tichaona Zindoga

Anti-Chinese prejudice is self-defeating in Covid-19 fight

By Tichaona Zindoga The global Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) has brought along a sad and unfortunate strain of Sinophobia and prejudice against people of Asian extraction. While this is driven by age-old attitudes, political expediency – as in the case of US President Donald J Trump calling it The Chinese virus – and ignorance as largely

Author Alex Magaisa

Big Saturday Read: Oppah’s “moment of madness”

By Alex Magaisa The COVID-19 pandemic is causing fundamental disruption in the lives of many people around the world. The situation in many countries is akin to what you would normally see in science fiction films and literature. Quite predictably, there is no shortage of conspiracy theories. The absence of conclusive scientific explanations of the

How coronavirus is killing off global air travel

BBC Qantas has become the latest major airline to cancel international flights as it struggles during the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian flag carrier will send home two-thirds of its 30,000-strong workforce, it announced on Thursday. Qantas and its low-cost unit Jetstar will suspend all overseas flights from late March to at least the end of

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for

Author Alex Magaisa

BIG SATURDAY READ: A grain of corruption

By Alex Magaisa The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has gained national prominence in recent years. This is in part, a reflection of the parlous state of the national grain stores, the falling fortunes of the national grain utility, the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) and grain shortages. A fatal combination of man-made and natural

Lawrence Paganga

Govt’s Response To Machete Gangs Pathetic

By Lawrence Paganga, Deputy Editor ON Saturday 28 December 2019, Wonder Hokoyo, a constable with the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) was murdered in cold blood by hordes of marauding men armed with machetes, axes and catapults at a gold mine in Battlefields, Kadoma. The death of the junior police officer made local and international news

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Dear UN…Please don’t be fooled by ED’s food aid distribution promises

Dear United Nations “Our immediate priority as government is to guarantee food security by ensuring that all the vulnerable households throughout the country have food”, President Emmerson Mnangagwa told diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe early February 2020. However, his members of parliament and officials are on record denying members of the opposition food. Mnangagwa has been

Author...Crosby T. Pamberi

What the heck is going on? – Part 5

By Crosby T. Pamberi Like most people, as 2019 drew to a close, I was thinking about what 2020 held for me. How could I make sure I achieved more this year than I did last year? What could I do differently? How I could I grow and improve? While in that frame of mind,

Author...Gift Ostallos Siziba

Amendments of Shame, an attempt to mutilate democracy

Gift ‘Ostallos’ Siziba A National Constitution is about power, the use of power, curbing the abuse of power and regulation of power. Put differently it is an attempt to curtail imperial Presidency and too powerful an executive which maybe at the very least untouchable, at its worst totalitarian, draconian and fascist. An average Zimbabwean is

Author...Tichaona Zindoga

Chamisa’s signal: Mystery, illusion and hope

Tichaona Zindoga In 2018, South Africa’s firebrand opposition leader, Julius Malema made headlines at the funeral of Winnie Mandela when he asked her to give him a “signal”. The signal would allow him to “deal” with hypocrites and erstwhile enemies of uMam’Winnie – as she was fondly known. Just like many things Malema, the invocation

Obert Gutu

Open letter to Obert Gutu

Dear Advocate Obert Gutu, “POLAD has to be brought to the people” is what you said in your own words in a recorded interview which has circulated widely. New Zimbabwe.com made a very clear statement in the story on their news bulletin that there was need to “seek approval from citizens” for POLAD. The big

Author...Tichaona Zindoga

Constitutional changes could be ED’s Hobbesian moment …but Justice Minister says effect is to enhance democracy

Tichaona Zindoga Twenty seven. That’s the number of places that President Mnangagwa’s administration wants to change Zimbabwe’s Constitution, passed only seven years ago. The intended changes, announced over a fortnight ago, range from scrapping the contentious provision of Presidential running mates to the selection of judges and prosecutors, which will be the carte blanche of

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube

3 things keeping Zim’s finance minister awake at night

Fin24 Food, power and currency stability are the three things most likely keeping Zimbabwean Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube awake at night. The southern African country is facing drought for the second consecutive year, with more than 8 million people food insecure. The drought, according to the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report for 2020, had

Author...Tichaona Zindoga

Pick up or PAC up? …Jury out on Mnangagwa’s advisory body

Tichaona Zindoga On Friday, President Mnangagwa broke his annual leave, only two days into the scheduled three-week rest, and met members of his Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC). PAC is a panel of about 30 eminent personalities drawn from different fields that Mnangagwa conscripted last year to aid him in finding solutions to running the country.

Can Zimbabwe Move Beyond the Sanctions Rhetoric?

By Hoitsimolimo Mutlokwa 2020 marks 19 years of the Zimbabwean government declaring that it is under sanctions and subsequent political and economic isolation. Whilst, at the same time, the government also argues that these conditions should be removed by the US and the EU – the main sources of the sanctions. There are two main

Tichaona Zindoga

A rough guide to Mbeki Mediation 2.0

By Tichaona Zindoga Former South African president Thabo Mbeki was in an unexplained no-show in Harare last week, after he had been pencilled to return to the Zimbabwean capital to advance mediation among the country’s political parties. During a visit mid-December, Mbeki met President Mnangagwa, main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa and a number of smaller