Opinion

Opinion

A COVID-19 Outbreak Will Devastate Zimbabwe Which Has Several Crises To Deal With

By Thandekile Moyo, Daily Maverick BECAUSE the government is guilty of neglecting their mandate to provide public goods, they are going out of their way to hide information about the extent of infections in Zimbabwe. In their 40 years of power, Zimbabwe has … let the health systems completely crumble and if Covid-19 hits Zimbabwe as

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

Mines Minister Winston Chitando

Mining In Zimbabwe: Time To Use It Or Lose It

By Mining Technology BETWEEN colonial intervention and a weak regulatory framework, mining in Zimbabwe has struggled to live up to its potential. With the government cracking down on undeveloped licenses, and aiming to force companies to “use it or lose it”, we consider the history of mining in Zimbabwe, and who the winners and losers

MDC Leader Nelson Chamisa has disputed the results of the 2018 presidential election

Discrediting Elections: Why The Opposition Playbook Carries Risks

By Nic Cheeseman The Conversation MALAWI recently held its breath as the Constitutional Court took ten hours to painstakingly read out its verdict on the highly controversial 2019 presidential elections. When it finally became clear that the judgment would nullify the election of President Peter Mutharika, jubilant opposition supporters took to the streets to celebrate. Malawi became

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

Little Has Changed In Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

Council on Foreign Relations AFTER thirty-seven years in power, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was toppled via a military coup in November 2017. His successor and former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, promised a break from Mugabe’s authoritarian rule and economic mismanagement, declaring a “new Zimbabwe” that is “open for business.” After two years in power, to what

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