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

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

How extractive institutions impede economic recovery

By Alex Magaisa THE purpose of this BSR is to examine and demonstrate how extractive political and economic institutions are standing in the way of economic recovery. If Zimbabwe is to make a good recovery, there is a need for a completely new approach to political and economic institutions. At present they are no more

Is time up for Zimbabwe’s opaque diamond sector?

MORE than a week ago the former head of Zimbabwe’s feared spying agency, the Central Intelligence Organisation, made the groundbreaking admission that the organisation held a 50% stake in a diamond company. This was closely followed on Tuesday by the announcement that the parliamentary committee to which this revelation was made also plans to call

How Grace Mugabe poaching claims benefit President Mnangagwa

By Prof Keith Somerville THE headline on The Herald could not have made it clearer: “Police tighten noose on Grace Mugabe.” The newspaper, for 37 years the mouthpiece of Robert Mugabe’s government, is now the voice of the new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. He replaced Mugabe when the long-time leader was deposed in late 2017. Over the last couple

Zimbabwe: towards a new polity

By Patrick Zhuwao LAST week’s instalment of the ZBR (ZBR13, Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Quandary of Independent Candidates) described the situations of independent candidates as being akin to that of a person who loses his car keys on the dark side of the street only to look for them on the

Zimbabwe draws breath, but how fresh is the air?

Charles Hampton, who worked in Zimbabwe between 1980 and 1984, visits the country in the aftermath of Robert Mugabe’s removal from power “No more road blocks…it’s good! The Crocodile has put the police back in their box!”.  The man waiting at Rusape gave me a toothy grin. Emmerson Mnangagwa, the new President of Zimbabwe, has

China’s strategy in Africa: Thinking deeply but moving cautiously

By Wang Li IN just one week from March 29 to April 4, Chinese President Xi Jinping has warmly welcomed head of state of Namibia and Zimbabwe. Both countries are located in Southern Africa with huge potentials to become great and wealthy players. In addition, two countries have agreed with China respectively to establish or

The matrix of a door: follow Eddie Cross’s example

Albert Einstein is arguably the most influential person of the 20th century and left behind an indelible mark on the sand of time.  At the age of 76 his abdominal aortic aneurysm burst, leading to internal bleeding and severe pain. Even though the doctors recommended it, Einstein refused surgery. This is what he said, “It

Mugabe: A spokesman for the marginalised and oppressed, but

AS Zimbabweans, to cannot ignore or simply forget the good that has come under the leadership of the former President of the Republic Comrade Robert Mugabe would be doing history a big disfavour. He was a fanatic, ruthless and uncompromising in his pursuit for Zimbabwe’s independence, equal rights for its citizen’s no matter one’s colour

A glimmer of sunshine in Zimbabwe

AS state security minister in the 1980s, Emmerson Mnangagwa was in office during the Matebeleland massacres that killed as many as 20,000 ethnic Ndebele in an effort by the ruling Zanu PF to crush political opposition and consolidate power (although he denies any direct involvement in the killings). Throughout the 2000s – a period in

Mnangagwa: Toward a new Zimbabwe

This is an article by President Emmerson Mnangagwa for The New York Times. HARARE: In November, the Zimbabwean people, led by our youth, went to the streets peacefully and joyfully, determined to have their voices heard. They called for freedom, progress and a new way of doing things. Though supported by the military, this was