Opinion

Opinion

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Who is to blame for Zimbabwe’s land reform disaster?

By Tafi Mhaka On August 31, the government of Zimbabwe announced that foreign white farmers settled in the country who lost land between 2000 and 2001 under former President Robert Mugabe’s controversial programme of land reform designed to empower landless Black peasants could apply to get it back. To enforce this dubious arrangement, the government

SA President Cyril Ramaphosa

SA Needs More Diplomatic Muscle To Crack Zimbabwe’s Defiant Govt

By Sikhululekile Mashingaidze AMID a spiralling economic and political crisis, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa addressed the people of his country on August 4. His speech, though sudden — four days after his government’s violent clampdown on the July 31 citizen protests — was highly anticipated. There may have been a desperate hope among some sections of the bruised

Alex Magaisa

Big Saturday Read: The Regime’s Own Goal

Alex T. Magaisa When the ANC Came to Harare   A special delegation of the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s ruling party, was in Harare this week. Led by the ANC secretary-general, Ace Magashule, the delegation held a long meeting with representatives of Zanu PF led by Obert Mpofu, the party’s secretary for administration.

Douglas Mwonzora

A trail of Rejection as the MDC Alliance shall Laugh last.

Sesel Zvidzai Douglas Mwonzora and Khupe can only win in cases arbitrated by third parties. And they need biased arbitrators for success. They have been celebrating the Pyrrhic victories which we’re midwifed by the captured courts of Zimbabwe. These are courts which may not proudly associate with the verdicts they give. They are like anybody

Big Saturday Read: The Tenth Province

By Alex T. Magaisa 1922 On 27 October 1922, voters in Southern Rhodesia participated in a referendum. They had two choices: to establish self-government or to join the Union of South Africa. Before this, the territory was administered by the British South Africa Company (BSAC) which had been granted a Royal Charter in 1889. A

Zambia President Edgar Lungu

A Lesson Unlearnt: Zambia On Path To Zimbabwe-Like Ruin

By Greg Mills DESPITE the example of neighbouring Zimbabwe’s economic collapse over the last 25 years, Zambian President Edgar Lungu is apparently intent on his country relearning this maths lesson. The diplomatic brouhaha over SA Finance Minister’s Tito Mboweni’s comments about Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s firing of Reserve Bank Governor Denny Kalyalya obscures a

Author, Noma Thata

Prison awaits ex-President Bill Clinton after child sex claims

By Nomazulu Thata        ACCORDING to unsealed documents belonging to Ghislaine Maxwell, former US president Bill Clinton is cited as one of the paedophiles who visited the Paedophile island belonging to Geffrey Epstein. Just when we thought it was disgusting for Clinton to deny any relationship with Monica Lewinsky, information reveals that he visited the island

Farai Gwenure

Zimbabwe, a crime scene with a flag

By Farai Gwenure Alberto is Agent Rachel’s ex-husband who occasionally clashed with the hostage negotiating expert in popular Netflix series called Money Heist. Typical behaviour in common break ups. Alberto’s prominence in the television show is based on his crime scene investigation capabilities. Beyond his eagle eye, he had ideas only he could ponder, thinking

Zimbabwe's commercial white farmers lost their land under the land reform programme

Zimbabwe’s unaffordable billion dollar deal

By Ringisai Chikohomero The broke Zimbabwean government has announced that it will pay white farmers a whopping US$3.5 billion as compensation for the losses incurred from the chaotic and ill-conceived Fast Track Land Reform Programme of 2000. The agreement, termed the Global Compensation Deed, was entered into between the government and the Commercial Farmers’ Union

I’m a Zimbabwean doctor. The crisis is even worse than you think

African Arguments You may have heard about the seven babies stillborn in Harare Hospital in one day at the end of July. From the maternity register that night, you can see that the infants were on average a healthy weight. They should have survived. The reason they died is because Zimbabwe’s health system is simply not

Hopewell Chin'ono

Chin’ono, Ngarivhume turn symbol of repression

By Panashe Chigumadzi On Aug. 7, Zimbabwean police transferred prominent journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and opposition leader Jacob Ngarivhume to the notorious Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison. Both figures were arrested last month and accused of inciting public violence — though, in reality, the violence came from the government itself. Now, the two prisoners of conscience —

Repression In Zimbabwe Exposes South Africa’s Weakness

By Roger Southall SOUTH AFRICAN president Cyril Ramaphosa’s despacth of envoys to Zimbabwe in a bid to defuse the latest crisis, in which the government has engaged in a vicious crackdown on opponents, journalists and the freedoms of speech, association and protest, has been widely welcomed. Such has been the brutality of the latest assault on

Alex Magaisa

Big Saturday Read: South Africa & The Challenge Of The Zimbabwean Crisis

Alex T. Magaisa PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa this week dispatched Special Envoys to Harare, in South Africa’s latest efforts to assist in resolving the frustratingly long-running crisis in Zimbabwe. The Special Envoys’ mission had little success because they were reportedly prevented by Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa from meeting with members of the opposition and civil society.

Marshall Gore

Zimbabwe: Unity of Purpose Way Forward

By Cde Marshall Gore The events in our country in the past week have made me realise that without unity of purpose Zimbabwe will never move forward. The political tension on the ground and social unrest on social media resulting from our polarised politics is a cause for concern and now a hindrance to national

Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Cyril Ramaphosa

For the sake of our economy, South Africa needs to act over Zimbabwe

By Mpumelelo Mkhabela  Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa threatened to “flush out” his opponents who mounted peaceful protests against the country’s deteriorating political and economic situation. His policy of “flushing out” is reminiscent of the apartheid era of torture, lengthy detentions and disappearances of political opponents. It is also a brutal reminder of Marumbatzvina – Robert