Opinion & Editorials

Opinion & Editorials

It’s official, the exchange rate for American dollars to our ‘surrogate currency’ is not 1:1, neither is it 1:2. ...

Zimbabwe’s export incentive scheme, bond notes, were introduced to encourage exports and address the liquidity crunch in the country. If, for example, tobacco exporters accept bond notes, they ...

Since Saturday last week, Zimbabwe is one of the world’s most expensive places to buy fuel from. ...

Few weeks ago, I asked in this instalment if the approach of this current government is to start a new economic base or to rebuild or patch the current tattered one. In raising this question, the objective was to contribute towards positioning the debate within the right framework. That definition would be a kind of a mental cartography, which helps to transform their ideas into action allowing the ordinary citizens to understand and navigate through our current economic landscape. ...

I recently came across, via YouTube, a talk delivered in May 2018 by former Greece Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis at the Cambridge Forum, Massachusetts, the United States. Its title was Is capitalism devouring democracy? ...

BY hiking the prices of fuel by a massive 150% at the weekend, President Emmerson Mnangagwa was subtly admitting that the surrogate currency is not and will not trade at par with the greenback, although they insist and would like us to believe the impossible. ...

AT independence in 1980 when I was growing up, I used to read and hear people talk about mantras such as health for all by the year 2000, education for all and poverty eradication by such and such a year. ...

THE 10% salary increment government offered to civil servants is ludicrous, unfortunate and shows that government does not consider its workers a key component in its transformation. ...

FÉLIX Tshisekedi is the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) President-elect. He is the leader of one of DRC’s longest-serving opposition parties, the Union for Democracy and Social ...

Military coup drums continue to beat on the African continent in 2019. At 4:30am on January 7, Lieutenant Kelly Odong Obiang, leader of the Patriotic Youth Movement of the Gabonese Defence and Security Forces, and a handful of soldiers stormed the TV and radio station in Libreville, Gabon, to announce the seizure of power “for the restoration of democracy”. ...

When Livingstone Wekesa was given some “modern” seeds to try on his Striga-infested piece of land in Western Kenya, he apprehensively set aside about a quarter of the land for the new seed, certain that the harvest there would be disappointing as usual. For as long as he could remember, his family had always saved seeds from one year’s crop for planting in the next. ...

THE fuel crisis in the country is slowly deepening and spreading to other facets of society, with the City of Harare warning that it may not be able to collect waste in the city’s neighbourhoods’ as its refuse collection trucks were now grounded. ...

THAT things could be on the verge of boiling over is not an overstatement, but for the “big boys” these are the best of times as they are making a killing. ...

On Wednesday 12 December, the final United States Foreign Relations Committee hearing of the 115th Congress led by outgoing chairman, representative Ed Royce (R-CA) in Washington, DC convened ...

THE academic, Mthuli Ncube’s foray into national politics as the Finance minister has had a disastrous beginning, virtually sending the economy into a tailspin. President “Economic Dialogue” Mnangagwa is having to deal with economics as well as politics. ...

NICOLÁS Maduro is a Venezuelan politician who has been the President of Venezuela since assuming office in 2013. Previously, he served under President Hugo Chávez as Foreign Affairs minister from 2006 to 2013 and as Vice-President from 2012 to 2013. ...

TO most Zimbabweans following the unfolding political and economic drama in the country, reports that President Emmerson Mnangagwa plans to fly out next week and will be away for two weeks, came as a huge surprise. ...

As Zimbabweans enter the gates of 2019 from a forgettable festive season, probably the worst in the past decade, uncertainty abounds about President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government. ...

On December 30, 2018, 46 million people cast their ballots in a historic election in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There hasn’t been a peaceful transition of power in this country since the end of Belgian rule in 1960. If this election produces a result that’s widely viewed as credible, it will cement a new era of representative government in Africa. ...

Modern slavery is a crime against humanity. Although some types of enslavement, like sex trafficking, are widely known, others hide in plain sight. Enslavement happens in many industries — including restaurants, domestic work, electronics, construction, textiles, steel and seafood. ...

Government’s continued insistence that its surrogate bond note currency and real time gross settlement (RTGS) bank balances have the same value with the United States dollar is unfathomable. ...

AS I watch children going to school yesterday morning, I could not help, but be troubled by how few they were – an indication that a huge number of them will not be going due to unaffordable school fees, uniforms and stationery – thus a whole generation will be denied education. ...

Schools open today amid swirling confusion as regards the educators’ strike. The widespread labour unrest has the potential to cause unmetered damage and chaos. ...

We all have very short memories. Looking back over the 20th Century, we can see how a global conflict like the First World War can break out over what seems like a tiny, inconsequential incident in Austria. ...

It is now more than 12 months since President Emmerson Mnangagwa took office in November 2017. The general feeling among Zimbabweans is that nothing much has changed since both the coup and the July 30 2018 elections. ...

Have you ever wondered what it takes for bees to make sweet honey or ants to store food for the whole season? It takes teamwork. One of the ...

AS the circus and confusion with regards to the junior doctors’ strike continues unabated, it is time government shows sincerity to both the disgruntled medical practitioners and the general public. ...

Although clean energy is sufficiently sustainable, user-friendly, people-centred and context-specific, it is, however, not that cheap as we are made to believe. ...

The year 2018 has now come to an end, and we have to re-think leadership. If you are a manager, CEO or leader, this will be a great ...

SCHOOLS are next week set to open for the first term of this year amid uncertainty over whether teachers will report for duty, as government has failed to ...