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“The lack of imagination in South Africa’s leadership is even more disturbing than its ignorance. The country has become a one dimensional universe held together by little more than the anxiety it generates”, wrote Gareth van Onselen in the Financial Mail of August 10-16 2017. He was referring to the last few rudderless months of Jacob Zuma’s presidency. ...

Today is the day the nomination court sits to accept nominations for the elections that is the councillors, MPs, and presidential candidates. Various parties are concluding on their final lists of representatives and the major parties, the MDC Alliance and Zanu PF have held primary elections. ...

WITH the Eighth Parliament session effectively out of the picture and only awaiting official dissolution on the eve of the July 30 harmonised elections, the electorate has been presented with a golden opportunity to revisit their choice of legislators and make amends on election day. ...

THE alleged abduction and murder of a two-year-old child by suspected Zanu PF activists following his father Rambai Lumbe’s defection to the opposition National People’s Party (NPP) where he is the Mazowe North parliamentary candidate provides an opportunity for stakeholders in the forthcoming elections to walk the talk regarding their calls for a peaceful election. ...

As is increasingly the case across the world, social media is now a permanent fixture of Zimbabwe’s political battleground. And again as is the case in every country that lays claim to being democratic, its use for political mobilisation processes escalates during election campaigns. ...

With the elections set for July 30, there is a sense of change in the air but hopefully it is good change ahead. Most of the mainstream parties ...

Ever since his military-aided coronation in November last year, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has consciously been portraying himself as a Saul converted to Paul. He, henceforth, embraced a new mission, as did Paul, emerging from the Damascus conversion. ...

I WISH I could write the following statement across the sky in giant and fiery capital letters: The MDC has held plenty parliamentary seats since 2000, but apparently, ...

Going for an interview can be a daunting experience, even if it’s not your first time. ...

Civil service salaries are threatening to hit a staggering 120% of national budget in Zimbabwe as revealed by the minister of Finance. ...

AGAINST all expectations, Zimbabwe’s female football national team, the Mighty Warriors, were beaten by Zambia and are out of the African Women’s Cup of Nations (AFWCON). ...

Another week, another manifesto is launched. And another week, another political drama unfolds as the National Patriotic Front pulls a meaningless first. ...

The late Mozambican President Samora Machel once said: “The liberation of women is not an act of charity but a fundamental precondition for the success of our revolution.” ...

THE young generations in developing countries, particularly referred to as the youths, require proper and sustainable empowerment programmes, not for window dressing, sugar-coating or those for grandstanding. The time to play pseudo-empowerment games with the youths is running out and those who empower or pretend to do so, need to have a comprehensive background understanding of the needs of the youths, after carrying out some comprehensive needs analysis rather than imagining. ...

REPORTS by representatives of two international observer groups that from their pre-election assessment observations to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) holding free, fair and credible elections on July 30 are still remote unless key outstanding reforms are effected must not be ignored, if the polls are to be legitimate. ...

A PRE-ELECTION survey was conducted from April 28 to May 13, 2018 by Afrobarometer in Zimbabwe. The results were published on June 7, 2018. ...

GOVERNMENT’s recent move to scrap off user fees for blood should be commended, as the life-saving resource had been priced beyond the rich of the country’s majority poor citizens. ...

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly know how far can one go,” once advised T. S. Elliot. ...

Currently, politics is the talk of the day in Zimbabwe. The past has had effects on our minds and because of that, we step into the future with a bated breath. ...

There is no better combination in a journalist than possessing both intelligence and objectivity in equal measure, particularly so in this knowledge-based world where information and misinformation is communicated in realtime and on an industrial scale. ...

I RECENTLY re-read Zimbabwe’s late former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s biography or memoir, At the Deep End. Written in collaboration with the late journalist William Bango, the book is essentially about Tsvangirai’s reflections on his own life. Both the personal and more significantly (for me at least) the political aspects of the same. ...

A COUP in November 2017, now elections in July. After years of waiting for post-Mugabe politics in Zimbabwe, the new dispensation is in full campaigning mode, amidst international re-engagement and promises of a bright future ahead — provided those elections are free, fair and credible. But how likely is that, really? ...

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) must come clean on reports that the ruling Zanu PF is not paying import duty for its campaign vehicles and other materials. ...

I ALMOST threw up in my mouth recently when I read that Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) secretary general, Victor Matemadanda had said former President Robert Mugabe was solely responsible for the Gukurahundi massacres. ...

THE initiative by various church leaders in Masvingo to convene an inter-denominational meeting to promote a violence-free environment ahead of next month’s general elections is a noble cause that must be emulated by all peace-loving citizens yearning for credible elections this time around. ...

It has been widely and wildly postulated that devolution of power is divisive, unviable economically and impractical in small countries. In this instalment I would like to argue that devolution of power is a system of government which has been implemented successfully in African, European and Asian countries both big and small with tremendous economic as well as developmental dividends. ...

When Leo Baekeland invented plastic in 1907, little did he know that his finest and noble discovery would later be abused by mankind and become a scourge to the environment. So important was this invention that it quickly dominated in the early 20th century. To get a sense of the impact of the invention of plastic one would have to take a look into current statistics on its usage. ...

OVER and above the need for political stability and sound macroeconomic management policies, business confidence is the single biggest determinant of economic growth in any country. ...

THE campaign season is already in full-swing and judging from what is happening from the terraces it seems the electoral playingfield has shifted from being “very” uneven to being relatively “even”, although there are still concerns around the independence of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), the integrity of the biometric voter registration (BVR) process, the auditing of the voters’ roll, the overbearing influence of the security sector, the politicisation of traditional leaders, repealing of repressive laws and the unequal access to the public media, which continues to hog the limelight. ...

THE police have received praise for allowing the MDC Alliance demonstration to go ahead yesterday and blocking Zanu PF’s. ...