Comment & Analysis

Comment & Analysis

IN a country battling an unprecedented economic turmoil and social upheaval, it is nothing short of bizarrely tragic that a group of young people would vow to defend a government that has been the biggest contributor to their own suffering through “austerity measures” that seem designed to richly punish the poor. ...

ZIMBABWE has always toyed around with the idea of an imperial presidency since Ian Douglas Smith’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence on November 11, 1965.The late former President Robert Mugabe, using Zanu PF’s parliamentary majority, did not waste time in entrenching his imperial presidency by causing the enactment of constitutional amendment No.7 of 1987 that created the all-powerful Executive President ...

There is a way in which a new day opens with the pregnant promise of new possibilities, and opportunities for higher levels of success. With some luck, people on a team, in an organisation, or institution, may even attain the benchmarks that have previously seemed elusive. ...

DESPITE the age-old and enduring axiom having instructed that “silence is golden” many, and chiefly politicians, have failed to pay hid to this wise counsel. Many politicians, while finding it quite difficult, if not impossible, to speak when it matters, most have instead zealously gone into overdrive yapping about when they should be keeping quiet ...

AS the discourse of climate change continues to unfold, taking new twists and dimensions, at various international gatherings, it’s the political voices and views that are shaping the nature of discussions as opposed to purely environmental concerns ...

By definition, democracy is a form of a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections. It also presumes that the people have the authority to choose their governing legislation. Some cornerstones of democracy include freedom of assembly and speech, inclusiveness and equality, membership, voting, right to life and minority rights. ...

BRITAIN, Zimbabwe’s only most promising ally in its quest to re-join the Commonwealth and pay arrears to international financial institutions says it will not be supporting Harare following the brutal crackdown on protesters by security forces and government’s continued disregard for civil liberties. ...

REPORTS that hundreds of disgruntled Zimbabweans in South Africa yesterday demonstrated outside a hospital in that country, where Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga is reportedly receiving medical attention, are a sad reminder to our government to properly fund our local institutions so that we all benefit. ...

“THE welfare of the people is the highest law,” goes a popular Latin maxim by Roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero – who lived in the period 106BC to 43BC – that has been adopted by several cities and towns in the United Kingdom and the United States, and emblazoned on their crests. ...

THE violence seen during the fuel price increase protests and stand-off last week was not limited to the capital city Harare. The clashes between the police, army and protesters should not have happened in the first place had the authorities applied their minds to the real challenges facing the majority of poor Zimbabweans. ...

“Laugh with me, but never at me; cry with me, but never because of me, to love life, to love yourself, to love being loved. Such a relationship ...

Is it not true that Mujuru should be the last person to cry foul over infiltration? Therefore, infiltration in the Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) party should have been anticipated. That’s politics. ...

Zimbabweans have just not been travelling as often and this has led to a breakdown of our social fabric given the unmistakable umbilical cord that our people have with their rural roots. ...

$15 billion is a lot of money and it could have gone a long way in removing Zimbabwe from its economic mess and Zimbabweans have every right to shout blue murder. ...

YESTERDAY, we reported that parliamentarians from across the political divide united and called for an explanation on why Health minister David Parirenyatwa had been paid $100 000 ...

VICE-PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa displayed outstanding contempt for public accountability when Chitungwiza North lawmaker Godfrey Sithole (MDC-T) asked him in Parliament about his counterpart Phelekezela Mphoko’s continued hotel stay. ...

IN yesterday’s NewsDay, we published macabre pictures of vendors armed with catapults, stones and all manner of weapons, as they stood to fight municipal police in a very unprecedented manner. ...

THE threats against former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s People First (PF) project by the military are unjustified, unhelpful and misguided in a democracy to say the least. ...

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has done his reputation and his standing a lot of good by convincing world leaders to accept Zimbabwe’s debt repayment plan. ...

President Robert Mugabe’s utterances at a luncheon hosted for him and legislators following the opening of Parliament on Tuesday where he insinuated that the media needed more controls were quite disturbing and enough to cause unnecessary anxiety. ...

Transport minister Obert Mpofu recently hinted he was in talks with his Local Government counterpart Ignatius Chombo to rope in the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) in running the lucrative city parking business in Harare. ...

Cotton farmers in Mashonaland Central and sometimes in the whole country are in limbo as stocks of harvested cotton are now an eyesore as cotton companies are struggling to open their depots due to lack of cash. ...

Transport minister Obert Mpofu promised a quick turnaround for the perennially struggling National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) when he was appointed to the new portfolio in 2013. ...

ALLOW me to appreciate a great woman who taught me a good lesson on this year’s Mother’s Day. ...

THE story with the headline: Mugabe must stop police criminality, cannot go unchallenged. The acquisition of buses and trucks by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has nothing to do with the alleged suppression of people as alleged. ...

VICE-PRESIDENT Phelekezela Mphoko’s first six months in office have been an unmitigated disaster to say the least. ...

In response to Telecel rebuts Mandiwanzira’s claims: The reason behind Telecel’s woes seems to be the indigenisation law, which allows greedy politicians to parcel out other people’s companies on what may be xenophobic lines. ...

YESTERDAY we carried a report on the strike by almost 100 City of Harare workers who are protesting over the non-payment of their salaries for several months. It is sad that the situation has been allowed to get to this point. ...

The progress made so far on the construction of Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Road, which leads to Harare International Airport, is a classic example of contemporary development in the country. ...

ZANU PF is determined to prove wrong whoever is prepared to give it the benefit of doubt or a second chance as far as civilised political behaviour is concerned. Yesterday our stablemate The Standard carried a story with the headline Zanu PF turns Hurungwe into war zone. ...