Opinion & Editorials

Opinion & Editorials

As promised in our previous article, this week we focus on ways in which government can cut expenditure. It is a commonly accepted fact that our government has a weakness when it comes to spending. Government is unable to stick to any form of cost-cutting measures, and this has been the case for over two decades. ...

Until last Saturday, I was hopeful that the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at his country’s consulate in Istanbul was no more than a case of censure ...

LAST Friday, Finance and Economic Development minister, Mthuli Ncube, tweeted that he would curb Zimbabwe’s economic crisis by limiting “government expenditure, rationalise posts in the public service, strengthen ...

One primary reason why young people are cynical or even repulsed at the thought of politics is because of its mental turn off. ...

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THE MDC celebrated its 19th anniversary at the weekend at a time life after the July 30 elections has proven difficult for the biggest opposition party and, indeed, the majority poor Zimbabweans. ...

WHEN Zimbabwe’s new Finance minister, Mthuli Ncube looked at the state of the economy upon joining the government, he must have been appalled by the levels of corruption in and around government. ...

Monitoring and strict policing of environmental freak behavioural tendencies like deforestation, burning of forests and garbage, large scale land degradations and discharge of industrial chemicals into water sources like streams, rivers, dams, lakes as well as deep and shallow wells can deliver sustainable environmental solutions and livelihoods to millions of people, especially in developing countries. ...

Over the past two decades, former President Robert Mugabe was the problem. In November last year, the country bade him farewell. Between then and July, it was elections. ...

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is making the right noises when it comes to what needs to be done to take Zimbabwe out of the rut that successive Zanu PF governments have condemned the country to. ...

MANY schools have issued communication indicating an intention to raise school fees in reaction to the spikes and dips in black market rates for the United States dollar. ...

“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars,” warned Rabindranath Tagore. ...

JESUS Christ is an example of us. In revealing God, He revealed us. In His finished work, that’s who we are, in our saved state and nature. ...

VISION entails the ability of seeing the invisible. It is a process of creating the future in your mind. It is seeing the future before it is tangible and then working towards making that dream a reality. ...

PATRIOTISM implores me to appeal to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his counterpart, Nelson Chamisa, to join hearts and minds. As I see it, it would be a gross dereliction of my privilege of public discourse if I were to shy away from praying them to bridge the divide. ...

THAT top Zanu PF officials have demanded answers from party leader President Emmerson Mnangagwa over the worsening economic situation in the country is a step in the right direction. However, the criticism by the former Cabinet ministers, now relegated to the party office, should be measured, given they themselves presided over the country’s economic demise under ex-President Robert Mugabe’s successive regimes. In ushering in his new dispensation Mnangagwa parked party stalwarts in the Shake-Shake Building placating them with ministerial perks. But with nothing to do all day, some are seeking relevance by making pronouncements on government policy and demanding that it answers to the party. Fact is party administration secretary Obert Mpofu, Mugabe’s “Ever-Obedient Son”, actually resuscitated price controls under the Godwills Masimirembwa’s National Incomes and Pricing Commission. No doubt that more destroyed our economy. He presided over our vast diamonds fields. Does the country have anything to show for it? Not that he and many others like him no longer have the moral to urge the government to restore the economy. Indeed, Zimbabweans want some answers on the decline of the economy, but they would not accept being used for the benefit of Zanu PF factions. The citizens require this government to deliver results, even if working with others to building a New Zimbabwe. It is unfortunate that these calls have been made at a critical moment when Mnangagwa has called for the arrest of economic saboteurs. Is it a coincidence that these calls came soon after the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe suspended some of its top employees for their suspected involvement in graft? Indications are that some top government and ruling party officials could also have been involved in corrupt tendencies in the past. The President should ensure those involved in any nefarious activity retarding economic growth face justice regardless of their station in society. We hope the calls to right the economy – which every right- minded Zimbabwean would want happen yesterday and not tomorrow – are not self-serving. Citizens will not support any effort to divert attention from the fight against corruption. One wonders whether Mpofu and many ex-Cabinet ministers now holed at the party headquarters would be singing the same song if they had retained their government positions. Zanu PF must get real. We also hope that this is not a factional sideshow, given Zanu PF is always riddled with factions. Can Zanu PF for once focus on the economy, please! We urge Mnangagwa to ensure that he’s not distracted, but works to grow the economy. Clearly, citizens weren't really talking about the economy as much back then, but their situation is different now, having gone through economic crises twice in a decade. That’s unprecedented! In both cases, the deepening economic crises were characterised by inflated prices of goods as well as shortages of fuel, cooking oil and other basic goods triggered by an acute shortage of foreign currency in a country with abundant natural and infinity resources. It is still not lost to Zimbabweans that Zanu PF officials will be engaged in a fierce fight over each other's credibility and suitability for high office after having been consigned to do party business. Instead of Zanu PF officials demanding answers from the President they, indeed, need to work with him to ensure the problems are eliminated urgently. It does not pay for Mnangagwa to protect his acolytes, while the economy continues to burn. Let there be an example of how corrupt individuals are dealt with. We are surprised that no serious person has either been arrested or jailed for corruption this far. The world over it is known that the corrupt always find their way to connect with the powerful, and in our case it is proving exactly that. But for the majority poor Zimbabweans, our economic recovery is not a spectator sport. Mnangagwa must be a fierce advocate for the generality of Zimbabweans, especially women, the youth and the old (everybody) by fighting income inequalities, corruption and economic saboteurs. ...

WITH the recent developments at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), it is now public knowledge that four directors were suspended from there on allegations of corruption. The worrying aspect is the source of the information leading to the expulsion of the directors. ...

The more I see some categories of people who are stridently and rabidly opposing Finance minister Mthuli Ncube's economic stabilisation programme — as opposed to those offering measured and constructive criticism — the more I feel he is on the right path. ...

Finance and Economic Development minister Mthuli Ncube will present his maiden National Budget to Parliament towards the end of November. ...

Like a soapie, there have been numerous changes, plots and twists in Zimbabwe over the past week which makes it harder to find a specific matter to comment ...

THE government’s decision to strike off portions of Statutory Instrument 122 of 2017 to increase the flow of basic goods into the market ahead of the festive season ...

Rwanda has introduced legislation which criminalises the public humiliation or insult — through gestures, writings or cartoons — of national authorities, public service officials or foreign state and ...

OCTOBER is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Globally, there are various events and initiatives that are lined up to raise awareness on the debilitating effects of the world’s leading ...

ACCURATE and correct proclamation of the Gospel of Christ should not leave people between the wrath of God and Satan. Satan will always open his arms to receive ...

WITH the introduction and effective operation of the 2% tax on cash transfers, the poor households in Zimbabwe will remain in abject poverty. ...

IF you want to learn a lot about doing business, chess is the real game to play. There are various lessons it offers, which are more important and practical in managing business organisations. ...

THE government’s neoliberal agenda and its target for the upper middle-income economy (UMIE) by 2030, if not handled well, might present us with many challenges that will further alienate and suffocate the poor and down-trodden. ...

REBUILDING Zimbabwe is not going to be a stroll in the park. It is going to be a painful process that will require more than fiscal and monetary policies. Tough decisions will have to be made to undo the damage caused by the previous administration. ...

THE government’s decision to allocate only 5% of foreign currency requirement for the purchase of medicines against millions of dollars spent on fuel and luxury vehicles for its bureaucrats is clearly an act of misplaced priorities. ...

ZIMBABWE, like any other developing country and a proponent of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), wants to participate in environmental sustainable practices so that it is not left behind. ...