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When William Shakespeare from the play Julius Caesar meets his “most foul and unnatural” demise at the hands of power-hungry jackals, while accepting his fate, Caesar appears more shocked that his friend Brutus is part of the conspiracy in his demise and he retorts, more in surprise, “Et tu Brute?”, which literally means “Even you Brutus?” Such is the allure of power that even the most honourable of them may surprise you. ...

Thabo Mbeki-Jacob Zuma, Zuma-Kgalema Motlanthe, Zuma-Cyril Ramaphosa; Robert Mugabe-Joice Mujuru, Mugabe-Emmerson Mnangagwa; Frederick Chiluba-Levy Mwanawasa. History is littered with episodes of back-biting, catfights and political Russian-roulettes between the incumbent and perceived successors normally in the person of the deputy president. ...

“There is only victory and defeat. The winner gets to take the moral high-ground, because they get to write the history books. The loser, well, he just loses.” Samuel L Jackson (Unthinkable). The political dustbins are bottomless pits after all. They never get full. ...

STAKEHOLDERS in the extractive sector have, since time immemorial, been calling on the government to beneficiate the country’s minerals resources for maximum returns, but the message seems to be falling on deaf ears, as not much investment has been made on that front. ...

In his inaugural address the new President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, confirmed that land reform was both historically necessary and irreversible. He also made a commitment to compensate farmers who were forced off their land during the fast-track land reform programme of the 2000s. ...

IT is becoming increasingly apparent, as each day passes, that MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s family is overwhelmed by the awfully complex situation confronting them, namely the prolonged illness of their relative who is, on the other hand, a colossal public figure who has millions of people keen on knowing his state of health. ...

Things are falling apart in the country’s leading opposition party, the MDC-T. The centre is no longer holding, and that is principally because the centre is literally absent. The party’s iconic leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, currently stricken with cancer of the colon, is battling for life in a South African hospital. ...

Opposition People’s Democratic Party leader and MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti’s warning that Zimbabwe will have violent polls this year, with the military playing a crucial role, are rather surprising, particularly coming at a time the population is anticipating a new political trajectory following the elevation of Emmerson Mnangagwa to the presidency. ...

Recently, I met a colleague who asked why most Zimbabweans in the international community are good at what they do and do not fight against their authorities. It may be indeed an over-generalisation to suggest that every Zimbabwean is an excellent employee. ...

With the hope for a fresh start, the direction of the political-economic discourse rests on the next general elections. ...

THE decision by the government to nullify results for the November 2017 Ordinary Level English Language Paper 2 and have it retaken by all students on February 16 ...

Of the different types of employment contracts the fixed term contract elicits the most interest. A fixed term contract specifies termination of the employment relationship on a specific ...

Believers journey starts with arrival. This arrival is at and in a spiritual reality, Christ. ...

THAT President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government should prioritise looking into the rights and welfare of people living with disabilities is not negotiable given this special group of people is often shuffled to the sidelines of mainstream society — be it in politics, social interaction or economic activity. ...

When I wrote down the title of today’s piece, it made me giggle a little. I imagined a whole bunch of people deciding not to engage with the whole piece because they don’t like the idea of spells. Interestingly, for many Christians avoidance seems to be a good way of dealing with things they don’t like. I remember once when I was having a crisis of faith, a fellow churchmate saying to me: “Don’t question such things. If you do you will lose your faith!” ...

There have been persistent calls for electoral law reform as the nation awaits harmonised elections, which constitutionally should take place between July 22 and August 22 this year unless Parliament dissolves itself earlier. ...

ELSEWHERE in this edition, we have carried a story where Kuwadzana East legislator, Nelson Chamisa (MDC-T) implores President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Parliament to take decisive action to end the scourge of political violence, which has reared its ugly head ahead of this year’s elections. ...

Cardinal Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne, Germany, bought a sea-going boat to save the refugees and migrants that were in danger of sinking and losing their lives while crossing from Libya (North Africa) to the northern Mediterranean coast. ...

Looking at the current political developments in the country, one would agree that Zimbabwe is ripe for economic development. The 2018 elections were once mainly to end former President Robert Mugabe’s regime. ...

Naturally, in Africa, we struggle with maintenance issues. I am sure you realise this. We seem to be struggling with keeping the original state of things. ...

Research is the systematic investigation and study of materials and source in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions. ...

Tomorrow marks the end of the voter registration blitz and mop-up exercise, the first milestone towards holding elections this year. ...

When the going gets tough, it’s easy for organisations to sacrifice talent development. The thinking is that talent development is there to draw money out of the organisation without any tangible benefits that can be realised from the skills acquired. ...

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa must realise that to achieve remarkable rates of economic development is not a stroll in the park. It is not just about carrying a begging bowl all over the world, as there is nothing for nothing in the international world. ...

THE culture of political intolerance entrenched by former President Robert Mugabe’s rule may still be a dreadful reality staring Zimbabwe in the face and, unfortunately, a factor courting the attention of the world. ...

The recent shenanigans by politicians, who have been prostituting with the lives of poor desperate Zimbabweans, is a clear, but disturbing, sign that it is about time that the masses seriously considered an alternative system to governance that excludes these power-hungry, self-centred people. ...

In the past week several interesting events took place and controversial comments made — it made my task that much difficult to pick on a few, but this week let me focus on the infamous shoot-to-kill policy, the so-called New Patriotic Front and Gukurahundi. ...

THE Morgan Tsvangirai-led opposition MDC-T could be on the verge of collapse unless appropriate measures are taken to rescue it, with the party leadership closing ranks and working together. ...

THE appointment of Priscilla Chigumba as the head of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) sets the ball rolling for elections expected later this year and it is important that she hits the ground running. ...

Year in and year out, people around the world, particularly in developing countries, have had to deal with the spectre of floods, cyclones, forest fires and famine. ...