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Do we really need the death sentence?

Calls by Amnesty International for Zimbabwe to scrap the death penalty in line with international justice standards could not have come at a better time, as this legislation is now archaic. Capital punishment is provided for by Section 12 of the Zimbabwe Constitution which states: “It shall be lawful for a person to be killed […]

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Pregnancy complications claim eight women daily in Zimbabwe

Approximately 1 300 and 2 800 women and girls die each year due to pregnancy-related complications. This translates to eight women dying every day of the year. According to the Zimbabwe Maternal and Perinatal Mortality Survey (ZMPMS) conducted in 2007, 725 women die per every 100 000 live births, a figure which is far higher […]

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Workers must be protected from abusive employers

The amendment of the Labour Act was long overdue. If anything, its shortcomings are easily discernible just from the number of labour disputes still pending at the courts and from the period it takes to resolve the conflicts. In addition, the Act has so far been amended twice with the latest effort being the third. […]

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Heroes Acre: Members Only Club

Enough is enough! It may have taken a while, 30 years to be precise, but it’s finally out. Heroes’ Acre is for Zanu PF-those who fought for the liberation of the country. And, any wannabes had better get that straight, and find themselves another hill. This time around, the President was bold, blunt, unequivocal and […]

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You are not a mere passer by

Many people go through life as mere passers by. They don’t seem to know where they are headed. It is critical for every serious world citizen to understand their purpose and do everything within their capacity to bring to life the ingrained potential they contain. Purpose is your reason for being. You are not on […]

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Torch bearers . . .

You gain attention when you have diamonds, oil, land and, in the future, water. Land you ask me? Well, the World Bank has just released a report, Rising Global Interest In Farmland, that says 45 million hectares of African farmland has been sold to foreign entities, in 2009 alone, to grow food and produce bio-fuel […]

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Police corruption, brutality must stop!

On Saturday, we carried a story in which the police tortured and maimed a victim of armed robbery in Gweru, suspecting him of committing the crime instead. Added to rampant and growing complaints of corruption by police in uniform, these incidents show that there is something wrong with the police institution and the ministry responsible […]

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Nurturing, not repressing, ideas vital for development

The greatest loss of our time is not only in the economic capital dissipated by the political madness in the past 10 years which left the country as poor as never imagined. It’s not only in the bad image of the country that has affected the veracity of its intelligent and hard-working people. It’s not […]

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At the house of the God of Love!- Da Eros

It looks to me as though Da Guido’s Trattoria, that once hugely popular Italian eatery which successfully translocated from Leopold Takawira Street to Montagu Avenue Shopping Centre, is nearly ready to re-open following re-building after a devastating fire which swept through the shopping mall a couple of years ago. Towards the end of its immediate […]

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A diet of wives:VaPostori’s lifestyle

One of the most common patterns of the Johanne Marange apostolic sect male members’ lifestyles is their penchant for many wives. According to a member of the church in Murambinda, Philemon Matunya (32), “having one wife (within their church) happens occasionally, as a mistake”. While many polygamous marriages often see some wives having affairs as […]

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