Caution, as air flights resume

Caution, as air flights resume

COMMENT AS Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in opening up its air space and airports for local and international flights, Government should be proactive and put in place standard COVID- 19 testing kits at all ports to prevent the reinfection coming in from abroad. While the initiative to open-up airports will most certainly boost various business operations such as tourism there is also a need to make sure that arrivals from beyond the country’s border do not bring another strain of the pandemic that has so far accounted…

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Opening of tourism gates to spur economy

Opening of tourism gates to spur economy

GOVERNMENT’s move to reopen the Tourism sector could not have come at any other better time, especially now when COVID- 19 related deaths and cases are sharply decreasing, but however, citizens should not be complacent and let their guard down. Global lessons learnt so far should act as a guideline both for authorities and the general citizenry. Many nations including China, United Kingdom, USA and nearer to home, South Africa, among a host of others have experienced second waves of the pandemic, resulting, sadly, in thousands of deaths, as people…

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Let a new dawn arise

Let a new dawn arise

THE world over, Health professionals are regarded as heroes, especially during trying times we are currently living in, considering the advent of the deadly killer virus, COVID- 19, that has accounted for over a million lives, to date. President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently appointed his Vice President Rtd. General Constantino Chiwenga, as the country’s new health and child care minister, to replace Dr Obadiah Moyo, who is currently trying to clear his name from allegations of abusing his office. However, now that the revered Vice President Chiwenga is at the helm…

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Tight monitoring of lockdown regulations crucial in curbing COVID- 19

Tight monitoring of lockdown regulations crucial in curbing COVID- 19

GOVERNMENT’s move to impose a strict lockdown has been greatly appreciated, especially considering that there has been a spike in the number of infected people in the country, caused mainly by returnees escaping quarantine centres, hence giving rise to local transmissions. There are loopholes that need to be addressed to avoid an increase in the spread of the disease, such as closing channels being used by people to trickle into the country, illegally, and to stop any movement of selected goods into the country from neighbouring South Africa bearing in…

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Deferement of schools re-opening applauded

Deferement of schools re-opening applauded

WHILE Government got the stick from various stakeholders for running the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) June 2020 examinations, the recent announcement by information, publicity and broadcasting minister Monica Mutsvangwa on the deferment of the re-opening on the scheduled 28th July was music to the ear for many, considering the spike in COVID- 19 cases, in Zimbabwe, over the last weeks. The nation has experienced an alarmingly sharp rise in confirmed COVID- 19 cases recently, with a reported 1 064 positive cases, 343 recoveries, and sadly 20 deaths, by Wednesday…

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Kenya and Nigeria showing Zim the way

Kenya and Nigeria showing Zim the way

COMMENT THE government of Zimbabwe should take a queue from other governments on the continent, like Kenya, Nigeria and other nations, in order to make sound and informed decisions before rushing schools to open its classroom doors for pupils, teachers and other stakeholders in the education sector, in light of the spread and curbing of COVID- 19. Government has been embroiled in meetings with stakeholders in the education sector, as the nation ponders on the next move to take, as scholars last went through classroom doors in early March 2020,…

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Villagers-cum invigilators, education circus rages on

Villagers-cum invigilators, education circus rages on

COMMENT REPORTS circulating in media circles alleging ‘villagers have become overnight invigilators for the Zimbabwe School Examination Council’s June 2020 exams go a long in showing the disjointed nature of operations between government and teacher unions, and should be condemned, as such action brings the whole exam process to disrepute. While it is commendable to have students sit for exams each calendar year, it is, however, not recommended to take short-cuts in the exam process, as there is nothing to hurry about writing exams while exposing students and teachers to…

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Harare’s corridors of shame

Harare’s corridors of shame

COMMENT AS media houses are awash with the country’s hyperinflationary environment that has got business and the ordinary Zimbabwean thinking the economy is relapsing into the 2008 era, a period generally regarded as nation’s lowest point, authorities should do more to combat the cancer that has eroded the economy, which is none other than corruption. In Harare, there are certain well-known places where dealers conduct their under-hand deals, such as money laundering. These people are not your normal street foreign exchange dealers, who are currently engaged in a cat and…

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Let’s do away with gender-based violence

Let’s do away with gender-based violence

COMMENT GENDER-based violence has suddenly shown its face once again, in Zimbabwe, despite efforts by Government, non-governmental organizations, private corporations, and individuals at large, to stamp out the social ill. One wouldn’t imagine that living in the 21st Century people would still be crying and lobbying against gender-based violence, especially that against women. The despicable deed has rendered untold suffering to innocent souls who have continually been on the receiving end violence, instigated mostly by spouses, unknown assailants and at some point, alleged state agents, like in case of the…

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Slackening in public transport systems exposes millions to Covid- 19

Slackening in public transport systems exposes millions to Covid- 19

COMMENT RESIDENTS in the country have had a tough time in as far as getting to work on time is concerned, due to transport challenges, in the wake of government’s ban on privately owned commuter omnibuses, amid the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sensing the hardships of the general worker, who commutes to and from work, weekly, government invited omnibus owners to join the ZUPCO family by using the franchise, an arrangement with some operators refusing, probably leading authorities to increase the carrying capacity of ZUPCO buses and kombis, alike….

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