Price controls, tinkering with the deck when the titanic is sinking

Price controls, tinkering with the deck when the titanic is sinking

By Jacob Mafume AN unrelenting inflationary environment has characterised our economy for over three months, the surge of prices has become one of the biggest challenges in the lives of Zimbabweans. Any attempt to mitigate the effects of the scourge or combat inflation must normally be applauded; ZANUPF however brings a new twist to the whole matrix. The ZANUPF politburo resolution on inflation is rather scary than it can be reason for celebration. In lightning speed fear takes the citizen back to 2007 when the effects of price controls almost…

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Is Joice Mujuru destined for the bin?

Is Joice Mujuru destined for the bin?

By Daniel Chigundu JOICE Mujuru is one politician in the country who would like to quickly forget the month of November and December owing to developments that saw several of her party supporters resigning in numbers at a time when others are consolidating. The veteran liberator who was sacked from Zanu PF a few years ago on allegations of trying to usurp power, has not had it easy since the death of her powerful and cunning husband general Solomon Mujuru who is believed to have been the force behind her…

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The burden that Auxillia Mnangagwa has

The burden that Auxillia Mnangagwa has

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE for the first time since independence in 1980 has a First-lady who is also an elected legislator, Auxillia Mnangagwa representing Chirumanzu-Zibagwe Constituency in the National Assembly. Mnangagwa’s first-lady role comes at a time when women are facing a lot of challenges which they are trying to address using Parliament but have been let down by delays from the executive and other arms of government. The current topical issue is that of access to sanitary pads whose prices shot-up a few weeks ago owing to various challenges…

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We dare to hope

We dare to hope

By Ndafadza Madanha SEVEN days ago to imagine President Robert Mugabe under the custody of the military and the bulk of the G40 cabal languishing in military barracks or on the run would have certainly passed for thoughts of the mentally deranged. Seven days ago President Mugabe was in cruise control he had just got rid of his deputy and seemed to have easily ridden out the headwinds that followed his actions affirming his position as the sole center of power in his party. A week ago he was attending…

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Carnival is not about Zim culture or Zodwa

Carnival is not about Zim culture or Zodwa

By Staff Reporter THERE seems to be a misunderstanding that the Harare International Carnival is a Zimbabwean culture show and that the 2017 street party scheduled for the 9th of September is all about South Africa’s Zodwa Wabantu. For starters, the carnival is not a celebration of Zimbabwe culture but an international celebration of cultures, Zimbabwean and other countries included. It is a celebration of diversity, where people will be celebrating being different and not judging each other’s culture or acts. Carnival is not about morals or lack of them…

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It’s that time again …as Chinamasa reviews his budget and 2017 economic outlook

It’s that time again …as Chinamasa reviews his budget and 2017 economic outlook

By Daniel Chigundu FINANCE and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa tomorrow (July 20, 2017) comes face to face with the nation in Parliament to explain the performance of his US$4.1 billion budget, amid a worsening liquidity crisis. Zimbabwe is going through tough times economically as can be evidenced by company closures, massive informalisation of the economy and unending long queues at banks across the country. So dire is the situation in the country that people have had to sleep at banks in the hope of getting an opportunity to withdraw…

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Roadblocks reduction welcome but…

Roadblocks reduction welcome but…

By Daniel Chigundu THE decision to reduce the number of roadblocks in our roads across the country is a welcome move that was long overdue as it had become an avenue of corruption by the police. These roadblocks had surprisingly converted every police officer into a Traffic Cop, leaving no one to attend to other crimes around the country as they were not lucrative as compared to being at roadblocks. Surprisingly even though these roadblocks were being mounted almost every 10 kilometres that did not help in reducing road carnages…

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Govt. please speak with one voice

Govt. please speak with one voice

By Ndafadza Madanha WHOEVER said  “If a house is divided against itself, it cannot stand.” surely had the ruling Zanu-PF government in mind. The double speak and contradictory policy pronouncement by government officials’ in particular Cabinet ministers is now a serious cause for concern. Recently the minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha was quoted saying that SI64 which restricted the importation of certain goods will be scrapped only for him to somersault a few days later and indicate the SI was here to stay. Bimha’s case is not an isolated case but they are many…

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In defense of a patriot

In defense of a patriot

By Ndafadza Madanha AS news trickled in of the demise of former Chief Justice (CJ) Godfrey Chidyausiku, the predictable analysis on his lengthy judicial career took centre stage with many taking to social media to rubbish his long judicial career. Among those who led the onslaught on the late CJ was Chris Greenland a retired Zimbabwean High court judge who asserted that, “Godfrey veered off the path set by his erstwhile predecessors, being unable to maintain the sacred requirement that all are equal under the law, as epitomized by Lady…

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Why compensate white farmers?

Why compensate white farmers?

By Ndafadza Madanha SEVENTEEN years ago the government undertook the land reform exercise that reconfigured decade long structure in the agricultural sector. The structure had always favored the minority white settlers who disposed blacks from their land when they invaded the country under the Pioneer Column. Through various pieces of legislation prior to independence the settler regime consolidated power and restricted Africans to semi arable and infertile land. Some of the legislation used by the settlers to legalize the theft and displacement of our forefathers include The Land Commission of…

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