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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Take It Easy Jah Prayzah

Take It Easy Jah Prayzah

By Michael Gwarisa TODAY marks exactly three days after Jah Prayzah’s (JP) single and an accompanying video for Sendekera which features high flying South African outfit Mafikizolo was released. Emotions and reactions from JP’s fan base have been quite a mixed bag as varying sentiments and opinions are still being thrown around with some  suggesting it was a rushed job while others maintain the work done was above board. Well, as JP rightfully said it, everyone is entitled to their opinion and he cant please everyone. As an avid fan…

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Ministers are fair game

Ministers are fair game

By Ndafadza Madanha  LAST week Local government, Public works and National housing minister Saviour Kasukuwere made headlines for the wrong reasons when he launched a diatribe against the state media for carrying negative stories about him. In his moment of madness aptly captured on video and distributed on social media, Kasukuwere launched a tirade against specific characters from the state media using unprintable words not worth publishing but suffice to say, they are not expected from a supposedly “Honorable” figure. Kasukuwere like any citizen is entailed to express displeasure when…

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Mangudya runs out of options

Mangudya runs out of options

By Michael Gwarisa IT’S barely three months after the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) introduced the surrogate currency, or funny money as many might want to call it in the form of bond notes. Although the money has been hugely accepted as a medium of exchange across the economy, the sight at most financial institutions is one that clearly tells  a tale of a currency that has failed to solve the woes that bedeviled depositors before the introduction of bond notes. Long winding queues and hungry depositors sleeping in banking…

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Open Letter to Minister Walter Mzembi

Open Letter to Minister Walter Mzembi

Greetings Honorable minister, Eng Walter Mzembi and hope wherever you are,  you are doing fine. You have been quite a rare individual to come by of late, i guess it is the pressure associated with the campaign ahead of the UNWTO election which is scheduled for May 2017. It is by no doubt that the rest of Zimbabwe and some other African countries are rallying behind your candidature as the UNWTO Secretary General hopeful. We believe in you and indeed you have what it takes to be UNWTO SG. It…

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Succession wars spell doom for economy

Succession wars spell doom for economy

By Ndafadza Madanha  THE succession wars within the ruling ZANU-PF government over who will succeed President Robert Mugabe have spilled into 2017 and are likely to dominate ahead of efforts to revive the economy. Mugabe and his fractious Zanu-PF party which has been in power since the country gained independence in 1980 is divided into two distinct factions which are engaged in a brutal fight to succeed the veteran leader who turns 93 next month. The factions who go by the monikers Lactose allegedly backing VP Emmerson Mnangagwa and G40…

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Government blind to tourism sector’s potential

Government blind to tourism sector’s potential

By Michael Gwarisa THE US$2.657 million budgetary allocation that was availed to the tourism industry in the 2017 budget presents an even bleak future for the tourism industry. Regionally, the South African government has realised serious revenue and massive Gross Domestic Product contribution to the economy directly from the tourism industry and funding towards the sector has been on an upward trend over the years. The Department of Tourism’s budget for fiscal period 2015/16 is ZAR 1.8 billion, of which ZAR 977 million is directed to South African Tourism. Tourism’s…

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Indigenisation Committee a vivid reflection of factionalism

Indigenisation Committee a vivid reflection of factionalism

By Michael Gwarisa THE country’s ruling party Zanu-PF romped to an election victory in 2013 which saw it getting the biggest representation in both houses of Parliamentary that is National Assembly and Senate. The world over, Parliaments have set up thematic portfolio committees that are meant to provide checks and balances of both government, public and private entities with the aim of instilling order and professionalism for the good of the nation. The Zimbabwean parliament has 19 operational portfolio committees which are chaired mainly by members of the ruling party…

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