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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Zimbabwe, a nation at crossroads

Zimbabwe, a nation at crossroads

By Ngoni Chigogo Own Correspondant SINCE the introduction of the multi-currency regime in the country in January 2009 on the eve of the ill-fated inclusive government, there was an understandable glimpse of hope among Zimbabweans that the economic trajectory that the nation was taking would rescue the country form a decade long politico-economic quagmire provoked by a myriad of factors ranging from moribund economic policies, political instability, poor relations with multi-lateral landing institutions, economic sanctions, high levels of corruption to mention but  a few. Sadly the country has fallen back…

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More shoddy deals haunt indigenisation ministry

More shoddy deals haunt indigenisation ministry

By Michael Gwarisa THE indigenisation ministry has been in the limelight for the wrong reasons over the past three to four years. Around mid-last year, the ministry appeared before a parliamentary portfolio committee on indigenisation and economic empowerment chaired by Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Justice Wadyajena over its rather shoddy engagement with Brainworks Capital a financial consultancy firm which was hired by the ministry during the Saviour Kasukuwere administration, to assist mining companies achieve indigenisation compliance certificates. Despite the mining firms not having signed any contracts to that regard, Brainworks went on…

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