Category: Opinion

Upholding human rights key for a better Zim

By Georges Van Montfort Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in celebrating the International Human Rights Day last weekend at Takashinga Cricket Club under the global theme, “Stand up for Human Rights”. The theme aims to raise awareness of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration is a milestone in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, it has become a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. The power of the Universal Declaration is the...

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End violence against women, children

By Sofia Calltorp The prevention of domestic violence and Gender Based Violence (GBV) is recognised internationally as a human rights concern. Myriad records in the annals of history attest that women and children are often the last ones to be given equal legal protection from discrimination and violence – a protection that the rest of society take for granted. It is extraordinary that children, whose developmental state make them particularly vulnerable to physical and psychological harm, suffer from less protection against assaults on their fragile bodies and minds. Children and young people are not and must not be taken...

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Agric value chain, a cash cow for farmers

By Elijah Chihota Zimbabwean farmers toil day in day out even late into the night carrying out their farming operations, but at the end of the day, some of them are not realising the full potential of their labour. The ZIM ASSET’s Value Addition and Beneficiation Cluster, seeks to drive the further processing of raw materials into usable goods for the benefit of local consumers and the creation of employment. Instead of selling their farm produce in its raw state, farmers could embark on the beneficiation route and realise more benefits from their harvests. Farmers, who are into mixed...

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Zimbabweans map own trajectory

By Prosperity Mzila There had been many calls from the local opposition political parties, the international community, non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, pressure groups and individuals for Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe to step down.  The tantrums, protests, stay-away or even MDC-T’s boycott of the 2008 Presidential elections could not compel Cde Mugabe to step down. The people of Zimbabwe continued with their day to day activities as though all was normal.  The fall of the Zimbabwean dollar, the silent death of the economy and the stagnation on infrastructural development was not even enough to force the former President to...

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Chronicles of Cde Mugabe, lest the country forgets…

By Daphine Zulu Great leaders are more than their persona; their brand should be a blend of tangible results, and talent development. If one is really good, they have been the ‘wind beneath the wings’ of emerging leaders who will rise up after them, ready and able to conquer the world. Unfortunately, this was one of Cde Robert Mugabe’s greatest undoing,   his failure to acknowledge the mere fact that, as good as he was, it is mandatory for any great leader to groom and develop other leaders to see through his legacy and vision; plus knowing when to take a step back and allow others to shine. Chronicling his 37 year service to the country, one certainly has a lot to appreciate, as much as there is a lot to despise. On the social front, President Mugabe is credited for revolutionalising the education sector, championing black and African empowerment (economically and socially), reinventing the agriculture sector through the land reform programme, women and youth empowerment, among other things. Whilst this narrative may sound like an apologia for Cde Mugabe’s governance, well it is not, as it evidently had many shortfalls, ultimately leading to his demise, however in this utopia; lest the country forgets to also reckon the good he did. On agriculture and land reform; from independence to 2000, a staggering 42% of Zimbabwe’s land mass was owned by...

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