Category: Opinion

Macroeconomic stability, fiscal consolidation, building investor confidence in Zim

By Prof Mthuli Ncube The process of creating a stable macroeconomic environment for building confidence in the Zimbabwe economy requires first of all, a clear budgetary framework in the Ministry of Finance and the targeting and tracking of key macroeconomic variables. Second, it requires a process of fiscal consolidation and medium-term approach like a 3-year horizon to budgeting. Third, it requires institutional coordination between the fiscal side, and the monetary side (Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe). Finally, external engagements and visibility with main creditors, global IFIs, global capital markets, G20 participation, and creating an international economic Advisory Council, for example....

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Child beggars: Stop bad parenting

By Patson Gumbo As one drives along Samora Machel Avenue from Eastlea right up to the Showgrounds in the capital, it has become a daily trend that at traffic lights he/she will be greeted by young children asking for help. As if it’s not enough, driving towards the Western suburbs as you reach Marimba robots in Belvedere again the situation is synonymous with that of the central business district, young boys, street children perhaps, asking for as little as 10 cents, one wonders if it is to buy food. Over the past few months Zimbabwe has seen a rise...

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The family of twins and triplets

A family with a rare genetic condition is the talk of the Chipinge community as almost all family members give birth to twins or triplets. It’s double the giggles and double the grins, and double the trouble if one may want to also call it. Being blessed with twins is a common norm for a Chipinge-based family whose rare genetic condition has seen almost every family member giving birth to twins. Born in a family of 10, Rudo Sithole and all her siblings except one have twins and for her brother it has even gone further to being triplets. “I believe my giving birth to twins is a result of family genetics where almost all my family members are twins.  People in our village admire us for the rare condition,” said Rudo. Rudo says there is joy in the doubles, but lamented that the only burden they have is to feed, nurse and raise the children in a decent and respectable way. “While we were given the rare blessings we are having difficulties in taking care of the family and sending the children to school. We sometimes look for food from bins to feed our six children,” she added. Rudo’s husband Muzorwa Bodho is equally convinced his wife’s family genetic is contributing to him fathering sets of twins. For the twins they love and like each other and their...

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Nothing tangible from MDC Alliance

By Peacemaker Zano The journey to election victory is not as easy as what the principals of the MDC Alliance would have the people believe. The MDC Alliance has been holding rallies around the country, with a view to winning hearts and souls of the electorate ahead of this year’s election. Their rallies are being criticised by many people, as most of them are said to be packed with nothing meaningful save for the exaggerated speeches by that coalition’s presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa. Most people who are following how the events are unfolding in that alliance can openly reveal...

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 “Them bones shall rise!”

By Bernard Yombayomba The Catholic Bell at Silveira Mission pounded heavily informing all villagers to come to church as this was the norm. This would entail that all those who have had enough the fancy chance to be the wartime black African middle-class working in a white colonial administration were going to come, the nurses, the mission school teachers, welders, millers, caretakers and gardeners who were by that time rendered as ‘boys’ by some unapologetic masters whose shame was lost about a century and a half ago; racism. Therefore I know the old bell at Silveira Mission whose deafening...

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