Category: Opinion

The story behind the wailing

By Tafara Shumba The First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa gave up her Chirumanzu-Zibagwe seat on Saturday to assume new national obligations that come with the office of the First Lady. The announcement that comes as a bombshell to the constituency, reminisces that moment when a mother separates with her baby. Mothers usually have a painful moment whenever they part ways with their babies, either for work or any other trip where children are not allowed. The babies always cry on such separation and at times the mother breaks down in response to the baby’s cry. It’s understood because the...

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President ED is gender sensitive

By Tafara Shumba President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week appointed High Court judge Justice Priscillah Chigumba as the new Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Chairperson. The appointment comes hard on the heels of other appointments of women in key positions. The appointment of womenfolk in critical positions shows that President Mnangagwa is gender sensitive. He is rather pro-women. This is against unfounded accusations that he was not gender sensitive when he appointed his cabinet and politburo. Those who accused him did so out of ignorance of the dynamics involved in the appointment of cabinet ministers. The President chooses ministers from a pool...

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MDC-T must learn from ED’s visit

By John Sigauke President Emmerson Mnangagwa made an impromptu visit to MDC-T leader, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai last week to check on his health. Mr Tsvangirai has been hitherto battling cancer of the colon which has taken a toll on his health. The visit was hailed by opposition members including Mr Tsvangirai himself who said the call presaged the advent of politics of engagement. The spirit of oneness exhibited by President Mnangagwa despite differences in political orientation must be emulated by every political creature. We are Zimbabweans first and all other political, religious and social classifications come secondary. Mr Tsvangirai...

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Malema should mind his EFF business

By Nobleman Runyanga The South African opposition leader, Julius Malema has started the year on a very bad note. On Monday this week, he tweeted an unsolicited comment on his party’s Tweeter handle, @EFFSouth Africa:  “Zimbabwe is going to be great again; (Former President Robert) Mugabe had to leave because a good dancer knows when to leave the stage. Even if (former First Lady) Grace (Mugabe) took over it was still going to be good,” tweeted Malema. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader seems to mistake the support that he gets from some disadvantaged South Africans because of his...

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Economic turnaround on track

By Tapiwanashe Mutonhodzi Zimbabwe’s economic turnaround should be on track following massive intervention by government to re-align the economic sectors towards a productive economy. Quite a number of economic interventions intended to straighten the Zimbabwean economy such as the much popularised Command Agriculture has been a success leading to a first ever bumper harvest the country had longed to achieve after the land reform programme. In this light, interventions that have been considered and can be seen to aid in revamping the economy include foreign direct investment (FDI), increase of export earnings, stable pricing system of goods and services and parastatals reform among others. Partnerships with other countries should see an improvement on FDI. FDI refers to business investments done by a company or an individual in a certain country to another country. This can be done through establishing business operations or acquiring business assets in other countries. It entails ownership of the whole or controlling shares in a foreign company. The President of Zimbabwe during his inauguration clearly stated that the country was ready to partner with other countries towards improving its domestic economic growth. This gave the country a new political dispensation. Countries that have now shown keen interest to work with Harare are China, Botswana, Australia and Britain among others. In recent years, China gave Harare City Council a whopping $144 million loan to improve on...

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