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Delusions of intellectualism

JUST like the media, intellectualism is often overrated as both a source of truth and of accurate information — more so in the field of socio-political commentary. Blatantly partial academic political activists sometimes find themselves in the luxury of being showered with accolades and cheer-leading adulations for “impartiality and objectivity.” …

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Pursuing V. S. Naipaul’s Hat

There is something about “Miguel Street” that reminds me of where I come from. In fact, Miguel Street is so familiar that every time I read it, and try to visualise its geographical setting, I see it at the flyover that looks like an interregnum of Charter Road and Simon …

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Trying to set agenda for EU? Good luck!

AT the end of last week, there were attempts to brew a storm around the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and its process of handling and printing ballot papers, following a press conference by the European Union Observer Mission. The mission’s head, Elmar Brok made a number of pronouncements regarding Zimbabwe’s pre-election …

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Opposition promises a childish mirage

Christopher Makaza Correspondent The run-up to this year’s elections has witnessed the rise of a plethora of new political parties while some funny and comical leaders seem unable to address the nation’s challenges as witnessed by their manifestos and wayward promises which are being published in the local media. Unlike …

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Stop insulting our security establishment

Something unusual happened last week. Perhaps reacting to political pressure, something unusual again, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) called a Press conference to talk about their position regarding the July 30 harmonised elections. The ZDF sent its spokesman Colonel Overson Mugwisi to address the journalists on this. The pressure from …

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Mnangagwa’s anti-corruption rhetoric must end

WHEN the very institutions that our hallowed Constitution mandates with fighting corruption become the citadel of the social fabric-gnawing ill, then we should hold our collective heads in shame. Aptly named the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) is one of Zimbabwe’s chapter 12 institutions that are supposed to provide the radar …

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Interactive climate action strategies

Communities are abound with a variety of climate action strategies that can enhance resilience. A broad list of context-specific strategies and interventions can be viewed in relation to the climate literate, scientific experts and climate knowledge brokers included, with the beneficiary centred training techniques, aimed at the laypersons or local …

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3 million ghosts on the voters’ roll?

ZIMBABWE once again finds herself being railroaded into an election, despite tangible proof that conditions on the ground are not yet conducive for a free and fair poll. All this flies against postulations by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration that it is a new dispensation which unlike Robert Mugabe’s administration, values …

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Global trade war, threat to global stability

As our space is clouded by the political dust from the campaign trails, something big is brewing out there. And that something is a potential global trade war. Any promise of economic growth from our aspiring candidates will depend on the stability of the global economy. And with the global …

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Reason, responsibility and result of voting

This is my third and final instalment on the subject of elections and voting. As I do so, I reiterate that my presentation has been dealing with a “practising” democracy, where leaders are chosen by the people through the voting process. Erasmus Makarimayi It was Greek civilisation that started democracy. …

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