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Media reforms: The journey so far

I came into office in October (2018), my Minister came in September, my Deputy Minister also came into office in September as well. By November we had started asking for position papers on what we felt needed to be done as far as reforming our media sector was concerned and …

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‘West must listen to Mnangagwa, not Chamisa’

This past weekend, Zimbabwe took a dramatic step towards national reconciliation. In an effort to improve the country’s difficult economic situation and bring about unity among its confrontational politicians, President Mnangagwa officially launched the so-called Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) in Harare. In a country burdened with a lingering economic crisis, …

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Local mobile companies should emulate Huawei Zimbabwe

Information Communication Technology (ICT) companies should emulate the Chinese technology company, Huawei Zimbabwe, which is equipping local Universities with ICT infrastructure to enable them to offer latest training in ICT. There are many local companies in the ICT business and they should follow the footsteps of Huawei, which is supporting …

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On Africa Day, end sanctions on Zim!

This May 25, which is celebrated as African Liberation Day and commemorated worldwide, marks the 56th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963. The OAU represents the independent struggles on the African continent against colonialism, neo-colonialism and imperialism, and for a united Africa, both in …

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EDITORIAL COMMENT : Reforms to rein in forex cartels

Economic reform was moved up by several big steps at the beginning of this week: the determined two-pronged effort to make the interbank foreign currency mark work as planned, the cut in what amounts to subsidies on fuel, the direct application of a far smaller subsidy on public buses for …

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Zimbabwean chiefs have always meddled in politics

Zimbabwean chiefs have always meddled in politics. This is a statement of fact; a humble yet imposing fact that Zimbabweans need to appreciate in light of current political developments. I make this statement in the wake of the row between Ntabazinduna traditional leader Chief Felix Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni and those savaging …

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Solutions lie within our borders, not elsewhere

WHILE we are very much ready to be schooled and guided on what could be the best solutions to the challenges our economy is currently facing, we are of the strong conviction that the solutions to our nagging problems largely lie within the confines of our borders. We understand and …

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Innovation key to Vision 2030

It is well known that Science, Technology and Engineering play an important role in the development of a nation and forms the backbone of industry in developing economies. Given the increasing importance of the electronics, telecommunications and information communication technology (ICT) industry, the country therefore needs to strengthen its technological …

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Malawi goes to the polls today

Malawians vote today to elect their president, parliamentarians and councillors in historic elections — the first to be held under a new Political Parties Act. The new Political Parties Act, which came into force in December 2018, proposes major changes to the electoral system including the deregistration of political parties …

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Belt and Road Initiative: What’s in it for Africa?

The huge Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum recently concluded in Beijing. A total of 37 heads of state attended, along with droves of policy advisors and numerous thinktanks and research institutes, including IDS where I work. Monica Mutsvangwa, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, attended on behalf of …

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