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Chiwenga’s rates boycott recipe for disaster

VICE-PRESIDENT Constantino Chiwenga’s weekend call for Harare residents to stop paying rates to force the MDC-T-dominated local authority to improve service delivery cannot go unchallenged as it sets a bad precedent. Besides, Chiwenga’s call goes against the letter and spirit of good governance. What is evident is that the opposition …

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Anticipation Builds Around Zimbabwe’s Elections

With Zimbabwe’s first post-Mugabe elections a month away, there seems to be a freer atmosphere than in previous polls, but the air is not entirely devoid of fear and suspicion, including of the body tasked with ensuring a free and fair vote. President Emmerson Mnangagwa literally looms large above the …

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Returning Zim’s economy to prosperity and growth

To stabilise the economy, government faces the dilemma of arbitrarily choosing between primary and secondary policy targets from the multitude of equally urgent challenges confronting it. TRADITIONAL economics, though vital, often forgets that in the final analysis, practical economics is based on a few simple basics. The basic of these …

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Is Zimbabwe yet open for business

President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Vice Presidents, Constantino Chiwenga (left) and Kembo Mohadi (right) EIGHT months into his presidency, Emmerson Mnangagwa has done precious little to convince the majority of local businesses and citizens that the so-called new dispensation, ushered in by his takeover of power from Robert Mugabe, has …

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Next govt should tackle poverty levels

THAT over 5 million people in Zimbabwe are living in extreme poverty, throwing out of balance the country’s capacity to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal is an indictment on the government given the prevailing levels of corruption, social decay and economic decline. Although Zimbabwe is not among the …

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Sobriety should characterise campaign discourse

Aspiring for public office is not an infatuation, neither is it a trivial hunch. As I see it, there is no aspect of human enterprise that deserves to be undertaken after reasoned forethought than that of offering to be a representative of the people. It is a noble call to …

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Can there be a resolution on Western Sahara?

Liesl Louw-Vaudran Correspondent— The contested Western Sahara, claimed by Morocco, borders Mauritania to the south. It is, therefore, apt that it is at the 31st African Union (AU) summit in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott that AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat is expected to deliver a much-awaited report on the …

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Equipped to do his will

Hebrews 13 vs 20-21 (NIV): “May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will . . .” We are often asked to perform …

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Home with a Silicon Valley dream

Leroy Dzenga Features Writer— When Tendai Garandi returned from the Diaspora, he envisioned a country where start-up companies make up the heart of the economy. The three years he spent in America’s Silicon Valley working for Derek Andersen Startup Grind, an Internet-based company, showed him possibilities hidden within the digital …

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Don’t mistake hype for reality

Tatenda  Chinondidyachii Mashanda Correspondent— In his racist novel, “Heart of Darkness”, Joseph Conrad points to the image of Africa as “the other world,” the antithesis of Europe and, therefore, of civilisation. His description of Africans as savage is unpalatable; at least to a conscious reader. Featuring images of emaciated children, …

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