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Decolonisation, loyalty and unwavering patriotism

Obi Egbuna Jnr Simunye The latest episode in US imperialism’s flawed domestic policy, that has brought worldwide attention to how President Donald Trump’s white supremacist enforcement of a zero tolerance for illegal immigrants and family separation at US borders, comes on the heels of our Day of the African Child …

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More people in Africa need to be insured against natural disasters

Thayaparan Gajendran Correspondent Mozambique was the site of one of Africa’s most devastating natural disasters in recent times. In the year 2000 floods killed 700 people, displaced 60 000, and left more than 500 000 needing humanitarian assistance. The disaster also inflicted economic damage totalling over US$273 million – that’s …

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Re-emergence of Zanu PF Green Bombers worrisome

THE decision by the ruling Zanu PF government to re-engage the “Green Bombers” ahead of next month’s general elections raises a stink given their record of being used as pawns to harass and beat up opposition activists. Zimbabweans are aware that the Green Bombers — as graduates of the infamous …

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Service delivery key to human, economic development

Whoever wins the 2018 elections whether its MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa, or Zanu PF’s Emmerson Mnangagwa or another candidate must grapple with critical questions around service delivery, without which the “Zimbabwe is open for business” mantra would become empty and meaningless. By Dumisani O Nkomo The provision of …

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Of ‘bullet’ trains the MDC Alliance way

There’s a reason the “bullet train” is a predictable pre-election teaser: It’s an irresistible idea. Gus Manatsa With an expansion of rail networks, especially inter-city rail, we could expect the following benefits: lFewer people need to drive, meaning massive reduction in traffic jams and road accidents and less fuel import …

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Opposition overwhelmed by new dispensation

Nobleman Runyanga Correspondent The much-talked about 2018 harmonised elections are now just weeks away and events in the opposition camp are a sight to see. Opposition politics has always been more about removing Mr Robert Mugabe from office rather than anything else. And with the advent of a new dispensation …

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US withdrawal from UNHRC: What does it mean?

Hildegarde The Arena The rate at which the Trump administration is withdrawing its membership from legally constituted international bodies is real cause for concern. Experts in international relations, international law, human rights, climate change, trade and others are probably revisiting the statutes to arrive at a reasonable understanding of what …

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What you need to know about Internet addiction

Sacrifice Chirisa Mental Health Matters Ten years ago, the only people who spent a majority of their leisure time on the computer were paid members of the technology industry. Today, however, surfing the Web has become a pastime as social and marketable as bar hopping or going to the movies. …

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Revisiting informal markets’ roles in income distribution

Charles Dhewa Correspondent Informal markets have existed for centuries, as contexts where communities make sense of their resources and exchange value. However, urbanisation has given these markets a more pronounced role particularly in meeting the needs of different classes of consumers and farmers. In many African countries, informal markets are …

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Why do so many want to be President?

Christopher Farai Charamba Political Writer The long list of presidential candidates for the 2018 harmonised elections is out. Last Thursday, the nomination court was held where aspiring candidates submitted their papers and fees to contest in the July 30 polls. A total of 23 individuals made it into the final …

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