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Understanding speech, language impairments

Dr Sacrifice Chirisa Mental Health Matters Speech and language disorders refer to problems in communication and related areas such as oral motor function. These delays and disorders range from simple sound substitutions to the inability to understand or use language or use the oral-motor mechanism for functional speech and feeding. …

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Ethiopia’s Ahmed inspires calm, but . . .

Mohammed Girma Correspondent Ethiopia has been rocked by a series of protests over the past four years. These rallied against public corruption, the economic marginalisation of some ethnic groups and youth unemployment. The government responded with a heavy hand. Hundreds of lives were lost; businesses and properties were destroyed. Instead …

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Like China, Africa should refuse the dumpyard tag

When Leo Baekeland invented plastic in 1907, little did he know that his finest and noble discovery would later be abused by mankind and become a scourge to the environment. So important was this invention that it quickly dominated in the early 20th century. To get a sense of the …

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Devolution has worked in other countries

It has been widely and wildly postulated that devolution of power is divisive, unviable economically and impractical in small countries. In this instalment I would like to argue that devolution of power is a system of government which has been implemented successfully in African, European and Asian countries both big …

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Clergy’s call to violence-free polls welcome

THE initiative by various church leaders in Masvingo to convene an inter-denominational meeting to promote a violence-free environment ahead of next month’s general elections is a noble cause that must be emulated by all peace-loving citizens yearning for credible elections this time around. While President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been at …

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Gukurahundi: The axe may forget but the tree remembers

I ALMOST threw up in my mouth recently when I read that Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) secretary general, Victor Matemadanda had said former President Robert Mugabe was solely responsible for the Gukurahundi massacres. By NQABA MATSHAZI Yes, Mugabe was a bad leader, a fiendish one for that …

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Cheso, give nothing but quality

WHAT if you wake up today and it is January 1, 2019? The question that you would obviously ask is, who won the elections — Nelson Chamisa, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Egypt Dzinemunhenzva or one of the other 100 or so contestants in this year’s election? By TAPIWA ZIVIRA Many questions. Will …

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Zanu PF brinksmanship unnecessary

THE police have received praise for allowing the MDC Alliance demonstration to go ahead yesterday and blocking Zanu PF’s. This has been hailed as a sign that the police are free from political influence, not to sound cynical, but it would take the force having to do more if they …

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Red flags ahead of July 30 elections

By Admire Mare One thing about the “new” dispensation is that opposition political parties and candidates have seized the opportunities afforded to them by offline and digital affordances to campaign and mobilise beyond the narrow confines of the urban spaces. In the “old” dispensation, it was very difficult for opposition …

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