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How ICTs are being misused to perpetuate poverty

Charles Dhewa Correspondent Contrary to the hype in which ICTs are presented as a panacea, ICT-related costs in many African countries are eroding the meagre promised benefits. Countless studies and articles show that the cost of data is increasing in Africa, when such costs are decreasing in other parts of …

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Cyber issues: Russia ready for dialogue with US

Andrei Krutskikh Correspondent Against the backdrop of the habitual — even ritual — anti-Russia propaganda, some voices of reason have been heard lately among American experts. Of particular interest in this regard is the recent article by the Daily Beast titled “This Hotline Could Keep the US and Russia from …

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ED’s reforms taking shape

Trevor Shiri Correspondent Zimbabwe is a country that has the misfortune of having a private media bent on deliberately misrepresenting the positive Zimbabwean story with a view to water down the reform trajectory that the New Dispensation under President Mnangagwa has taken. It is sad and unfortunate. In normal polities, …

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Bring back our heroes’ bones

Peter Mavunga and George Shire in London The wounds of the violent colonial encounter between many of our Zimbabwean ancestors who led the First Chimurenga, of the many unknown heads of families who were hanged and beheaded by colonial invaders for their part in leading the resistance to the colonial …

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Memories from the war-front

Isdore Guvamombe Assistant Editor The war of liberation had reached fever pitch in Rhodesia. It was Grandmother’s duty to feed the freedom fighters this night and she had prepared the food before sunset. Independence was smelling as the Rhodesian enemy was staring imminent defeat. We set off the village under …

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Producer prices must benefit all

The issue of producer prices of agricultural commodities is always an emotive one and different stakeholders always express mixed views whenever new prices are announced. The prices are announced after the production process is complete, meaning farmers have limited choices. Farmers would rather producer prices were announced ahead of the …

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Reclaiming Unhu, Ubuntu

I am enjoying reading The Primacy of Regime Survival: State Fragility and Economic Destruction in Zimbabwe. It is a masterpiece authored by Mark Simpson and Tony Hawkins. It traces the history of Zimbabwe from post-independence to the present. It is a 2018 publication, so it is fresh, new and quite …

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Editorial Comment: Cotton farmers deserve better this time

Government has yet again raised the hopes of cotton farmers, promising they will be paid 50% of their money in foreign currency through their nostro accounts and the balance in real time gross settlement (RTGS) dollars, like it did for tobacco farmers. For growers of the golden leaf, this however …

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National dialogue must address endemic problems

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has done well to open up for national dialogue in the wake of sustained political impasse and an unprecedented economic crisis. This indicates that national dialogue is the starting point in mapping out a lasting solution for the country’s perennial problems. National dialogue is a complex process …

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Real democracy calls for MDC presidency to be contested

There may come a time in life when emotions, personal feelings, hunches and perceptions have to square up with reality. The skirmish between these two (facts and feelings) is never easy to handle for human beings, being creatures of emotion and not of logic. Naturally, the overbearing strength of emotions …

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