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Embargoes throttle Zim’s financial system

Tawanda Musarurwa Earlier this month, United States President Donald Trump extended the economic sanctions against Zimbabwe by a year, claiming that new Government’s policies continue to pose an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to American foreign policy. “The actions and policies of these persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary …

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The real, crying shame about sanctions

There is a heart-wrenching video of a doctor breaking down in front of cameras over the situation that doctors are facing at public hospitals where they lack medicines and equipment. Because of lack of vital equipment, surgeries are poorly executed and fatalities tend to increase. For their own part, doctors …

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Quasi-fiscal activities and the economy

Guest Column: David Mhlanga Following the clash between the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya with the Public Accounts and Finance Committee over the definition of quasi-fiscal activities that the central bank is carrying out, this short article will help give the definition of quasi-fiscal activities as well …

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Rearmament and deterrence – no guarantee of peace

Guest Column: Fr Oskar Wermter sj When Donald Trump took over as the President of the United States, he demanded that the arsenal of weapons for the fighting forces he commands must be increased drastically. Americans take it for granted that every citizen has the right to “bear arms” for …

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Why African democracies are failing women

Guest Column: Nic Cheeseman & Susan Dodsworth Friday March 8 was International Women’s Day. The perfect time to start a debate about why so many democracies are failing on this issue, how we can better measure democracy to reflect the realities faced by both women and men, and how much …

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If ‘Trump is just a phone call away’

Prosperity Mzila Correspondent A few days ago while addressing his supporters on International Women’s Day, MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa said the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, was just a phone call away. Chamisa claims to have an understanding with Trump that puts him within the …

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Africa could learn a lot from China

Dr David Monyae Correspondent Africans account for a significantly high number of people wallowing in poverty worldwide, whether one uses the Gross Domestic Product or purchasing power parity as key standards of measurement. Eradicating extreme poverty should therefore be the priority of African governments. Africans have to find their own …

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US sanctions shatter Zim’s economic revival roadmap

Elijah Chihota Correspondent “Beware the Ides of March,” a soothsayer warned the Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar, in William Shakespeare’s play, “Julius Caesar”. The words came to fruition in Zimbabwe during the evening of March 4, 2019, when United States President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order on the continuation of …

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TIMB must activate all systems to avoid chaos

The 2019 tobacco marketing season opens in earnest on Wednesday next week, heralding another hectic period for stakeholders in industry, mainly the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB), 32 buyers, the 30 companies funding contract farming and the farmers. Like previous selling seasons, indications on the ground do not point …

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Let’s make YEB loans work

Leroy Dzenga Features Writer Youths in Zimbabwe have a chance to rewrite their narrative, cleansing themselves of a tainted identity. It had almost become a fact that when financial assistance in form of loans is extended to them, the percentage rate of repayment would be very low. Now another opportunity …

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