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The Battle For Africa: African Corruption

Samura1An African journalist, Sarious Samura of Al Jazeera, gets to core of what is happening in Zimbabwe by taking an objective look at the relationships of Africa with the West and with the Chinese.

He asks whether the Chinese Hear-No-Evil-See-No-Evil engagement with Africa, and its attendant corruption is good for Africa. 

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Last Updated on Sunday, 31 August 2014 09:00

Zambia Unveils Solar Mobile Charger For COMESA

SolarpanelZambiaSome industrial ideas are so obvious it makes you wonder why someone has taken so long to develop it – like World Panel Zambia’s  Solar Chargers (ZSC) which were launched at Lusaka’s Taj Pamodzi Hotel recently.A Zambian model, no doubt paid in kind, shows off one to the panels on behalf of ZSC.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 20:57

Zimbabwe China Deals Not Bad Per Se, But...

zhangazhaThe full details of  ‘mega deals’ that President Mugabe is said to have been signingduring his state visit to China are yet to emerge.  From the snippets that we have read in the state controlled media, these deals range from infrastructural investments pacts through to a greater number of memorandums of understanding.

The latter will require feasibility studies while the former are largely related to Chinese corporations investing in our railways, roads and in the extraction of gas from Gwayi-Shangani in Matebeleland North.

The reception to these deals has been dual in tone. The state media has generally lauded these deals not only by describing them as major, but also referring to them as historic. The private media has urged caution and also sought to emphasise the point of how the country may now be beholden to the Chinese by mortgaging the meagre mineral resources that we have.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 17:54

Freddy Who, And What's He Got To Do With Mugabe and Xi Jinping?

ShavaFIs Frederick Shava, the fly in the ointment as Mugabe seeks billions from China? 

My social networking friends who shall remain nameless were shocked when they read of Frederick Shava's name in the context of Robert Mugabe being welcomed to China by President Xi Jinping.

"Cde" Frederick Shava, the new Ambassador to China, is apparently the same Shava who resigned from government in shame following a scandal in which government Ministers were abusing their preferential access to scarce motor vehicles.

Shava and a few other Ministers bought several of them and on-sold them to desperate industrialists who money but did not have direct access to the manufacturers, Willovale, and were therefore willing to pay several times above the prices that the Ministers were paying for them.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 13:33

Mass Action for Jobs: Harare Round Two

MDC-T youths-led protests continued again today in Harare, even while seven of their members are detained and denied bail pending trial for demonstrating peacefully.

Police tried to break up the demonstration and arrested more than 15 including MDC-T Harare Youth Chair Shakespeare Mukoyi, Harare Main Wing and Highfield MP Eric Murai, Albert Chidakwa, and Prov member and Mabvuku MP JAMES Maridadi.

The MDC Youth Assembly-led demonstrations today have claimed a victim, beaten to a pulp by riot police was a famale youth leader, Eve Nyamadzawo, Harare secretary for constitutional affairs. The regime thinks it can stop demonstrations by beating and arresting, but people want jobs and will not stop. More pictures

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 13:32

When Pawns Become Stars, A Rejoinder To Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga's

gracehellPriscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga's turn of phrase deserves kudos galore for coining the term pawn startdom to describe the First Lady's latest shenanigans.

And you know something is wrong in society when pawns becomes the stars, or even when First Ladies become pawn stars.

It also says something about our society when the major (pieces) players are transfixed and pawns take on the characteristics of major players, or even seem to metamorphosize into major pieces.

The major pieces are paralysed with fear and choose to work through their pawns and proxies; the society is soon reduced into proxies and symbols.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:37
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