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Zimbabwe Will Wake Up To Dead Towns Sooner Than Later

beyondrepairAn indication of the impending crisis Zimbabwe is the fact that, following an expose of the obscene salaries of council bosses, they were directed to cap their salaries, but they continued to circumvent the directive, and are now selling council land to continue paying those salaries and perks.

What will happen when the councils run out of land? Is anyone really managing these local authorities? Service delivery is already so poor that it cannot get any poorer, yet the fraudulent abuse of rate-payers is still going on under the noses of the Minister of Local Government.

The government in March ordered the slashing of mega salaries for local authorities' bosses to a maximum of US$6 000 a month, including allowances, which itself was still irrational given that they are presiding over local councils in a country in which the GDP per capita is under $500, or under $40 per month.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 08:34

MDC at 15: Zimbabwe's Dream of Freedom Is Alive

Disciplined mothers, fathers and young people converged on Mucheke Stadium today to remind the Zanu (PF) government that the majority of Zimbabweans are not buying the circus that is going on in the ruling party and government.

The turn-out for the 15th anniversary of the MDC was as if it was an election rally, and President Morgan Tsvangirai did not disappoint; telling the mammoth crowd that it is about time the people started to gather courage and demand their rights.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 September 2014 22:56

Save Mugabe from Himself, and Save Zimbabwe

I have argued for many years that Mugabe’s goal is to die in office and it seems to me that the narrative in the Zimbabwe media is now supporting this view. However I think that many people have not yet grasped the concern around Robert Mugabe’s mental health.

Many years ago, before the first crash of the Zimbabwe dollar in 1997, leading Zimbabwean economist, Prof Tony Hawkins, asked “Which will fall first, the Zimbabwe economy or Robert Mugabe?”. Certainly the answer is there for everybody to see.

Mugabe needs to be gracefully and quietly forced into retirement without shedding anymore blood

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 08:20

'Zimbabwe Has No Queen, Nor Is Robert Mugabe a King'

mnangagwatwofaces2850Zimbabweans are calmly analysing and sharing information about what Zanu (PF) is trying to do, but whatever happens they will not accept the unconstitutional imposition of a royal family, even if the Minister of Justice Minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa, supports it.

Zimbabwe is a constitutional democracy which has no place for queens, let alone queens whose thrones are based on their relationship to the President, such as Grace Mugabe. The nearest thing we have resembling monarchy is our traditional chiefs, and Robert Mugabe is not one.

A Minister of Justice whose ambition now blinds him to his constitutional obligations - Emmerson Mnangagwa

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 September 2014 21:40

'I am Now Queen (of Zimbabwe)' - Mugabe's (dis) Grace


SHE is well known as a shopaholic First Lady with a violent streak, yet Grace Mugabe’s says she is a professional beggar (on behalf of orphans), who prefers to wear gumboots and carry children on her back.

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 September 2014 21:33

‘Zimbabwe’s Chiefs Bulldozed Into Mugabe Effort to Install Grace’

Chief's Council Chairman, Fortune Charumbira, used by Mugabe to heard chiefs to Mazowe?

Fresh from bull-dozing agreements with China worth billions of dollars without knowledge, let alone approval, of Parliament, President Robert Mugabe is said to be now corralling traditional chiefs into supporting his wife, Grace, to succeed him.

Zimbabwean analysts have expressed shock at the way debate in Parliament was blocked and MPs not allowed to ask questions about agreements which the Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa claimed had been entered into with the Chinese.

Mugabe has been allowed to make objects of his citizens and destroy their lives, possibly violating the constitution by signing 'deals' with China without Parliament nor Cabinet knowledge or approval.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 01:41
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Bhadharai Pano