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"Mere Zimbabwean Journalists Should Know Their Place"

Zimbabwe's  Information Minister Dr Christopher Mushohwe has shocked journalists and analysts who have hitherto believed that the Mugabe regime would maintain a semblance of freedom of the Press, just as it maintains a semblance of democracy by going through the motions of elections every five years.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 December 2015 04:04

Human Rights? Not In Harare

DemoloshedChildren left without a home following demolition of their house in Budiriro 4 by Harare City Council which claimed that more than 100 houses that were demolished were built in violation of the city's building codes. Pic by Newsday.

The City of Harare is still a far cry in terms of the realisation of human rights, especially in the areas of water, housing and employment provision; so says the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA).

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015 18:25

Guide to Post Mugabe Transition in Zimbabwe

Although Zanu (PF) believes in the immortality of Robert Mugabe as expressed by his Security Minister Kembo Mohadhi here  we thought it might be necessary to look at the constitutional provisions in the certain event of his demise.
The research was published by the Research and Advocacy Unity (RAU), a Zimbabwean ngo which also published the video on the left exposing the lawless brutality of the regime. It is available on their website here.
The provisions to be followed in the event of the death, retirement or incapacity of the President are presently governed by transitional provisions, (effective until August 2023) set out in paragraph 14 of the Sixth Schedule of Zimbabwe’s Constitution.
They are to be read with section 26(2) of the ZANU PF Party Constitution.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2015 12:55

Zanu (PF) Mash East Fall-out Signals Collapsing Dynasty

As Robert Mugabe's empire splits into self-interested splinters in its stronghold of Mashonaland East, in Masvingo, and just about everywhere in the country, Eddie Cross juxtaposed the developments on British feudalism when a small group of powerful royals controlled all wealth and used it to control by sharing it with those who enforced their control.
Kasukuwere1Kasukuwere and Matiza proxies in a bigger battle Zimbabweans have become virtual tenants or surfs paying tribute to the ruling Mugabe dynasty, but many forces are already conspiring to to defeat the system, with the reported midnight coup and morning counter-coup in Zanu (PF)'s Mashonaland West sending a stark signal.
Apparently the template of labeling political opponents as supporters of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa against the First Lady is still being actively used. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2015 12:50

Zimbabwean Opposition Unity, The Unpalatable Reality

TsvangiraiaphotoAlexander Noyes, a doctoral candidate in politics and international relations at Oxford University, wrote a piece in the NYT which rapidly found its way onto our online publications under the headline "To Beat Mugabe, Zimbabwe Needs a United Opposition," as if Zimbabweans and indeed the world does not know it.
Upon reading it I wondered about the knack for Oxford politics readers to say the obvious and also the caliber of New York Times op ed  editors who approve for publication these articles which state the obvious  - that parties must unite, without analysing why they are not doing so.
The opinion piece is shallow and appeals only to the majority apathetic Zimbabweans who justify their apathy by saying that it is no use supporting any political party because opposition parties will not unite and remove Zanu (PF).
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 December 2015 06:49

How Long is the Zanu (PF) Learning Curve

Kanyenze 1It looks like we now need a new book of jokes starting with: How Long is the Zanu (PF) Learning Curve.

This is after the Economic Planning Minister Obert Mpofu said participants (potential investors) at an ADB regional planning meeting were telling him "what it is that makes them feel Zimbabwe is not attractive compared to other areas where they have invested in."

"Some are actually coming forward with very, very progressive views and they are giving precedences elsewhere and we are dealing with those issues,” said the chubby Minister who corruptly ruled over the looting of Zimbabwe's diamonds, and presided over the total collapse of Zimbabwe's roads and railways before being rewarded with the Economic Planning Ministry.

Local economist Godfrey Kanyenze, however hit the proverbial nail on the head when said in this VOA Interview that, for 15 years Zimbabwe accumulated arrears on her debt while isolated from the international community under the guise of Looking East.

Now even the Chinese are also insisting that they cannot just continue throwing good money after bad, and the Mpofus want to tell investors that all of a sudden Zanu (PF) can hear what they have been saying for over 20 years. They did not listen then because they were busy looting, and they cannot now because they need to loot more to maintain standards.

Kanyenze said, "In essence Zimbabwe’s economy is on its knees, simply because we have been arrogant, we have been refusing all along to re-engage the international community.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 November 2015 06:27

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