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EDITORIAL: Mzembi’s bhora mugedhi

WHILE it is every country’s right to bid and host the world cup tournament, Minister Walter Mzembi’s proposal for Zimbabwe is full of mischief and arrogance. For a man who comes from a party known for its bhora mugedhi slogan, this time, he is scoring a spectacular own goal. It was not so long ago that we failed to host ... Read More »

EDITORIAL: Tollgate fees hike unjustifiable

THE DECISION by government, through the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development, to increase tollgate fees on the country’s motorways is unashamedly heartless and insensitive to the plight of long-suffering Zimbabweans. The country is going through what could probably be its worst economic crisis in history, exacerbated by a liquidity crunch over which it is helpless because it cannot turn ... Read More »

EDITORIAL: More needed for dairy industry

ELSEWHERE in the current issue of Financial Gazette, we carry an article about milk production having marginally gone down during the first quarter of this year, despite having been on an incremental trajectory since the economy was dollarised in 2009. That drop in milk output is worrying for a number of reasons, the key one being that it might indicate ... Read More »

EDITORIAL: A desperate govt’s unthinking

AN increasingly desperate government can be very unpredictable and reactionary in its decision-making. It will do whatever it takes to seem in control even when the economy says otherwise.  With almost no foreign budgetary aid, Zimbabwe funds itself relying entirely on what it collects from taxes from companies and individuals. But as company closures and job losses increase, government’s traditional ... Read More »

Taking Ownership

EDITORIAL : Zimbabwe’s  political leaders are becoming infamous for talking and not implementing policy. For a country that was previously committed to a form of State socialism, the path Zimbabwe has taken is leading it back to the Stone Age. There is a disconnect between the view from below with the politics at the highest level of the State. How ... Read More »

The future of tobacco is small scale

EDITORIAL: The tobacco selling season ended on what should have been a high note last week, had it not been for the disappointment experienced by a number of emerging farmers who tried their hands on the golden leaf but burnt their fingers due to poor crop quality and consequently poor prices. As reported by the Financial Gazette last week, 106 ... Read More »

Psychomotor needs more revving

EDITORIAL: VROOM. Vroom. Vroom. The stuttering of Josiah Hungwe’s tenure as Minister for Psychomotor Activities in Education in the office of the President and Cabinet continues.  In his first big address to representatives of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries on June 18, the minister just made it clear; he has no idea what he is supposed to do. In the ... Read More »

Zimbabwe damned

EDITORIAL: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week released its 2014 Article IV consultation report on Zimbabwe. Under Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement, the IMF holds bilateral discussions with members, usually every year. A staff team visits the country, collects economic and financial information, and discusses with officials the country’s economic developments and policies. On return to ... Read More »

Criminal defamation law outdated

EDITORIAL: The unanimous ruling on criminal defamation law by the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) did not escape us. It is a victory for the media and free speech. There is no question that a free, honest and unbiased press is a great asset to any free and fair society.  A press characterised by integrity demands answers to hard questions from everyone, ... Read More »

Mavhaire’s cluelessness

EDITORIAL: It is typical of ZANU-PF ministers to appoint cronies to parastatal boards over which their ministries have oversight. Obert Mpofu, the Minister of Transport, appointed last week one of his long-time cronies, Goodwills Masimirembwa, to the CMED board, raising concerns that these appointments had nothing to do with credentials but political relationships and loyalties. But it was the board ... Read More »