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Command Agriculture, Command Economy – a Silent Coup Brewing

Vice-President Emerson Mnangagwa recently announced intentions to expand the command agriculture scheme into “command mining”, “command health” and even “command education”. This penchant for unchecked imperial presidentialism presents a threat to our constitutional republic. Already, in Tanzania the early celebration of President John Magufuli’s bulldozing and command leadership style, is …

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Hifa return good for arts industries

Zimbabwe’s arts community has every reason to be overjoyed by the recent confirmation by the management of the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) that Zimbabwe’s biggest arts event will indeed bounce back in May after an 18-month hiatus. Since its inception in 1999 right up to the 2015 …

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Digital citizenship for students a must

The issue of student digitals citizenship has been fairly addressed through policy formulation by of Ministry of Primary and Secondary education and joint implementation of schools, the donor community and parents. These efforts have come in form of provision of computers, ICT teacher training programmes, availability of educational softwares and …

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Child president bemaons violation of pupils’ rights

School Related Gender Based Violence has become a topical issue in Zimbabwe as young people no longer have peace in their institutions of learning, child president Tinaye Mbavari has said Speaking on the side lines of the launch of the School related gender based violence programme in which 12 countries …

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Business as usual at ZEC: Justice Makarau

Christopher Farai Charamba: THE INTERVIEW ON Tuesday a scheduled meeting between the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and political parties failed to take place after ZEC accused the parties of engaging in bad faith. The following day opposition political parties under NERA demonstrated and delivered a petition to ZEC. The Herald’s …

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NERA: Politics on an aphrodisiac

WE always chuckle when the opposition in Zimbabwe and their cheerleaders in the media talk about “massive” or “mega” demos ahead of planned protests or some such actions. We know that in their little minds and heads they know that they no longer pull the crowds so headlines should scream …

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Opposition: Jacobinism in times of plenty

Nathaniel Manheru: THE OTHER SIDE So it’s true after all? That Tsvangirai’s MDC benefited from Mai Mujuru and her late departed hero-husband, Chauya-Chauya’s Mavambo project? So why was she denying it when this column made that revelation for the benefit of truth and history? What has now changed so much …

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Let impartiality prevail in chief justice selection

SINCE December 7 2016, when law student Romeo Zibani lodged an urgent application in the High Court seeking a provisional order stopping public interviews to select Retired Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku’s successor until section 180 of the Constitution is amended, the country has witnessed unprecedented drama in relation to the …

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Treat parastatal audits seriously

ELSEWHERE in this issue, we carry a story revealing that some parastatals have not been audited since 2009 while the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) and several state-owned enterprises have not submitted their accounts for many years. Eight long years! This is criminal dereliction of constitutional responsibilities. There are no two …

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It’s time up for tired Mugabe

PRESIDENT Robert Mu-gabe is wasting time and resources globe-trotting to attend low-key conferences like the just-ended African Economic Platform held in Mauritius when he is supposed to be spearheading Zimbabwe’s economic revival efforts. Mugabe this weekend returned from the two-day forum, which was attended by various intellectuals, business leaders, civil …

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