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By Takudzwanashe Mundenga  In a delayed interview to mark his 92nd birthday celebrations on state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, President Mugabe said over US$ 15 billion leaked from the diamond industry by evading the national coffers to unknown endpoints. This is the world’s largest diamond territory we are talking about and...
By Maynard Manyowa The real struggle we face is not defined by skin colour as we perceive, it is about a minority bad people exploiting and polarising good people. Over the last few weeks I have been extremely active in the biggest political forum on Facebook, the New Political Forum 2.0...
By Amnesty International The brutal assault by Zimbabwe's state security agents on the brother of the abducted pro-democracy activist Itai Dzamara must be urgently and impartially investigated and those responsible brought to justice, Amnesty International said today. State security agents punched and beat Patson Dzamara with batons and later forced him...
By Maynard Manyowa Zimbabwe’s social and political scenes are dominated by arrogance, and impunity. Be it a sport that should entertain, or public figures that are meant to be leaders, our nation is now defined by arrogant gangster like pig-headedness. When controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo fell out with stand-up comedian Carl...
By RANJENI MUNUSAMY Had this not been an election year, the conversation around President Jacob Zuma might have been markedly different within the ANC. Of course there would still be haranguing of those who challenge the party line and declarations of eternal loyalty from his devotees. The president’s stomping on...
By Professor Cde Thom Chimuranga That Mugabe is a charming orator is beyond doubt and there is hardly any logic behind a conflicting argument. His speeches are often characterized by standing ovations and relentless applauds throughout. That perhaps, is a notable gift we cannot seize from him. But somehow we seem...
By Wilton Nyasha Machimbira Calls for the resignation of President Zuma are reverberating across South Africa and have reached an alarming crescendo.With his inclination towards Machiavellian modus operandi its highly unlikely that President Zuma will capitulate. The ANC seem to be developing cold feet to deal with the matter and pull...
On 31 March, 2016, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng conveyed the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in the matter of “Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others ZACC 11.” This decision has evoked much...
By Paul Kaseke Snr For the last three weeks, social media has been abuzz with discussions of the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education’s latest plans to introduce a national pledge in schools from the start of the second term of the 2016 academic calendar. In what follows I will discuss...
By Rebecca Davis Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma may well be South Africa’s next president. As the succession battle heats up, it has become the norm for analysts to describe Dlamini-Zuma’s time in the South African government in glowing terms, without giving much detail as to why her work there should be held in high...
By SIMON ALLISON Nine years ago, more than 1,400 people were murdered in Kenya. To date, no one has been prosecuted for these crimes – and, following the dismissal of the last Kenyan case at the International Criminal Court, it doesn’t look as though anyone ever will In late 2010, about...