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By PIERRE DE VOS President Jacob Zuma has always had a complicated and ambivalent relationship with the truth. His lack of enthusiasm for facts was again on display when he addressed the nation on Friday night after the Constitution Court found that he had breached his constitutional duty to uphold,...
By J BROOKS SPECTOR In thinking about the actions of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, J. BROOKS SPECTOR reflects on the importance of what a chief justice and a top court can do when it does what must be done. In the past few days, there has been a flood of sudden, positive...
By Reason Wafawarova Since independence our struggle, as is that of all other formerly colonised peoples, is a struggle for emancipation. By necessity all post-colonial people must align themselves only to the principle of social justice, and that starting with us one to another. We must not succumb to this temptation...
By Wilbert Mukori Pluralism, political tolerance of opposing opinion, respect of other people’s right to a meaningful vote, etc.; these are not in our Zimbabwean political culture. Our political culture is founded on the view that those not with us are against us and they must be crashed politically and physically...
By Richard Runyararo Mahomva The world we live in is an auditorium for contesting ideas. These do not only inform the political order of the day, but they influence general social dialogue. Now in Zimbabwe Mugabeism is emerging as a new idea determining public thought and debates on the country’s...
By Isaac Jonas My first trip abroad was Canada. Fate had it that I had to go to Vancouver, Canada, my new base, at least for a year. I got the privilege of studying for a Master's in Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) at the University British Columbia (UBC) in...
By Richard Mahomva His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie the First of Ethiopia once said “Africa awaits its creators…” The statement speaks to contemporary pan-Africanism linked with the life purpose of Robert Mugabe here deliberately explained through a biblical messianic allusion. Once again the clamor made at the birth of...
By Luke Tamborinyoka But above all, it has been the year of the fall; from President Robert Mugabe publicly falling at Harare International Airport in February to the Zanu PF conference in December held at the aptly named Victoria Falls at a time the party is raven with divisions and...
By Eddie Cross On Monday a rumor swept the country, “they” are going to pay the annual bonus to the Civil Service using “Bond Notes” denominated in US dollars instead of the real thing. By the afternoon a mini rush had developed on the banks with people trying to withdraw...
By Ken Yamamoto As Karl Krauss observed, corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country. “I will fight corruption without fear of favour. I will personally lead the charge… pray for me and support me...
By Maynard Manyowa One of the most hotly contested issues in contemporary South Africa is the issue of the land. It is one of most central boiling points in a volatile nation that threatens to tip over, under immense pressure from disenfranchised black populaces, under brutal siege from far left...