A new regime of US sanctions has just been signed into law, opening a fresh front in the increasingly polarised political debate in Zimbabwe. Critics say they hurt the economy, while supporters say the...
Once, it was the music of the Mbare Chimurenga Choir which told you that you were at a ZANU PF event. But on Saturday morning, on the pavilion of the Borrowdale Race Course, it was Phil Collins singing “In...
AS Zimbabwe heads to the polls on July 30, there has been some debate on the often questionable quality of candidates thrown up by the party political system. Here, Brett Hennig argues in a recent Ted talk that democracy’s...
This month, Zimbabwe’s government will pay United States dollar allowances to its workers, exactly a year after declaring the end of a 10-year dollarisation experiment. Wednesday’s announcement that the government will pay US$75 to each employee and US$30 to state...
An entry on the website of one of John Bredenkamp’s companies tells us all we need to know about the controversial businessman: “In Africa, it is essential to work with change, not against it”. Bredenkamp, who has died at 79,...
When Godfrey Huggins was prime minister of Southern Rhodesia between 1933 and 1953, he made sure black workers would not be allowed to organise as unions. His reasons:  “The European in this country can be likened to...
US dollar allowances and allowing retailers to trade in forex show a government shifting into reverse gear, possibly ditching two years’ worth of policy steps to end dollarisation. The damage ahead is inevitable. It could all have been avoided, had...
Boris Johnson, mocker of African “piccaninny” children and their “watermelon smiles”, became Prime Minister of Britain on Wednesday. On hearing the news, supporters of two political parties in an African land far, far away, fought each other...
Zimbabwe has signed an agreement with white former farmers for US$3.5 billion in compensation for improvements on farms taken over for resettlement under the land reform exercise. But, why are farmers being compensated? What are they being compensated for exactly?...
The stench of decaying rubbish fills the air around Euphrasia Mangwe’s house in the Zimbabwean capital, attracting hordes of green flies to the two plastic bins in the corner of her garden. It is an irritation...
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