Public Protector: New dawn or jobs for the boys?

By Joel Mandaza If proposed constitutionals amendments sail, Zimbabwe will have a Public Protector. This is an office meant to ensure government respects the constitution and acts within the law. In other countries, they are known as the ombudsman. This office, proposed in Section 243 of the Zimbabwean Constitution will be like an Ombudsman, creating …

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Command Agriculture: Parliament should keep eyes on the ball

By Joel Mandaza One of the biggest victories for Parliament last year was how it exposed the government`s Command Agriculture as an opaque resource looting scheme thinly veiled as a food security strategy. The fact that as much as US$3billion was looted through the scheme came to public knowledge when the Tendai Biti led Public Accounts Committee conducted …

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Mashurugwi a terror group that started small but was ignored

By Takunda Mandura Criminal gangs often start small and spread like veld fire. Both Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria and Joaquin Archivaldo Guzma`n Loera (El Chapo) started as small drug traffickers and ended up being international drug lords who caused havoc in Colombia, Mexico and other parts of the world. Hardly a week would pass by …

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Chief Charumbira must respect the judiciary

By Joel Mandaza Part of what is wrong with this country is the disrespect for institutions of democracy by those in leadership positions. This diminishes the element of checks and balances which are the hallmark of any well meaning system of governance in modern civilisation. When an institution entrusted by the constitution to act in …

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Chief Charumbira must respect the judiciary

By Joel Mandaza Part of what is wrong with this country is the disrespect for institutions of democracy by those in leadership positions. This diminishes the element of checks and balances which are the hallmark of any well meaning system of governance in modern civilisation. When an institution entrusted by the constitution to act in …

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It’s time to enforce climate related laws

By Joel Mandaza 2019 gave Zimbabwe a stern reminder of how climate change is now a reality. Cyclone Idai displaced more than a thousand and killed hundreds in Chimanimani. One of the most devastating occurrences in the country’s history, Cyclone Idai remains a headache to the country, nine months later. People are still living in …

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It’s time to enforce climate related laws

By Joel Mandaza 2019 gave Zimbabwe a stern reminder of how climate change is now a reality. Cyclone Idai displaced more than a thousand and killed hundreds in Chimanimani. One of the most devastating occurrences in the country’s history, Cyclone Idai remains a headache to the country, nine months later. People are still living in …

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Parliament should protect writing culture

By Own Correspondent   When Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe`s former President died one of the greatest lamentations were on how that man did not write despite all he knew. It felt and still feels like a lost opportunity. As we proceed as a country imagining what memoirs from a man of Mugabe`s knowledge and experience could …

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Parliament should protect writing culture

By Own Correspondent   When Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe`s former President died one of the greatest lamentations were on how that man did not write despite all he knew. It felt and still feels like a lost opportunity. As we proceed as a country imagining what memoirs from a man of Mugabe`s knowledge and experience could …

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POLAD needs to be streamlined or re-imagined

By Joel Mandaza Images from last week`s POLAD year ender at President Emmerson Mnangagwa`s Kwekwe farm gave ammunition to those who have always considered the platform to be problematic. The optics presented a lack of autonomy on the whole structure, showing a deliberate tilt towards the whims of the incumbent. Presented as a broad based …

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