Opinion – Nehanda Radio http://nehandaradio.com Zimbabwe News and Internet Radio Tue, 20 Nov 2018 06:42:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://nehandaradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/cropped-Nehanda-Radio-Favicon-512-32x32.jpg Opinion – Nehanda Radio http://nehandaradio.com 32 32 Zim has hardly moved post-November 2017 http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/19/zim-has-hardly-moved-post-november-2017/ http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/19/zim-has-hardly-moved-post-november-2017/#comments Mon, 19 Nov 2018 15:54:13 +0000 http://nehandaradio.com/?p=200143 Then Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe flanked by his then deputy Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

November 2017 remains etched in the memories of many Zimbabweans as well as foreigners as a month when so much promise loomed on the horizon.

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So it was Chiwenga, after all? http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/18/so-it-was-chiwenga-after-all/ http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/18/so-it-was-chiwenga-after-all/#comments Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:24:46 +0000 http://nehandaradio.com/?p=200065 Vice President Constantino Chiwenga addresses congregants during a solidarity prayer meeting at his Wedza homestead yesterday. Seated on the left is Father Emmanuel Ribeiro of the Roman Catholic Church. - Picture by Innocent Makawa

By Tawanda Majoni

Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga is crouching under a downpour. And it seems he has little space to run into, so chances are high he may drown in the rain.

First, he developed an unusual pigmentation after leading a military intervention that toppled ex-president Robert Mugabe almost a year ago. Haters said he had bleached.

Then people started accusing him of running a parallel government. After that, he fell seriously ill and is hardly out of the ward. As he was taking the pills, his boss moved in and snatched the Defence portfolio that he was running since the coup from him.

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A dynasty in the making http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/18/a-dynasty-in-the-making/ http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/18/a-dynasty-in-the-making/#comments Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:31:09 +0000 http://nehandaradio.com/?p=199994 FC platinum players

The great Pele once said, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

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Eddie Cross: Mnangagwa gamble paid off http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/16/eddie-cross-mnangagwa-gamble-paid-off/ http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/16/eddie-cross-mnangagwa-gamble-paid-off/#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:55:37 +0000 http://nehandaradio.com/?p=199810 BULAWAYO South MDC legislator, Eddie Cross

By Eddie Cross

In a week, the new President changed the entire membership of the Joint Operations Command, an institution that had effectively been a parallel government for the past 38 years.

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Motlanthe Commission: Shutting doors when horses have bolted http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/15/motlanthe-commission-shutting-doors-when-horses-have-bolted/ http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/15/motlanthe-commission-shutting-doors-when-horses-have-bolted/#comments Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:02:13 +0000 http://nehandaradio.com/?p=199654 Former South African President and chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into the August 1 post-election violence Cde Kgalema Motlanthe flanked by Professor Charity Manyeruke (right) and Chief Emeka Anyaoku at a public hearing in Harare 16 October 2018. —(Picture by Innocent Makawa)

Vivid Gwede: "The work of any commission is as good as the evidence presented to it, because as the popular saying goes, “garbage-in garbage-out”. Unfortunately, a lot of garbage has already gone into the commission’s works. Hopefully, the commissioners see the wild-goose chase they have been employed on, especially the chairperson, who is a whole former president."

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Trouble in the land of plenty http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/15/trouble-in-the-land-of-plenty/ http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/15/trouble-in-the-land-of-plenty/#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:52:04 +0000 http://nehandaradio.com/?p=199638 President Mnangagwa consoles Mr Kudakwashe Tagwirei while flanked by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga before the burial of the businessman's father, Sekuru Phineas Tagwirei, in Shurugwi yesterday. - (Picture by John Manzongo)

By Benjamin Manzini

As a nation we have been sucked into a mess that only a miracle of change can remedy. The ruling elite have created a system in which the livelihood of the common man on the street has no say on how to live his life, hyperinflation is the order of the day and causes strife in many homes.

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Ncube needs consistency http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/14/ncube-needs-consistency/ http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/14/ncube-needs-consistency/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:14:36 +0000 http://nehandaradio.com/?p=199480 Professor Mthuli Ncube

Finance minister Mthuli Ncube will present his maiden National Budget next week Thursday against a background of huge economic challenges and public expectation that he is the man to help Zimbabwe out of its current rut.

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Tendai Chabvuta: Remembering Zimbabwe’s 2017 coup….. Jonathan Moyo’s COMING out http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/13/tendai-chabvuta-remembering-zimbabwes-2017-coup-jonathan-moyos-coming-out/ http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/13/tendai-chabvuta-remembering-zimbabwes-2017-coup-jonathan-moyos-coming-out/#comments Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:18:08 +0000 http://nehandaradio.com/?p=199410 Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo

By Tendai Chabvuta

So, Jonathan Moyo finally “came out” in Alex Magaisa’s BSR on Sunday, 11 November. There have been mixed reactions with some applauding the interview and others castigating the former Minister for all sorts of reasons.

Mine is not to judge the BSR because I think Alex has an important role to play in terms of information dissemination and analysis of the Zimbabwe political arena.

What I have issues with is the content of Jonathan Moyo’s responses. Crass, arrogant, seemingly invincible, unrepentant, manipulating and devoid of hunhu (morals and ethics) is a bevy of words that I could only think of to describe his responses in that interview.

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Tafi Mhaka: Are anti-gay witch hunts really protecting ‘African values’? http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/13/tafi-mhaka-are-anti-gay-witch-hunts-really-protecting-african-values/ http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/13/tafi-mhaka-are-anti-gay-witch-hunts-really-protecting-african-values/#comments Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:15:51 +0000 http://nehandaradio.com/?p=199414 An asylum seeker from Uganda poses as he marches with the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force during the Gay Pride Parade in Boston, Massachusetts June 8, 2013 [File: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters]

By Tafi Mhaka

On October 29, governor of Tanzania's largest city Dar-es-Salaam, Paul Makonda, announced that he formed an anti-gay unit to hunt down "suspected" homosexuals. Makonda is an ardent Christian and close ally of Tanzanian President John Magufuli, a traditionalist who believes "even cows disapprove of" homosexuality.

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Economic pain not being shared http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/12/economic-pain-not-being-shared/ http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/12/economic-pain-not-being-shared/#comments Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:22:49 +0000 http://nehandaradio.com/?p=199275 Professor Mthuli Ncube

Finance minister Mthuli Ncube’s recent confirmation that government will soon buy vehicles for parliamentarians exposes government’s insincerity in tackling its ballooning budget deficit.

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Hopewell Chin’ono: Gunboat Economics can’t stop illegal black market foreign exchange trading http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/12/hopewell-chinono-gunboat-economics-cant-stop-illegal-black-market-foreign-exchange-trading/ http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/12/hopewell-chinono-gunboat-economics-cant-stop-illegal-black-market-foreign-exchange-trading/#comments Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:50:12 +0000 http://nehandaradio.com/?p=199233 File picture of forex dealers in Zimbabwe

By Hopewell Chin’ono

The little bit of economics that I did at Advanced Level and subsequent economic reporting modules at university taught me that the new law meant to sent illegal foreign exchange dealers to jail for ten years will NEVER work.

Economic activity cannot be controlled and determined by jail threats without addressing the flawed economic fundamentals.

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Zanu PF perpetuating poverty http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/10/zanu-pf-perpetuating-poverty/ http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/10/zanu-pf-perpetuating-poverty/#comments Sat, 10 Nov 2018 13:51:00 +0000 http://nehandaradio.com/?p=199001 President Emmerson Mnangagwa with Zanu PF spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo at State House

By Vivid Gwede

Would you believe that your poverty is being created by your own government? I know it is hard to believe, but here is the story.

Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson in their 2012 seminal book Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Poverty, and Prosperity; have this answer: “Rather … opposition to economic growth has its own, unfortunately coherent, logic.”

On the face of it, it would rather look illogical that your leaders could see any benefit in keeping you — their own subjects — in poverty.

Do they not fear the consequences of leading a disgruntled, restless and angry population like we have seen in Libya, Tunisia, and Syria, etc?

Well, maybe, but as we saw in the August 1 killings, they still trust in their guns.

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Hopewell Chin’ono: The arrogance of the political elite requires citizens to change strategy but remain focused http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/10/hopewell-chinono-the-arrogance-of-the-political-elite-requires-citizens-to-change-strategy-but-remain-focused/ http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/10/hopewell-chinono-the-arrogance-of-the-political-elite-requires-citizens-to-change-strategy-but-remain-focused/#comments Sat, 10 Nov 2018 12:00:31 +0000 http://nehandaradio.com/?p=198995 Hopewell Chin'ono

By Hopewell Chin’ono

We are one year into the post Robert Mugabe era and as such, it is important to reflect on the road traveled so far since the dramatic power grab of November of 2017.

I can imagine our rulers continuing to laugh at how the citizen is constantly fixated with inane stuff and being off the mark regarding what should be important to them.

One day it is Lumumba, the next day it is the “Big Fish” arrests, then it is the headlines on the ruling party infighting followed by 2023 Youth league presidential candidate declarations, then you throw in the oil discovery myths and you have a never ending circus....

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Lawyer politicians should choose whether they want to be lawyers or politicians http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/09/lawyer-politicians-should-chose-whether-they-want-to-be-lawyers-or-politicians/ http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/09/lawyer-politicians-should-chose-whether-they-want-to-be-lawyers-or-politicians/#comments Fri, 09 Nov 2018 06:51:55 +0000 http://nehandaradio.com/?p=198912 Hopewell Chin'ono

Zimbabwean lawyer-politicians in the opposition MDC yelp on about their ethics and what the law says when we raise the issues around the morality of representing “clients” in ZANU PF charged with corruption.

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Luke Tamborinyoka: Goromonzi West….. Slipping off the pedestal of hope! http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/06/luke-tamborinyoka-goromonzi-west-slipping-off-the-pedestal-of-hope/ http://nehandaradio.com/2018/11/06/luke-tamborinyoka-goromonzi-west-slipping-off-the-pedestal-of-hope/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2018 10:19:55 +0000 http://nehandaradio.com/?p=198572 Luke Tamborinyoka

By Luke Batsirai Tamborinyoka

As the commission investigating the August 1 2018 callous murders continues its mission to probe the obvious we, the people of Goromonzi, are waiting for the outcome with bated breath.

Among those heinously killed by the military on that fateful day was a family man, Ishmael Kumire of Matope village in this hallowed land of my birth in Domboshava, Goromonzi West constituency.

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