Price Hikes Choke Zim Growth Prospects: World Bank

THE World Bank (WB) says the currently spiralling price increases in Zimbabwe will have a negative impact on the country’s growth prospects. Earlier this year, the World Bank projected that Zimbabwe’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would grow by 3,7% in 2019 while Finance and Economic Development minister Mthuli Ncube had put the growth rate at 3,1%. “The increases in prices that we have witnessed since October last year will affect the growth rate for 2019. For 2018, in the first quarter the growth was real, but it was then disturbed…

Tensions Rise Ahead 0f MDC Congress

MDC’S standing committee meeting last week Wednesday nearly degenerated into a war of words after a faction aligned to party leader Nelson Chamisa, accused secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora of bringing the party’s name into disrepute, allegations he firmly refuted. Chamisa and Mwonzora are likely to lock horns at the upcoming elective congress next month after the latter won a tightly contested race for secretary-general post in 2014. Chamisa was later appointed vice-president by the late Morgan Tsvangirai and was elevated to party leader at his death. According to MDC standing committee…

Killing Of Foreigners In South Africa Is An Evil Act

When Mandela became the first black South  African  President, after a protracted struggle with the Apartheid government, many people thought that a new dawn of peace in Africa has been born. In Europe he was perceived as  an  icon of rebirth of peace to all the world. He also emerged as one of the great humanist that Africa has ever produced, following the steps of other humanist like KK of Zambia and Julius Nyerere,  just to name a few of them. Most of these humanist were conceived of the philosophy…

Mnangagwa Shakes Up Zanu-PF

President Mnangagwa has with immediate effect dissolved the Zanu-PF Harare and Bulawayo provincial structures and a way forward would be announced in due course. Further, an alleged petition purporting to pass a vote of no confidence in some members of the national youth league was declared null and void. Recently, a clique within the youth league purported to pass a vote of no confidence in Cdes Pupurai Togarepi (secretary), Lewis Matutu (deputy secretary), Tendai Chirau (secretary for administration) Admire Mahachi (national secretary for external relations) and Mercy Mugomo (deputy national…

Mthuli Ncube Guilty As Charged?

Community Water Alliance is greatly disturbed by Hon Minister of Finance Mthuli Ncube’s disregard of his constitutional duties when it comes to loan agreements and guarantees. We read with sadness that City of Harare is partnering China Sinohydro Corporation in a US$237 million deal to construct four new sewage treatment plants. The “new deal” comes when there are serious accountability questions hovering over the US$144 million China Exim Bank loan whose intended objective was to rehabilitate Morton Jaffray and increase daily water production in Harare to at least 620 megalitres…

Chiwenga, Doctors Showdown.2 Looms

Another showdown is looming between doctors and government as the Health ministry has not yet addressed doctors’ demands agreed in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) which saw the medical practitioners ending their industrial action. In December the doctors embarked on a 40-day industrial action that ended in January this year, protesting the severe shortages of pharmaceutical drugs and equipment at public hospitals, among a host of other grievances. In a letter seen by the Daily News, addressed to the Health Service Board Health and Health minister Obadiah Moyo, the Zimbabwe…

Facebook Sues Four Chinese Companies Over Trademark Infringement

Facebook is taking legal action against a cluster of Chinese websites that sell fake accounts, likes and followers both on Facebook itself and on Instagram. The company announced the legal action in a short blog post late Friday afternoon (a move unusual enough to pique our curiosity a little). Of course, the fact that Facebook isn’t allowed in China might be a complexifier, in Bezos-speak. The lawsuit, filed with the Northern District of California, alleges that starting in 2017 four Chinese companies and three individuals based in China “operated a…

MDC condemns Arrest Of Hon Mamombe

The MDC condemns the arrest of Hon Joanna Mamombe which is nothing but an act of political persecution. The MDC is concerned by the unrepentant behavior of the military State which continues to harrass MDC leaders, MPs, the general membership and leaders of Civic Society Organisations including workers’ Unions. Hon Mamombe is not a criminal, the MDC is a team of law abiding transformers whose sole agenda is to create opportunity for prosperity to the people of Zimbabwe. Criminals who are abusing public funds for personal gain including buying cars…

Strive Masiyiwa To Become Vice President?

Billionaire and Telecoms Guru Strive Masiyiwa might land himself a top job in the government of Zimbabwe Fidelis Fengu of Fidelis Fengu and Associates a Think-tank based in Harare said. In a post on his official Facebook page on Sunday Fengu said Zimbabweans must follow closely the Econet Founder as his title ,might change within a year. Fengu linked his forecast to the recent statements by Masiyiwa supporting President Mnangagwa’s government and the various projects that he is pioneering in the rural part of Zimbabwe which is a traditional ZANU…