The good, bad and ugly legacy of Robert Mugabe

The good, bad and ugly legacy of Robert Mugabe 1

By Marshall Bwanya FORMER President Robert Mugabe’s legacy is a complex, contested terrain with divergent views and opinions. In his legacy lies the good, bad and ugly. He was a multi-faceted individual that cannot be dissected at face value. No individual can disqualify his contribution to the liberation of Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole. Equally no one can nullify his tyranny during his tenure as Zimbabwean leader. Mugabe was such a polarising figure depending on one’s generation, ethnicity, social class, race, colour, creed, political affiliation and religion. What Mugabe…

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Debate on the legacy of Mugabe misplaced

Debate on the legacy of Mugabe misplaced 3

By Geraldine Sibanda As l heard about Robert Mugabe’s death, l felt nothing. Nothing at all. No pain. No sadness. No anger. Nothing. I could not explain this feeling until l figured out, it was because he deserves nothing. Feeling an emotion, any emotion would be giving him too much credit. The common thread about us Zimbabweans in the diaspora is that we all don’t want to be here. No matter how rewarding the job – it is not home. No matter how brilliant our work is, we are not…

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Robert Mugabe; an opportunist, ambitious failure who hijacked a people’s revolution

Robert Mugabe; an opportunist, ambitious failure who hijacked a people’s revolution 5

By Mlondolozi Ndlovu Born in 1924, Robert Gabriel Mugabe became one of Zimbabwe’s most talked about nationalists. Much of the publicity surrounding the name Robert Mugabe took place from around 1960, when he was voted as Secretary General of the National Democratic Party [NDP] at its first Congress in October 1960. The NDP had been formed on January 1, 1960 amazingly in the absence of Mugabe, leading to some of his critics arguing that he was never where things began. The NDP lasted for a year and was banned in…

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Robert Mugabe obituary

Robert Mugabe obituary 7

The Guardian As the armoured vehicles rolled in to Harare in November 2017, after weeks of political fencing and brinksmanship, Robert Mugabe could not believe he had lost. The senior military leadership who placed the Zimbabwean president under house arrest made it clear they were conducting the politest of coups, while stressing to the outside world that it was not a coup at all. It was merely a corrective action and, indeed, at its end, with Mugabe’s resignation, it was still his party, Zanu-PF, in power. Mugabe, who has died…

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New telecomms tariffs loom as inflation soars

New telecomms tariffs loom as inflation soars 9

TechnoMag Telecommunications experts are engaging the Postal and Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) for another tariff increase as operational costs continue to balloon. While the price of diesel continues to go north amidst foreign currency disparities, mainly driven by RTGS bond value distortions and FOB prices, fuel prices will continuously rise in Zimbabwe every week. It is now inevitable; the norm of announcing new weekly prices in fuel has done no good to the industry as it pushes prices of everything else up. Fuel is a line cost that cuts…

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Zimbabweans – What The Heck Is Going On? Part 1

Zimbabweans – What The Heck Is Going On? Part 1 11

. . . In the winter, the surf off San Diego can get to be 8 to 10 feet high and it is exceedingly difficult to paddle the boat through the plunging surf, unless everyone digs in. Every paddle must be synchronized to the stroke count of the Coxswain. Everyone must exert equal effort or the boat will turn against the wave and be unceremoniously tossed back on the beach. For the boat to make it to its destination, everyone must paddle. You can’t change the world alone — you…

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Zimbabwe after Mugabe still an abattoir of human rights

Zimbabwe after Mugabe still an abattoir of human rights 13

By Takudzwanashe Mundenga When President Emmerson Mnangagwa assumed office through a soft coup d’état engineered by the echelons of the military in November 2017, citizens were made to believe that it was the dawn of a new era, the birth of a Second Republic and the advent of a new dispensation with a widened democratic space. That was the common consensus even though all the leftovers of a terrible Mugabe epoch are now evident in the new dispensation. The repressive and dictatorial tactics that Robert Mugabe employed to keep his…

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Of demonstrations and government’s response

Of demonstrations and government’s response 15

By Takudzwanashe Mundenga We often say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this, we picture the time to be placed in an obscure and distant future. There is never a convenient time for any of us to die, but it is indeed a premature death when parents have to mourn and bury their children whose lives have been cut short by the very people supposed to protect them. August 1, 2019, was the first anniversary since the dreaded and heavily-armed Zimbabwean army turned the…

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Analysing the partnership agreement between Air Zimbabwe and Mack Air

Analysing the partnership agreement between Air Zimbabwe and Mack Air 17

By Adiel Mambara This article expands on previous articles I have written on Air Zimbabwe. Air Zimbabwe has lagged behind in being a strong competitor in Africa and remains encircled by a plethora of problematic issues that have curtailed its prosperity and expansion in decades. I have covered some of the key issues in my past articles; however mounting rivalry within the airline industry is the main challenge for a number of airlines to employ strategies that sustain a profitable operation and airlines are seriously looking at consolidation in the…

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The Effects of Trivializing Corruption in Africa

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By Takudzwanashe Mundenga One of the colossal challenges facing the post-colonial Africa is the scourge of political corruption and lack of accountability and transparency in public spending. Resources that are meant for public good like building schools, health centres and improving service delivery are diverted for personal gain by a few oligarchs. Africa is indeed a theatre of political corruption and that can be attested the ongoing events unfolding in Zimbabwe as the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission is going after high-profile individuals on the country’s political terrain. Political corruption, otherwise known…

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