Zimbabwe is mired in a whirlwind of elite rapture playing out in the liberation movement known as Zanu PF. Without a doubt, this elite disjuncture has brought paralysis in government and held captive the country’s political economy.
WHEN news got out that US President Barack Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping had reached an agreement on climate change, the American blogosphere lit up with negative comments.
A Herald columnist recorded a “miracle” last week. In a boot-licking piece aimed at Vice-President Joice Mujuru, he told readers that it was a miracle Zimbabwe was still standing after sanctions and other assaults.
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace has been systematically attacking Vice-President Joice Mujuru accusing her, besides claiming she has been plotting to oust and assassinate her husband and herself, of abuse of office, extortion and corruption.
FOR a leader supposedly under mortal danger of assassination by a faction allegedly led by his “treasonous” deputy, Vice-President Joice Mujuru, President Robert Mugabe has the strangest of ways of dealing with the alleged threat.
LIKE her or not, Grace Mugabe stormed Zimbabwe’s rugged political landscape, in particular Zanu PF’s notoriously convoluted succession politics, like a Black Swan event — unexpected and yet devastating like a tsunami in her impact.
I RECENTLY attended the inaugural financial sector indaba where the governor of the Reserve Bank, John Mangudya, talked about the “new normal”.
We were amused by President Robert Mugabe’s views on the mining sector.
THE disclosure by Finance minister Patrick Chinamsa last week during the pre-budget seminar for MPs in Victoria Falls that recurrent expenditure is gobbling up a staggering 92,5% of government revenue, with wages chewing 81,5% of income leaving just 7% for crucial capital projects, was sobering.
THERE appeared to be some headway yesterday in resolving the doctors’ strike which had severely strained an already collapsing health delivery system creaking under serious brain drain and prolonged lack of investment.