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MUCH as I am hopeful this “new” government will be progressive, it remains that –– hope. The facts on the ground are frightening particularly with the recent arrest of Roy Bennett. Added to that we are “entering the new era” with the same old tired horses.

Pessimistic.

MY biggest disappointment lies in the fact that we are expecting a change in direction from the same leaders whose policies got us here. There is yet no sign of a change in attitude nor any level of introspection that could lead one to start having some faith that actual progress might now start.
Cynical.

PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has sacrificed a lot for the betterment of all Zimbabweans. What he has to do now is reorganise the MDC’s grassroots membership, promote and reform the nation’s democratic institutions. He should also act against the politicisation of the army and police. The people expect objective coverage of issues on our radios and televisions, a people– driven and democratic constitution and ultimately free and fair elections. Otherwise the deal will be an exercise in futility.
Expectant, Harare.

THE Prime Minister has his work cut out for him. It will be interesting to see where he intends to take the country in the next 100 days. What cannot be denied is that the people will be watching him to see if he can deliver on his promises and there is no amount of scapegoating that will cut the ice with Zimbabeans this time around.
Political Analyst.

ZIMBABWEANS have been bamboozled by the previous government’s empty promises and they want to see a fresh start.
Optimistic.

WITH the GNU now in place we need real reform at ZBH.  Tafataona Mohoso and Claude Mararike should stop venting their unhelpful vitriol for the GNU to work.
Reader.

TO the Sadc leadership and Thabo Mbeki I say now that the Prime Minister together with his two deputies have been sworn in by President Robert Mugabe they will need your continued support to be effective. We should all be proud of the Sadc leadership for this inspiring success and hope that they maintain their stance of being united towards helping Zimbabwe. We are also grateful for their moral and economic support to our beloved country.
United we stand, Bulawayo.  

ONLY the patience and resilience of a people who have been subdued and yet are tolerant can ultimately yield a hopeful result. Zimbabweans have emerged united in an environment where injustice, corruption and deception reigned. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has the qualities and character to steer this country through this devastating storm that has ravaged and disoriented the people for so long.
IHZ.

I THINK it would be a good idea for us to engage UN humanitarian organisations such as the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). FAO has helped post-crisis countries to rebuild food security and considering the fact that Zimbabwe is in a situation very much like a country out of war, FAO’s services and experience would do us a lot of good!
Economist.

WE must spare a tear for Paul Mangwana. He forgot that he was just the acting Minister of Information. What is he going to do about all the wild promises he made now that he is out in the cold? It was sweet whilst it lasted wasn’t it?
Analyst

THE continued spread of the cholera epidemic shows an administration mired in arrogance and unfettered self-importance at the expense of common sense.
Disgusted.

THE media has a responsibility to ensure that all the corruption that has been swept under the carpet by the previous government are exposed in the full glare of the public domain.
Analyst.

THE article mocking Graça Machel in the Herald (January 30 2009) cannot go unchallenged. It stated that she is variously called Mrs Mandela or “wife of the former Mozambican president Samora Machel” for lobbying purposes. It is evident though that there is something good about these gentlemen (Nelson Mandela and Samora Machel) which is lacking in the person being lobbied against.
Cleka.

I WOULD like to let it be known that at Chinhoyi High School students were being beaten (not just on the bottom) for not bringing US$20 for their “school fees”. Each child has to pay US$20 per month and it is just for the teachers’ salaries.
MUCH as I am hopeful this “new” government will be progressive, it remains that –– hope. The facts on the ground are frightening particularly with the recent arrest of Roy Bennett. Added to that we are “entering the new era” with the same old tired horses.
Pessimistic.

CELLULAR network service providers charge inflated tariffs as if they are being charged in local currency.
Lance Manokore.

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