We may all remember that over a year ago 29 members of the MDC where arrested in connection with the murder of Inspector Petros Mutedza. To commit murder is unacceptable and society should work towards dealing with the root causes of what makes a person kill another. In addition the implementation of the law should be expeditious so that society is satisfied that the law is efficient. But, sadly, this is not the case in Zimbabwe.
The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has recently stated that they will make it compulsory for Mobile network providers within the country to share towers and infrastructure effective in 2013 as a prerequisite of the renewal of their operating licences.
POTRAZ director General, Engineer Charles Sibanda recently stated " The work has been done, what is now left is the announcement by the policy maker and hopefully the announcement will be made soon."
There has been some controversy over two recent reports produced by Afrobarometer and Freedom House dealing with the comparative popularity of ZANU PF and MDC-T. However, it is a controversy with greater bearing than appears at face value. It is important because the issue is not merely over political party support and which party might win an impending election. We do not need to consider popularity of other political parties since both reports indicate that their support is negligible. The crunch issue is not whether support for MDC-T is waning and increasing for ZANU PF, and why.
Yet again the unrelenting greed of our leaders has reared its ugly head, this time in the form of the non-payment of fees for 50 000 students under the State Cadetship Scheme to enable them to attend universities and other tertiary institutions for further education.
For the past week, local news has been buzzing with the ‘bizarre’ things that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been doing in his personal life. It is alleged that in November 2011, Tsvangirai paid $US36 000 lobola/roora/bride price for one Locadia Karimatsenga and dumped her barely a week after. Tsvangirai denies marrying the woman and claims he only paid damages as he believed he had made her pregnant.
Television viewers pay licenses hoping to gain access to quality programming. Therefore the public broadcaster should not be a channel for vitriolic hate speech or political propaganda by a single party. It should rather be a source of information for all citizens, giving balanced airspace to all political parties. A national broadcaster which acts as a mouth-piece for a particular political party is not worthy of a dime from citizens.
According to Amnesty International, thousands of people within Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe face the threat of mass eviction from homes and forced removal from their market stalls. The organisation's supporters have appealed to the authorities not to proceed with this mass
An estimated 200 people from an informal settlement in the suburb of
Gunhill and thousands of informal traders across Harare face
being forcibly removed without being given adequate notice or any
consultation or due process.
The issue of patronage has been in the news several times over the last few weeks. It seems that many ZANU-PF supporters are jumping on the bandwagon and emulating our leaders. Some of them are used as frontmen for wealthy businessmen, using their contacts within the party to open doors and pave the way for unscrupulous deals. There are risks involved , however, as things may blow up and the dirty linen is aired for all to see as is evident in the following article from SW Radio about Billy Rautenbach and his frontman, Themba Mliswa: