Africa

Address Women's Issues Now!

  • Posted on: 9 October 2012
  • By: admin

Going through my e-mails , I came across an auto-reply from a South African colleague, saying she was on leave from work for a  week, as part of Women’s Month commemorated in South Africa every August. Curious, I followed the website link she had provided to get an insight into what the commemoration was all about.
It turns out that South African women are among thousands of women across the globe that spend a month celebrating women’s contribution to the survival and existence of humanity in history and contemporary society.

Elections and By-Elections - How does Justice Chiweshe's Decision Measure Against the Law?

  • Posted on: 5 October 2012
  • By: admin

Sometimes politics and law are in direct conflict, and this seems the case with the decision by Justice Chiweshe on the application by the President for further time over the (now) 27 byelections.
How does this decision now square with the so-called road map for elections wanted by SADC, and how does it exemplify the rule of law?
The election road map demanded repeatedly by SADC, and apparently agreed to by all political parties, includes a new constitution, electoral reforms, media reforms and realignment of the security sector.

Fight Ignorance

  • Posted on: 2 October 2012
  • By: admin

Constitutions should be  documents for the People by the people and of the people! Thus it is important for every Zimbabwean to understand the implications of every section in the Draft Constitution.Knowledge is power. Empower yourself , read it.

Of Carts and Horses

  • Posted on: 1 October 2012
  • By: admin

The Research and Advocacy Unit suggested in 2010 that there would be little or no constructive development with regards to the creation of a new constitution, only trivial reforms in non-key areas, and an inevitable election (at a time of ZANU PF’S choosing), there was nothing prescient about this. Many other commentators made the same points. The critical issue that we were pointing to was the need for the reforms necessary for the holding of free(ish) and fair(ish) elections.

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

  • Posted on: 28 September 2012
  • By: admin

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.

Sharing Towers

  • Posted on: 27 September 2012
  • By: admin

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."

The Fear Factor.

  • Posted on: 19 September 2012
  • By: admin

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.

Tsvangirai and Locadia: Foes or Victims?

  • Posted on: 12 September 2012
  • By: admin

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.

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