Monthly Archives: April 2014

Dokora’s decision is premature

Newsday Editorial 29th April 2014 THE landmark sweeping changes made by Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora over the past few months cannot go unchallenged. The new policy directives are likely to reverse gains made during the era of his predecessor David Coltart. Despite being a non-educationist, Coltart literally resurrected the sector, as when […]

Zimbabwe’s opposition – a Greek tragedy

BBC News Africa By Andrew Harding 29th April 2014 It is a story with some of the qualities of a Greek tragedy. A brave warrior rallies his countrymen to try to oust an unjust king. For years they struggle, enduring great hardship and showing true courage. Then one day the king – also weakened by […]

One way or another, Tsvangirai looks weaker than ever

Bulawayo24News By Simon Allison 28th April 2014   Pity Morgan Tsvangirai. The veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader is facing a little opposition of his own, and he’s not coping too well. His party looks certain to split yet again, destroying in the process one of the few remaining challenges to uninterrupted Zanu-PF rule. Mugabe is loving […]

Opposition MDC suspends Morgan Tsvangirai

BBC News Africa 26th April 2014   Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change says it is suspending its leader Morgan Tsvangirai, amid deepening divisions in its ranks. A statement issued by the party after a meeting in Harare accused him of a “remarkable failure of leadership”. It also said he had deviated from the party’s […]

Education Ministry bans incentives

The Herald 26th April 2014 By Felex Share Herald Reporter Government has banned payment of incentives to teachers by parents and guardians. This is likely to put Government on a collision course with teachers, whose union leaders said they were not consulted. Incentives were formalised in 2009 by then Education, Sport, Arts and Culture Minister […]

“Bailout or takeover?” Latest in Zimbabwe Cricket financial crisis

The Herald 16th April 2014 By Robson Sharuko Senior Sports Editor A “CONTROVERSIAL” multi-million dollar bailout package, attached with strings to strip the Zimbabwe Cricket leadership of all their powers and sub-contract the sport’s management portfolio to an Administrator who would be spoon-fed with monthly handouts to run the game for three years, has been […]

Analysis: Is there any hope for Zimbabwe’s beleaguered opposition?

Daily Maverick By Simon Allison 7 April 2014 After being pummeled in the last election, and riven with infighting and recrimination in the months since, Zimbabwe’s political opposition is at its lowest ebb in a decade. SIMON ALLISON asks the obvious question: if not Zanu, then who? The answer makes for disheartening reading – […]

“Democratic Elections and Election Fraud in Africa – A Zimbabwean perspective with continental implications”

Speech given at a Conference on 
Democratic Elections and Risk of fraud in Africa by Senator David Coltart Brussels 1st April 2014 “The State is an instrument in the hands of the ruling class, used to break the resistance of the adversaries of that class” Joseph Stalin 1924 I was part of an international team […]