• Show Us the Money: The Changing Meaning of Cash in Zim

    Show Us the Money: The Changing Meaning of Cash in Zim0

    The minister of finance and economic development in Zimbabwe, Mthuli Ncube, as reported in the mainstream media, recently  confirmed that government will soon introduce an actual currency.  This will be done in order  to augment what is referred to as the bond note and the ZWL or electronic  RTGS money that is currently being used.

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  • Heroes Day 2019: Ideals Overcoming the Individual

    Heroes Day 2019: Ideals Overcoming the Individual0

    Annually in August, Zimbabwe remembers its national liberation struggle heroes.  And it is the correct thing to do.  This, despite arguments that the definition of a national hero has been politicized by the ruling Zanu Pf party to mean only those that were part of the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (ZANLA) or the Zimbabwe

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  • Virtue and Sophistry: Economy As the Superstructure in Zimbabwe

    Virtue and Sophistry: Economy As the Superstructure in Zimbabwe0

    There were a number of by-elections in Zimbabwe over the last month.  One for local government in my rural home district of Bikita East in Masvingo province.  The other(s) for Parliament and local government in Lupane East which is in Matebeleland North province.  Both are rural constituencies in our first-past-the post parliamentary and local government

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  • Electricity Cuts, Lifestyles and Modified Behaviour in Zimbabwe

    Electricity Cuts, Lifestyles and Modified Behaviour in Zimbabwe0

    Electricity and access to it is a big issue in Zimbabwe at the moment.  Not least by admission of our own government but more importantly by the lived realities of many urban based Zimbabweans, civil service workers, social service providers, informal traders and formal or informal private business owners. I have mentioned ‘urban’ Zimbabweans because

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  • Only political action will remove ZANU PF from power

    Only political action will remove ZANU PF from power0

    The leaked audio featuring a conversation between Mnangagwa’s wife Auxillia and an army commander named as Murombo has exposed the power struggles in the “New Dispensation” administration. In the audio, Auxillia Mnangagwa claims that the army is trying to ‘get Mnangagwa through’ her, clearly asserting that all is not well in the cockpit and that

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  • Is Zimbabwe headed for another coup?

    Is Zimbabwe headed for another coup?0

    The November 2017 military coup which forced tyrant Robert Mugabe from power is still haunting Zimbabwe, almost 18 months down the line. The remnants of the coup and its footprints will not disappear sooner than we expected. After topping Mugabe, President Emmerson Mnangagwa had an enormous task facing him trying to please his erstwhile conspirators

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  • The United States Dollar as a Deity in Zimbabwe

    The United States Dollar as a Deity in Zimbabwe0

    The Zimbabwean government recently did the unfathomable, at least according to social media pundits, some civil society organisations, unions and influential urbanites.  It arbitrarily and abruptly re-introduced a local currency for all domestic financial transactions.  At least at law. As expected there was an immediate outburst of anger on social media, in press conferences, statements

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  • Zimbabwe @39: A Return to the Source and a Liberatory State

    Zimbabwe @39: A Return to the Source and a Liberatory State0

    The number of years since our national independence may increase but its historic meaning is never lost.  And that is as it should be.  No matter one’s political or religious views, our national independence, coming as it did after years of revolutionary struggle is definitive, liberatory and organic to our national consciousness. That the person

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  • Zim Workers Day 2019: Re-Linking the Idea of State with Working People

    Zim Workers Day 2019: Re-Linking the Idea of State with Working People0

    Zimbabwe’s biggest labour federation the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has given the theme for  the 2019  Workers Day commemorations as ‘We are at a Crossroads! Unite, Fight  Neo-liberalism and Austerity.’ This is a radical theme to say the least.  It is also directly ideological in that it immediately challenges the free market economic

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  • ED’s New Establishment Project: An Attempt at Elitist Permanence

    ED’s New Establishment Project: An Attempt at Elitist Permanence0

    When President Emmerson Mnangagwa made overtures for ‘national dialogue’ to his political rivals in the 2018 harmonised elections, it was understandably viewed as some sort of political grandstanding.  Not least because the mainstream MDC-Alliance opposition, has not participated in the same while holding out for its own terms to be accepted. Even though of late

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