Africa’s Leaders are ‘fiddling while Rome burns’

Africa’s leaders are fiddling why the continent goes to the dogs. Instead of focusing on important issues they spend their time holding numerous summits discussing things which are not urgent like pulling out of the ICC whilst more pressing issues are not given adequate attention.
We, as Africans, have become masters of majoring in minors and minoring in majors.

You Are One In a Million- No, One in 7 Billion

Sometime last week my computer which had looked healthy suddenly died. In the following minutes I almost died too, those who have owned gadgets know of the bond that forms between man and machine- especially between Engineer and machine. But I digress, what I wanted to say is that as I restored my documents after buying a…

I am an African – Thabo Mbeki.

On 8 May 1996, speaking on behalf of the ANC at the passing of a new South African Constitution in Cape Town, then Vice President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki delivered a speech titiled “I am an African” which has led him to be compared to other great orators such as Martin Luther King. In the speech…

Congratulations to President Barack Obama

I was travelling from Masvingo when I got the news that President Obama had been re-elected to the presidency of the United States. Like millions of Africans across the globe, I was elated, not because I love America or because I find Obama’s policies beneficial but simply because Obama continues to defy odds and show…

Hats Off to Jose Mujica: The World’s Poorest President

The President of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, is the poorest President in the world according to numerous reports. It is not hard to believe, considering that he donates 90% of his $12 500 monthly salary to charity and has an old Volkswagen car  as his only other possession. He does not live in the Presidential palace,…

African Thoughts : Mob Justice

A few months ago a thief was caught at the University of Zimbabwe trying to make off with a laptop. He nearly succeeded and was only apprehended because the taxi he boarded delayed allowing the victims to reach the taxi terminus and conduct a search. The unfortunate thief was dragged back into the University and…

Gay rights: A year on and nothing has changed.

Last October Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai supported gay rights during a BBC interview and caused a media frenzy back home.A year on, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) debate rages still with Zimbabweans yet to speak with one voice. I reproduce here, a post I wrote last year, soon after the PM made his rather politically inexpedient remarks.

Obituary: Stan Mudenge

Last month when the University of Zimbabwe refused to accept students on the cadetship scheme because of a huge outstanding debt, the then Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Cde Stan Mudenge ordered the University to open its doors to all students regardless of financial status. Commendable, especially coming from a man who was unpopular…