Besides the United States, Zimbabwe is the only other country that uses the US dollar as its primary currency. But a new currency known as “bond notes” might be on the way to correct this anomaly, writes Kudzayi Zvinavashe.
The story of former British heavyweight titleholder Dereck Chisora’s birth in Mbare, Harare’s oldest black township, is well known. Little has been said about his upbringing in an inter-racial family until his departure for the UK at the age of 16. His uncle, Paul de Souza, a former Zimbabwe national judoka, sat down with Enock Muchinjo to talk about the boxer’s troubled childhood, family and race in Rhodesia.
The symbols and rituals of power of colonial regimes that brutalised black Zimbabweans before independence are still hallowed in the free country. Farai Mudzingwa wonders why such a scenario persists in a nation where a phrase like “Zimbabwe will never be a colony again” is an integral part of the national lexicon.
The Zimbabwean government has shot down suggestions to allow same sex-marriages in the country, choosing to accept 142 recommendations made by the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group. The country’s Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa told local papers that the government will not soften its tough stance on homosexuality, despite suggestions by some European countries that Zimbabwe should reconsider its position.
Today we share the remarkable and inspirational achievement of a 77 year-old Zimbabwean retiree Hatifari Munongi, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sociology and Gender Development from the Women’s University in Africa (WUA) in Zimbabwe. Munongi has impressed many people with her accomplishment which proves that it’s never too late to go back to school.
Today we revel in the splendour and beauty of Matobo or Matopos Hills, which is part of Matobo National Park one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Matobo Hills is an area of granite kopjes situated near the city of Bulawayo, in southern Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwean government prides itself in maintaining a police force that keeps the country safe and at peace while other countries on the continent struggle to deal with conflict and war. Recently, however, Zimbabwe has experienced a surge in citizen protests and violence. But what does ‘peace’ really mean in a society that is built on and sustained by various forms of violence, asks Vimbai Midzi.
Zimbabwean photographer, Henry Oliver Hakulandaba, is basking in the glory of his recent success after scooping an award in a prestigious photography contest. Hakulandaba was named among the three winners in Agility’s Africa 2016 Photo Competition. Kenya’s Stephen Simiyu, and Esdore Hakizimana from Uganda were also honoured for their breath-taking pictures.
‘Capital’ in Zimbabwe is largely controlled by those in political power, those with inherited businesses/wealth, those linked to the political elite and their collusion with global actors often without democratic local context or pursuit of a modicum of economic equality writes Takura Zhangazha