The Senior Minster for Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, Joseph Msika, his deputy Swithun Mombeshora who is in fact a fully-fledged Minister, and the eight provincial governors whose office has now become dubious because of the presence of resident ministers, seem to have been overlooked, or may be getting less than the rest of their counterparts if the figures given in the current estimates are correct.
Claims by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation acting director general, Christopher Mutsvangwa, that all is well and there is an “insodus” as opposed to an exodus of staff may not be entirely correct.
It is very rare that we hear our local MPs talking about development and democracy, especially since most of them belong to the ruling party and some believe that there can be democracy under a one-party state.
Two new books on Zimbabwe’s post-independence history which the compilers say will provide a more balanced picture of the country because of their wider representation of viewpoints, will be released onto the market next year.
The National Railways of Zimbabwe, which almost collapsed three years ago but has since managed to cut its deficits by more than 300 percent in the past two years is to receive a major boost when it receives 13 new locomotives and spare parts valued at US$23.7 million from General Motors Corporation (GMC) of the United States next month.
Zimbabwe’s fledgling independent press is to receive another boost with the launching of an independent daily within two months, reports say, but its survival could be at stake because of the continuing rivalry between the mainstream Zimbabwe Newspapers and its former employee Elias Rusike whose company, Modus Publications, will be launching the daily.