Calls for autonomy by minority ethnic groups sweeping across Eastern Europe seem to be trickling down to Africa just like demands for democracy, which resulted in the demise of communism, did.
President Mugabe has managed to slightly trim his cabinet as well as fulfil regional balance but has created another dubious ministry, the Ministry of National Affairs, Employment Creation and Cooperatives without raising a wink from the opposition parties.
Twelve years of Zimbabwe’s independence have witnessed the progressive marginalisation and domination of the Ndebele people by the majority dominant Shona groups.
The current drought could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the peasant farming sector, which has been milked left, right and centre both by the commercial sector and the government, if the anomalies that have so far been unravelled are addressed at last.
The proposed bill to enable the government to fund political parties should be widely debated, particularly in such forums as television programmes like Insight, Tonight or Issues and Views before it is debated in Parliament because there it is likely to go one way.
Bulawayo’s flat dwellers, mostly middle income earners and the elderly, are paying for the intransigence of the government to meet the city’s water needs as they have been slapped with hefty water surcharge bills that may force some to abandon the flats.