Southern Africa Printing and Publishing House publisher Ibbo Mandaza has fulfilled his ambition to own a national weekly newspaper.
Zimbabweans still smarting from the effects of the 1992 drought which saw families surviving on yellow maize, mainly grown as stockfeed, have every reason to be worried about an impending drought, but sources close to The Insider say there is no need to panic this time.
When ZANU-PF backbenchers refused to ratify the $957 million loan for the new Harare International Airport at a party caucus meeting addressed by vice- President Simon Muzenda who had to take a break from the Organisation of African Unity summit after three earlier attempts had failed, Zimbabweans must be forgiven for having believed that Parliament was, for a change, becoming the watchdog it should be.
There is nothing about “Never in a thousand years” (Former Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith’s vow that blacks would never be allowed to rule the country now named Zimbabwe in the next 1 000 years), or baboon climb the mountain (his message to black students at the University of Rhodesia when they demonstrated against his government), or Chifambausiku (the plot by jailed African nationalist Ndabaningi Sithole to assassinate Smith).
President Robert Mugabe seems to have a knack for making blunders whenever the country seems to be steering towards greater democracy and accountability.
The next general elections may be some time away but the Catholic Church seems to have made an early start to conscientise people on the need to vote.