.....MDC -T Primary Elections: A Bad Omen MDC  Leader Nelson Chamisa at a rally recently, pic credit THE  outcome of recent primary elections in both Zanu PF and MDC-T makes one question whether the process is not a new frontier for political corruption. Increasingly, primaries are now characterized by violence, rigging, intimidation, manipulation, all designed to sideline foes and promote candidates that are in favour with the political establishment of their parties. It could be one of the most devastating political ironies that such a democratic process is made an instrument of undemocratic practices. For the record, primary elections, whose origins are in the United States, are supposed to be a democratic way by which a political party chooses the best candidate that will represent it in a constituency, and will face off with the best  put forward by other contesting parties. These candidates should be competent enough to secure


ZIMBABWE heads to elections in a few months’ time, and the ground is set for a historic election since 1980. It is especially significant in the sense that it will be the first election without both former president Robert Mugabe and the late MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who dominated the post-independence political scene in the country. Their departure, coupled with the post-Mugabe political developments and direction, has unleashed a new and unprecedented excitement that carries both hope and risks. Hope in the sense that both major contestants are preaching peace and a free election, and they carry similar messages on the Zimbabwe they want to see, but risks in the sense that political temperatures can rise anytime if not properly managed. The electorate is left wondering what to make of this contest. Voting patterns may have less to do about the message and the promises than about the personalities and the perceptions of what they have to offer. Therein lies the strengths as


...Can Mnangagwa and his team walk the talk Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa(picture credit, FOLKS, it’s that time again where we get bombarded with the Zanu PF manifesto as political parties get ready to face off in the plebiscite expected sometime in August. Political parties will try to come up with blueprints just to outshine the other but the question that remains unanswered is whether they have the political will to execute their plans. Looking at the Zanu PF manifesto unveiled over the weekend under the theme Unite, Fight Corruption, Re-engage, Develop and Create Jobs, there is no doubt that it does address the issues that Zimbabweans are faced with today and I must say it is brilliant! But the million dollar question is, is the manifesto worth the paper it is written on? Truth be told; Can Zanu PF which has been in power for the last 38 years of the hell Zimbabweans have been living under walk the talk? Can they be trusted to imp

The Mobile phone will be the gadget of necessity in the next generation

THERE is no doubt that the next industrial revolution will be a digital one and there is absolutely nothing anyone can do to stop the train. For one to get onto the gravy train one needs to be equipped with digital skills like Artificial Intelligence(AI). Creativity will be another critical skill one will need to survive this era as most of the jobs which will be in existence for the next generation have not yet been created. AI helps extract intelligence from data and can be useful in solving business problems like identifying fraud and manufacturing errors. It can be extremely useful even in the area of public health where AI can be used to detect heart conditions and brain tumours in individuals. It really doesn't matter which field one intends to make use of this digital skill be it in education or even in mundane tasks, it certainly makes life better as it takes over the role of the human mind but in a faster form devoid of any emotions. It becomes therefore impe


From left to right, Susan Schorr ITU's head of Digital Inclusion, Dhwani Trivedi an electronics and engineering student and Mike Nxele at the Mobile Learning Week Conference in Paris 43% of the world population is now online and internet usage globally has reached a staggering 3.2 billion and over 2 billion are from developing countries however 3.9 billion which translates to 60% of the population remain without access to the internet and its advantages. According to ITU- the United Nations Specialised Agency for Information and Communication Technologies, 6 billion do not have high-speed broadband internet. Closer to home in Africa, the richest 60% have 3 times more internet access than the poorest 40%. Furthermore, 2/3 of Africa's population remains without access to electricity which can be a major hindrance to accessing the internet at a time when global analyst say that 70 percent of the jobs which we have today will be redundant in the next decade owing to t


...Is Zimbabwe missing an opportunity for nation building? A month ago, Zimbabweans were in a euphoric mood. The brutal dictatorship of Mugabe had fallen. He fell at the hands of one of his own, in a military coup that was not a military coup. It has been described as a “smart coup”. Otherwise how else do you describe a coup in which the President still performs Presidential functions while still a prisoner? A coup in which the popular masses rose and were one with the army? and a coup that is legally defined by the courts as not a coup? For once, Zimbabwe scored a first. We were united by the Fall of Mugabe The fall of Mugabe united the nation like never before. ZANU-PF, Civil society, War Veterans,, vendors, MDC and other opposition formations, black and white Zimbabweans, religious or atheist, all celebrated Mugabe’s fall, bound by the realization that he had become an albatross around the neck of the people and the nation. Mugabe ran down the economy and created a nation