by Tirivanhu Katerera  - Correspondent

Since October 2017, over 700 civilians have been killed in attacks in Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique. At times the attacks were claimed by the Islamic State, an armed group or other militants hailing from Kenya and Tanzania who have joined a home grown group called either Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama or Ansar al-Sunna (ASWJ) (meaning ‘supporters of tradition’). That group is often locally called Al-Shabaab, but it has no practical connection to the Somali rebel organisation.

ASWJ is reportedly fighting for the emancipation of that part of the country it feels has been neglected by the central government in Maputo for decades. To feed the movement, the rebels rely on local Muslim population that share the same marginalisation and underdevelopment narrative with it.

Charlene Shumba

Growing up in the dusty streets of Chinotimba in Vic Falls, we used to read a lot about martyrs who sacrificed themselves for the greater good. These included St Bartholomew, St Lawrence, and a host of other white man’s martyrs. No racism intended, but the tutelage on martyrdom was heavily steeped in colonial definitions of martyrdom.

Tirivanhu Kateera

It wasn’t easy. It took an intrepid leadership in the name of the New Dispensation (ND) to institute unpopular decision and policies to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Trevor Shiri

Zimbabwe’s opposition politics is full of absurdities. It defies logic. In a normal polity, which has a vibrant democracy, where opposition political parties are allowed to practice politics freely, there is logic to political rivalry with incumbent governments.

Charlene Shumba

Opposition political players, particularly those from the MDC family in all its variants, sometimes exhibit astonishing lack of depth and understanding of political dynamics. They fail to read the mood. They fail to gauge the political wind. They feign lack of understanding even, choosing to play to the gallery for political expediency and newspaper headlines.

Welldone Tembo

As German’s Otto von Bismark would have it “if one wants to retain their liking of sausages and those who make them, they better not experience the making of sausages.” At its preliminary stages, the introduction of The Patriotic Act in Zimbabwe is already vindicating Bismark’s point of view.

Nobleman Runyanga

Since the MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa’s loss to President Emmerson Mnangagwa during the 30 July 2018 harmonised elections, the opposition outfit has been throwing around a number of accusations against ZANU PF and Government to cover up its own leaders’ shortcomings.