Attacks on Mwonzora  bad for democracy

Source: Attacks on Mwonzora  bad for democracy | Daily News IN THE past two decades or so, ordinary Zimbabweans have had to contend with the political banter — a form of teasing either opponents or allies — which normally ends in a pleasant way, at least according to the dictionary. Political banter is deeply rooted […]

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IN THE past two decades or so, ordinary Zimbabweans have had to contend with the political banter — a form of teasing either opponents or allies — which normally ends in a pleasant way, at least according to the dictionary.

Political banter is deeply rooted in mature democracies where nothing is taken personal. Sadly, in these parts of the world political banter appears to have a different meaning and increasingly those who promote it are beginning to find that there is very little difference between hate speech and political banter.

Nothing ends in a pleasant manner along these shores where politicians and their supporters are averse to criticism. “Both Zanu PF and opposition politicians have apparently mutilated political banter to inflame emotions and deliberately, at least judging by so many incidents, raising unnecessary tensions in the communities.

Take for example the current attacks on MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora who has been  accused of being an appendage of Zanu PF and working to destabilise the country’s largest opposition party ahead of its crucial elective congress set for May.

The accusations are coming from senior MDC officials who are angling for top positions at the congress and who view Mwonzora as a possible threat either to interim party leader Nelson Chamisa or those eyeing the vice presidents’ post. This is not the right way of enhancing democracy and certainly the allegations against Mwonzora are not only unpleasant — but are intended to characterise him as a snitch –— when all along colleagues were happy to have him as one of their leaders.

Mwonzora was last week “mischievously” backed by Zanu PF youth league deputy secretary Lewis Matutu to beat Chamisa at the congress and this statement was deliberately used to malign the Harare lawyer and accuse him of being a Zanu PF plant.

How ironic is this characterisation of Mwonzora and how curious is it that these allegations are always levelled against any official who appears to express independent opinion with regards to MDC elections?

Thokozani Khupe, Tendai Biti, Welshamn Ncube and Elton Mangoma have all been previously labelled Zanu PF for holding different views and challenging the party’s leadership on pertinent issues and procedures relating to internal polls?

History is repeating itself! The current attacks on Mwonzora serve to audition a bad culture being promoted in the MDC and surely this cannot pass off as political banter.

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Trump extends Zimbabwe sanctions by one year 

Source: Trump extends Zimbabwe sanctions by one year | News24 US President Donald Trump has extended sanctions against Zimbabwe by a year, saying that the new government’s policies continue to pose an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to the American foreign policy. The renewal on Monday comes despite calls by African leaders, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, […]

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US President Donald Trump has extended sanctions against Zimbabwe by a year, saying that the new government’s policies continue to pose an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to the American foreign policy.

The renewal on Monday comes despite calls by African leaders, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, for the sanctions to be lifted to give the country a chance to recover from its economic crisis.

“The actions and policies of these persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States,” Trump said in a notice announcing the extension.

“I am continuing for

year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13288.”

Zimbabwe was on the agenda in talks President Cyril Ramaphosa had with European Union (EU) leaders on Thursday.

Trump administration officials had said the sanctions will remain until the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa changes Zimbabwe’s laws restricting media freedom and allowing protests.

According to US officials, there are 141 entities and individuals in Zimbabwe currently under US sanctions, including Mnangagwa and former president Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa has called for the sanctions to be lifted against the ZANU-PF ruling party, top military figures and some government-owned firms, which were imposed during Mugabe’s rule over what the US said were human-rights violations and undermining of the democratic process.

Zimbabwe is going through its worst economic crisis in a decade. Low on cash reserves, the southern African nation is battling severe fuel shortages.

The government announced in January a 150% increase which led to widespread discontent and violent demonstrations.

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How to extricate sinking AirZim

Source: How to extricate sinking AirZim | Daily News LATE last month Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) confirmed its plane’s departure from the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International airport was delayed because it had developed a technical problem. Plane delays and postponements are not uncommon at AirZim as the airline has experienced numerous challenges over the past two […]

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LATE last month Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) confirmed its plane’s departure from the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International airport was delayed because it had developed a technical problem.

Plane delays and postponements are not uncommon at AirZim as the airline has experienced numerous challenges over the past two decades.  Despite all their challenges, we must give the national airline credit in terms of continuing to operate in a very tough geo-political environment.

Make no mistake, the African market demand overall is high in volume domestically and regionally, however, the core problem is the low yields in the face of increasing competition. This is especially true in the Visit Friends and Relatives (abbreviated VFR) markets.

The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has already forecasted that African Airlines are to make a loss of more than US$300 million in 2019, which is in stark contrast to the rest of the global airline industry that is forecasted to make a net profit of US$32,3 billion.

The region benefits from higher-than-average yields and lower operating costs in some categories. However, few airlines in the region are able to achieve adequate load factors to generate profits.
In 2016 the African airline industry was recorded as having the safest year for flights in a decade.

According to figures from the Iata, there were no passenger fatalities in sub-Saharan Africa in 2016 and no jet hull losses, with an accident rate of 2,30 per 1m departures, in comparison with an average of 9,73 over the previous five years. However, we cannot ignore the fact that safety concerns continue to be raised over specific African carriers within the continent.

In view of all of the above, the launch of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) by 23 African States in 2018 to open the African skies connectivity was welcome news to the African continent and has given hope to ensure that passenger growth can continue and the revenue loss of a number of national African flag carriers can be reversed.

Below are some ideas on how Zimbabwe can implement a quick fix solution for AirZim which will cost some money in the short term but will have long term cash saving benefits considerably:
Strengthen the regional and domestic market before contemplating flying long-haul

UM fleet of 767-200 ER and the 737-300 ER to be grounded by end of the Iata W20 i.e. 24 March 20. They can lease this aircraft or sell the fleet completely. A tender placed immediately to dry lease the A321 NEO.  This aircraft will deliver per seat fuel improvements of 20 percent along with the additional range of up to 500 nautical miles/900 km or 2 tonnes of extra pay load. In any disciplined airline environment, fleet standardisation is a key driver in reducing costs and increasing profits.

Review the schedules completely. There is no point in flying aircraft with low load factors. AirZim needs to work with other carriers on reciprocal arrangements to transfer passengers in case of cancellations. However, we cannot ignore that foreign carriers need to be assured on strong robust government policies on funds repatriation i.e. Airlines should be allowed to remit funds to their home markets and currencies should be freely convertible at market exchange rates.

AirZim must lobby the government to restrict access to competitors who have taken away a lot of the market demand by dumping too much capacity together with offering sometimes predatory low fares on key segments.

Look at successful business models such as the SwissAir model of completely shutting the airline and re-emerging under a new name and starting afresh with a clean balance sheet which has no legacy debt.

For this to happen the government must take the difficult decision and absorb all AirZim losses and debts. There are many other ideas that can be implemented by AirZim to clear their debt.

Zimbabwe-born Mambara, who has a demonstrated history of working in the airlines/aviation industry, is currently the country manager (UK and Ireland) for Royal Brunei Airlines.

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GOVT FUMES OVER SANCTIONS EXTENSION

Government has described the extension of sanctions on Zimbabwe by the United States of America as a travesty of justice saying Zimbabwe has embarked on a path of rapprochement and expected a reciprocal gesture from Washington. 

President Donald Trump…

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SECOND MAN ‘CURED’ OF HIV

Berlin patient

An HIV positive man in the UK is the second person ever to
be declared in remission from the virus, a new study reveals.

The unidentified ‘London patient’ has been free of the
virus for 18 months without viral-suppressing treatme…

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MDC Alliance deputy president, Professor Welshman Ncube, has joined a slew of the opposition party’s sycophantic officials who are shielding party leader Mr Nelson Chamisa from possible challenge at the elective Congress slated for May […]

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