Many SMEs in Zimbabwe are into retail while others are into artisanal mining, but a good diversification into small-scale manufacturing is welcome for the betterment of the economy

Small businesses are a big deal

Nick Mangwana : View from the Diaspora Having a small business sometimes is not about choice. It is about passion. But in Zimbabwe it is about survival. It is about employment and creating value, but...
Quail birds were the flavour of the month before the hashtag craze which will soon pass, if it hasn’t already

#, just an ephemeral craze

Nick Mangwana View From the Diaspora There should always be an element of public interest before prosecuting certain crimes. Was it really in the public interest to arrest and charge this guy conside...
In March 2016 the US placed two more fertiliser companies, Chemplex Holdings and Zimbabwe Fertiliser Company on its sanctions list in an effort to cripple the country’s agriculture sector

Unpacking maize abundance in Zambia

Nick Mangwana View from the Diaspora There has been a direct effort to support Zambian food production by the European Union and undermine Zimbabwean agriculture through the strangling of the agricul...
One of the weaknesses of the current anti-corruption thrust is the failure to impound money, cars and properties that cannot be explained

Zim needs a financial disclosure system

Nick Mangwana View from the Diaspora Without doubt corruption is an enemy against the development of our country. It rewards greediness and crookedness. The current scenario in Zimbabwe allows crooks...
The declaration of assets such as vehicles by public officials has the support of the public and those with nothing to hide

Public officials must declare assets

Nick Mangwana View from the Diaspora The declaration of assets by public officials has the support of the public and those with nothing to hide. But the delay in implementation does indicate that the...
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Is it time for diplomatic service reform?

Nick Mangwana View from the Diaspora Last week this column expressed outrage at the treatment of Zimbabwe’s foreign-based diplomats by the parent ministry. The irony of the whole matter is that the m...
Embassy of Zimbabwe in Washington, DC

Ambassadors are our face abroad

Nick Mangwana View From Diaspora An ambassador is an envoy of a principal. There are way too many misconstructions about Zimbabwe. Do we have to confirm them by this laissez faire and a we don’t give...
The principal purpose of the national pledge is to inspire patriotism

National pledge: Hallmark of patriotism

Nick Mangwana View from the Diaspora What is clear is that most nations have national pledges of sorts. Whether these should be compulsory is another thing. Right now Zimbabwe is in a polarised State...
One of the major gains since our independence is the number of universities we have now and these churn out thousands of graduates who are finding it difficult to get employment

Unemployment a national headache

Nick Mangwana View From The Diaspora The Government is doing a lot right. This is might seem a surprise to many, but when one looks at the challenges that were brought by El Nino and notice that ther...
Some members of ZANU-PF have been seized with attacking each other using social media platforms like Twitter at the expense of pressing issues like the El Nino-induced drought

Managing bad news differently

Nick Mangwana View From the Diaspora Recently there was a decision by the Censorship Board of Zimbabwe to ban a highly contrived and manipulated film on Zimbabwe’s constitution-making process. The fi...
Courts, like the Supreme Court (above),  are there to transparently interpret the law and help resolve misunderstandings

Compliance with the Constitution is a must

Nick Mangwana View From the Diaspora In the world we all live in people serve their own interests and in doing so they manipulate rules and make some up as they go along. It is only national constitu...
OFFSIDE . . . zanu-pf deputy secretary for Youth Affairs Kudzanayi Chipanga  challenged war veterans to a fight

So, youths would dare Gen Tongo to a fight?

View From the Diaspora Nick Mangwana Had General Josiah Tongogara lived to see this day, he would have been 78-years-old, an elderly senior citizen. He would have been much older than most of the eld...
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Call for UN reform finds resonance

Nick Mangwana View from the Diaspora Politics continue to be the theme of this column this week. However, the issue of alleged stealing of women’s underwear and questionable paternity pedigree will b...