INSEPARABLE TWINS. . . Politics and economics are major ingredients in the recipe for a healthy economy, as such their relationship should always be compatible

Politics and economy, key to success

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Politics has the tendency to influence the economy and unfortunately, the game has not done the country any good in the past 15 years as there has been confrontation betwee...
Dr Parirenyatwa

PSMAS, NSSA making the ‘grass’ suffer

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir In all fairness, the good minister is offside and he should answer tough questions, because at the end of the day, it is the poor people who suffer more. So, this past week...
Cde Zhuwao

Deal with contradictions promptly

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir— If there is anything that confuses people in general and investors in particular, it is discord that comes from ministers or senior officials on Government policies....
DESTRUCTIVE CONSTRUCTION . . .Brick making may be big business,and a source of livelihood to many , especially as construction takes an upward trajectory, but the destruction to the environment should not go unabated

Spare a thought for the environment

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Mr Speaker Sir, a visit to the Mt Hampden area where a number of companies and groups are into brick-making will expose just how the environment has been destroyed in searc...
Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa

Make budget consultations relevant

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir FOR the whole of next week, at least 20 Members of Parliament will traverse the country to solicit views from citizens on how they want the country to spend its revenue nex...
Hwange Thermal Power Station is the biggest power plant in Zimbabwe with an installed capacity of 920MW, but of late the generators have continuously been in the intensive care

IPPs must shape up or ship out!

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir As things stand, there will be no significant economic growth to talk about as long as our electricity generation is dropping because power is a core variable to economic g...
SOLAR

Power crisis: SPB bungling worrisome

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Zimbabwe is facing a serious electricity crisis as the Kariba hydro-power station — the country’s flagship power plant — has reduced its generation capacity from about 700 ...
Some MPs only attend parliamentary proceedings briefly just to mark themselves present before walking out within five minutes

Govt must do more in fight against graft

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Zimbabweans should be forgiven for thinking that corruption is a criminal offence only applicable to small fish, while the big ones swim until there is no more to loot. If ...
President Mugabe (centre) introduces Africa’s richest man Mr Aliko Dangote (second from left) to Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko (extreme right), while Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa (left) and Dangote Group executive director Mr Edwin Dera Kumar Victor (second from right) look on at State House recently

When bureaucracy impedes progress

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir So many foreigners have been flocking to Zimbabwe of late to explore investment opportunities after a decade of being shunned by capital particularly from the West due to p...
Some MPs only attend parliamentary proceedings briefly just to mark themselves present before walking out within five minutes

Television legislators, we presume?

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir The first instalment on this column about two years ago ruffled feathers when it raised the fact that some MPs were only attending parliamentary proceedings briefly just to...
Government must put mechanisms in place to ensure that all investment deals are handled by mandated authorities and not fly-by-night pseudo consultants or officials. Parliament can provide oversight

Graft an enemy of development

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir It goes without saying that red tape has been one of the major drivers of corruption in the country, as investors both local and foreign are frustrated until they accept to...

Ordinary workers are the REAL losers

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker, Sir Some companies have taken advantage of the recent Supreme Court ruling that they can terminate their workers’ contracts on three months’ notice on the basis of common law....
Umzingwane legislator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga found it appropriate to display and talk about undergarments than the burning issue of thousands workers who have been sent home in the past week

When panties are hyped over livelihoods

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Mr Speaker Sir, while the Labour Act is going through some amendments, there is need to strike a balance that will benefit both employers and the employees. There can be no...
Mr Kuwaza

Active Parly keeps boards in check

Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir Members of Parliament have for a long time been considered toothless bulldogs who are wasting taxpayers’ money going to the august House to bootlick their masters instead o...