Elections, politicians and a bag of maize

By Lance MambondianiEconomics, Politics

IN PREPARATION for the next elections, the two main political parties, Zanu PF and MDC-T have tabled diverging economic policies on how they intend to improve the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans if voted into office. The people they seek to … Read more


Wanted: a government with a jobs strategy

By Lance MambondianiBudget, Companies, Politics

IF STATISTICS are to be believed, eight in 10 Zimbabweans are unemployed. As at 2010, only 0,9 million people were recorded as being in formal employment. To put it in perspective (using a rather dramatic example), the total number of … Read more


Diamonds: America’s economic crimes against Zimbabwe

By Psychology MaziwisaEconomics, Mining, Politics, World

SERIOUS changes of opinion are rare in international politics, occurring maybe only once every quarter of a century. For example, it took the international community a lifetime before it could accept that Nelson Mandela was not a terrorist. It took … Read more


Indigenisation policy: sharing the crumbs of a cup cake

By Lance MambondianiBanking, Companies, Politics

WHEN it comes to populist policies such as indigenisation, you cannot question the craftsmanship and frothing passion of its most avid political proponents. It’s a zero sum game; foreign shareholders and the private sector have been bullied and marched into … Read more


Kereke should check in with his shrinks

By Gilbert NyambabvuBanking, Legal, Politics

MUNYARADZI Kereke, the former central bank adviser, must think Zimbabweans are mental dunces who are enamoured of his brilliant self that we will let him treat us with the selfish disregard of a lover who tantalises you with the preliminaries … Read more


New bank capital requirements: a red herring

By Lance MambondianiBanking, Companies, Money

IN THE recent Mid-Term Monetary policy statement, the central bank has proposed a 10-fold increase in bank capital adequacy requirements (CAR) to US$100 billion. Whilst the chronic fragility within the Zimbabwean banking sector requires urgent redress, the proposed adjustments are … Read more


Gono-Kasukuwere spat clouding policy

By Psychology MaziwisaBanking, Companies, Politics

THERE are very few people in Zimbabwean public life with finer qualities than Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono. I truly believe that Zimbabwe can only stand to benefit from his talents, wisdom and many years of experience both as Governor … Read more


Interfin’s dodgy dealings came back to bite

By Gilbert MupondaBanking, Companies

MEDIA reports on the fall of Interfin Bank – particularly by the NewsDay newspaper – have sought to divert attention from the systematic looting spree at the bank and try to apportion some blame elsewhere. According to the  Reserve Bank … Read more


Interfin: Want to rob a bank? Own one!

By Lance MambondianiBanking, Companies, Personal Finance

THE closure of Interfin and Genesis Investment Bank in the last couple of weeks makes for grim reading. The collapse of the two private indigenous banks due to recurring liquidity challenges raises serious questions regarding the fragility of the Zimbabwean … Read more


Economy operating below capacity

By Lance MambondianiBudget, Economics, Money, Politics

IN FEBRUARY 2009, Zimbabwe’s bickering political parties formed a three-party coalition government underwritten by the African Union, a marriage of convenience following a disputed election. The economy, described then by Economist’s Economic Intelligence Unit as ‘the worst in the world’ … Read more