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Businesses can stay open till 7 pm as COVID lockdown now at Level 2

President Emmerson Mnangagwa today announced that the current COVID-19 Level four lockdown has been downgraded to Level Two. The curfew hours have been shortened to between 10 PM and 5.30 AM. Businesses are now allowed to operate from 8 AM up to 7 PM while restaurants and bars within hotels and lodges will operate between […]


President Mnangagwa extends COVID lockdown by another fortnight

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has extended the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown by another two weeks. He cited that although infections have decreased over the last two weeks the number of deaths remains high. President Mnangagwa also said the following: “Several countries globally and regionally are beginning to experience the fourth wave. Quite worrisome to us are […]


Businesses to close by 15:30hrs as Zim lockdown goes to level 4

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has this evening announced that the country is going back to Level 4 lockdown amid the increase in new COVID-19 cases. His address at State House is as follows: Fellow Zimbabweans, Following a recent surge in Covid-19 cases, and subsequent to the localised lockdown measures introduced in places such as Kwekwe, Karoi, […]


President ED – State had to act against EcoCash because $8.4 billion was circulating outside the banking system

President Mnangagwa recently addressed a ZANU-PF Committee in Gweru and in that address he spoke on the long-running feud between EcoCash and the state. The President had some interesting things to say about the mobile money operator which has been accused by the financial regulator and state officials of being behind runaway inflation. We realised […]


The internet in Zimbabwe can still be shut down (probably will), the court ruling that outlawed it last time wasn’t enough

Zimbabwe is or maybe not at the brink of yet another massive demonstration by the citizens against the government. When this demonstration planned for tomorrow the 31st of July was being discussed on Twitter, I dismissed it as something that wasn’t going to happen. Well the government seems to believe the demos are going to […]


Strict Covid-19 restrictions return

The following measures were announced by the President this evening and will take effect from tomorrow: All non-working sections of our population will be required to stay at home; except for purposes of securing food, water and health services. Where travel and social contact becomes essential and inevitable, every Zimbabwean should and must uphold the […]


Former NetOne CEO Muchenje challenges his dismissal in court… again

Lazarus Muchenje was fired from his position as NetOne CEO last Friday in what seemed like the finality of a drawn out divorce. Well, it wasn’t and the former executive is back in court challenging his dismissal. Background My colleague Edwin made a fantastic video to bring everyone up to speed regarding Muchenje’s tumultuous 2 […]


Here’s everything the government has blamed for manipulating the forex rate since 2018

With recent news of Government’s attempt to ban EcoCash and all mobile money platforms, I got to thinking. How many times has the government and financial authorities shifted the goalposts regarding what our problem really is? In 2018 what had been a steady decline turned into the opening of flood gates and since then the […]


Man Behind Fake Lockdown Claims To Appear Before Courts

Last week, President Mnangagwa spoke to ZBC about fake news and the consequences of sharing misinformation during the COVID-19 lockdown. In the interview, the President made it clear that one individual who circulated a fake document – which made it seem as if the President had extended the lockdown- was being looked for by local […]


Hey President ED Laws Against Social Media Won’t Work, You Already Shared What Works

There is indeed a serious problem of misinformation, alarmist type information and general fake news regarding the COVID 19 pandemic. I am thus going to assume the president is sincere in wanting to protect the country from this ‘infodemic’ as the World Health Organisation called it. Towards the end of his address announcing total lockdown […]


President ED Declares 21 Day Lockdown From Monday 30 March

President Mnangagwa has declared that from Monday 30 March, the country will go into total lockdown for the next 21 days. Some of the measures announced as part of the declaration are as follows; Army to be deployed to enforce lockdown. All movements of people is prohibited with the exception of Ministers, Heads of Ministries […]


President ED Says He Doesn’t Follow Social Media

During the President’s national address wherein he declared the Coronavirus a national disaster, the President also informed journalists present and the nation at large that he doesn’t follow social media. One of the questions presented before the President was in regards to the information circulating on social media where claims that the University of Zimbabwe […]


Tech Highlights From The President’s 3rd 100-Day Cycle

Ever since President Mnangagwa became President (officially in August 2018) he’s set out 100-day cycles where targets are set and at the end of 100 days we can follow up on which targets where met and another cycle begins with new targets. The 3rd 100-day cycle just ended and the most recent Cabinet Decisions Matrix […]


Meet The New Minister Of ICT

Last night, President Mnangagwa made several unexpected changes to his cabinet and among them was the Ministry of ICT. For over a year, the Minister of ICT was Kazembe Kazembe but yesterday he was replaced by Jenfan Muswere who once deputised the outgoing Minister. The last time Kazembe Kazembe was appointed as Minister of ICT, […]


Crisis Communication Is Not Just For Corporates: The Zimbabwe Gender Commission’s Missed Opportunity

NB: This article was written before yesterday when the ZGC issued a fuller statement about the alleged dress code mooted to curb sexual harassment in tertiary students in Zimbabwean universities, You can read their full report here. A few years ago, I wrote an article bemoaning the public relations response of Econet, Zimbabwe’s largest telecommunications […]


Download: Mnangagwa Govt Got An Average Score On Fulfillment Of Election Promises

We have talked about Sivio Institute before particularly regarding their online tool that keeps track of how the government is performing against election promises made by President Mnangagwa and his ZANU PF party. If you haven’t checked it out, you should visit http://www.zimcitizenswatch.org/ Cool tool. Using data compiled from this tracker, Sivio Institute has published […]


President Mnangagwa’s Website Now Carries Stories Like, “How To Make A Girl Love You”

Last year in March we wrote about President Mnangagwa increasing his online presence when he launched a website. The website was only one of other several platforms (Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp) on which the President had a presence. Out of curiosity, today we went back to the site to check what new content about His […]


Pres Mnangagwa Again Says New Currency In Months, Reason: We Want To Be Like Others

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is in Maputo, Mozambique attending the US-Africa Business Summit. He spoke to Bloomberg on the sidelines of the summit. In that interview, the president again talked about introducing a new currency in Zimbabwe within months. He said: It is necessary that we have our own currency. I have faith that we’ll achieve […]


Why Using A Twitter Poll As An Approval Rating Is Not Such A Good Idea

If you’re a Twitter user, you may have come across and even participated in the infamous poll uploaded by Studio 7 VOA. If you’re not a Twitter user you may have come across some media outlets running the story claiming that the President had won approval ratings, stemming from the aforementioned poll. The idea that […]


Zim To Have Its Own Currency By Year-End Says Mnangagwa

President Emmerson Mnangagwa earlier today confirmed that Zimbabwe will re-introduce a local currency before 2019 is over. The President said the multi-currency system was no longer necessary as it was adopted to solve the problems of a decade ago: Between 2008 and 2009 our country’s currency lost value and some people became billionaires or trillionaires […]


The Most Digitally Advanced Country In The World “Looking For Ways To Develop” Digital Services In Zimbabwe

Have you ever heard of Estonia? Probably not, but I’m pretty sure you have heard of Skype and Taxify. These two companies hail from Estonia, a country which is regarded as the most advanced digital society in the world. Incidentally, Estonia’s President, Eesti Vabariigi met President Mnangagwa at the AU Summit where they talked about […]


President Mnangagwa Justifies Internet Shut Down, Although “He Deeply Believes In Freedom Of Speech And Expression”

If you were thinking that President Mnangagwa was going to regret or repent for last week’s decision to switch off the internet, then you are in for a disappointment. Although he “believes deeply in the freedom of speech, the Presidents said it was justified in shutting down the internet as social media was being used […]


Confusion On Twitter: Who Really Speaks For President Mnangagwa?

So President Emmerson Mnangagwa is the first Zimbabwean president to have a social media presence. Well, we have only had three presidents in our 40 year history as a country called Zimbabwe! Point is though, the president embraced social media immediately upon taking his first oath of office. He announced his presence with a video […]


President Mnangagwa Not Going To Davos, He’s Coming Home To Deal With Crisis

Reports say the president is no longer going to Davos, He is cutting his trip short and coming back home to deal with the crisis rocking the country since early last week. President Mnangagwa was set to attend the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos for the second consecutive year as the president of Zimbabwe […]


President Mnangagwa Posts On Social Media Saying We Have Right To Free Speech When Social Media Is Blocked By His Government

President Mnangagwa posted on Facebook and Twitter from Russia saying he is saddened by reports of violence back home. He said everyone in Zimbabwe has the right to freely speak out and to criticise. ‘It’s ironic that he would say that and more so that he said so on social media when the platforms are […]


An Online Petition To Ban President Mnangagwa From Davos Has More Than 40K Signatures

No wonder Zimbabweans are being blocked from the internet by the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa! We have become very creative and envelope pushing online. There’s a petition on change.org that is asking the international community to ban the Zimbabwean president from attending the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos from the 22nd of this […]


Vice President, Chiwenga Says Social Media Is Making The Situation Worse

Fuel shortages, the general increase in prices, black markets: all these problems are what Zimbabweans are facing right now. And Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has just said that some people on social media are making these problems worse. With these remarks, The Vice president echoed the same sentiments President Mnangagwa said three months ago when […]


Here’s Why Google Shows You Donald Trump When You Search For ‘Idiot’ According To Google’s CEO

The internet despises Donald Trump and Google is not able to do much about it. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai was summoned on Tuesday for a round of grilling by a committee comprising of US Senators. While the session was primarily around the tech giant’s role in maintaining a fair and indiscriminate platform for searching anything […]


President Mnangagwa Appoints Head Of E-Government Unit

The chairperson (or former chairperson now) at Africom -Mr Jacob Wekwete- is now the head of Zimbabwe’s E-Government Unit in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC). He has left his post at Africom and will take charge of the E-Government program which runs across a number of public sector institutions. What exactly is […]


Podcast On President Mnangagwa’s First 100 Days. What Say Ye?

While some are convinced 100 days is not enough to measure any progress, there are some people out there I’m sure who like me think 100 days is a long time to prove to masses that we are in the right direction. Speculations aside let’s work with facts, what positive change have you seen in […]