How Media Reforms Can Help Turn Zimbabwe’s Economy Around – Hopewell Chin’ono

In an opinion piece posted today on Nehanda Radio, prominent journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono writes about how media reforms can help turn the Zimbabwe economy around. The article itself is political reforms and the writer ties the media reforms into this wider subject. An excerpt: Imagine what it would do to our economy and international relations […]

“No Presidential Candidate Will Win Without The Rural Vote”,- Hopewell Chin’ono Tells MDC

Harvard-trained Zimbabwean journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono has told the opposition MDC to start engaging with the rural populace since no Presidential candidate will win an election without the rural vote. He claims that this would help the opposition in exposing propaganda and falsehood which the ruling party, ZANU-PF has, through State media, been spreading. Chin’ono also […]

MDC Youth Threats Could Soil Chamisa’s Victory – Hopewell Chin’ono

Veteran award-winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono says that utterances made by the MDC Alliance Harare Youth Wing are undemocratic and unacceptable, and could soil Chamisa’s victory at the Congress scheduled for May. The threats against legitimate contestants against Nelson Chamisa are undemocratic and unacceptable! His supporters should win the hearts and minds of the delegates and […]

Govt Is Alienating Allies, Destroying Confidence With “Silly” Appointments – Hopewell Chin’ono

Award-winning journalist and New York Times Foreign Correspondent Hopewell Chin’ono warned President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government that it is alienating allies by making controversial and “silly” appointments. Chin’ono highlighted the appointments of Acie Lumumba as the chairperson of the Finance Ministry Communications Taskforce and warned that he has learned that more “shocking” appointments are coming. Writes Chin’ono […]

Don’t Blame Grace, Mugabe Has Been Sacking Rivals Since She Was A Teenager: Hopewell Chin’ono

Award-winning Journalist and New York Times Foreign Correspondent Hopewell Chin’ono has said that people should not credit Grace Mugabe’s powers over the president for the sacking of Vice President Mnangagwa. Chin’ono argues that such analysis ignores the fact that President Robert Mugabe has been getting rid of those he deemed political threats long before Grace […]

Firing Mnangagwa Shows That Mugabe Is Not Worried About 2018 Election Results says Hopewell Chin’ono

  Award-winning Journalist and New York Times Foreign Correspondent Hopewell Chin’ono has said that the fact that President Robert Mugabe fired his deputy, former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, shows that Mugabe is not worried about the results of the 2018 Elections. Chin’ono postulates that Mugabe and Zanu-PF know fully well that they cannot win any election […]

Dzamara ICU story is fake news says Hopewell Chin’ono

Award winning Journalist and New York Times Foreign Correspondent Hopewell Chin’ono has urged the media to be more responsible and to do meticulous verification before publishing stories.  This follows reports that Patson Dzamara was now in the Intensive Care Unit.  Chin’ono says the report was false and accused Dzamara and other activists of misleading people […]

Time For Zim To Consider A Foreign RBZ Governor Who Will Not Be Manipulated: Chin’ono

Award-winning journalist and New York Times Foreign Correspondent Hopewell Chin’ono has said that Zimbabwe should consider getting a foreigner to become the governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ). Chin’ono argues that a foreigner will be able to withstand manipulation from the political class. We have enough evidence that a local person would clearly […]

Chamisa Needs To Stick To Written Speeches, He Is Discrediting Himself Home And Abroad – Chin’ono

Award-winning Journalist and New York Times Foreign Correspondent Hopewell Chin’ono has advised MDC-T President Nelson Chamisa to stick to written speeches to avoid discrediting himself with hyperbole. This comes after Rwandan President Paul Kagame denied Chamisa’s claims that he had helped Rwanda craft its ICT policy. Zimbabwe hasn’t had a brilliant political orator of Robert […]

Video: Trailer of “Beautiful” – Documentary On Autism By Hopewell Chin’ono

Award-winning Zimbabwean journalist and documentary filmmaker, Hopewell Chin’ono, is set to start production on a new documentary film called Beautiful which is centred on Autism. Production will start as soon as his latest film, State of Mind which looks at mental illness in Zimbabwe is out. Writes Chin’ono on his Facebook page, My next documentary […]

WATCH: Zimbabwean News Editors Discuss The Role Of Media In Zimbabwe’s Situation

Zimpapers Television network (ZTN) hosted journalist leaders in Zimbabwe to discuss the role of the Media in the current Zimbabwe situation. Guests in the discussion were; Hopewell Chin’ono (independent documentary filmmaker), Dumisani Muleya (Zimbabwe Independent Editor), Tichaona Zindoga (Acting Editor Zimpapers), Gilbert Nyambabvu (News and Current Affairs Head – ZBC ) and Grace Mutandwa. ShareWhatsAppFacebookTwitter

ZIMBABWEANS REACT: To Mthuli Ncube Saying Prices In USD Have Fallen

Finance and Economic Development Minister, Mthuli Ncube has said that prices in RTGS$ are grossly inflated because, in USD he said, prices have generally fallen. The minister tweeted a table his ministry has prepared to back his point. The table shows the USD prices in shops in January 2018 compared to those in June 2019. […]

‘Teacher’s Salary Now Worth 49 Loaves Of Bread’

Crisis Group’s Senior Consultant for Southern Africa, Piers Pigou has bemoaned the erosion of the majority of Zimbabweans’ purchasing power as the value of the “Funny Money”, the RTGS dollars. Writing on social media on Wednesday, Pigou said: If you have USD, and only a select do, prices of goods and services are in fact […]

PICTURE: Bread Now Costs RTGS$6.84/ US$0.72 Per Loaf

Writing on social media, journalist and political commentator, Hopewell Chin’ono said that the prices are not going up, but rather going down. He wrote: Contrary to what Mthuli Ncube [Finance and Economic Development] and the government are saying, prices haven’t gone up, they are actually going down. 2 years ago a loaf of bread was […]

Full Thread: “Queen Bee” Selling Fuel To Parliament At $10.50 Per Litre

One of the major fuel retailers in Zimbabwe, Redan Petroleum, is reportedly selling fuel to parliamentarians at double the normal price. Eyebrows have been raised over the issue as it is believed that a fuel cartel is busy milking state coffers through such a deal. Award-winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono has sought for clarity over the […]

ZIMBABWEANS REACT: To ZANU PF MP Buying A US$210 000 Lamborghini

On Monday, it was reported that ZANU PF MP for Gokwe Nembudziya, Justice Mayor Wadyajena had imported a Lamborghini from Europe. The supercar costs a whopping US$210 000 and it is this extravagant figure that sent tounges wagging. While more than 90 per cent of Zimbabweans are struggling to make ends meet, some observers were […]

Pictures: Lamborghini That Has Caused Commotion On Social Media

The Lamborghini was reportedly delivered at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport on Monday. Reports claim that the supercar belongs to none other than Justice Mayor Wadyajena, a young ZANU PF MP who represents Gokwe Nembudziya constituency in the National Assembly. Commenting on the extraordinary power machine, award-winning journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono said: ZANU-PF MP Mayor […]

Full Text: Mthuli Ncube’s ‘Arrogance’ Under The Microscope

By Award-winning Zimbabwean journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono: I went into my local supermarket this morning and bumped into a cabinet Minister who accosted me into a corner but in a very friendly way. The Minister asked me to support the government and to proffer ideas arguing that many people read what I write and as such, […]

ZIMBABWEANS REACT: To The Abduction And Torture Of ARTUZ President

Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, Obert Masaraure was reportedly abducted during the night from his home by unknown gunmen, beaten and left for dead. Below is how some Zimbabweans reacted on Twitter to the incident: Civil society leader Obert Masaraure abducted, tortured and dumped the usual way in Zim.7 other civil society activists in […]

‘MDC Should Not Demonstrate, Economy & Black Market Already Doing So’

The opposition MDC has been advised to desist from mass protests because that will be playing into the hands of the government. This follows the brutal crackdown by security forces against protestors in August last year and in January this with civic leaders being arrested and charged with treason. Renowned award-winning journalist and political commentator, […]

WATCH: Historical Perspective, ED Might Not While SA Delegates Attend Dabengwa’s Burial

Some have argued that it might be very difficult for president Mnangagwa to attend Dumiso Dabengwa’s funeral and burial tomorrow due to a number of reason. Although his sour relations with the late former ZIPRA commander are contributing to what is happening, there are other issues. Meanwhile, 2 former South African Presidents Thabo Mbeki & […]

Joanna Mamombe Arrested, Again

Harare West MP Joana Mamombe has reportedly been arrested and detained at Harare Central Police. Mamombe was arrested a few months back while she was on Parliament business in Nyanga. She was subsequently charged with treason. Her latest arrest was confirmed by prominent award-winning journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono who wrote: Harare West MP Joana Mamombe arrested […]

PICTURES: Large Supermarkets Begin Pricing In US Dollars

Some large supermarket chain brands in Zimbabwe, such as Spar, have begun pricing their products in US Dollars. Messages posted on Twitter by journalist and filmmaker, Hopewell Chin’ono, Sunday afternoon showed at one Spar supermarket in Harare, has started displaying US dollars as the only currency on the products. The supermarket, however, says it still […]

FULL THREAD: ZANU PF Bigwig Seizes White-owned Farm, Hands It To Son

Manicaland Minister Ellen Gwaradzimba is taking Farfell Coffee Estate from farmer Richard Le Vieux and handing it to her son yet Mnangagwa is telling foreign investors that their investments are safe. Let us go back there 5 years from now and see what would have happened to it! This farm exports coffee, avocados and macadamia […]

‘Tongogara Was Killed For Pushing For A United Patriotic Front’

The late liberation war commander, Dumiso Dabengwa reportedly said that the late ZANLA commander Josiah Magama Tongogara was killed because he was pushing for a United Patriotic Front bringing together ZANU and ZAPU ahead of the 1980 elections. Tongogara died in a car crash in Mozambique, according to the official account, while travelling to Mozambique […]

Parirenyatwa Doctor Who Was ‘Forced’ To Resign Now Working With Koreans

An ex-doctor at Parirenyatwa hospital, Dr Noah Madziva, who resigned after he was ordered to appear before a disciplinary committee last month is now working with South Koreans on a different project. This was revealed by award-winning journalist and social commentator, Hopewell Chin’ono. He wrote: At Parirenyatwa 1 of the best surgeons in Zimbabwe Noah […]

PICTURE: Zimbabweans Ride On Top Of Bus As Transport Situation Worsens

  A picture taken on the evening of 21 May 2019 shows commuters on top of a bus traveling back home from work in Harare. A hike in fuel prices has resulted in private transport fares going up. In response to the hiked fares, the government lowered the fares for its ZUPCO fleet of buses. […]

FULL TEXT: Bulawayo Commuter Omnibus Operators Suspend Services

Bulawayo Commuter Omnibus operators have unanimously agreed to suspend their operations with effect from 22 May 2019. They all argue that the business is no longer sustainable with the reintroduction of the ZUPCO buses. Read the full text below: More: Hopewell Chin’ono ShareWhatsAppFacebookTwitter

Picture: Crowds Throng Bus Termini For ‘Free’ ZUPCO Buses

The provision of ZUPCO buses for “free”, actually the bus fare is $0.50 for most of the routes in and around Harare, has resulted in chaos as crowds throng the various termini to get cheap rides. Award-winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono writes: This picture has been taken just now. This is the other side of subsidies, […]

Govt In Disarray Over The Pricing Of Fuel – Commentator

The government has been castigated for its latest inconsistent measures regarding the pricing fuel. On Monday, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe announced that fuel dealers now have to access foreign currency at the prevailing exchange rate at the interbank market, a departure from the fixed 1:1 rate. However, the government has quickly moved to stop […]

Pictures: TV & Sales Now Pricing Goods In US Dollars

Recent reports indicate that some major retail outlets are now selling goods in US dollars because of the instability of the RTGS dollars. One such retailer is TV and Sales. Writing on social media, renowned award-winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono said: Shops have gotten tired of the RBZ tomfoolery and are starting to price their goods […]

‘Fortune Chasi Has Been Handed A Live Snake’

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday announced that the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Joram Gumbo, has been reassigned and replaced by deputy Transport Minister Fortune Chasi. Meanwhile, Daniel Mackenzie Ncube, a political heavyweight from the Midlands province has been appointed the chairman of the National Oil Infrastructure Company (NOIC) Board. Here is how Zimbabweans […]

Dr Madziva Resigns Following Accusations Of Snubbing Minister During Parirenyatwa Visit

Parirenyatwa Hospital Clinical Director Dr Noah Madziva has resigned from the post with immediate effect. Dr Madziwa was summoned to appear before a disciplinary committee to explain why he was absent during Health Minister, Obadiah Moyo’s visit to the hospital. He was reportedly in surgery operating a patient during the time of Minister Moyo’s visit. […]

PICTURE: Air Zimbabwe ‘s New Plane Acquired From Embraer

Air Zimbabwe acquired a new plane from the United States a few days after its one and only plane in operation (Chimanimani) caught fire twice in the space of 48 hours. The plane touched down at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare at 1.30PM on Tuesday. Award-winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono wrote on Twitter: One […]

President Mnangagwa Appoints Dr Agnes Mahomva MoHCC Perm Sec

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday made senior appointments in the civil service. The newly-appointed officials are Dr Agnes Mahomva and Simon Masanga. A NewZwire report said: President Mnangagwa has appointed Dr Agnes Mahomva, a public health specialist and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation country head, as Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry. Mahomva has been […]

Journalist Corrects Mthuli Ncube On IMF’s Staff-Monitored Programs

Award-winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono says Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube is “mixing oranges and apples” in his remarks over the IMF Staff-Monitored Program (SMP). Chin’ono was responding to a tweet by Ncube who wrote from the United States of America saying that SPM from the IMF would open up immediately financial inflows and help Zimbabwe stabilise […]

How Zimbabweans Reacted To News Of Judith Makwanya’s Death

Veteran broadcaster Judith Makwanya has died. She was 56. Makwanya was diagnosed with high blood pressure last Thursday. Her condition worsened on Monday evening when she suffered a stroke. She died at around 11 PM at the West End Clinic in Harare. Here is how Zimbabweans on Twitter reacted to the news of Makwanya’s death: […]

Paying US Lobbyists A Waste Of Money – Political Analyst

Award-winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono says that the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa does not need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars paying American lobbyists to mend relations with the United States government. Chin’ono opines that all that is needed is for Mnangagwa to repeal draconian legislation such as POSA and AIPPA, and media reform […]

FULL THREAD: Award-winning Journalist Laments The ‘Seizure’ Of Farfell Estates

Award-winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono has castigated corruption and nepotism in the re-allocation of Farfell Estates located in Mount Selinda, Eastern Highlands. The farm which produces coffee for the export market was given to Remembrance Gwarazimba who is the son of Manicaland Resident Minister. Said Chin’ono: I have argued that corruption, nepotism and incompetence are at […]

Charles Mungoshi’s Family Releases Funeral Arrangements

The family of the late Zimbabwean author Charles Mungoshi has released funeral arrangements. Information released by journalist Hopewell Chin’ono is that mourners are gathered at 47 Uta, Zengeza 1, Chitungwiza. Mungoshi’s body is expected to leave Harare for Manyene, Chivhu on Monday 18 February. The award winning author will be buried on Tuesday 20 February. Burial […]

How Zimbabweans Reacted To The Soldier Assaulting Women Video

Earlier today, an amateur video of a soldier assaulting 3 women went viral. The video shows evidence that there was (and may still be) abuse of ordinary citizens by the military as part of the crackdown that started on the night of 14 January 2019. Here are some of the notable reactions made by Zimbabweans […]

Dead End For Zim’s Re-engagement Dream After Losing Britain’s Support – Analyst

Zimbabwe’s quest to reengage the wider international community is now hanging by a thread after the Mnangagwa administration lost the support of the British, according to renowned journalist Hopewell Chin’ono. The United Kingdom is key to the success of Zim’s re-engagement efforts as it is the former colonial power, and both the United of America and […]

Chamisa Blocked By Military, Police From Getting To Mtukudzi’s Homestead, Mourners Break Down Gate To Allow Chamisa In

Renowned journalist Hopewell Chin’ono said that the police and the military blocked MDC president Nelson Chamisa from getting to the late Oliver Mtukudzi’s homestead on Sunday where the late singer was expected to be buried. The incident is said to have taken place right in front of the South African Ambassador to Zimbabwe. Writing on […]

Watch: Beatrice Mtetwa And The Rule Of Law In Zimbabwe, Documentary

Documentary Film on the life of Beatrice Mtetwa that Hopewell Chin’ono co-produced with Lorie Conway, who also directed the film. Related: Watch: System Denying Justice To People Arrested For Shutdown Zimbabwe, Beatrice Mtetwa Full Text: Biti’s Lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, Says Her Client Is Being Detained Unlawfully Because He Was Abducted   ShareWhatsAppFacebookTwitter

Poor Journalists Vulnerable To Corrupt Leaders, Causing Dying Media In Zimbabwe

Documentary filmmaker, Hopewell Chin’ono, has said that Zimbabwe’s media industry is left with just a handful of quality journalists and that the industry is dying. In an opinion piece titled “Zimbabwe’s journalism disaster” Chin’ono identified poverty as one of the main reasons He claimed that he saw the controversial local religious leader, Magaya, bribing some journalists […]

Video: Zanu-PF Supporters Demonstrate At HQ, Threaten Another “Bhora Musango”

Disgruntled Zanu-PF supporters staged a demonstration at the Party Headquarters protesting against the outcome of the just ended primary elections. The polls were marred by allegations of intimidation, violence, rigging and vote buying. The protestors threatened to do another “Bhora Musango” if their grievances are not addressed. Bhora Musango refers to the situation where ruling […]

Pictures: Sale And Purchase Agreement For Zimbabwe Airways Planes Bought By Govt

The first Zimbabwe Airways Boeing B777, with the registration number Z-RGM  arrived in the country on Wednesday. The plane is one of four planes which were purchased from Malaysian Airlines, which decommissioned the planes following the disappearance of two successive Boeing 777s flights including the MH370 flight. President Emmerson Mnangagwa ordered the planes to be […]

Painful Account Of A Denied Visa At US Embassy In Harare

Top journalist and documentary filmmaker Hopewell Chin’ono, who said he visited the US Embassy in Harare for a Visa recently, recounted the painful experience of watching a young woman denied a Visa to the US. Here’s part of the account: …She paid US$160 for her visa interview, they don’t take Bond notes or debit and credit […]

Unpacking Mugabe’s Khupe Overtures

  The South African Sunday Times reports that Thokozani Khupe, the MDC-T deputy president was talking to Robert Mugabe before Morgan Tsvangirai’s death. The MDC-T Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa says that this is news to the party as this was done behind their back. By Hopewell Chin’ono The revelation that Khupe has been talking to […]

VIDEO: Mnangagwa Responds To Reports Of Mugabe Forming New Patriotic Front To Distabilise Zanu-PF

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has responded to news reports that former Zanu-PF leader Robert Mugabe is behind the formation of a new political outfit called the New Patriotic Front (NPF). Addressing a Zanu-PF youth League Assembly, Mnangagwa said he is not going to take a stance against former president Mugabe, until he has gathered enough information […]

America can not and will not change governments in Zim, it is Zimbabweans who can do that

Award-winning journalist and New York Times Foreign Correspondent Hopewell Chin’ono has said that the MDC may have misread the public mood in Zimbabwe, by going to give testimony before the United States Senate. Chin’ono also said that the opposition may have wasted an opportunity to have a meaningful national dialogue with Zimbabweans emphasizing that the […]

Video: We Never Took The Military’s Warnings Seriously Says Mzembi

In an interview with the BBC, former Finance Minister Walter Mzembi admitted that he and his fellow  G40 Faction ministers did not take the military’s warnings seriously when the military warned that it would step in, if it was not satisfied with what was happening in politics. Mzembi was referring to the military takeover undertaken […]

Mnangagwa was exposed the day he was appointed by Robert Mugabe as his VP

Award-winning Journalist and New York Times Foreign Correspondent Hopewell Chin’ono has said that former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was exposed when he was appointed as Vice President. According to Chin’ono, until that point, Mnangagwa was feared because he played his cards close to his chest. However, when he started speaking, the myth around him disappeared. […]

Video: ZEC Chairperson Justice Rita Makarau explains why she kneeled before Mugabe, accused of lying

Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Justice Rita Makarau said that she kneeled when addressing President Mugabe out of respect. She added that she always kneels when addressing older people and said she also kneels before Chief Justice Luke Malaba. Makarau was being interviewed by media personality Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa. This was after Makarau had been […]

Patson Dzamara accused of misleading people about ICU to elicit public sympathy

Human rights activist Patson Dzamara has been accused of lying about his condition after he claimed that he had been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit.  According to Award winning Journalist and New York Times Foreign Correspondent Hopewell Chin’ono,  Dzamara was not in the ICU and was likely to be discharged yesterday.  Said Chin’ono writting […]