Zimbabwe: The passing of Neo-Colonial Man

THE OTHER SIDE NATHANIEL MANHERU The year 1970 saw the birth of a publication titled “The Passing of Tribal Man in Africa”. Edited by a Canadian academic, the late Peter C. W. Gutkind, the publication challenged entrenched Anglo-Saxon ideas which had congealed into a fashionable discipline called anthropology which in fact had grown affixed to…
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Zimbabwe: Where knowledge is innocent

Nathaniel Manheru THE OTHER SIDE— ONE quote which high school history pupils in this country spout out with remarkable ease is one attributed to Otto von Bismarck, the German aristocrat and leader who is credited with the unification of Germany on the back of Prussia, then the leading part of the amalgam. There is no…
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South Africans: How I wish I was one!

The Other Side: Nathaniel Manheru It is very easy to think it is the flash, not the flame; that burns big logs. The local media excitedly reported on the resignation of an aide of Mujuru’s Nats, in the process missing the actual burning flame of the whole story. I mean, does it really matter to…
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Opposition: Jacobinism in times of plenty

Nathaniel Manheru: THE OTHER SIDE So it’s true after all? That Tsvangirai’s MDC benefited from Mai Mujuru and her late departed hero-husband, Chauya-Chauya’s Mavambo project? So why was she denying it when this column made that revelation for the benefit of truth and history? What has now changed so much now to inspire such unheralded…
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2018: Sifting real issues from so much chaff

Nathaniel Manheru THE OTHER SIDE— One question many of my readers pose and even criticise me for is taking contrary thoughts too seriously. I fully understand where my readers are coming from. We have become a virtual community of opinion, creating that sense of becoming an extended patient whenever there is injury to any one…
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Pseudo-Reformists: When Beasts of England Roar

Nathaniel Manheru THE OTHER SIDE— A cryptic but interesting response to my piece last week came from one “yowe” who advised me to read George Orwell’s classic, Animal Farm. I can only surmise that “yowe” is unaware that literature, English literature especially, is my forte, a situation that makes the helpful advisory somewhat a bit…
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History: None but themselves!

Nathaniel Manheru: THE OTHER SIDE— IT has been a week of laughter and good political humour, not least because my party triumphed in Bikita West, but also because of the clotted reasoning and prose which this defeat wrought in losers. It is a bit unkind to continue to mention names of the already distressed, but…
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