ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Last African Liberator

The fall of Robert Mugabe could mean only a brief respite for Zimbabwe.

In the euphoria that followed the ouster of Zimbabwe’s seemingly eternal President Robert Mugabe, few stopped for a reality check when his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa promised a future of freedom and prosperity. Mnangagwa inherits from his one-time mentor, a party apparatus that is bitterly divided, and a legacy of settling factional squabbles through coercion.

Mugabe was given an opportunity to resign. The army, which continues to be dominated by veterans of the anti-colonial war, felt obliged to provide that semblance of dignity to the man whose survival through two decades of global ostracism depended on retaining the aura of the liberator. But, resignation, for Mugabe, would have meant the renunciation of some of his most egregious follies, particularly those involving his pronounced tilt in recent years towards his second and much younger wife, Grace, in the succession contest.

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Updated On : 24th Nov, 2017
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