Managing Zimbabwe’s post-Mugabe era


THE reluctant resignation by former President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, opened a new and anxious chapter in the history of Zimbabwe, which lived for 37 years under the iron thumb of the wily and stubborn 93-year-old sit-tight ruler.

Along with the late Joshua Nkomo, Mugabe had led the Rhodesian Bush War against the White Minority rule of Ian Smith, emerging as the Prime Minister of the former Rhodesia (which was renamed Zimbabwe following the dismantling of White Minority rule in 1980) after the Lancaster House Agreement.

In his 37 years in power, Mugabe employed Machiavellian tactics in neutralising challenges to his position. He successfully saw off all major players in the country’s political leadership one after the other. These included Joshua Nkomo, Ndabaningani Sithole, Edgar Tekere, Edison Zvobgo, Enos Nkala, Maurice Nyagumbo, Solomon Mujuru and recently,…

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