Could there be a bigger symbol of how out of touch Zimbabwe’s not-so-new president is, than the fact that, while the country was in flames, he opted to go on a state visit to Moscow. While President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took office more than a year ago after a disputed and violence-marred election, was in Russia ostensibly to seek loans to help revive the economy, there was no indication from his Russian counterpart that such help will be forthcoming. It remains to be seen whether the president will stick to his itinerary, which is due to finish at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, or whether he will attempt to show Zimbabweans he’s not completely insensitive to their suffering by returning home to help solve the mess he created when he announced a 150% hike in the fuel price last Saturday. A man who made his name as Robert Mugabe’s enforcer during much of the former president’s 37-year reign was hardly going to inspire confidence as a great reformer, but there was ...

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