Former president Robert Mugabe may no longer be in office - his absence robbing opposition parties of the popular election rhetoric of "Mugabe must go" ahead of this month's polls - but there is still plenty left in Zimbabwe to serve as a reminder of his 37 years at the helm. Mugabe's legacy is a broken economy, and whoever is the victor on July 30 will have the difficult task of trying to piece it back together while addressing growing impatience among citizens yearning for swift economic relief and returning the country to the international stage. Robert Besseling, the director of business intelligence firm Exx Africa, does not foresee an immediate flow of foreign investment into Zimbabwe after the elections. "Despite its pro-investment rhetoric and pledges towards political and economic reform, Zimbabwe's government will first need to clear the twin hurdles of elections and debt clearance before attracting meaningful fresh investment. As such, many investors and international par...

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