An implausible script
Emmerson Mnangagwa: the next president of Zimbabwe?
As the military seizes control of the country, you wouldn’t dream that Zimbabwe’s dispossessed white farmers, the war veterans who displaced them and Robert Mugabe’s former vice-president are all on the same team
An ambassador to SA from the official opposition political party in Zimbabwe says all indications are that Zimbabwe is heading to military rule. While the Zimbabwean Defence Forces was at pains to reassure the world that the country was not in the midst of a coup, political experts and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change disagree. “There are mixed reports‚ we are not really sure what is happening‚” said Austin Moyo‚ the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) shadow ambassador. Aid agencies have warned that last year’s severe drought, crumbling infrastructure and low agricultural production have sparked a surge of hunger cases this year. In a response to public fury, Mugabe’s government has responded the only way it knows how: by rounding up journalists, banning public protests, threatening "clean-up" sweeps of opposition areas and clamping down on social media users who dare to condemn the president. Senior figures have not been spared this purge of challengers to Mugabe’s 3...