When Mthuli Ncube took on the position of minister of finance & economic development in Zimbabwe’s post-coup government in September 2018, he was something of a political outsider.

Far from the Zanu-PF inner circle, the former African Development Bank deputy president was leading a quiet life in Switzerland, splitting his time between the private sector and academic pursuits at Oxford University, when he got the call to join President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government...

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