Emmerson Mnangagwa, the man who recently ousted Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe after 37 years, will travel to Davos this week to tell the global elite that his country is "open for business". Deeply compromised as he is by years as one of Mugabe’s chief lieutenants, he deserves a hearing — but also a clear message that he will be judged by his actions, not his words. Mnangagwa’s very appearance at Davos is a sign of change. Under Mugabe, Zimbabwe became a pariah state. It broke with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2001 after mounting a shambolic and violent campaign to seize white people’s land. It has been in arrears ever since, cutting itself off from international finance. Mugabe retreated into sulky isolationism. The currency was immolated on a bonfire of hyperinflation. Today, one of the most educated and entrepreneurial populations in Africa finds itself with almost no prospect of work. Many of Zimbabwe’s most talented are making a success of it in SA and furt...

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