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So far, so bad

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The campaign against Mujuru continues and the opposition remains incapable of capitalising on ZANU-PF's difficulties

As the economy plummets and political infighting reaches fever pitch, Zimbabwe's state media chose to mark the 35th anniversary of the nation's Independence on 18 April, by splashing the slogan 'So Far, So Good' across its mastheads and tweeting, #1980sofarsogood. The spin doctors seem blissfully unaware of the underlying irony. Independence Day saw unseasonably wet weather turn celebrations around the country into damp squibs. The rain has been too late to save the crops from the ravages of a mid-season drought and massive imports of maize will be needed within a few months to stave off hunger – difficult given there is no budget for this and regional harvests are down. Clearly, someone other than the visionary leadership of the Zimbabwe African Union-Patriotic Front is to blame: the lucky girl with the scapegoat's ticket is former Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

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