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Vol 56 No 17

Published 20th August 2015


Zimbabwe

Passing and wielding the baton

The President's penchant for travel has not relieved any political pressure or distracted protestors from economic woes

Today, President Robert Mugabe hands over the Southern African Development Community chair to Botswana's President Seretse Khama Ian Khama, and next month he ends his year-long stint chairing the African Union. Both roles are filled annually by rotation but when, this year, they both fell to Mugabe, the government-controlled media predicted great things as he heralded toppled despots on the one hand and punted his anti-Western-white-monopolist-capitalist refrain on the other. But it is passé, as much of the world and Africa have moved on from the time when it was fashionable, and Mugabe's tenure is ending on a sour note.

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