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Vol 60 No 18

Published 13th September 2019


Mourning and machinations

The economic collapse overshadows the death of Mugabe, but it still presents opportunities for elite manoeuvrings

The death of Robert Mugabe means little to the majority of Zimbabweans. Not only are most too young to be aware of the liberation war and the dawn of black majority rule in 1980, but the prostrate economy demands all their attention. With 18-hour-a-day power cuts, fuel shortages, and an increasingly valueless currency, the population is more concerned about bread-and-butter issues than state funerals. Since his removal in November 2017, Mugabe was mostly confined to a private hospital ward in Singapore, far removed from the continued machinations of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front.

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