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Vol 47 No 10

Published 12th May 2006


Zimbabwe

The Spill Blood succession

After Mugabe, the country may be run by a female president and a retired soldiers' club

With the nom de guerre Teurai Ropa ('Spill Blood'), Vice-President Comrade Joyce Mujuru Chimurenga (née Runaida Mugari) has been consecrated as front-line successor to President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, blessed by himself, senior military officers and her husband, former army commander Solomon Mujuru. As Mugabe's girlfriend during the liberation war, Mujuru evidently still holds a place in his heart. A year after her appointment, she is more comfortable in the vice-presidential office and gives orders more stridently. She says things will change when she is in power, promising economic reforms, more private enterprise and competition. She and her husband own vast tracts of land and have big investments in mining.

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