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Vol 53 No 2

Published 20th January 2012


Positions pending

After his annual holiday in south-east Asia, Mugabe has to decide whether to reappoint many of his ageing securocrats

The security officers around President Robert Mugabe like to shroud his movements in mystery. During the congress of his Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) in Bulawayo in December, Mugabe did not stay overnight in Matebeleland to risk being troubled by the ghosts of the Gukurahundi massacres of the 1980s. His flights are marked by a large attendant flock, an end-of-year migration to Asian beaches and clinics, and vivid displays at international functions.

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