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Vol 39 No 16

Published 7th August 1998


Zimbabwe

Questions of succession

Replacing veteran Vice-President Joshua Nkomo has opened new political divisions

Zimbabwe has two vice-presidents, Joshua Nkomo and Simon Muzenda, but people may have forgotten that Nkomo still exists. He does not appear in public; President Robert Mugabe continues to retain him in his post when he himself would rather be resting on his farm, near his birthplace at Kezi in Matabeleland South, or at his dream estate, Mwenezi Ranch in the Masvingo low-veld. One of the country’s biggest ranches, Mwenezi was bought by Nkomo through the Development Trust of Zimbabwe when he still aimed to break the dominance of whites in commercial agriculture.

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