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Vol 55 No 20

Published 10th October 2014


Zimbabwe

From Russia with love

Amidst the vicious scrabble for the succession, ZANU-PF’s new best friend Moscow delivers investment in the platinum industry, money and planes

Nothing and no one seems able to stop the rival factions of the ruling party from undermining each other as they position themselves for the presidential succession. The claimed victims range from the former Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Gideon Gono, whose bid for the Senate has been blocked by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, through to the prophets of a minor breakaway Apostolic sect, charged with sexual abuse and attacking the police. After several months of enforced silence, Information Minister Jonathan Moyo has been unmuzzled and his special brand of vitriol reactivated in the columns of the state media. Uncovering 'US [United States] agents and other gay gangsters'who have infiltrated the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) is the current obsession. Insults fly, tempers fray and even close relatives of the First Family have been drawn into the fights.

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