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Vol 55 No 22

Published 7th November 2014


Zimbabwe

Party strife draws in white businesses

Everyone – without exception – has to pick a side

As the contest intensifies for the leadership of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa appears to have put clear water between himself and his rival, Vice-President Joice Mujuru. Yet as Grace Mugabe gradually eclipses Mujuru, ZANU-PF's two major factions are pressuring white Zimbabweans to declare for one side or the other. The situation has become 'invidious for white-owned businesses', said one white business person. The government 'impoverished the whites when they confiscated their land and they still turn to them to fund their nefarious battles. And there are consequences for supporting a faction that might turn out to be a loser,' said the source in Harare.

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