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Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa (Ngwena 'crocodile')

Date of Birth: 15 September 1942
Place of Birth: Zvishavane


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A new gold standard

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has previously experimented with backing its currency with gold introducing gold coins and bullion-backed digital tokens known as ZiG but both failed to convince the markets that they were long term measures (AC Vol 63 No 20 ZANU-PF beats its economic chest)...

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Opposition in turmoil as Chamisa quits

Turnout is expected to be low and ZANU-PF is predicted to win the seats it needs for a two-thirds majority in parliament which will allow it to alter the constitution – allowing 81-year-old President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa to run for a third term in 2028 (AC Vol 64 No 21 Mnangagwa presses on regardless)...


Contenders brace for electoral upsets

His paeans of praise to Zimbabwe's leader Emmerson Mnangagwa after the stolen elections in August and serial murders of opposition activists there have made him especially unpopular...


ZANU-PF's impostor plot

Behind the bizarre shenanigans in which the speaker of parliament endorses the recall of at least 15 opposition MPs at the hands of a man widely believed to be working for the ruling party is a plot which could entrench President Emmerson Mnangagwa's political dominance...

According to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the state media there was no discussion of Zimbabwe and the 'forces' that want to see Zimbabwe embarrassed were 'left with egg all over their faces'...


Mnangagwa presses on regardless

In Statutory Instrument 156 of 2023 Zimbabwe's Sovereign Wealth Fund was renamed the Mutapa Investment Fund and brought under the almost-exclusive power of President Emmerson Mnangagwa...


Mnangagwa keeps it in the family

International and regional concerns persist about the legitimacy of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory in national elections last month particularly the failure of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to provide any disaggregated data from the polling stations...

Prior to Emmerson Mnangagwa's inauguration party agents were being summoned back to polling stations and pressured into signing new forms – either blank V11 forms without the required tally of votes or different results from what they had signed during the counting process...


Legitimacy questions may spur talks

Regional leaders like the four million Zimbabweans in exile voted with their feet when invited to attend Emmerson Mnangagwa's inauguration for his second presidential term on 4 September...


Electoral flaws may stall re-engagement campaign

President Emmerson Mnangagwa also wants to rejoin the Commonwealth (which also requires a credible election) and get a debt deal – but not at the cost of him or the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front losing power...


How to spin an economic catastrophe

And when President Emmerson Mnangagwa thanked Russia's President Vladimir Putin for his offer of 50 000 tonnes of free grain at Africa summit in St Petersburg on 27-28 July he insisted that Zimbabwe was food secure but would accept it anyway...


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