British Prime Minister Theresa May’s much hyped recent visit to Africa sought to create a solution to Britain’s likely post-Brexit economic woes rather than promote a development agenda benefiting Africans.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was declared the winner of the disputed 2018 presidential election by the Constitutional Court after initially grabbing power through a military coup, is unlikely to bring real democracy and stop further militarisation in Zimbabwe.
The ruling Zanu PF party’s new parliamentary majority and the military’s post-2018 election killings in Harare cast doubt on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s promise of a new dawn for Zimbabwe after Mugabe.
A coalition of Zimbabwean civic society organizations convening under the banner of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition says Zimbabwe’s 2018 harmonized elections failed to pass the credibility test and “seem to have betrayed the national aspiration”.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa is implicated in the Mugabe-era ZANU PF government’s 1980s Gukurahundi massacre of 20 000 Ndebele-speaking blacks, and the violence of the 2008 presidential election.
Zimbabwe’s first election without Robert Mugabe may produce one of the most gender-imbalanced legislatures in the world. So far, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ruling Zanu PF party has fielded only 19 women out of 210 candidates contesting parliamentary seats across the country.