The late Zimbabwean liberation war hero Dumiso Dabengwa played a defining role during the final years of Zimbabwe’s war of liberation from colonial rule, as well as during the independent country’s first few years, when “the British had already made a decision with Mugabe” to carry out the Gukurahundi genocide.
With President Emmerson Mnangagwa wrestling his deputy, ex-General Constantine Chiwenga, while the ZANU PF government continues to mismanage the economy, “there will be no happy ending for Zimbabwe in 2019,” argues Professor Stephen Chan of the University of London.
Zimbabwe security forces’ extrajudicial killing of 12 people during recent protests against the government’s hiking of fuel price by 150% has dashed Zimbabweans’ hope for real democracy under President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
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.