Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is unlikely to be held accountable for the numerous human rights abuses he committed during his 37-year authoritarian reign. His successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and his military backers, won’t let it happen.
Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party fired former Zimbabwe vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa hours after he’d portrayed himself as the future of both Zimbabwe and the beleaguered ruling party. Is Mnangagwa banking on the military, which has played a leading role in suppressing democracy and propping up Mugabe in the past 36 years, to retire the old man and install him as president?
Emmerson Mnangagwa has responded to his recent firing by President Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s vice president. In a statement, Mnangagwa, who has already fled to neighbouring South Africa to escape “incessant threats” to his life, suggested that he’ll wrestle Mugabe for the leadership of both the ruling Zanu PF party and Zimbabwe.