Zimbabwe security forces killed seven unarmed protesters in Harare just after the Southern African country’s first election without Robert Mugabe on the ballot. Nearly two months later, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF government continues to persecute the opposition while proposing a post-Mugabe economy that favours unfettered global capitalism.
Zimbabwe President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa’s calculated post-2018 election terror campaign against the opposition MDC Alliance, which included the murder of six people people by the military, arbitrary arrests, and detentions, caught the world media’s attention.
Zimbabwe’s first presidential elections without Robert Mugabe on the ballot are likely to end in a crisis requiring mediation by Canada and other neutral members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the international community.
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.