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.
Renewing the United States’ long-standing sanctions on Zimbabwe for another year, President Donald Trump stated that “the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States”.
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.
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.