Mnangagwa: will he bring change to a stricken Zimbabwe or does his rule mean more of the same?

Zimbabwe has resources, fertile farmland and strong educational institutions, all of which it needs to turn things around and begin a pattern of strong, sustained growth.

It also needs leadership.

In November, Emmanual Mnangagwa was fired by Robert Mugabe, triggering a military takeover and Mugabe’s resignation. The country cheered the transfer of power to the former vice president. But who is Mnangagwa? And will he bring change to the stricken country?

Change is coming.

Amid an economic crisis so severe that citizens are prevented from withdrawing more than $50 a day from banks, Mnanagagwa vows to tackle the biggest issues in his country.

Mnangagwa promises to take on corruption

Corruption is rampant in the government, perhaps the lone beneficiary of diamond looting, misappropriated funds for veterans, profits from farmland, and much more.

Mnangagwa pledges to invite the white farmers back

geek out on the white versus black farmers situation here:

Inviting white farmers back to their land could mean that their expertise will revitalize the agricultural industry.

he will focus on inclusion in the government, reaching out to opposition parties

“As part of his inclusive strategy to get the best competencies and brains in his cabinet to fix the economy, he will extend invitations to individuals from across the political divide and technocrats who wish to serve in his new government,” a Mnangagwa advisor said.

besides, Mnangagwa swears he’ll look after the almost-94-year-old ex-president Mugabe

There are conflicting reports on whether or not this is happening but it’s in the bylaws of the government.

It’s more of the same for Zimbabwe.

the “Crocodile” is back

Mnangagwa has been has been part of every administration since independence, during a corrupt and brutal period. He is still the subject of U.S. sanctions.

Mnangagwa held many different positions over several decades, including stints in justice, defense, rural housing, and finance, but his biggest role was as director of the Central Intelligence Organization.

Gukurahundi

Mnangagwa lead some of worst atrocities since the country’s independence.

The 1980’s Gukurahundi massacres may be Zimbabwe’s darkest and most brutal past, when between 20,000 and 80,000 civilians were killed by Mugabe’s Fifth Brigade in maybe the worse ways possible.

Huts were lit on fire, killing people trapped inside; mass graves were dug by people who were then killed, people were buried alive. Children were made to rape and kill their parents. Pregnant bellies were split open, families forced to pound the fetuses in mortar and pestle.

Mnangagwa has denied responsibility for the mass killings.

Most see him as a key player.

how’s he doing now?

Two points to consider:

  • Mnangagwa has not appointed any opposition figures in his cabinet.
  • And, some white farmers have returned to reclaim their land.

 

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