Tuesday, November 21st, Robert Mugabe finally brought the curtain down on his political life by presenting his resignation letter. At the age of 93 and after 37 years at the head of Zimbabwe, President Mugabe had announced the day before a meeting of Ministers, as if he tried to ignore what had happened on Wednesday, November 15, when the army took the control of the capital.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, “The Crocodile”, the former Vice President, dismissed from office on November 6th and who discreetly left the country, is already back and ready to become the next President. He was Mugabe’s right-hand man, together they fought the Independence war, and was deposed from power by Grace Mugabe, the First Lady who wanted to succeed her husband. No doubt his good relations with the military and Zanu-PF party officials, in power, helped Mnangagwa to make this spectacular turn of events.
If Mugabe’s departure was celebrated on the streets of the country, we must not forget that his successor was behind the terrible repression against the opposition. A delicate transition opens this new act in the history of Zimbabwe.
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