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Money for Nothing

25 October 2018

It has almost been 12 months since President Robert Mugabe was forced out of office in a military coup and replaced by his former ally, Emmerson Mnangagwa. The country held general elections in July, with Mnangagwa’s ZANU-PF narrowly defeating Nelson Chamisa and the MDC Alliance to secure a five-year term. During the campaign, the president promoted himself as a business-friendly leader who would secure foreign investment and restore the country’s economy, which was savaged under his predecessor. However, a major foreign currency shortage forced shops and businesses to close this month and there are fears that Zimbabwe could be heading towards another major crisis.

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The Coup and the Crocodile

29 November 2017

“This is not a coup” said Maj. Gen. Sibusiso Moyo after the military seized the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC). Moyo was addressing the nation after Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) were deployed to Harare and President Robert Mugabe and his wife ‘Gucci’ Grace were placed under house arrest. “We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover,” repeated Moyo. The most succinct rebuttal to the army’s message came from Ugandan writer Charles Onyango-Obbo, who tweeted: “If it looks like a coup, walks like a coup and quacks like a coup, then it's a coup."

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