Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Emmerson Mnangagwa

Magazine article New Internationalist

Introducing. Emmerson Mnangagwa

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Last November, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, then the world's oldest head of state at 93 and one of the longest serving too, was forced out of power. The President was overthrown in an internal coup engineered by his disgraced former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa (aka 'the Crocodile') and the grandees of his own ZANU-PF party.

Mnangagwa, a 75-year-old Methodist, is a veteran of Zimbabwean politics and a long-time ally of his former boss. The military and the Chinese government seem to have been on-side with the coup, perhaps seeing the writing on the wall for the unpopular old man. And Mugabe's fall was greeted by widespread enthusiasm on the streets of Harare by citizens desperate for relief from corruption and dictatorship.

But Mnangagwa's history is not reassuring for Zimbabweans interested in human rights. The Crocodile was Mugabe's security minister during the brutal intervention in Matabeleland North Province in the 1980s when some 20,000 mainly Ndebele civilians were massacred. …

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