Day 307: A Turning Point For Zimbabwe?

One of the world’s most brutal regimes is over after an oxymoronic sounding peaceful military coup.

After 37 years in power, Robert Mugabe is out in Zimbabwe. He leadership in the fight against colonial rule in Zimbabwe paved the way for a new government to be formed. Unfortunately, he used that government to make himself a dictator, oversaw brutal crackdowns on the opposition, pocketed much of the nation’s GDP and allowed his wife to take overseas shopping trips while unemployment in Zimbabwe was over 80 percent in some places.

Mugabe is now 93 years old. A power struggle in terms of his successor pitted two camps against each other: His wife Grace Mugabe and the Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The military stepped in and ousted Mugabe. For about a week, there was some confusion about if Mugabe was to be ousted or if he would go peacefully. Yesterday, he resigned and Mnangagwa will be sworn in on Friday.

Although it is a travesty of justice, Mugabe and his wife will be granted full immunity. Nevertheless, this may be an important step in transitioning the country to democracy, as Mnangagwa has stated that he wants to do.

The process likely won’t be easy, if it happens at all. It is important to remember that Mnangagwa was Mugabe’s right hand man for many years. But for the first time in a long time, the people of Zimbabwe might be able to have some say in their political process. I hope this recent turn of events can help improve conditions in the day-to-day lives of the people who need it.


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