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Default Zimbabwe: after Mugabe resigns

Mugabe's resignation means - hopefully - a new, better era for Zimbabwe and so time for a new thread.

The old thread was:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ead.php?t=4896
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Default After "Bob" a "Crocodile"

Via a Zimbabwean group email citing Emmerson Mnangagwa said:
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My desire is to join all Zimbabweans in a new era where corruption, incompetency, dereliction of duty is not tolerated. In the new Zimbabwe it is important for everyone to join hands so that we rebuild the nation to its full glory. This is not a job for Zanu PF alone, but for all people of Zimbabwe.
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Default Robert Mugabe and the future of Zimbabwe

A South African analyst, who knows Zimbabwe, via IISS adds his viewpoint written before Mugabe's resignation:
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  • Robert Mugabe is likely to be in a state of shock, and may not know what's happening around him.
  • Figures from the Zanu PF old guard have taken power. The party's younger generation were power hungry, but have nothing to offer the country.
  • Zimbabweans have no great trust in the military. Its officers helped Mugabe rig elections.
  • People will not expect great changes. Mugabe's likely replacement, Emerson Mnangagwa, has been running the secret police who have been terrorising the country for years. He is "Mugabe Mark Two".
  • Zimbabwe's economy is in bad shape. But with the country's vast natural wealth, it shouldn't take long to resuscitate.
  • Mugabe combined liberation with repression in a way no-one else in the region could. He was evil, but also rebuilt his country in the 1980s.
Link:http://www.iiss.org/en/iiss%20voices...we-crisis-513d
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Some different perspectives. First a selection of articles on a Pan-Africanist website which I have glanced at:http://www.pambazuka.org/

Then three Daily Mail articles by their reporter in Harare; they appear to be based on local rumours and a fair dollop of briefing by the new regime's supporters.

On 17/11/17:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ot-Mugabe.html

On 23/11/17:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-released.html

On 25/11/17:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ed-Mugabe.html
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Default Mnangagwa and the Gukurahundi – fact and fiction

An op-ed in the South African new website by Dr. Stuart Doran (who has written a book on Zimbabwe's troubled times), that "joins the dots" to help assess whether President Mnangagwa has "dirty hands".
Link:https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/arti.../#.Wh6sSzdpHtQ
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Default The new President is not a reformer

Via a BZS email a curious two page commentary from Zimbabwe by Zimbabweans on events, with a very clear pointer to the Chinese model of development not being suitable:
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.. ‘democracy’ and ‘development’ cannot be decoupled especially as pushed for by the militarists in the Chinese model....
On the new President:
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ED is a Trojan horse of what others have called the ‘deep state’ which was very desperate to reproduce itself and its elite network. The ballot box has always presented a threat to a network of elites who have looted Zimbabwe dry and have been party to these ‘treacherous shenanigans’ as others have said. The hierarchical party-state apparatus built by the ruling elites steam-rolls on its opponents extra-legally and extra-judicially. To start to imagine that ED has suddenly become a reformer and a democrat goes to show the level of political disorientation currently fashionable.
Link:http://ipazim.org/wp-content/uploads...ns-Edition.pdf
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