President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over the reins of leadership in Zimbabwe in November 2017. His ascent to power, made possible by the Zimbabwean army’s ouster of Robert Mugabe after 37 years in charge, was the textbook definition of a palace coup.
It hasn’t been easy going for the new man in charge. Besides presiding over Zimbabwe’s economic turmoil, he is also seen by most observers as a “continuity Mugabe” figure. Some, like Zimbabwean writer and journalist Shaun Matsheza think it’s worse than that since Mnangagwa was for many years Mugabe’s enforcer and played a leading role in the atrocities committed by the regime.
For that reason, Matsheza is among many Zimbabwe’s who think President Mnangagwa’s rhetoric on “Justice for victims” rings hollow:
“While in his inauguration speech he talked about reconciliation and letting bygones be bygones, I don’t think everyone is buying that message because there cannot be reconciliation without truth. There cannot be a fresh start without actually sealing the wounds of the past and that’s yet to happen in Zimbabwe,” says Matsheza.
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