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THE 93-YEAR-OLD PRESIDENT'S 37-YEAR RULE ENDED WITH A MILITARY COUP. ROBERT MUGABE, THE RECENTLY DEPOSED PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE, HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN AS THE DICTATOR WHO “RUINED” HIS COUNTRY. ...

Freedom For Zimbabwe Zimbabwe needs Freedom from Mnangagwa Poverty is rising among population of Zimbabwe Unemployment is also high among population

To begin to restore the economy, the government needs to acknowledge corrupt dealings and repatriate the huge amounts of cash that have fled the country as laundered money.


The regime could also try to take ill-gotten gains away from Mugabe and Grace Mugabe, as Malaysia’s new government is doing to its previous kleptocratic prime minister and his wife.


Gestures in that direction would help to begin to restore confidence, a step towards eventual prosperity. So would promises to restore the rule of law. Investors might also return if a sound currency was likely. But that would only follow shedding of ministers, civil service layoffs, military reductions, and many other indications that Mnangagwa and his minister of finance were serious about reducing the debt hangover.


Cutting some sort of deal with the IMF would also be worthwhile, but that could mean giving control over the Treasury to foreign advisors. Zimbabwe is and, since Biti’s day, has been, a basket case. It’s time to acknowledge that fiscal reality and to do something about it.

Since Mnangagwa took power, free, state medical care for children and the elderly and a temporary reduction in fuel prices have been introduced.

The government has also removed police roadblocks and spot fines for traffic offences, which many see as having a positive effect on society.

The proposed establishment of special anti-corruption courts and the arrests of several high-profile figures on allegations of corruption have also been welcomed by the public, but some, including Ida Sibanda, a 57-year-old former school teacher, say more must be done to root out corruption.

Overall Freedom score is also not great

One man has been shot during skirmishes with police in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, after the country's historic elections.

The vote that took place on Monday was the first since Robert Mugabe was ousted as president in November after 37 years in power.

Opposition MDC Alliance supporters are angry about delayed presidential results and the ruling Zanu-PF party's parliamentary victory.

Police and military have launched a massive crackdown in Zimbabwe after what appears to be have been a widespread breakdown of public order linked to food and fuel shortages in the impoverished country.

Access to the internet and social media was shut off for most of Wednesday, and armed soldiers were patrolling the streets of major cities as unidentified men were reported to be sweeping through poor neighbourhoods of Harare, the capital, and beating people “at random”.

Police cells across the city are “full to capacity”, packed with large numbers of men and children.“The internet shutdown has been [used] to cover up a massive operation of repression,” said Doug Coltart, a lawyer who spoke to more than 30 detainees at the Harare’s central prison on Wednesday. Some were children

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