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Emmerson Mnangagwa: Just Like Robert Mugabe — But Younger, Richer And Even Crueler

Zimbabweans old enough to recall the early days have reason to fear the new president.

When Blessing Chebundo watched the crowds cheering and dancing at the inauguration of Zimbabwe’s new president on Friday, he wondered if it was time to leave the country. Chebundo, the only person to have taken on Emmerson Mnangagwa and defeated him, says the man now drawing all the adulation tried twice to have him killed.

Mnangagwa was sworn in on Friday
Mnangagwa was sworn in on Friday


In a hot, bare office with no water in the taps, a few Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) posters on the peeling walls and a pile of registration papers for next year’s elections on the table, a round-faced man in a crimson velvet jacket tells a story that gives a chilling insight into the man known as “the ­Crocodile”.


Written by How Africa

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