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“Mnangagwa Won His Presidential Title Last November Through Violence”

A commentary by the United States think-tank Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), says that in Zimbabwe political power has been maintained by violence and intimidation. Part of the report by Michelle Gavin, a senior fellow for Africa Studies at the CFR reads

As shocking as the development is, violence has been a constant feature of Zimbabwe’s political landscape and the prospect of violence has hung over these elections long before Saturday’s blast.

Indeed, (President Emmerson) Mnangagwa won his presidential title last November through violence. Despite widespread domestic and international support for the military’s ouster of long-time President Robert Mugabe, it was force, not popular sentiment, that enabled Mnangagwa’s ascension and the “new dispensation” in Zimbabwe.

…Of course, the politicisation of violence is a tragic part of the country’s DNA. From the horrific violence of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, to the horrors of the Gukurahundi massacres of the 1980s (in which Mnangagwa himself is implicated), to the beatings, torture and killing of political opponents of Mugabe’s regime in 2008 and beyond, political power has been sought and maintained through violence and intimidation.

More: NewsDay

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13 comments on ““Mnangagwa Won His Presidential Title Last November Through Violence”

  1. no this seems to have lost the context of the subject under discussion why people are always against the idea of new dispensation yet it is the one that has brought a massive change in Zimbabwe where the police men were now operating Zimbabwe like their own local shabeen

  2. Zimbabwe yavekutonaka iyi nomore suffering ED tonga zvako iwe vanhu vaiti hautongi hezvo watong wani 2018 ED panyanga

  3. pane akarohwawo here during operation restore legacy? kan aripo please stand out and state you case. as far as we know, no1 was touched. hapana kana problem apa

  4. tell Gavin to go hang….. its high time these neo colonialists realise that as Zimbabweans we have embraced the new dispensation and we are willing to move forward and let e past guide us inorder fo us tu move forward

    1. funny how these ppl will end up ushering regime change agenda and call for e rule of law if we keep on entertaining them

      1. sure there shud not b involved in our politics ngavagare kuTrade and while at t they shud lift sanctions

  5. we all marched in November, chamisa, mujuru and tsvangirai included… we were all calling for mnangagwa to come and rescue Zimbabwe. hameno kuti violence iripapi apa?

  6. i remember crying, thanking general chiwenga for a job well done in my re tshirt. there was not even a single sign of violence. this is the biased reporting we are against

  7. America and all like minded must respect our sovereignty we fought for our country and won. ED OUSTED MUGABE AND EVERYONE HAD RELIEF FROM MUGABE’S OPRATION WE ARE GOING TOWARDS PEACEFUL ELECTIONS WE WERE THE ONLY COUNTRY WHERE A COUP DID NOT RESULT IN A BLOOD BATH THESE COMMENTS ARE NOT CALLED FOR. WE DO NOT WANT TO BE MADE PUPPETS BY RACIST AMERICA. WE WILM REBUILD OUR COUNTRY TOGETHE SISONGE

  8. Of course he got his title through violence. There was no other way to get rid of Mugabe.
    Now we are finally having democratic elections…
    What else do you need?

  9. The people of zimba spoke last year peacefully without any violence or bloodshed but to my surprise someone is barking from that far, maobservers arimuno they are seeing the calmness in this country. there is peace and tranquility here despite the bomb attack on our president, the admin of ED is preaching peace day and night and on the ground u can feel it i respect u ED

  10. Mnangagwa was out of the country patakapinda muma streets saka kuti timupomere nyaya ye violence kumunyanyira. tisuzve takapinza Mnangagwa mu office tikazadza National Sports tichifara nanana Chamisa saka we are all equal to blame kana pakadaro. inini zvangu ndicharamba ndichifamba nedhara rangu ED

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