Dawn of a new era

24 Jan 20

But is Zimbabwe any better off since the triumphant scenes that ushered in a new president and ended a 37-year dictatorship?

Zimbabwe rose in jubilation on 21 October 2017, when the speaker of parliament, Jacob Mudenda, read live on national television a letter by Robert Mugabe resigning as president.

Mudenda was chairing a joint sitting of parliament, which was hearing a motion to impeach Mugabe. As this was happening, an aide of Mugabe walked up to Mudenda and handed him the 177-word letter. The chamber erupted in joy, as did millions who were following the proceedings on radio and television. This marked the end of a dramatic week for Zimbabwe, which saw the former strongman put under house arrest by the military, and a mass demonstration in Harare against his rule.


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