Mugabe and Zimbabwe: For Better or Worse?
Once dubbed the bread basket of the southern African region, Zimbabwe has been spiralling into economic chaos following political instability and an aggressive policy of land grab from white commercial farmers. Since its independence from Britain in 1980, the landlocked southern African state has been ruled by one man, Robert Gabriel Mugabe.
Mugabe and his party (the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, ZANU-PF) have had sole dominance of Zimbabwean politics. But that was once threatened by the emergence of the opposition party—the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in 1999. MDC’s rapid rise to prominence was due in large part to soaring poverty, which they blamed on Mugabe and ZANU-PF’s policies. However, the vigour which once characterized the opposition is slowly waning due to growing factionalism, as well as Mugabe’s stiff resistance.
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