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Two Years Ago President Mugabe Resigned

Zimbabwe is exactly two years after Former President Robert Mugabe was ousted in a bloodless palace coup leading to his house arrest and eventual takeover by the powerful military that once respected him.

On 14th November 2017, elements of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) gathered around Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, and seized control of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and key areas of the city.

The next day, the ZDF issued a statement saying that it was not a coup d’état and that President Robert Mugabe was safe.

For almost one week, Mugabe remained under house arrest and refused to resign until another procedure was effected.

On 21 November a joint session of Parliament met for his impeachment. After the session convened, Mugabe sent a letter to Zimbabwe’s Parliament resigning the presidency.

However, the news of this coup in Harare was greeted with mixed reactions across the globe- some denouncing it while praising the Zimbabwe Defense Forces for their move saying it had been long overdue.

Two years down the road under a new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa formerly a Vice President under Mugabe the situation has not changed much according to critics in Zimbabwe.

The Economy, social cohesion and clamp down on political dissent still remain a paradox for the new government.

Pastor Evan Mawarire “more people have been arrested in the last two years than during the entire presidency of the former head of state. But this affirmation difficult to confirm.

On Wednesday, the police armed with water cannons brutally dispersed a rally of the Movement for Democratic Change, the main opposition party, in the capital Harare.

Currently, Zimbabwe is grappling with socio-political tensions and is experiencing one of its worst economic crises, with inflation approaching 300%. The consequences are dramatic, especially for the health system, in ruins. Zimbabwean doctors, who earn about $ 150 a month, have been on strike for almost three months.

Two weeks ago, government in an attempt to stifle their movement, announced the dismissal of 211 strikers. This was the same action taken in 2018 by President Mnangagwa during a public hospital nurses.

Robert Mugabe led his country to Independence in 1980 and remained President until the coup that forced him to resign.  For nearly 4 decades, Mugabe had maintained his anti-colonial rhetoric bringing his relations with Britain to severed ties.

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