Zimbabwe’s identity crisis

Zimbabwe is on the brink of turmoil. Election fraud, fuel riots, and hyperinflation still being a problem, the country is seemingly tearing itself apart. But it is not just the price of fuel Zimbabwe is batting over. It is the national identity of the country. Robert Mugabe led the black gurellia armies to overthrow the […]

Zimbabwe is on the brink of turmoil. Election fraud, fuel riots, and hyperinflation still being a problem, the country is seemingly tearing itself apart.

But it is not just the price of fuel Zimbabwe is batting over. It is the national identity of the country.

Robert Mugabe led the black gurellia armies to overthrow the white government of Rhodesia in 1979. He assumed the presidency a year later, and establishment supreme dictatorial powers in 1987 after a civil war.

But now Robert Mugabe, the icon of Zimbabwe, the man who founded the modern national identity of the Zimbabwe, is gone, and a new question remains: Who is to be the new leader of the Zimbabwean identity?

While Emmerson Mnangangwa is technically the leader of Zimbabwe, he cannot fill the enormous shoes Robert Mugabe left behind, and in order to unite the country, he must find a way to fill his shoes, or make his shoes smaller and therefore easier to fill. Until he does so, the problems in Zimbabwe will persist.

 

 

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