Even though most Zimbabweans celebrated the exit of 93-year-old Mugabe, who presided over the descent into penury and despotism of 1 of Africa’s brightest prospects, some are worried about the future under Mnangagwa.
Specifically, they question his role in the so-called Gukurahundi massacres in Matabeleland in 1983, when around 20,000 persons were killed in a crackdown on Mugabe opponents by the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade.
Mnangagwa has denied any part in the atrocities and since his return to Zimbabwe after fourteen days in hiding has been preaching democracy, tolerance and value for the rule of law.
“The persons have spoken. The voice of the people is the voice of God,” he told a large number of supporters on Wednesday at the headquarters of his ruling ZANU-PF party.
However, the army’s rough treatment of Mugabe loyalists – former finance minister Ignatius Chombo was hospitalised as a result of beatings sustained in armed service custody, his lawyer said – has not allayed concerns about Mnangagwa’s real views of democracy.