With the recent resignation of Zimbabwe’s now former President, Robert Mugabe, people around the world are wondering if this actually means change for the Zimbabwean people. Mugabe’s 37 year reign of power over Zimbabwe ended abruptly with a resignation most likely in order to avoid impeachment. Most people would recognize Mugabe for “the ongoing civil unrest, killings, land grabs, and economic disasters” (Moran, Abramson & Moran, 2014, p. 520) throughout his Presidency. The Zanu-PF party is claiming that former Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa will take over as President following this resignation. You can see videos to the celebrations through this link.
But will Mnangagwa actually bring change to the country of Zimbabwe? “The man who seems about to take his place, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was deeply involved in most of those crimes, yet people in Zimbabwe, like the outside world, will be so relieved to see Mr. Mugabe go that they will be tempted to forget all that” (BBC, 2017). This makes you think whether or not there will actually be change for the Zimbabwean people considering this “new” leader is coming in off the heels of who he worked with for some many years. David Coltart noted that “we have removed a tyrant but not yet a tyranny” (Twitter, 2017).
If this former Vice President is as similar to the now former President, you have to know that most likely change will not happen. However, the interesting part of this entire story is that it was not the people of Zimbabwe that forced the resignation of Mr. Mugabe but the people of his very own governmental party. The Zanu-PF party was split within itself politically on whether or not to keep Mr. Mugabe in office. With this type of split causing such as huge end result, you have to think that maybe there actually is change in the future of Zimbabwe. Maybe the political party that has been in power for so many years is realizing what needs to be done in order for change to happen and good things to take place within the country.
The split of the party, while bringing in former Vice President Mnangagwa, also pushed out the potential of Mugabe’s wife, Grace, out of the window. The original plan was to put the new vice president in place for Grace to take over and continue this reign of power. With this happening, you have to question what the members of the Zanu-PF political party are thinking as well as the new President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa. It sure will be interesting to see these next steps unfold through the end of this year and beginning of next year.
BBC News. (21 November 2017). Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year rule. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42071488
Moran, R. T., Abramson, N. R., & Moran, S. V. (2014). Managing Cultural Differences (9th ed.). Oxford: Routledge.