“We should never remain hostages to our past. I thus humbly appeal to all of us that we let bygones be bygones, readily embracing each other in defining a new destiny. I implore you all to declare that never again should the circumstances that have put Zimbabwe in an unfavourable position be allowed to recur or overshadow its prospects.”
These gentle and conciliatory words were said by Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa at his inauguration in November 2017. The country was in high spirits after the coup that led to the ousting of the authoritarian Robert Mugabe.