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Zimbabwe's turmoil: How Mnangagwa squandered his goodwill

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Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
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"President ED Mnangagwa had almost two years of international support and goodwill. Many wished him well. He has blown those chances. That's on him."

The quote above, part of a tweet by international trade lawyer and award-winning author, Petina Gappah, aptly captures the promising outlook when Emmerson Mnangagwa took over as Zimbabwe's president, and his monumental failure to rise to the occasion.

Gappah would know. She was among Mnangagwa's first group of aides at the birth of his government in 2017, following the forced ouster of Zimbabwe's former president, the late Robert Mugabe.

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