The Guardian view on Zimbabwe: Contemplating a future without Robert Mugabe | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

eu.ixquick-proxy.com_2016-08-08_16-42-27The Guardian view on Zimbabwe: Contemplating a future without Robert Mugabe | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian – His imposition of a two-week ban on protests in Harare appears to have damped down the movement on the streets for the moment; opposition parties have postponed their planned demonstration for a fortnight. Yet the pressures are building: resentment at endemic corruption, injustice, mismanagement and sheer poverty, compounded by the effects of a drought and falling mineral prices. The country’s coffers are so empty that teachers and medical staff have gone on strike over unpaid wages, and – more worryingly for the government – the military and police have repeatedly been left waiting for their salaries. Key war veterans allies have turned upon him. The president insists he is going nowhere and will stand in the 2018 elections. But he is now 92, and party insiders are inevitably contemplating what – and who – comes next. Waiting in the wings is Vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, a controversial figure, not least because of allegations of complicity in human rights violations. While he has powerful backers he is opposed by the “Generation 40” faction which has thrown its weight behind Mr Mugabe’s much younger wife, Grace. It is easy to see how unpleasant a leadership conflict could become, so the cracks within Mr Mugabe’s party may well incline the Zanu-PF elite to shore him up in the short term.

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