Tsvangirai did more than anyone “in Zimbabwe’s sad history to challenge the fearful state created by Mr Mugabe”
Angola’s Lourenço, Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa and South Africa’s Ramaphosa all made star turns at last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, visibly signalling re-entry into the global community.
Zimbabwe has maintained the outward appearance of a multiparty democracy since independence in 1980. But it’s effectively been a one-party dictatorship.
In many countries the politicians still hire relatives and their tribesmates, but their quality has improved. Because of the expansion of education, they are no longer the ill-educated villagers of years gone by.
Following a pattern that is emerging across authoritarian states, the proposed constitutional change in Uganda to lift the age limit and enable Museveni to stay on came via a private member’s bill.