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.
It’s unrealistic to hope that either Angola or Zimbabwe will soon move from decades of repressive rule, but we
are witnessing the end of an era.
US dollar notes are smuggled out of the country or jealously hoarded in pillows and under mattresses. “You can rig elections, but you cannot rig the economy”.
Mnangagwa was thought to simply too powerful to be fired – until he was. Once again Mugabe proved himself immune to conventional wisdom.
Although the First Lady said Mugabe sleeps “with one eye open”, there are no threats to his rule from outside the party. Age is his only real challenger.