“Robert Mugabe may well be a powerful man, but his power has always been derived by those that backed him, more significantly the war veterans and the military. Now that they have deserted him, the nonagenarian is there for the taking – vulnerable and stuck in no man’s land.”
· They supported protesters and stand by them in light of economic hardships that Mugabe has no capacity to solve.
· That they are withdrawing their support for Mugabe in future elections.
· That they supported a multiracial society and would welcome whites back in the country
It is symbolic in so many ways.
The war veterans rejected many of the excuses Mugabe has offered to justify the failing economy. This means Mugabe can no longer continue to say sanctions are responsible for the economic mess. That narrative no longer has internal support.
Significance of the events
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Maynard Manyowa is a journalist, political analyst and social commentator. He is the contributing editor of Khuluma Afrika (khulumaafrika.com), a budding center for investigative journalism and commentary.