political haemorrhage

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa is losing key allies who sanitised the military coup

By Farai Shawn Matiashe

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Posted on April 14, 2022 13:38

After coming to power through a military coup that ousted long-time ruler Robert Mugabe in November 2017, President Emmerson Mnangagwa attracted businesspeople both at home and abroad with his mantra: Zimbabwe is ‘open for business’. Many wanted to give him a chance to change his predecessor’s authoritarian policies.

In January 2019, Mnangagwa established the 26-member Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) to assist him in formulating key economic policies and strategies. He has however failed to turn around the economy with corruption remaining rampant, gross human rights violations persisting and poverty becoming widespread.

Many PAC members have resigned in disappointment. Media mogul and entrepreneur Trevor Ncube is the latest PAC member to quit. He expressed anger toward Mnangagwa’s failure to fulfil his promises when he took over power.

“We thought he [Mnangagwa] was concerned about Zimbabweans when in actual fact, it [was] time for him and his people to eat,” Ncube said when he appeared at a BizNews Conference in Drakensberg, South Africa.

During and after the coup, Ncube was one of the business people who “stood up” and said “Give Mnangagwa a chance”, but he is now greatly “disappointed”.


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