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Zimbabwean government will try to entrench its control

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Significance

Chamisa’s call comes amid worsening political and economic crises and rising public frustration with President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the ruling ZANU-PF. Meanwhile, Mnangagwa’s government has proposed constitutional amendments that will significantly bolster the presidency and undermine independent and parliamentary oversight of the executive.

Impacts

  • With China rebuffing Harare’s recent demands for a bailout, Mnangagwa’s government will be ever more reliant on renewed Western goodwill.
  • A recent Supreme Court judgement on unpaid government debts will further dissuade foreign investment and undermine local businesses.
  • Recent divorce court allegations will further undermine Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga’s standing among Western partners.
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