BITTER ANNIVERSARY IN ZIMBABWE

BITTER ANNIVERSARY IN ZIMBABWE, A YEAR AFTER MUGABE’S DEATH.

Robert Mugabe died on the 6th of September last year, aged 95 in a Singapore hospital, two years after he was forced to resign.

While despondent are waiting in a long queue for daily food handouts.
One well-wisher, Milka Mandimutsa gets nostalgic about Zimbabwe’s autocratic and longtime ex-leader Robert Mugabe, who died a year ago.

Had Mugabe been still ruling Zimbabwe, “I don’t think it (life) would be like this,” said the woman, in her late 20s, waiting to receive a portion of cooked beans and white maize meal in the working-class town of Chitungwiza, 30 kilometres (20 mile) south-east of Harare.

“He was far much better,” said the unemployed Mandimutsa, who was born after Mugabe was already a decade in power.

Another woman in the queue echoed her sentiments.

“Ever since the new president took power, I have not seen anything positive,” said Diana Nhemachena, also in her 20s, bemoaning the high cost of living in the country where official inflation is more than 80 percent.

Mugabe died on September 6th last year, aged 95 in a Singapore hospital, two years after he was forced to resign in 2017, and after 37 years in power.

Zimbabwe’s economy improved during a power-sharing government between Mugabe and the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change, but since the deal crumbled, the economy has been on a downturn for over a decade.