What’s Going On In Zimbabwe? | NowThis World

What’s Going On In Zimbabwe? | NowThis World

Zimbabwe has a new leader for the first time
in over 37 years. Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn into office on
November 24th, 2017, becoming only the second president in the country’s history since
it gained independence in 1980. The former president resigned shortly after
the military rolled into the streets of the nation’s capital. So what led to this drastic shift in power,
and what lies ahead for Zimbabwe? To understand how we got here, we first need
to examine who the old president was. Robert Mugabe grew up in Southern Rhodesia,
a self-governing British colony that would later become Zimbabwe. He grew up during a time when Indians were
fighting for independence from its mutual colonizer, Britain. As a young man, Mugabe was inspired by leaders
like Gandhi and had even attended the same univeristy of South African freedom fighter
Nelson Mandela. That’s when he decided to enter into politics
and advocacy. After spending a few year as a teacher abroad,
he returned to Southern Rhodesia in 1960 to join the african nationalist movement. After parting ways with the group, Mugabe
formed his own political party called the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic
Front, or more commonly referred to as Zanu-PF. He was arrested, along with some of his political
allies, in 1963. Magabe spent 11 years behind bars but continued
to communicate with his party members during his time in prison. After his release and a british-brokered peace
deal in 1979 that established the independent state of Zimbabwe, Mugabe went on the win
national elections becoming the country’s first leader. But while he remained largely popular, he
began to give himself more power and changed the constitution to make himself the “executive
president” in 1988 which led to his 37 year rule. But things reached a boiling point when Mugabe
dismissed his long time vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa on November 6th, 2017. This marked a shifting point in popular opinion
in Zimbabwe – because citizens saw the move as a way for the 93 year old president to
clear the field for his wife, often referred to as “Gucci Grace” to become president
after he stepped down or died. Mugabe’s move angered not only tens of thousands
of citizens, but also his ruling party and the military. This lead to military intervention. They rolled tanks into the streets of Harare,
on November 14, taking over government buildings, state broadcasters, and even detained Mugabe,
forcing him to resign. And while some may celebrate the removal of
the world’s longest-serving head of state as a victory for democracy, the man who was
just sworn into office to take his place was the former vice president who served by his
side for years. The new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is
by no means a change candidate, but rather Zanu-PF’s last ditch effort to continue
to hold onto power. Mnangagwa, who is nicknamed “the crocodile”
for his ruthless political reputation and involvement in some of the worst atrocities
to happen in Zimbabwe’s history. Especially a crackdown on political opponents
in the 1980s that left thousands dead. And while Mnangagwa was only sworn into office
to serve until national elections are held in early 2018, only time will tell whether
opposition voices will be given the proper platform to openly and fairly campaign against
his Zanu-PF party or whether Mnangagwa will live up to his reputation as a brutal leader. Robert Mugabe started as a popular president,
but slowly transformed into the world’s longest serving dictator. But how do presidents become dictators? Find out in this video to the right. Thanks for watching NowThis World and as always
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100 thoughts on “What’s Going On In Zimbabwe? | NowThis World

  1. Very inacurate video. Mngangagwa is the 3rd not the 2nd president, and Mugabe is not the longest serving head of state — there are people like queen Elisabeth II and president Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

  2. Wrong reason for why he is called the "crocodile"… it is because of his calm persona and calculated moves just like a crocodile… get your facts right mr…

  3. This is why Africans should be ruled by other superior powers … They are so stupid and violent they cannot rule themselves.

  4. Its amazing how we chastise other countries for not allowing opposition leaders the ability to speak and spread their message, yet here in the US we have a (on paper, 2 party duopoly) in reality a 1 party statist party, "Republicrats" if you will. All other national parties are ignored by the media and excluded from any and all debates. Its no wonder why we rank 21st on the Democracy Index, being listed as a "Flawed Democracy"

  5. He is the 3rd President since independence. The first one was Canaan Banana and he was not the longest-serving head of state. Both the President of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea are still serving and have served longer than Mugabe. Get your facts straight people.

  6. Robert Gabriel Mugabe was one of the best leaders our continent never had. That's why the West and the Zionists hated him. He will be remembered as a hero. And on the other hand, the fggot traitorous Zimbabweans will be humiliated in sha Allah

  7. well this video is based on a wrong premise, Mugabe was NOT the first President of Zimbabwe, that was Canaan Banana, he was part of ZAPU, then ZANU, ZANU PF only came into existence in 1987. And lastly he was never the longest serving president in the world ever heard of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, no you have never heard of him obviously…boy! facepalm, please research your videos first, i was beginning to like your channel,


  9. Well his biggest mistake was naming a vice president. There's a reason why dictators don't name non family successors. You're just setting yourself up to be backstab.

  10. Rhodesia was way better than Zimbabwe, they were once the breadbasket of Africa and had a really high standard of living compared to other African countries now it's broke, has a famine, and massive inflation

  11. The United States uses black money to support the opposition. At last, Zimbabwe stepped down and will once again be ruled by the Western government.

  12. How do Presidents become dictators?
    Whenever they become a threat to Wetsern interests; thereafter, with skilful manipulation of the press (western media) they're made to become popular dictators 🙂

  13. Trump is gonna be so popular that he is gonna soon declare himself Supreme Emperor of America. When he gets old and starts to die, they will transfer his brain into a robot body.

  14. And what about the new president, his role in the 'Gukurahundi' which was a series of massacres of Ndebele civilians carried out by the Zimbabwe National Army from early 1983 to late 1987?

    Democracy – be brief?

  15. why didn't you mention the white genocide in Zimbabwe? They're eradication is how the country's economy fell into shambles.

  16. I heard that Mnangagwa is called "General Lacos" because he and his subordinate usually wear Lacos T-shirt.

  17. Europeans countries and other Europeans mad at Robert Mugabe because he wants all the white people out…..lets no forget that Trump is trying to make America white aka great again………the wall and the travel ban says it all

  18. Why worry about mugabe wen Nato killed gaddaffi?Wen America distabilised Iraq?Divided Sudan?Masaccres in Syria? Genocide that happened in Rwanda?Mugabe brought education and gave blacks their land .i know ppl talk about chaos that happened after Blair disrespected the Lanchester agreement.Then think of Smith's genocide and was condoned.What do u expect? He achieved his goals and its up to us to roll our sleeves and wrk fo zim.u expect him to gv u pap in yo house?

  19. You should have mentioned that he was communist supported, and that the elections were rigged, Gaddafi was the longest serving head of state!

  20. They do realize Mnangagwa could be as bad as mugambe considering he was the coup leader (a position that has resulted in sevral dictatorships in the region) and he is still a member of mugambes party.

  21. Zimbabwe (/zɪmˈbɑːbweɪ, -wi/), officially the Republic of Zimbabwe,[13] is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. The capital and largest city is Harare. A country of roughly 16 million[5]people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages,[3]with English, Shona, and Ndebele the most commonly used.

    Since the 11th century, present-day Zimbabwe has been the site of several organised states and kingdoms as well as a major route for migration and trade. The British South Africa Company of Cecil Rhodes first demarcatedthe present territory during the 1890s; it became the self-governing British colony of Southern Rhodesia in 1923. In 1965, the conservative white minority governmentunilaterally declared independence as Rhodesia. The state endured international isolation and a 15-year guerrilla war with black nationalist forces; this culminated in a peace agreement that established universal enfranchisement and de jure sovereignty as Zimbabwe in April 1980. Zimbabwe then joined the Commonwealth of Nations, from which it was suspended in 2002 for breaches of international law by its then government and from which it withdrew from in December 2003. It is a member of the United Nations, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). It was once known as the "Jewel of Africa" for its prosperity.[14][15][16]

    Robert Mugabe became Prime Minister of Zimbabwe in 1980, when his ZANU-PF party won the elections following the end of white minority rule; he was the President of Zimbabwe from 1987 until his resignation in 2017. Under Mugabe's authoritarian regime, the state security apparatus dominated the country and was responsible for widespread human rights violations.[17] Mugabe maintained the revolutionary socialist rhetoric of the Cold War era, blaming Zimbabwe's economic woes on conspiring Western capitalist countries.[18] Contemporary African political leaders were reluctant to criticise Mugabe, who was burnished by his anti-imperialist credentials, though Archbishop Desmond Tutu called him "a cartoon figure of an archetypal African dictator".[19] The country has been in economic decline since the 1990s, experiencing several crashes and hyperinflation along the way.[20]

    On 15 November 2017, in the wake of over a year of protests against his government as well as Zimbabwe's rapidly declining economy, Mugabe was placed under house arrest by the country's national army in a coup d'état.[21][22] On 19 November 2017, ZANU-PF sacked Robert Mugabe as party leader and appointed former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in his place.[23] On 21 November 2017, Mugabe tendered his resignation prior to impeachment proceedings being completed.[24]

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