Cyril Zenda is a freelance writer based in Zimbabwe.
The recent violent protests that have rocked Zimbabwe appear to have presented an opportunity for impoverished locals to get even with refugees and foreign nationals who they accuse of prospering at their expense.
Barely a year after coming to power, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa is facing a countrywide youth revolt, with many finding his idea of “full democracy” unpalatable.
Robert Mugabe is gone, but his lieutenant-turned-foe successor Emmerson Mnangagwa is resisting demands to make public explosive reports, some of which an uncompromising Mugabe kept under lock and key for more than three decades.
As the government decriminalised gold digging in the country three years ago, violence perpetrated by robbers and mining mafia is on the surge. Many miners now carry machetes for self defense.
With increasing Chinese influence after Robert Mugabe's ouster, Zimbabwe continues to struggle with political and economic hardships, which makes people wonder whether the worst is over or not.
What was expected to solve a big problem in Zimbabwe’s election ended up creating a bigger one.
Deteriorating roads make it difficult for people to keep their vehicles clean, providing an opportunity for some women to capitalise on the situation. They now offer car washing services along the muddy and dusty roads of the capital city, Harare.
NGO funding has been declining since Mugabe’s election win in 2013, but his removal is set to finish off the industry as foreign governments halt their support for anti-government groups.
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