The 95-year-old is remembered both as a freedom fighter who fought British colonialism and built his country brick by brick and a despot who faced corruption charges and waged war in the former Zaire and turned a blind eye to human rights abuse.
Prices of basic goods from sugar to cooking oil to building material soared in June as much as 200 percent and the recently-instituted local currency fell.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has gone after lawyers and doctors, targeting them for providing medical and legal aid to those who suffered at the hands of the state following the January protests.
With the government acknowledging reports of rapes committed by security forces, could this be the beginning of the end of impunity among the state-sponsored armed forces?
Before Mnangagwa's return on Monday, the government intensified its crackdown on dissent by charging the leader of the country's largest labor organization with subversion, as the courts ruled that the shutdown of the internet was illegal.
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.
The country's largest telecoms company Econet confirmed that the government has ordered suspension of the internet across all networks following protests over a government decision to more than double petrol prices.
Officials say the dead include a police officer who was stoned to death by protesters in Bulawayo city, while two people died during protests over fuel price hike in Chitungwiza and Kadoma towns.
Demonstrations hit two main cities of Harare and Bulawayo, two days after President Emmerson Mnangagwa's announcement of a 150 percent increase in fuel prices.
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.
One year ago Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa took office, ending Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule. But the euphoria that gripped the nation has disappeared as the new government struggles to address economic challenges.
Several others were also injured, some with severe burns, in the accident on Thursday night, police said.
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