Public discontent has grown in Zimbabwe with President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has struggled to fulfil promises of economic prosperity and more political freedoms.
Instead of nudging Harare towards reforms, the targeted sanctions have become a lucrative cover for non-performance, incompetence and unbridled corruption by the ruling elites.
While Zimbabweans would want CITES to lift ban on ivory trade, they however cannot trust the thoroughly corrupt ruling elite to manage the possible windfall for the benefit of ordinary citizens and the wildlife.
Two years ago when Mugabe was still in power, many people wished him dead, but when he truly died, a lot of people grieved for him.
A controversy over when and where former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe would be buried and a stampede that injured several people trying to view his body mar mourning for the deceased leader.
The family of Mugabe, who died in Singapore last week, and Zimbabwe's government have been at odds over whether he would be buried.
The former president of Zimbabwe died on Friday aged 95 in Singapore, where he had long received medical treatment.
Mugabe, who was declared a "national hero," ruled Zimbabwe for almost three decades and was battling ill health since his humiliating fall from office in November 2017.
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?
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