Robert Mugabe’s departure ushers in a heady new era for Zimbabwe | Knox Chitiyo

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Zimbabwe is experiencing an almost unprecedented convergence. Mnangagwa is set to be the new president – and millions will tune in to hear his first speech

The ecstatic scenes said it all – Zimbabweans around the world thousands filled Rufaro Stadium to witness the handover from Rhodesia to the new nation of Zimbabwe. Thirty-seven years later, the largest crowds Harare has ever witnessed flooded the streets once again; not to welcome Mugabe in, but to see him out. One simple, taut phrase summed up the day’s events: “This is our second independence day.”

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