harare - The main opposition party in Zimbabwe, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) of Morgan Tsvangirai, stressed Thursday that the system of repression with which Robert Mugabe could remain in power for 37 years should be dismantled.
The 93-year-old Mugabe was forced to resign by his faithful on Tuesday. That was because earlier this month he fired his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mugabe was in the process of maneuvering his 52-year-old wife Grace into the post of vice president. That was unacceptable to many in his environment, including the army top.
The army put Mugabe aside and on Friday Mnangagwa became president. The MDC is 'cautiously optimistic' that the Mnangagwa government 'will not be just as malicious, corrupt, decadent and incapable as the Mugabe government. '
But Mnangagwa was the right hand of Mugabe for about forty years. He was, among other things, Minister of State Security when the regime had tens of thousands of civilians killed by a special army unit in the southwest of the country in the first half of the 1980s.