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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. We’ve exhausted all channels. We can’t continue to be victims of unjust application of the law. Rights are for all. On Tuesday 21st Jan we will deliver the people’s Agenda 2020 to the nation come what may. #peoplesgovernment; MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE PRESIDENT NELSON CHAMISA delivers an ultimatum to Mnangagwa

It was Zimbabwe’s first day after the official end to the era of Robert Mugabe, following a momentous election and a decidedly bewilded new president – Emmerson Mnangagwa. But, amazingly for Africa – and curiously after the 2018 vote, there were no celebrations, no victory marches, no euphoria that ushered in ‘regime change’; the city centre of Harare was pretty deserted, with many shops shut.

A police van was broadcasting from a loudspeaker, on a loop, the message: “Zimbabwe is open for business. Feel free to walk and open your business. We are here to protect you. All is well, fear not.” It went through empty streets, past the rubble from running battles of two days ago – when troops had shot dead six people and injured 30 others protesting against possible fraud during the election.

My unfitting Zimbabwe story by CRIMSON TAZVINZWA

Many people would need to be convinced of the police message that all was well. The new president was an old face, 75-year-old Emmerson Mnangagwa, an ally of Mugabe for decades before the two men fell out. The old practices of a brutal regime have not, we were soon to get yet another reminder, completely gone away.

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Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) was due to hold a press conference, his first public appearance after his party had lost parliament to the ruling Zanu-PF, and he had lost the presidency to Mr Mnangagwa.

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