Zimbabwe Event Kicks Off CIC Edmonton’s 2018 program
On January 12, 2018, University of Alberta historian Dr. Guy Thompson spoke to CIC members and attendees on the recent transition of power in Zimbabwe for the first CIC-Edmonton event of 2018.
Due to his expertise on the history of Zimbabwe and his personal experience living in the country, Dr. Thompson provided a rich overview of what led to Robert Mugabe’s rise and, after 37 years in power, fall from power. Dr. Thompson also gave an in-depth analysis of what the future holds for Zimbabwe under the new President, Emmerson “The Crocodile” Mnangagwa. Dr. Thompson illustrated the issue of succession that divided the ruling Zanu-PF Party and explained that, despite the wave of optimism in Zimbabwe after the removal of Robert Mugabe, President Mnangagwa has a history of subverting opposition and his rule is unlikely to lead to meaningful political reform.
This engaging presentation was followed by a lively question period, where Dr. Thompson and guests commented on the transition of power in Zimbabwe. The discussion included questions on the past and future role of Grace Mugabe, the constitutionality of Emmerson Mnangagwa being sworn in as the President of Zimbabwe, and the role of the international community as Zimbabwe adapts to new leadership.