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Afrika Nå: Zimbabwe after Mugabe - what now?

After 37 years as prime minister and president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has resigned from his position. The sacked vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was sworn in as president on Friday. What is next for Zimbabwe and will the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans improve?

The military takeover was not a change of regime, it was an internal dispute within Zanu-PF, a party that is still very much in power. With Mugabe's party in charge, are there prospects for real reform? Mnangagwa is the former national security chief under Mugabe and has helped uncle Bob carry out many of his most controversial policies. Some also claim that he is more ruthless. Will he simply be a new Mugabe?


The leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T) party, is also back in Harare, after receiving medical treatment in South Africa. Could he possibly be a brick in a unity government? How will this situation play out?

In the panel:

Valerie Chidakwa, served as the Secretary for International Relations for the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU), working for academic freedom and free education. Now pursuing a master's degree at NMBU. 

Tor-Hugne Olsen, established the international office of Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum in 2002, where he also worked for 8 years. Former leader of Amnesty International's work on Zimbabwe. Currently the director of Sex og Politikk. 

Victor Chimhutu, founder and chairperson of grass root citizen's movement Zimbabwe Yadzoka/Mayibuye iZimbabwe (Reclaiming Zimbabwe). Former student leader and activist in Zimbabwe, now a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Health Promotion and Development, UiB.

Moderator is Stian A. Antonsen, board chairperson in the Norwegian Council for Africa and former Zimbabwe resident.


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