After 37 years as president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe is currently under house arrest after a military takeover. South African envoys and a church in the country are trying to mediate between Mugabe and the army. 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. The armed wing of Zanu-PF supports the former vice president sacked by Mugabe last week: Emmerson Mnangagwa. However, Mnangagwa is a controversial figure, as he has helped Mugabe 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:
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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