Guerrilla Veterans in Post-war Zimbabwe

Symbolic and Violent Politics, 1980-1987

Norma J. Kriger


Book not available in Zimbabwe.


This critical examination of post-war of independence peace settlement and veterans' programs is the first extended study of the complicit relationship between the ruling party and the veterans. It shows continuities in the relationship between President Mugabe's government and guerrilla veterans in the first seven years in contemporary Zimbabwe (1980-1987). As the recent election has demonstrated, Mugabe and the veterans continue to collaborate, using violence and liberation war rhetoric to maintain power through land invasions and political purges.


[Kriger's] examination of the construction of a new political order in Zimbabwe is fresh and provides a challenging way for social scientists to view peace-building and post-conflict societies. - Journal of Military History


Norma Kriger worked for twelve years in the political science faculty at The John Hopkins University. Since then she has been an independent scholar.