Robert Mugabe's Legacy

Coups, Conspiracies and the Conceits of Power in Zimbabwe

David Moore



In November 2017, having ruled Zimbabwe for almost four decades, Robert Mugabe’s long and repressive reign finally came to an end. In a remarkably rapid turn of events, Mugabe was toppled by his own party and replaced by his former ally Emmerson “The Crocodile” Mnangagwa, whom he had exiled only days before. Most had assumed Mugabe would die while in office, and Zimbabwe’s “soft coup” surprised many with both the speed of change and its relative lack of bloodshed. Robert Mugabe’s Legacy both takes us behind the scenes of these incredible events, offering new insights into the inner working of Zanu-PF, as well as exploring their aftermath—including the alleged assassination attempt on Mnangagwa and the 2018 general election—and what this means for the country's future.


[Moore’s] book looks beyond the coup and Mugabe's death to address the most pressing question of all: After Mugabe, what next? - African Arguments


David Moore is Professor of Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.