The History and Political Transition of Zimbabwe

From Mugabe to Mnangagwa

Pedzisai Ruhanya & Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni




This book is the first to tackle the difficult and complex politics of transition in Zimbabwe, with deep historical analysis. Its focus is on a very problematic political culture that is proving very hard to transcend. At the center of this culture is an unstable but resilient ‘nationalist-military’ alliance crafted during the anti-colonial liberation struggle in the 1970s. Inevitably, violence, misogyny and masculinity are constitutive of the political culture.


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Pedzisai Ruhanya is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Johannesburg's School of Communication, South Africa and the director of the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute.

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni is Research professor and Director of Scholarship in the Department of Leadership and Transformation (DLT) in the Principal and Vice-Chancellor's Office at the University of South Africa.