Under military management


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Despite the catastrophic decline in the economy, soldiers and ex-soldiers have stayed unwaveringly loyal to President Robert Mugabe’s government. The ZANU-PF party and its military wing have been fused from the beginning.  That relationship faltered only once, when in the late 1990s the president rejected demands for pension payouts from self-proclaimed liberation war veterans. The veterans then took to the streets, with the evident support of serving officers, and threatened to disrupt an African leaders’ summit in Harare.

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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