Robert Mugabe’s former righthand man is guaranteed support for now, but Zimbabweans have not forgotten his past

Zimbabwe’s new president is not, at first glance, an obvious champion of the change his country hungers for. Emmerson Mnangagwa is 75, and for decades he was righthand man to Robert Mugabe, accused of the same human rights abuses and similar corruption.

He is widely known as “the Crocodile”, a liberation war nickname that may have stuck because it suited his reputation for ruthless cunning.

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