Zimbabwe – crawling between imperialist masters
The removal of Mugabe means only that the ruling elite will seek new imperialist links to solve the economic mess the country is in. Zimbabwe demonstrates for the nth time that "national liberation" in the epoch of imperialism means liberation only for the indigenous bourgeoisie linked to the world order of capitalism.
The coup which removed Mugabe from power in November represents a change in leadership in the ruling ZANU-PF party. Mugabe and his wife, the detested “Gucci-Grace”, have been put out to grass while the previous vice president, Mnangagwa and a couple of army generals have been put in power. This has all been arranged by the army. Mugabe has been granted an amnesty for his crimes, including the murder of 10,000 Ndebele civilians in the 80s and the looting of state property, while Mnangagwa, who was sacked by Mugabe only 18 days earlier and fled for his life, is installed in the presidential palace. All this is presented as a constitutional transition rather than a coup.