[Marxism] His Excellency Comrade Robert: How Mugabe's ZANU clique rose to power | Links
glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Thu Jun 19 05:04:00 MDT 2008
By *Stephen O’Brien*
Towards the end of 1975 a movement of young radicals organised in the
Zimbabwe People’s Army (ZIPA) took charge of Zimbabwe’s liberation war.
ZIPA’s fusion of inclusive politics, transformational vision and
military aggression dealt crippling blows to the white supremacist
regime of Ian Smith. However, it’s success also paved the way for a
faction of conservative nationalists led by Robert Mugabe to wrest
control of the liberation movement for themselves.
The fact that Mugabe, a former rural school teacher, and his cronies
would become the ruling capitalist elite of Zimbabwe by crushing a
movement of young /Chavista/-style revolutionaries doesn’t sit well with
their anti-imperialist self-image.
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