Continuing the Fight in a Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe


In July 2020, the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic From (ZANU-PF)’s led government State arrested prominent journalist and documentary filmmaker Hopewell Chin’ono for exposing a Covid fund corruption scandal. Along with many other activists and members of the official opposition challenging both Covid-related and ongoing corruption, repression, economic mismanagement by the “post-Mugabe” military government, Chin’ono was arrested a further two times. Having been an initial supporter of the Emmerson Mnangagwa-led government that promised political reform and economic growth on assuming power after deposing Robert Mugabe in a coup, Chin’ono has become one of ZANU-PF’s most vocal critics. Here, he speaks to essayist and novelist Panashe Chigumadzi about “post-Mugabe” Zimbabwean activism and opposition politics.