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Jabusile M. Shumba

Zimbabwe’s Predatory State: Party, Military, and Business

by Jabusile M. Shumba

In academic debates, Zimbabwe’s story is contested as much as it is polarized. The nature of the state itself is in doubt and disputed: does Zimbabwe exemplify a fragile, strong and uncooperative, or predatory state? On 15 November 2017, when the military intervened leading to the dethronement of long-time ruler President Robert Mugabe, some characterized the decisive military intervention as a classic “coup d’état.”...

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