Can a Team of (Bitter) Rivals Heal Zimbabwe?

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai wants to leave the past behind. President Robert Mugabe, 29 years in power, still lives there. Can Zimbabwe be saved?

Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / AP

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, left, and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, right, attend the opening of the Zimbabwe Investment Conference in Harare, Thursday, July 9, 2009.

My neighbor on the flight is chatty. When I ask why he's going to Harare, he tells me he is an investor. I'm curious. Zimbabwe's economy has collapsed. The government of President Robert Mugabe has destroyed the country's currency. Several million people need food aid, millions more have fled, and an outbreak of cholera — that sure mark of destitution — has killed close to 5,000 and infected 20 times that number in the past year. What's to buy in Zimbabwe? "Graves," my neighbor replies. "Private cemeteries. Other places, I'll do minerals, farms, forests. In Zim, I'm in death."

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