Zimbabwe: Diplomatic Show of Strength

Clipping the wings of troublesome Cabinet members

When Robert Mugabe became independent Zimbabwe's first Prime Minister last April, jubilant blacks danced in the streets to celebrate their hard-won triumph over white minority rule. Last week it was the whites who were applauding after Mugabe clipped the wings of two of the most nettlesome personalities within his black majority government. Said a prominent Salisbury businessman: "This is the first sign of his real strength. This is what the people have been waiting for."

The main victim of Mugabe's sudden Cabinet reshuffle was Minister of...

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