A long queue of downcast Zimbabweans stretches out in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe as inhabitants await their turn to receive their daily food handout.
This way of life was not what many envisioned after the late former president Robert Mugabe was forced to resign from his position in 2017 after 37 years in power.
A Chitungwiza resident, Milka Mandimutsira, expresses her disappointment, “No, I don’t think it would be like this. He was far much better than our president so I think it was far much better if Mugabe was our president.”
A year after his passing at age 95 in a Singapore hospital, many Zimbabweans reflect on how time has changed their initial happiness at his ousting to regret at the current state of the country in his absence.
Former vice-president and Mugabe’s successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, launched his presidential reign with promises to fight corruption, revive the moribund economy and reduce poverty.