n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - Operation Murambatsvina : the dynamics and escalation of Zimbabwean intra-state conflict

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-6997


In April 2005, Zimbabwe held general elections which saw the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) emerge as victors for the umpteenth time. Despite this win, the ruling party seems to suffer paranoia, as manifested by the recent Operation Murambatsvina. A look at the Zimbabwean political history points to the fact that Zimbabwean elections have been characterised by violence which has landed the country in an economic morass. This paper looks at the dynamics of Zimbabwean political conflict using Operation Murambatsvina as a case study. The paper expresses the view that like many others of its nature, this operation was a purge against the people who are suspected to support the opposition parties, particularly the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

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