The Monitor's View Zimbabwe's new liberation struggle

The surprise sidelining of a longtime dictator has many in Zimbabwe looking inward on their role in propping him up. Their mental liberation may influence the ongoing power struggle

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In Africa, a popular Twitter hashtag in recent days has been #Zimbabwe. And for good reason. It is rare for Africans to witness a dictator like Robert Mugabe being sidelined so easily by close associates, especially after 37 years in power. He was a fixture for a generation, a symbol of how rulers can cling to power. Yet it is not only the political transition in Harare that is the focus of interest. Just as compelling for Africans is the sudden lifting of mental chains among millions of Zimbabweans.