At the inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa, the state television was to the most beautiful pictures: 60,000 people cheered him in the national stadium of Harare. The brass played, someone was wearing a plush crocodile behind the new President of Zimbabwe, as a nod to Mnangagwas nickname.

“The crocodile” had been turned in just nine days, the fate of the bankrupt country, apparently. He had succeeded, to coups of the aged dictator, Robert Mugabe, after almost four decades out of office. That was in November of 2017.

Mnangagwa and crocodile in November, 2017

Indeed, had commanded the same Mnangagwa in his Position as Mugabe’s chief of security, even to the death of thousands, and the desolate situation of the country with debt. Now, however, he promised in his inaugural speech, an end to Zimbabwe’s economic crisis. The fun with the stuffed animal should probably emphasize that in the Future, everything is different, serene, better.

Last week, 13 months later, was back to the Old: soldiers shot at demonstrators, at least twelve people were killed, 75 were treated for gunshot wounds, across the country, there were more than 600 arrests.

Shortly before that Mnangagwa had, the gallons of gasoline would be expensive, more than double. With 3.31 US dollars, Zimbabwe now has one of the highest fuel prices in the world. In the masses of the people are attracted to the road, and then it was as is the case with Mugabe: The security forces beat the petrol price protest brutally.

Mnangagwa announced to have been arrested in Deaths and injuries “regrettable and tragic”

According to the NGO Physicians for human rights, it could be hidden even more than the officially twelve deaths: man was deliberately shot in the head, their bodies and the Wounded from their hospital beds. The Zimbabwean human rights Council, a statutory body to safeguard the human dignity of language, of systematic torture by police officers.

Arrested was waiting on the earth, sitting on your court date

The economic and currency crisis in Zimbabwe had been under the dictator Mugabe for many years in the grip. Since Mnangagwas the location you start does not improve, on the contrary. Persistently his government says that instead of the abolished national currency issued “bond notes”, also Zollar called, would have the same value as the US Dollar. But that was a lie to Mugabe’s times. And everyone knows it.

Only one thing seems to be in Mnangagwa’s really new: Its communications Department shows that the boss wants to go with the time. His visit to the world economic forum in Switzerland, he had to cancel because of the crisis, the statement was made at the ground political PR: “In the light of the economic situation,” return it to Harare, “Zimbabwe will again calm, stable and able to work”.

Then he justified the brutal use from the previous week and defended the prescribed price explosion as a “measure to stabilize the national fuel reserves”. The “unpopular” decision, he did not “taken lightly”, but “the right step”. The protests were “regrettable and tragic”.

Mnangagwa in the case of the spontaneous return to Harare

And then he condemned the deadly violence of the security forces and the demonstrators as “unacceptable”. Both were “a betrayal of the new Zimbabwe”. All actions would be informed, if necessary, “heads will roll”.

abroad is to blame, but to help

The only ones, however, who sit so far behind bars, the leader of the Opposition. The internationally renowned Pastor and activist Evan Mawarire has been arrested for incitement to violence. Likewise, in detention in Zimbabwe’s most important trade Union leader is Japhet Moyo, had called the protest week of the strike.

in addition, Mnangagwas government sees foreign forces at work, they had instigated the protests. An author of the think tank International Crisis Group writes, in addition to the United States, Germany, accused of the partly violent demonstrations fanned the flames.

the footballer carrying the coffin of your opponent Kelvin T. Choto, who was shot at the edge of the protests

apportioning blame to foreign powers but is not calm Mnangagwa Zimbabweans. They bury their dead, care for the Wounded, and there’s neither fuel nor food.

The head of state is in urgent need of foreign aid, the threat of a collapse to avert. A first appeal was partially answered: Although it refused South Africa to transfer the Mnangagwa desired 1,2-billion-Dollar emergency loan. President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke for a loosening of the Mugabe Era inherited international economic sanctions. Zimbabwe have embarked on “the path to democracy” and was on the way, “the real recovery,” said Ramaphosa.

Mnangagwa had made at his inauguration to the end of 2017 it clear that he wanted to leave the past in the past. Now she has caught up with him after only 13 months. In party circles of Mnangagwas Zanu-PF the speech is alleged to be from a impeachment. Beautifully written press statements alone, but the “crocodile will not save”.

Sam Yoon has many years of experiences in journalism. He has covered such areas as information technology, science, sports and politics. Yoon can be reached at 82-2-6956-6698.