Zim journo pens book on Nov events

HARARE - Zimbabwean journalist Ray Ndlovu has penned a book detailing the happenings of November 2017 which shocked the world while focusing on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s escape from Zimbabwe and his return to lead the country.

The book titled In the Jaws of the Crocodile was published by Penguin Random House South Africa and will be out on October 1.

Ndlovu is a Harare-based writer who covered the November events for the Sunday Times and also writes for its sister paper Business.

He wrote the book from interviews he had with Mnangagwa, his family, allies and opponents, and other key political figures.

“In the Jaws of the Crocodile tells the gripping story of how Mnangagwa fled Zimbabwe in fear for his life, and of his brief exile in South Africa, where he declared to (former president Robert) Mugabe that he would return ‘in a matter of weeks’ to take control of the levers of power. It describes the military intervention against Mugabe and his allies, analyses the sudden power shift within Zanu PF, and gives an eyewitness account of the mass demonstrations as people took to the streets to demand an end to Mugabe’s rule.

“The book describes Mnangagwa’s return to Zimbabwe to take over the presidency, and concludes with an account of the disputed 2018 election,” the publishers, Penguin said about the book.

“The fall of…Mugabe and the inauguration of…Mnangagwa as Zimbabwe’s new president in November 2017 were events that no one could have predicted. Just three weeks earlier, Mugabe had sacked Mnangagwa as vice-president, a move that seemed to end the long political career of the man known as ‘The Crocodile’.”

Foreword of the book was written by South African journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika.

The book gives unprecedented insights into the momentous events that changed the fate of a nation.

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