Britain must support Zimbabwe in changing from the “nasty dictatorship” of Robert Mugabe to a democracy if that is what its people want, a British former Africa minister has said after a military takeover in Harare. Robert Mugabe: Is this the end of the line for ruthless tyrant who presided over bloodshed and persecution?
James Duddridge said the Zimbabwean president should be given a “soft landing” outside the country to allow a “less bloody” transition. But he stressed any interim government must only be in place for a relatively brief period rather than a “faux” unity regime seizing power. The Conservative MP, who was responsible for Zimbabwe at the Foreign Office between 2014 and 2016, said he would try to press Theresa May on the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday. Read more