Violence Continues in Zimbabwe Amid Political and Economic Crises

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BY: KATIE DOBOSZ KENNEY The sudden death of beloved Zimbabwean singer and songwriter, Oliver Mtukudzi on Wednesday, January 23 marks another emotional blow for the southern African nation embroiled in chaotic instability.

Zimbabwe has descended into civil protests and deadly backlash from the military following an announcement by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on January 12 to increase the price of fuel by 150%. Singer Oliver Mtutkudzi, or Tuku, was a symbol of unity and Zimbabwean culture and an advocate for human rights, as well as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

The tragedy of his passing is an almost-perfect metaphor for what many in Zimbabwe and the international community are considering the death of a fair judicial system, freedom of expression and information, and democratic processes.

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