As the curtain comes down on an eventful year, most Zimbabweans – and millions others around the world – will remember the wild scenes that greeted the fall of the country’s long-serving former president Robert Mugabe in November.
Mugabe, in power since April 1980 and the world’s oldest leader at 93, resigned in disgrace on 21 November following a de facto coup triggered by his unceremonious dismissal of his then deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa earlier that month.
The military intervention led to Mnangagwa’s reinstatement and his eventual inauguration as Zimbabwe’s president on 24 November.
Mugabe -- and his vocal wife Grace -- were blamed for the collapse of the country’s once boisterous economy and for alleged human rights abused.
Another major event during the past year was the formation of an opposition alliance to contest against the ruling ZANU PF in watershed elections set for 2018.
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance will seek to dislodge ZANU PF which has been in power since Zimbabwe’s independence in April 1980.
The year also witnessed an economic tailspin, with prices of some basic commodities more than doubling since mid-year.
The inflationary pressure is blamed on shortages of foreign currency for a country that relies on imports for most goods.