Constructing Post-colonial Ethnic and Racial Relations

  • Christopher Roy Zembe


As the euphoria of independence in 1980 and the hope of prosperity subsided, it is undeniable that the Shona-dominated new government of Robert Mugabe faced insurmountable challenges in its attempts to build a united nation that had been ravaged by racial injustices and communal tensions. The third chapter examines how the roots of ethnic and racial relations which were to characterise the post-colonial Zimbabwean communities both in Zimbabwe and in the diaspora could not be divorced from how the new government communicated its nation-building polices to its citizens. Key themes discussed are the Lancaster House Constitution and its race legacy, the impact of the civil conflict (Gukurahundi), marginalisation of minorities and absence of a post-independence agenda on national identity.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of HumanitiesDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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