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Mugabe Portrait 3
Harare
By Davina Jogi
01 Dec 2017

December 2, 2017
In a small act of defiance, the offical portrait of President Robert Mugabe hangs behind a flag where it cannot be seen, at a business in Marlborough, Harare. 

Business owners in Zimbabwe have long been required to hang an official portrait of the former President in their shops and offices. Originally these were supplied by the Ministry of Information, but in 2011 Newsday reported that businesses in downtown Harare were being forced by ZANU-PF youth militia to buy portraits for $US60, or face eviction.

A symbol of Mugabe’s rule, many of the portraits were taken down in the wake of the political events that led to his resignation in November. However, some storeowners were still too nervous to remove them and preferred to wait until they were told to do so. In other places, the portrait was not removed because it had been there so long it had been forgotten.

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Mugabe Portrait 2
Harare
By Davina Jogi
01 Dec 2017

December 2, 2017
The official portrait of President Robert Mugabe hangs in the storeroom at the back of a stationery store in downtown Harare two weeks after Mugabe resigned. 

Business owners in Zimbabwe have long been required to hang an official portrait of the former President in their shops and offices. Originally these were supplied by the Ministry of Information, but in 2011 Newsday reported that businesses in downtown Harare were being forced by ZANU-PF youth militia to buy portraits for USD 60.00, or face eviction.

A symbol of Mugabe’s rule, many of the portraits were taken down in the wake of the political events that led to his resignation in November. However, some storeowners were still too nervous to remove them and preferred to wait until they were told to do so. In other places, the portrait was not removed because it had been there so long it had been forgotten.

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Mugabe Portrait 1
Harare
By Davina Jogi
01 Dec 2017

The official portrait of President Robert Mugabe is placed among car parts at an auto spares kiosk in downtown Harare two weeks after Mugabe resigned.

Business owners in Zimbabwe have long been required to hang an official portrait of the former President in their shops and offices. Originally these were supplied by the Ministry of Information, but in 2011 Newsday reported that businesses in downtown Harare were being forced by ZANU-PF youth militia to buy portraits for USD 60.00, or face eviction.

A symbol of Mugabe’s rule, many of the portraits were taken down in the wake of the political events that led to his resignation in November. However, some storeowners were still too nervous to remove them and preferred to wait until they were told to do so. In other places, the portrait was not removed because it had been there so long it had been forgotten.

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DJogi_Portraits-4
Harare
By Davina Jogi
01 Dec 2017

The spot where President Robert Mugabe's portrait used to hang at the back of a pharmacy in Greencroft, Harare. The shop assistant was too nervous to have the portrait photographed where it had been stashed behind a filing cabinet so he put it back on the wall to show where it had been.

Business owners in Zimbabwe have long been required to hang an offical portrait of the former President in their shops and offices. Originally these were supplied by the Ministry of Information but in 2011 businesses in downtown Harare reported that ZANU-PF youth militia were forcing them to buy portraits for $US60 or face eviction. A symbol of despotic rule, many of the portraits were taken down in the wake of the political events that led to Mugabe's resignation in November. However, some store owners were still too frightened to remove them and others simply did not think to do so because the portrait had been there so long it was not even noticed anymore.

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Mugabe Portrait 4
Harare
By Davina Jogi
30 Nov 2017

December 1, 2017
The official portrait of President Robert Mugabe hangs in the office at a factory in Willowvale, Harare two weeks after Mugabe resigned.

Business owners in Zimbabwe have long been required to hang an official portrait of the former President in their shops and offices. Originally these were supplied by the Ministry of Information, but in 2011 Newsday reported that businesses in downtown Harare were being forced by ZANU-PF youth militia to buy portraits for $US60, or face eviction.

A symbol of Mugabe’s rule, many of the portraits were taken down in the wake of the political events that led to his resignation in November. However, some storeowners were still too nervous to remove them and preferred to wait until they were told to do so. In other places, the portrait was not removed because it had been there so long it had been forgotten.

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Mugabe Portrait 5
Harare
By Davina Jogi
26 Nov 2017

November 27, 2017
The official portrait of President Robert Mugabe is seen behind the reception desk at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare on the day it was taken down.

Business owners in Zimbabwe have long been required to hang an official portrait of the former President in their shops and offices. Originally these were supplied by the Ministry of Information, but in 2011 Newsday reported that businesses in downtown Harare were being forced by ZANU-PF youth militia to buy portraits for $US60, or face eviction.

A symbol of Mugabe’s rule, many of the portraits were taken down in the wake of the political events that led to his resignation in November. However, some storeowners were still too nervous to remove them and preferred to wait until they were told to do so. In other places, the portrait was not removed because it had been there so long it had been forgotten.

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Zimbabwe: The Moment Robert Mugabe Re...
Harare
By Davina Jogi
20 Nov 2017

This is a series of images taken as President Robert Mugabe’s resignation was announced in Parliament and spread through the streets of Harare like wildfire. Incredulous Zimbabweans poured into public places to celebrate and pulled out their cellphones to document the historic moment for themselves and send messages to relatives and friends overseas. And as evening fell their beaming faces were caught in the glowing light of their phones and passing headlights.

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Zimbabwe: The Moment Robert Mugabe Re...
Harare
By Davina Jogi
20 Nov 2017

A soldier poses for a photograph with a baby during celebrations on Samora Machel Avenue in Harare, Zimbabwe as President Robert Mugabe's resignation is announced. People took to social media to spread the news in real time. 21/11/2017 Picture: Davina Jogi

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Zimbabwe: The Moment Robert Mugabe Re...
Harare
By Davina Jogi
20 Nov 2017

Celebrations on Samora Machel Avenue in Harare, Zimbabwe as President Robert Mugabe's resignation is announced. People took to social media to spread the news in real time. 21/11/2017 Picture: Davina Jogi

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Zimbabwe: The Moment Robert Mugabe Re...
Harare
By Davina Jogi
20 Nov 2017

A group of revellers take a selfie during celebrations on Samora Machel Avenue, in Harare, Zimbabwe as President Robert Mugabe's resignation is announced. People took to social media to spread the news in real time. 21/11/2017 Picture: Davina Jogi

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Zimbabwe: The Moment Robert Mugabe Re...
Harare
By Davina Jogi
20 Nov 2017

A couple watch the crowd from a vantage point during celebrations on Samora Machel Avenue in Harare, Zimbabwe as President Robert Mugabe's resignation is announced. 21/11/2017 Picture: Davina Jogi

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Zimbabwe: The Moment Robert Mugabe Re...
Harare
By Davina Jogi
20 Nov 2017

A young girl checks her phone during celebrations on Samora Machel Avenue in Harare, Zimbabwe as President Robert Mugabe's resignation is announced. People took to social media to spread the news in real time. 21/11/2017 Picture: Davina Jogi

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Zimbabwe: The Moment Robert Mugabe Re...
Harare
By Davina Jogi
20 Nov 2017

A man and his young daughter are pictured during celebrations on Samora Machel Avenue in Harare, Zimbabwe as President Robert Mugabe's resignation is announced. People took to social media to spread the news in real time. 21/11/2017 Picture: Davina Jogi

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Zimbabwe: The Moment Robert Mugabe Re...
Harare
By Davina Jogi
20 Nov 2017

A young man takes a selfie while riding atop a freight truck stuck in traffic on Samora Machel Avenue in Harare, Zimbabwe during celebrations in the street after President Robert Mugabe's resignation was announced. People took to social media to spread the news in real time. 21/11/2017 Picture: Davina Jogi

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Zimbabwe: The Moment Robert Mugabe Re...
Harare
By Davina Jogi
20 Nov 2017

Young men are caught in the light of a cellphone flash as they hitch a ride on a freight truck caught in traffic on Samora Machel Avenue in Harare, Zimbabwe during celebrations after President Robert Mugabe's resignation was announced. People took to social media to spread the news in real time. 21/11/2017 Picture: Davina Jogi