Zimbabwe is one of the African countries that swayed into the clutches of fl agrant dictatorship. Although the country’s constitution allows multiparty politics, Zimbabwe has remained a de facto one-party state. Dictatorship by the postcolonial state has betrayed the spirit and letter of the struggle against colonialism, and it has occasioned brutish suff ering among the citizens. Zimbabwe is one of the African countries that gained independence through a vicious and protracted armed struggle. It was granted independence on April 18, 1980, following the signing of the Lancaster House Agreement of 1979. The dawn of independence in Africa in general, and Zimbabwe in particular, was devoutly believed to herald the swan song of political, economic, cultural, and social servitude.