It is a month since the de facto coup that ousted Robert Mugabe, and the euphoria that greeted his departure has somewhat ebbed as Zimbabweans look to his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, to make good on pledges made to revive a battered economy. I am Emelia Sithole-Matarise, reporting in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabweans are still facing a cash crisis, as evidenced by long queues at banks where people are having to wait for hours to withdraw sometimes as little as $40 a day. Zimbabweans are also facing rising food prices ahead of the Christmas season, which has prompted the new president to urge businesses not to charge extortionist prices.
Mnangagwa faces a daunting task going into next year, with the international community looking at the credibility of elections, which he has said should be held sooner than expected. The elections are due in July, and Mnangagwa is under pressure to deliver on his promises to revive the economy, re-engage the international community, and bring back much needed reinvestment.
Opposition parties are also demanding electoral reforms before the elections. All this is making for a very tough year ahead for the new government.