Business owners in Zimbabwe were long 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 Robert Mugabe’s rule, many of the portraits were taken down in the wake of the political events that led to his resignation in November 2017. 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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