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Pedestrians walk past a campaign poster showing Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa during the ruling party’s launch of its election manifesto, Harare, May, 4, 2018 (AP photo by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi).

The Race Is On to Rule the New Zimbabwe

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A distance of more than 400 kilometers separates Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, from Bulawayo, the country’s second-largest city and industrial center. Unless you can afford a plane ticket, and most Zimbabweans can’t, the best way to travel between the two is to drive six or seven hours on a narrow highway, often longer if you hit a pothole, a police roadblock or a traffic jam. There is also a train that links the two cities, but it is in a state of considerable disrepair, running slowly and never on time.

Nelson Chamisa wants to do the trip in just half an hour. On a bullet train. ...

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