During elections nine years ago, Zimbabwe ruling party thugs banged on Nonoza Ncube’s door at 2 a.m., took her to a temporary military-style base and beat her on her back and legs with batons.
Yet when she heard that ruling party ZANU-PF war veterans were staging a mass rally in Harare, the nation’s capital, to support the removal of President Robert Mugabe, she just had to come.
In scenes of wild jubilation that many said reminded them of Zimbabwe’s independence day ending white minority rule in 1980, the streets of Harare and a nearby stadium Saturday overflowed with joyous crowds.
“We are free! We are free!” beamed Milkah Naraha, 62, who supports the...