With their cavalier power plays and gross economic negligence, the Mugabes squandered the goodwill of crucial backers.
Zimbabwe's ruling party is facing a wave of online and offline protest.
The new forms of protest in Zimbabwe raise the possibility that the country's long-simmering crisis may have reached boiling point. The time could indeed be ripe for a unique form of politics.
Opposition parties have emerged at different stages of Zimbabwe’s post-independence history but none have seriously threatened ZANU-PF dominance.