Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by United States magazine Time.

Mnangagwa’s miraculous survival from poison and expulsion was noted throughout the world.

He now appears side by side with the world’s TIMES Magazine 100 most powerful people on planet earth alongside Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Writing about the Mnangagwa effect activist Evan Mawarire describes a doctor who used  to be a butcher:

And in his first 100 days, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa spoke of re-engaging, forgiveness, democracy and unity.

But though words matter, so does the survival of a system that destroyed the hopes and dreams of generations. For four decades, Zimbabwe’s new President was the protégé of the dictator he eventually deposed. Mnangagwa says very little of his own volition.

He waits for you to speak and only responds when absolutely necessary. As Mugabe learned, he is extremely patient, choosing his moments of response or retaliation carefully.

Mugabe described him as a man who does not forgive or forget very easily. Maybe that’s why for years, Mnangagwa has kept his liberation war nickname, the Crocodile.

The undeniable paradox of Zimbabwe’s moment of healing is that the doctor was once the butcher.