-- In all probability he will never see the inside of a prison cell, let alone have an appointment with the executioner.
Mengistu lives in exile in Zimbabwe, given succour and protection by Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Mugabe considers Mengistu an ally following his support of Mugabe’s terror campaign in the Rhodesian bush war of the 1970s.
Mengistu initially lived in the upmarket Harare suburb of Emerald Hill, but in the last couple of years word has it that he now lives near to Kariba, preferring the bush life to the retrace in the cities.
Word also reached the watching world some three years ago that Mengistu was the mastermind behind the ‘urban slum clearance’ in Zimbabwe, now known as Operation Murambatsvina. --