Thursday, 27 February, 2020


Robert Mugabe getting hero’s burial he claimed he didn’t want

Insecure... Robert Mugabe was cocooned and reliant on a security apparatus that would turn against him Insecure... Robert Mugabe was cocooned and reliant on a security apparatus that would turn against him
Bennie Garza | 10 September, 2019, 22:18

Mugabe's nephew Adam Molai told reporters in Singapore the former leader was admitted at Gleneagles around a week before his death.

The body would then be taken to Zvimba before being moved to the National Sports Stadium, the newspaper added.

Zimbabwe and Africa owe huge debt of gratitude to this highly intelligent and courageous leader who fought and sacrificed so much to liberate his country and free his people from minority occupation.

A relative to former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has for the first time revealed finer details on circumstances surrounding the death of the nonagenarian.

Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, who is also the Presidential spokesperson, Mr George Charamba, said on Friday morning President Mnangagwa and his Government assigned Vice President Mohadi to lead a delegation to Singapore to bring home the remains of the nation's founding father.

He was one of the most polarising figures in African history, a giant of national liberation movements whose 37-year rule ended in ignominy when he was overthrown by his own army in November 2017.

We are glad that the former President died at peace after resolving his differences with his protégé and confidante, President Mnangagwa.

Mugabe "catastrophically mismanaged the economy, turning the region's breadbasket into one where much of the population requires global food assistance", said Pompeo. "Heroes, for what?" Mr Mugabe's cousin, Josephine Jorincha, told AFP in the village of Kutama.

"For now we have to work because life is tough these days", she said. We thus applaud the decision by the Zanu-PF Politburo to confer him national hero status and in the process ensure that he will be interred alongside his contemporaries at the National Shrine.

But the Mugabe years are now widely remembered for his crushing of political dissent and policies that ruined the economy.

"A father gets old and when that happens we don't expect that he be abused", Shumba said, breaking into a wartime song that venerated Mugabe's Marxist ideology and quest for a one-party state in the early years of independence.

In-office, he initially won global plaudits for his declared policy of racial reconciliation and for extending improved education and health services to the black majority.

Mugabe's initial success faded as he rapidly cracked down on his opponents.

The violent seizure of white-owned farms turned him into an global pariah - although his status as a liberation hero still resonates strongly across Africa.

Mnangagwa took over in November 2017 and was elected in July previous year.

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