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Mugabe died a very bitter man ―Nephew

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 09, 2019, 09:51:57 PM
Robert Mugabe’s nephew has said the former Zimbabwean leader died a “very bitter” man.


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Robert Mugabe

Mr Mugabe, who died aged 95 last week, led Zimbabwe for nearly four decades until he was ousted by a coup in 2017.

“Imagine people you trusted – people that were guarding you, looking after you – [turning] against you,” Leo Mugabe said.

“He was very bitter and it dented his legacy,” he told the BBC from his uncle’s rural home.

“It was not an easy thing for him to take,” he added.

Initially praised for broadening access to health and education for the black majority, Mr Mugabe later used violence against his political opponents and presided over Zimbabwe’s economic ruin.

He was removed from office after he fired his deputy, with many fearing he was preparing for his wife, Grace Mugabe, to succeed him.

His former deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, then became president after the army intervened and forced Mr Mugabe to step down.

The long-serving president’s legacy has been the subject of fierce debate since he died.

Mr Mugabe’s death at a hospital in Singapore on Friday followed a long illness. He had been receiving medical care in the city since April.

Close relatives and government officials have travelled to the city and his remains are due to be returned to Zimbabwe on Wednesday.

His body is expected to be taken to his home village, which is about 80km (50 miles) west of the capital Harare, for an overnight wake.

His official funeral will take place on Saturday at the 60,000 capacity National Sports Stadium in Harare, according to government officials.
But there has reportedly been disagreement over where Mr Mugabe will be buried.

Some of his relatives want him to be buried at his rural homestead in the village of Kutama in Mashonaland West province. But government officials have pushed for a burial at a shrine near Harare.

Most of Zimbabwe’s national heroes, those who fought against white-minority rule, are buried at the Heroes’ Acre shrine just outside of the city.

“The [traditional] chiefs will bury him on Sunday, where I don’t know,” Leo Mugabe told AFP news agency on Monday.

If Mr Mugabe is buried at his rural home, it would represent a final snub to the comrades he believed betrayed him, the BBC’s Shingai Nyoka in Harare says.

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Re: Mugabe died a very bitter man ―Nephew

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 09, 2019, 09:59:03 PM
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“Imagine people you trusted – people that were guarding you, looking after you – [turning] against you,” Leo Mugabe said.

“He was very bitter and it dented his legacy,” he told the BBC from his uncle’s rural home.

“It was not an easy thing for him to take,” he added.

This life is full of lessons to anyone who cares to learn.

I remember vividly when Obasanjo of Nigeria also felt betrayed by people who stopped his third term ambitions.
He never forgave some of them till today. He was focused on leaving a befitting "legacy" but he failed to see that his legacy centred around his voluntary ceding of power in 1979 to Shagari. In his attempt to secure his legacy (in his own interpretations) he almost destroyed the legacy he already created, which brought him back to power after 20 years!

There is something about power that makes some mortals irrational.
Somehow, power degrades commonsense!

You see this same story over and over in countless cases all over the world.

Only very few disciplined and truly wise leaders dodge the "power bug", and end well.

To Mugabe, the thought that fellow ZANU-PF party members would support the military ouster of "Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe" was unthinkable! But it happened, and the rest is history.

RIP Mugabe, but it was never personal.
You refused to leave the stage when the ovation was loudest.

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