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Many would argue that the stolen election of was, in effect, the first coup, a sequel the one of Those who remained close to Mugabe since the coup claim that it was this betrayal that provided the catalyst for might be a premature end to a life, which as in the case of his mother who died at the age of , could have run well past a century.
Therefore, it is hardly ironic that the regime with which he was personally identified and held almost solely responsible, continues as of old. And so it is that both his advanced age and illness so fueled the struggle for succession that the bloody events of November were in retrospect inevitable. Likewise, the feeling of insecurity that characterized both his personal and political life: the viciousness with which he disposed of his political rivals like Ndabaningi Sithole and Joshua Nkomo; and even those — like Edgar Tekere, Enos Nkala and Maurice Nyagumbo — with whom he had shared detention cells and without whom he could never have reached the pinnacle of leadership in Zimbabwe.
This accounted in part for his schizophrenic reactions to those he worked with: dependent on those more intellectually skilled than him, and yet anxious about the risk of being exposed as a lesser quantity among them; able to recognize fellow travelers as both incompetent and dangerous on the one hand and yet, on the other, having had to rely on them to his detriment.
Otherwise, Robert Mugabe was a complex human being; even his familial origins remain a mystery, even if soon to be unraveled in a biography to be published later this year.
Such long-held and guarded secrets surrounding his past might account for the enigma that he was even to those of us who worked with him in those heady days of the struggle, and during the first decade of independence.
Belated birthday wishes to Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe, with fondest memories of the good old days of hope for our country, the heady days of detention, struggle and the first decade during which we established the post Independent State in Zimbabwe. There is a lesson to be learnt, as we reflect on the last days of the 40 years of post independence.
A racist and hypocritical boycott
B ritain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada - the so-called "white Commonwealth" - have taken an anti-Mugabe stance ever since the start of Zimbabwe's fast-track land reform programme in Britain, which leads the international campaign against Mugabe, charges that the land reform programme has been implemented through violence, outside the rule of law and that white farmers mostly former British settlers should have been compensated for their loss. The British government, however, refused to provide such compensation, even though Straw himself has admitted that British imperialism created the land problem not only in Zimbabwe , but also in Palestine, Pakistan and India. The British government presents the Zimbabwean problem as one of dictatorship: the murder of white farmers, rigging of elections, silencing of the press, removal of the independence of the judiciary, and stifling Zimbabwean democracy. Sadly, the EU, US and white Commonwealth members have swallowed this "fight for democracy" lie whole.
Robert Mugabe: vain, insecure, cocooned
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