Farewell, Mugabe - but few will mourn his passing

08 September 2019 - 00:00 By Sunday Times

Robert Mugabe, who died in hospital in Singapore this week, was a man of many contradictions. He remains one of Africa's liberation heroes, who gained popularity by preaching racial reconciliation. Yet to many he was a tyrant and an oppressor who was ruthless in pursuing those opposed to his policies and who showed no mercy to dissidents.

Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, including his seven-year term as prime minister immediately after independence, when Canaan Banana held the presidency as a largely ceremonial post...

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