Africa’s founding fathers have many times been given the bare minimum when it comes to leadership. It is time for us to critically look at these men and what they did to the fabric of their nations. We need to question their legacies, which ought to be contested.
Relatives of Robert Mugabe have issued a statement expressing concern and displeasure at Zimbabwe’s government for developing the programme for the funeral without consulting his immediate family. There is still no agreement and clarity on where the former president is going to be buried.
Zimbabwean pioneer O’Meara Chiedza Rusike is the country’s first black female jockey. The 21-year-old credits her adoptive parents and turbulent childhood for her achievement saying, “God often uses our deepest pain as the launching of our greatest calling”.
As high-sounding intellectuals and politicians pontificate on Mugabe’s legacy in education and other areas, they must be respectful to these people whose pain is a matter of fact, not speculation.
On the day of Robert Mugabe’s death, and against the backdrop of xenophobic violence in South Africa, here are four personal stories by GroundUp’s Zimbabwean reporters that show what Robert Mugabe meant, not only to them, but many Zimbabweans.
The death of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has elicited mixed reactions. Some remember Mugabe as a nationalist, Pan-Africanist, brave revolutionary, but for others Mugabe’s long hold on power, and autocracy will remain a stain on his contested legacy. Various political groups in Zimbabwe and across the continent have sent out their condolence messages on the passing on of President Mugabe.
Robert Mugabe’s years of playing one group off against the other to favour himself finally wore too thin in 2017.
Where should we place Mugabe among the pantheon of African nationalists who led their countries to independence?
Zimbabwe and Africa have lost an anti-colonial and liberation hero with the passing of former President Robert Mugabe (95). A colossal, brave and charismatic yet divisive figure, Mugabe tirelessly fought for Zimbabwe’s political and economic freedom his entire life. Gushungo as Mugabe was affectionately known was undoubtedly one of the most vocal anti-colonial African leaders and dedicated his life to fighting colonialism and neo-colonialism. We share with you 10 of his profound quotes.