Robert Mugabe, the Eternal President of Zimbabwe
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Robert Mugabe, a liberator-turned-tyrant, who once had been an eternal president of Zimbabwe has died of months-long illness aged 95. Once an independent hero, Mugabe became the elected president of the country until he was deposed in 2017. In the pre-independence period, he had been a political prisoner in a country ruled by white minority.

Mugabe’s death cut short the incumbent President’s visit who was in South Africa to attend World Economic Forum summit. He said, “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” Mnangagwa posted on Twitter early on Friday.

“Mugabe was an icon of liberation a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten. “May his should rest in eternal peace,” he added.

The eternal President of Zimbabwe who once said “only God could ever remove me,” was eventually dragged down by the demi-gods of the country, the military. For he had fallen from grace following his decision of preparing his wife to succeed him. Ultimately, those who had perpetuated his 37-year rule, hastened his fall in 2017.

Mugabe was hospitalized in Singapore for months due to an undisclosed ailment. The general suspicion was that he had a prostrate cancer, although the officials insisted that he was being treated for cataract.

The eternal President of Zimbabwe who once said “only God could ever remove me,” was eventually dragged down by the demi-gods of the country, the military. For he had fallen from grace following his decision of preparing his wife to succeed him. Ultimately, those who had perpetuated his 37-year rule, hastened his fall in 2017.

However, Mugabe’s personality and his 37 years as a leader divides a nation, with contrasting feelings for him. There are those who religiously support him as a political leader who steered the country through independence from the white supremacist rule. But then there are those who criticize Mugabe’s person as a ruler whose avarice for power was insatiable.

It is an oriental tradition that the deceased is remembered in good word. No matter if he had lived a highly unscrupulous life, whether in personal or in public capacity. Perhaps, this led the incumbent President of Zimbabwe to declare Mugabe a national hero. But the Western traditions are as different as reflected from the 10 Downing Street’s statement: while “we of course express our condolences to those who mourn” the former leader represented “a barrier to a better future”.

Mugabe and Mandela, the Two Leaders Compared!

In many ways, Mugabe could be compared with his South African counterpart, Nelson Mandela who had been fighting for an identical cause in the country adjacent to Mugabe’s. But Zimbabwe had achieved freedom long ago in 1980, rendering Mugabe a greater leverage and time to tread the country on the path of recovery. That is what exactly, Mandela did in the later years when his 27-year long struggle culminated into liberation from Apartheid rule in Africa.

But the Mugabe of pre-independence era was someone else, or perhaps power tended to corrupt him in later years when he achieved it through means, but which he managed to grab for so long through means which were by no means legal. Particularly, his later years in powers were marked by election rigging, corruption, economic recession and incompetence. However, the democratic precedent set by his South African counterpart, Mandela, set were too great to follow for Mugabe whose mission to rule as long as his life permitted him. And probably, his ambition would have succeeded had he not angered the military by planning his wife to succeed him.

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