“I am sure there are going to be mixed feelings about his legacy…in Zimbabwe, the region, in Africa and maybe even the world,” said Simba Makoni who served in Mugabe’s cabinet but later stood against him, unsuccessfully, in a presidential election.
“He endured hardships both before and after independence. I don’t think anyone can take that away from him, but his legacy was diminished from the mid-1990s, which leaves a sour state.”
I三级成人视频f there was a prevalent emotion, it seemed to be nostalgia. Amid all the shortages, triple-digit inflation and government repression, surely, many said, things were better under Mugabe, ousted in a military coup just two years ago.
“We wish he was not out of power, because everything now is worse,” said Dora Mbire, a hotel worker. “We cannot live. We can’t even afford bread.”
The most effusive eulogy, came from the man Mugabe called Brutus: Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former loyal aide who became president after the coup but who rapidly squandered the goodwill he enjoyed at the time.
三级成人视频“Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people,” President Mnangagwa said. “His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten.”
As evening fell, the president declared an unofficial state of mourning, meaning that the flags will fly at half-mast from Saturday. It will continue until Mugabe is buried. No funeral date has yet been set and it is unclear when the late president’s body will be repatriated.
Elsewhere in the world, the ambivalence was even starker. Fellow African leaders were unequivocal in their praise, hailing Mugabe as a liberation hero who stood up against both colonialism and Western bullying, a sentiment shared by many Africans outside Zimbabwe. “Mugabe was a great African, but a terrible Zimbabwean,” one Kenyan twitter user remarked wryly.
S三级成人视频outh Africa’s government called him a “fearless pan-Africanist liberation fighter.” Kenya declared three days of mourning.
But there was little grief in Britain, long a critic of Mr Mugabe, or elsewhere in the West.
三级成人视频“We of course express our condolences to those who mourn, but know that for many he was a barrier to a better future,” said a spokeswoman for Boris Johnson. “Under his rule the people of Zimbabwe suffered greatly as he impoverished their country and sanctioned the use of violence against them.”
Emily Thornberry, the shadow Foreign Secretary, was equally damning, telling the BBC she was “not going to shed any tears” over Mugabe’s death.
“We were hopeful about him, but he completely lost his way and, I think, ruined the chance of a country that did have a great future.”