Robert Mugabe is Dead - from Freedom Fighter to virtual Dictator - what will his legacy be?

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The death has been announced of the ex virtual Dictator Robert Mugabe:

Robert Mugabe, former prime minister and president of Zimbabwe whose rule was mired in accusations of human rights abuses and corruption, has died aged 95.
His 40-year leadership of the former British colony was marked with bloodshed, persecution of political opponents and vote-rigging on a large scale.


In his early days he was a Freedom Fighter and spent years in jail for the Cause.

But when in Power he metamorphized into a virtual Dictator who could not handle any opposition. Blunt Force became State Policy rather than negotiation - he could not take in that Revolution must eventually become Evolution if things are to change for the better.

Yet he was still very popular with many Zimbabweans and was a fierce opponent of Western Imperialism.

Apparently there is now some nostalgia for his days of Rule down there

- as things have become even worse since he was ousted from Power by his erstwhile comrades!
 

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Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. He was an inspiring man who never bended his knee to Brit imperialism - unlike our "heroes" of Shame Féin.
 

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As for Mugabe's legacy, I think it will be a strong economic Zimbabwe. It already has the lowest unemployment in Africa at only 4.5%. Emmerson Mnangagwa has continued Mugabe's policy of close ties with China, and is bringing the whole Zimbabwean economy and political system even more in line with China's. This policy is having great economic success.
 

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Zimbabwe is a basket case. A cesspool of poverty and degradation. Mugabe was a racist monster who wrecked what was the breadbadket of Africa by stealing land wholesale from white farmers. He also, in conjunction with the North Korean army carried out what can only be described as a genocide in Matabeleland in the early 1980's. He will be missed by the ignorant, the uneducated and the dregs of the far left.
 

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But only for a tiny minority of people - who looked and sounded alien to the native population.
And under Mugabe, it was a successful place for an even tinier minority of people who did look like the native population. And it descended into a nightmare for anyone outside the Mugabe / Zanu clique and into the greatest basketcase on earth.
 

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Zimbabwe is a basket case. A cesspool of poverty and degradation. Mugabe was a racist monster who wrecked what was the breadbadket of Africa by stealing land wholesale from white farmers. He also, in conjunction with the North Korean army carried out what can only be described as a genocide in Matabeleland in the early 1980's. He will be missed by the ignorant, the uneducated and the dregs of the far left.

Still, Zimbabwe goes on. Which is more than we can say for some ventures.....
 

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And under Mugabe, it was a successful place for an even tinier minority of people who did look like the native population. And it descended into a nightmare for anyone outside the Mugabe / Zanu clique and into the greatest basketcase on earth.

How do you explain that unemployment is only 4.5% and that its growth rate is 4%. Ireland's is only 2%. UK's is actually minus 0.2%
 

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As for Mugabe's legacy, I think it will be a strong economic Zimbabwe. It already has the lowest unemployment in Africa at only 4.5%. Emmerson Mnangagwa has continued Mugabe's policy of close ties with China, and is bringing the whole Zimbabwean economy and political system even more in line with China's. This policy is having great economic success.
You sure can pick 'em.:D

Mugabe had to be ousted for any progress to be made. The man was an ignorant, illiterate thug whose legacy is death, destruction and economic failure.
 

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How do you explain that unemployment is only 4.5% and that its growth rate is 4%. Ireland's is only 2%. UK's is actually minus 0.2%
I just don't believe that figure. Zimbabwe is renowned as an economic basketcase. There's just no way it can have 4.5% unemployment.

Unless Zanu have everyone employed picking up rotting corpses.
 
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