Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe 'a complex character'

2012-07-10 12:39
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. (AP, File)

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. (AP, File)

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Mugabe shrugs off concerns over AU-West relations
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has shrugged off concerns that his appointment as new African Union chairman will harm relations between the pan-African bloc and the West.

Cape Town - President Robert Mugabe is a complex character who claims to champion the interests of the poor, yet his government has worsened the plight of ordinary Zimbabweans through a raft of skewed laws and ruthless actions, leader of the smaller MDC faction Welshman Ncube has reportedly said.

According to Newsday, Ncube said that although Mugabe had "emerged a hero" at independence in 1980, " he had turned tyrant after presiding over the impoverishment of the masses and ruined the country’s economy as he unleashed his dictatorship in the guise of defending the revolution".

"No doubt he is a complex character. When you talk to Mugabe, you can hear in his mind he talks of the interests of the people," said Ncube.

"How then you reconcile what he says and what he and his Zanu-PF party goes on to do, you then ask yourself ‘What is wrong with the man?’”

Ncube said history had already made judgement of Mugabe and his legacy.

"No matter his sincerity or not in championing the cause of the people, the truth is that under his watch the people of Zimbabwe were impoverished."

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