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Robert Mugabe's legacy should not be contestedOn Wednesday the remains of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe arrived to a hero's welcome in Harare ahead of his burial early next week. He died in a hospital in Singapore last Friday, aged 95. His body was received by that country's head of state, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and a host of other dignitaries. He will be laid to rest with a number of leaders in attendance including President Cyril Ramaphosa. The reaction to his death has naturally been varied, from those hailing the freedom fighter to those reviling him for his misrule. The fact though is that Mugabe's mortal remains returned to a country destroyed by criminally poor governance, a collapse of infrastructure and services and an economy destroyed by mismanagement. He died in a hospital in a faraway land because his own country was unable to provide the medical care he needed. Zimbabwe is a failed state. But Mugabe is being feted as if the country is a shining beacon of prosperity. The destruction wrought on that country should be his lasting legacy. Best,Pieter du Toit
Assistant editor: In-depth news
Robert Mugabe remained defiant on land until the very end
Mugabe's legacy remains alive and it must be defeated
Robert Mugabe's legacy is complex and contested. He wasn't only the tyrant and the despot, nor only the freedom fighter and the educator. But he wanted power and all costs, and the legacy he leaves behind must be defeated.
Lessons from Robert Mugabe's misrule and how not to run a country
Those that have experienced the misrule and tyranny of Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe have a duty to correct the false eulogies and hagiographies now being peddled about that country's former president. And the only lesson to learn form Mugabe is how not to run a country.
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