Mixed feelings over Mugabe’s legacy

Mugabe, who passed away yesterday in Singapore at the age of 95 after battling a long illness has been trending on social media circles.

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By Marshall Bwanya

Robert Mugabe’s death has spiralled mixed feelings and reactions about his legacy across the continent.

Mugabe, who passed away yesterday in Singapore at the age of 95 after battling a long illness has been trending on social media circles.

Some passed positive condolence messages labeling Mugabe as a pan africanist liberation icon while others expressed negative comments dismissing the former president as a ruthless ‘dictator’.

President Emerson Mnangagwa, who took over power from Mugabe in November 2017 paid tribute to his predecessor saying the latter’s contribution to our history and African continent will not be forgotten.

“It is with outmost sadness that I announce the passing of Zimbabwe’s founding father, and former President, cde Robert Mugabe.

“Cde Mugabe was an icon of the 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 soul rest in internal peace,” he said.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmumsi Maimane described Mugabe as failed liberator who exposed his people to abject poverty.

“Mugabe’s legacy is that of a liberator who sadly failed to liberate his own people from poverty and despair,” he said.

Chamisa led MDC Youth Assembly leader Obey Sithole said Mugabe would be remembered for his tyranny.

“When a liberator chooses to be a tyrant along the way, latter actions will definitely outdo the former actions.

In the end we will remember the most recent actions and those will determine our reactions.

In this world, forgetting is generally difficult so is forgiving,” he said.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema idolised Mugabe as revolutionary icon and maytr who pioneered black empowerment.

“I’m saddened by the passing of our matyr and giant of the African revolution cde Robert Mugabe.

“Let’s continue to fight and protect his legacy. We must not allow our enemies to tell us how to remember him, we know our heroes,” he said.