ZCC labels Mugabe a ‘mixed legacy’

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HARARE-Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) is of the view that Mugabe would have been mourned in an appropriate manner if he had left the economy free from corruption, and if his history was not characterised by atrocities and creation of unjust political atmosphere in Zimbabwe.

By Takudzwa Changadeya

In yesterday’s statement by the ZCC, the organisation proclaimed that as they are lamenting Mugabe and commending him for being the liberator of black ethnicity from the suppressive Smithian regime, they will not forget his vicious character and his failure to get rid of gun from political realms.

The statement reads: “Mugabe will have been appropriately mourned, if an inclusive economy free from corruption, cronyism and patronage is recovered.

“Mugabe will rest in peace if his last plea to separate the gun from the politics is exalted.

“Mugabe may rest in peace if the nation is truly reconciled and the victims and perpetrators of past atrocities can embrace,” read the statement.

The organisation says Mugabe was a good leader but genocides, and political gamesmanship which decayed the political fabrics of the nation till the very day painted him dark.

“One cannot ignore the dark side of Mugabe’s tenure characterised by brutalisation of political opponents inside and outside his own political party.

“One cannot forget the loss of thousands of lives in Midlands and Matabeleland during the Gukurahundi.

“As we mourn President Mugabe, Zimbabwe will not forget how his rhetoric and political gamesmanship inhibited consensus politics,” the statement reads.

Meanwhile, Mugabe is said to had been one of the unique characters of the Pan-African and Frontline States leaders who is remembered for being brave in his early ages and the hurdles he encountered during his latter days of life.

“Today we mourn the death of one of the remnants of the rare generation of Pan-African and Frontline States leaders.

“Robert Gabriel Mugabe will be remembered for the great achievements in his earlier period and also the many challenges under his watch in the later part of his reign.

“In mourning Mugabe, on one hand, the nation stands in awe of a man who together with other liberation heroes was part of a liberation struggle for the independence of Zimbabwe,” the statement reads.

ZCC also noted that his political principles were professional and unmatched to any leader.

“He demonstrated rare determination, tenacity and principle during the Lancaster House and other negotiations,” reads the statement.

Standing firm and bold during the liberation struggle and the patriotic love he revealed through determination and commitment for the freedom of the nation, and the lost hope he brought back, the ZCC highly commended him for that.

“Mugabe’s call for reconciliation in his inauguration speech in 1980 endowed him with international recognition as well as offering hope to Zimbabweans that ours would be a nation united above the shallow divisions of race and ethnicity,” the statement reads.

Robert Mugabe was born on February 21, 1924, in Kutama, Southern Rhodesia, in 1963, he formed ZANU, a radical political party against oppressive British colonial rule.

Robert Mugabe became prime minister of Zimbabwe in 1980 and acted as the country’s president from 1987 until his forced resignation in November 2017, at age 93.

Hence, September 05 2017, at 95, he passed away.