zimbabwe:Daggers drawn on Mugabe succession

Robert Gabriel MugabeHE was a hero of Zimbabwe’s revolution, a legendary guerilla fighter revered in local lore with the sort of reverence that Cubans reserve for Che Guevara.

Most important, he was, as a prominent member of the ruling ZANU-PF party puts it, “the only person who could stand up to Robert Mugabe”, a restraining influence on the old tyrant’s excesses, a powerful voice of relative moderation (relative should be emphasised) amid the madness that reigns in Harare.

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