Uhuru attends Mugabe funeral as burial stalemate resolved (images)

Uhuru Kenyatta attended the funeral of late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe to pay his last respects. The Kenyan president eulogised the deceased ex-commander in chief as an icon of Africa’s liberation struggle.

Uhuru said of the late leader in his speech,

The late comrade Mugabe was an embodiment of the pan-African spirit, offering immeasurable assistance and solidarity to many other African countries in their struggles to end colonial rule and apartheid.

Uhuru Kenyatta at Mugabe's funeral
The Kenyan president at Mugabe’s funeral

Other presidents in attendance were South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa and his Equatorial Guinea counterpart Theodore Obiang Nguema, besides the host president Emerson Mnangagwa. Former presidents Sam Nujoma of Namibia and Jerry Rawlings from Ghana also graced the funeral service of their departed colleague.

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The Kenyan president signing the condolence book

Zimbabwe’s current president Mnangagwa, once Mugabe’s close confidant, described his late predecessor as a revolutionary leader, patriot and a nationalist who believed in Pan-Africanism.

A suite costs Sh.571,385 a night! Pictures of cosy hospital where Mugabe died

Far from the colourful speeches from African leaders, it was impossible to ignore the embarrassingly low turnout of citizens at the Zimbabwe National Sports Stadium where the funeral service was held.

Uhuru Kenyatta attending Mugabe's funeral
Uhuru Kenyatta attending Mugabe’s funeral

Mugabe was the president of Zimbabwe for 37 years from 1980 to 2017 when he was ousted following a military coup. He died on Friday, September 6, aged 95 after a long illness. He passed on in Singapore where he had been receiving treatment since April 2019.

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The family of the late president say that he will be buried in the National Heroes Acre monument in Harare, his family says, following a row with the government over his final resting site.

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A suite costs Sh.571,385 a night! Pictures of cosy hospital where Mugabe died

Robert Mugabe died on August 6th this month aged 95. The former Zimbabwean president died at the 258-bed premium hospital called Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore.

Gleneagles Hospital
Gleneagles Hospital

What is interesting however is that the hospital that he died at was very pricy, so pricy that many had to look up the costs when they found out he had died there.

According to Gleneagles’ website, its suite is priced at Singapore dollars 7,588 (571,385) a night. Single rooms go for Singapore dollars 668 (50301) a night, while its four-bedroom costs S$259 (19503).

The executive suite
The executive suite

It is rumoured that Mugabe might have stayed in the executive suites for 150 days as he sought medical treatment there. If true the number would amount to Ksh.85,707,750 in the cost of his stay.

Read of the sad and lonely life Robert Mugabe lived after losing all siblings

The hospital was where Mugabe was first seen in public after the military takeover that ended his authoritarian 37-year regime on December 15, 2017.

The executive suite
The executive suite

Mugabe was a frequent visitor to Singapore, and his stay there during his last days underscored his long connection with the Lion City.

Mugabe, who was Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader, had visited Singapore some eight years ago to receive treatment for his eye problems, including cataract surgery.

When he was later seen at Gleneagles Hospital in 2014, his spokesman said he was on a “routine eye check-up following a recent procedure”.

Mugabe in his last days
Mugabe in his last days

His periodic travels to Singapore had drawn flak from those at home, who said he had allowed Zimbabwe’s once-proud health care system to collapse while seeking medical attention abroad.

Earlier this year it emerged that the Zimbabwean government gave the deposed strongman US$4 million (414,800,000) to cover his hospital expenses, as well as the costs of his two-month stay in Singapore late last year.

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Lessons from Robert Mugabe’s life in prison, power and dictatorship

Robert Mugabe is dead. As one of the longest-serving president, Robert Mugabe promised democracy and reconciliation.But the hope that accompanied independence in 1980 dissolved into violence, corruption and economic disaster.

 

Robert Gabriel Mugabe was born in what was then Rhodesia on 21 February 1924, the son of a carpenter and one of the majority Shona-speaking people. Educated at Roman Catholic mission schools, he qualified as a teacher.

Winning a scholarship to Fort Hare University in South Africa, he took the first of his seven academic degrees before teaching in Ghana, where he was greatly influenced by the pan-Africanist ideas of Ghana’s post-independence leader Kwame Nkrumah. His first wife Sally was Ghanaian.

In 1960, Mugabe returned to Rhodesia. At first he worked for the African nationalist cause with Joshua Nkomo, before breaking away to become a founder member of the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu).

In 1964, after making a speech in which he called Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith and his government “cowboys”, Mugabe was arrested and detained without trial for a decade.
His baby son died while he was still in prison and he was refused permission to attend the funeral.

In 1973, while still in detention, he was chosen as president of Zanu. After his release, he went to Mozambique and directed guerrilla raids into Rhodesia. His Zanu organisation formed a loose alliance with Nkomo’s Zimbabwe African People’s Union (Zapu).

During the tortuous negotiations on independence for Rhodesia, he was seen as the most militant of the black leaders, and the most uncompromising in his demands.

On a 1976 visit to London, he declared that the only solution to the Rhodesian problem would come out of the barrel of a gun.

But his negotiating skills earned him the respect of many of his former critics. The press hailed him as “the thinking man’s guerrilla”.

The Lancaster House agreement of 1979 set up a constitution for the new Republic of Zimbabwe, as Rhodesia was to be called, and set February 1980 for the first elections to the new government.

Fighting the election on a separate platform from Nkomo, Mugabe scored an overwhelming and, to most outside observers, unexpected victory. Zanu secured a comfortable majority, although the polls were marred by accusations of vote-rigging and intimidation from both sides

A self-confessed Marxist, Mugabe’s victory initially had many white people packing their bags ready to leave Rhodesia, while his supporters danced in the streets.

However, the moderate, conciliatory tone of his early statements reassured many of his opponents. He promised a broad-based government, with no victimisation and no nationalisation of private property. His theme, he told them, would be reconciliation.
Later that year he outlined his economic policy, which mixed private enterprise with public investment.

With the prime minister frequently advocating one-party rule, the rift between Mugabe and Nkomo widened.

After the discovery of a huge cache of arms at Zapu-owned properties, Nkomo, recently demoted in a cabinet reshuffle, was dismissed from government.

While paying lip service to democracy, Mugabe gradually stifled political opposition. The mid-1980s saw the massacre of thousands of ethnic Ndebeles seen as Nkomo’s supporters in his home region of Matabeleland.

Confiscation

Mugabe was implicated in the killings, committed by the Zimbabwean army’s North Korean-trained 5th Brigade, but never brought to trial.

Under intense pressure, Nkomo agreed for his Zapu to be merged with – or taken over by – Zanu to become the virtually unchallenged Zanu-PF.

After abolishing the office of prime minister, Mugabe became president in 1987 and was elected for a third term in 1996.

The same year, he married Grace Marufu, after his first wife had died from cancer. Mugabe already had two children with Grace, 40 years his junior. A third was born when the president was 73.
He did have some success in building a non-racial society, but in 1992 introduced the Land Acquisition Act, permitting the confiscation of land without appeal.

The plan was to redistribute land at the expense of more than 4,500 white farmers, who still owned the bulk of the country’s best land.

In early 2000, with his presidency under serious threat from the newly formed Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by former trade union leader Morgan Tsvangirai, Mugabe lashed out against the farmers, seen as MDC backers.

His supporters, the so-called “war veterans”, occupied white-owned farms and a number of farmers and their black workers were killed.

The action served to undermine the already battered economy as Zimbabwe’s once valuable agricultural industry fell into ruin. Mugabe’s critics accused him of distributing farms to his cronies, rather than the intended rural poor.

Zimbabwe moved rapidly from being one of Africa’s biggest food producers to having to rely on foreign aid to feed its population.

In the 2000 elections for the House of Assembly, the MDC won 57 out of the 120 seats elected by popular vote, although a further 20 seats were filled by Mugabe’s nominees, securing Zanu-PF’s hold on power

Two years later, in the presidential elections, Mugabe achieved 56.2% of the vote compared with Mr Tsvangirai’s 41.9% against a background of intimidation of MDC supporters. Large numbers of people in rural areas were prevented from voting by the closure of polling stations.
With the MDC, the US, UK and the European Union not recognising the election result because of the violence and allegations of fraud, Mugabe – and Zimbabwe – became increasingly isolated.

The Commonwealth also suspended Zimbabwe from participating in its meetings until it improved its record as a democracy.

In May 2005, Mugabe presided over Operation Restore Order, a crackdown on the black market and what was said to be “general lawlessness”.

Some 30,000 street vendors were arrested and whole shanty towns demolished, eventually leaving an estimated 700,000 Zimbabweans homeless.

In March 2008, Mugabe lost the first round of the presidential elections but won the run-off in June after Mr Tsvangirai pulled out.

In the wake of sustained attacks against his supporters across the country, Mr Tsvangirai maintained that a free and fair election was not possible.

Zimbabwe’s economic decline accelerated, with inflation rates reaching stratospheric levels.

After hundreds of people died from cholera, partly because the government could not afford to import water treatment chemicals, Mugabe agreed to negotiate with his long-time rival about sharing power.
after months of talks, in February 2009 Mugabe swore in Mr Tsvangirai as prime minister.

It came as no surprise that the arrangement was far from perfect, with constant squabbling and accusations by some human rights organisations that Mugabe’s political opponents were still being detained and tortured.

Mr Tsvangirai’s reputation also suffered by his association with the Mugabe regime, despite the fact that he had no influence over the increasingly irascible president.

The 2013 election, in which Mugabe won 61% of the vote, ended the power-sharing agreement and Mr Tsvangirai went into the political wilderness.

While there were the usual accusations of electoral fraud – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked that these be investigated – there was not the widespread violence that had marked previous polls in Zimbabwe.

Successors

It was an election that saw Robert Mugabe, at the age of 89, confirm his position as the undisputed power in the country.

His advancing years, and increasing health problems, saw much speculation as to who might replace him.

But the manoeuvring among possible successors revealed how fragmented Zimbabwe’s administration was and underlined the fact that it was only held together by Mugabe’s dominance.

Mugabe himself seemed to delight in playing off his subordinates against each other in a deliberate attempt to dilute whatever opposition might arise.

With speculation that his wife, Grace, was poised to take control in the event of his death in office, Mugabe announced in 2015 that he fully intended to fight the 2018 elections, by which time he would be 94.
And, to allay any doubt remaining among possible successors, he announced in February 2016 that he would remain in power “until God says ‘come'”.

In the event it wasn’t God but units of the Zimbabwe National Army which came for Robert Mugabe. On 15 November 2017 he was placed under house arrest and, four days later, replaced as the leader of Zanu-PF by his former vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Defiant to the end Mugabe refused to resign, But, on 21 November, as a motion to impeach him was being debated in the Zimbabwean parliament, the speaker of the House of Assembly announced that Robert Mugabe had finally resigned.

Mugabe negotiated a deal which protected him and his family from the risk of future prosecution and enabled him to retain his various business interests. He was also granted a house, servants, vehicles and full diplomatic status.

Ascetic in manner, Robert Mugabe dressed conservatively and drank no alcohol. He viewed both friend and foe with a scepticism verging on the paranoid.

Zimbabwe’s founding father Robert Mugabe dies

The man who had been hailed as the hero of Africa’s struggle to throw off colonialism had turned into a dictator, trampling over human rights and turning a once prosperous country into an economic basket case.

His legacy is likely to haunt Zimbabwe for years.

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Zimbabwe’s founding father Robert Mugabe dies

Robert Mugabe is dead.

The former president of Zimbabwe died at the ripe age of 95 while receiving treatment at a Singapore hospital.

Multiple sources in Zimbabwe announced that the former leader has died.

Tributes from top African politician have started to pour in.s

Fadzayi Mahere the secretary for education for the opposition party MDC Zimbabwe tweeted:

“Rest In Peace, Robert Mugabe. My response to your passing is complicated. I’m going to write a long piece. However, for now, deepest condolences to his family.”

Human Rights Watch Southern African director Dewa Mavhinga then revealed that credible family sources say the former leaders is ‘no more’.

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Who Knew President Robert Mugabe Could Have Such A Beautiful Daughter?

Zimbawean President Robert Mugabe is one of the longest-serving heads of state in Africa. The no-nonsense president who is never short of drama is often trolled online and there’s a page “Mugabe Quotes” on Facebook that shares funny quotes about life. Although the page is not run by Mugabe himself, people always believe in what’s shared on the page and some even go again to praise ‘him’ for the wise sayings.

Anyway, did you know that away from politics, Mugabe is a family man? Well, he is married with four children. The three sons and a daughter named Bona Mugabe. Bona is the second born child of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. The 29-year-old mother of one, attended Dominican Convent Primary School and Dominican Convent High School in Harare, Zimbabwe. She then did her undergraduate university studies in accounting and finance at the City University of Hong Kong. She continued her postgraduate studies in banking and finance in Singapore and she currently works at Alpha & Omega Dairy in Mazowe, Zimbabwe. Bona Mugabe got married to a pilot a few years back.

 

She is a true definition of beauty and brains. Well, here are some of the photos of Mugabe’s beautiful daughter, check out

 

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Who knew Mugabe could have such a beautiful daughter?

Zimbabwe’s 90-year-old Mugabe falls down stairs

Zimbabwe’s 90-year-old President Robert Mugabe fell down a staircase on Wednesday as he walked off a podium after addressing supporters at Harare international airport, an AFP correspondent said.

He had just returned from Ethiopia where he took over the rotating chairmanship of the African Union.

Africa’s oldest leader, who turns 91 later this month, had concluded his homecoming speech when he tumbled to his knees on a short flight of stairs in an incident witnessed by journalists and hundreds of supporters.

He was quickly helped up by aides and walked to a waiting car.

Mugabe took over the post of African Union chairman on Friday, replacing Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

The former liberation war hero is Africa’s third-longest serving leader.

Photo Credits : AFP