Robert Mugabe died on September 06, 2019 at the age of 95.
On the passing of former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe... I salute Robert Mugabe for his enormous contributions towards freedom and decolonization. Demonized in life and death for retrieving stolen Zimbabwe land, he will go down as one of the bravest leaders on the African continent. Thank you, sir.
We note that in death, as in life, Robert Mugabe has been virulently demonized by mainstream media as being a brutal and corrupt dictator. This is not surprising as western media and leaders have lied about Fidel Castro, about Hugo Chavez, and about Muammar Gaddafi (among many others), so we do not expect them to tell the truth now.
Given the disinformation campaign surrounding Mugabe and Zimbabwe ever since he started reclaiming stolen Zimbabwean land, we have been covering the Zimbabwe situation via this page, so that persons would have other views to consider apart from the mainstream one. While we have our own critcism of Mugabe, we also recognise that some Zimbabweans will have issues with him and his leadership, as people will have with any leader. However, the extent of the distortions in the mainstream media not only reveals their racism but how powerful media is in determining global perceptions of various people and situations.
We will not allow western interests to determine who our heroes are. In terms of his immense contributions to African liberation, Robert Mugabe will remain a hero. He took up arms to liberate Zimbabwe from the clutches of British Imperialism. Little of the coverage mentioned that he spent 11 years in prison for sedition. Mugabe also contributed towards liberating Namibia and South Africa from colonial rule.
On a continent where in some countries, despite political independence, over 70% of the arable land remains in the hand of foreigners and Whites who acquired them during colonialism, Mugabe’s land reform programme was one of his most enduring and powerful contributions. Even as western powers tried their hardest to sabotage the economy and society to force regime change, the land reform programme was able to achieve some important successes. Certainly, it has shown the importance of addressing the mass of wealth stolen by Europeans during their colonial rule.
Rest in power, Robert Mugabe.
Mugabe's address to Earth Summit: Published on Jul 21, 2015