#RIPRobertMugabe: Ex-Leader Died a 'Bitter, Lonely Man'

Harare - Even in death, Robert Mugabe's bitterness brewed by betrayal over the November 2017 ouster, still echo far and wide.  

After his removal, it was not a secret that he felt betrayed by the people he regarded as his most trusted lieutenants, dating back to the war of liberation in the war and well after independence. 

Soon after his axing via a military coup, Mugabe recoiled into solitary confinement, electing to spend more time with his family, far away from public scrutiny, which largely regarded him as a dictator who ruined many lives.

Widely believed to have orchestrated the mass suffering of Zimbabweans, especially during the final days of his four decade rule, Mugabe would have been embraced warmly, had he retired earlier. His death, at a ripe age of 95, in a state of the art private Singapore hospital has caused an avalanche of mixed reactions, with some openly showing their joy at his departure.  

Under Mugabe's watch, Harare morphed into a basket case, the economy was on a free fall, while he sidelined his opponents with an iron fist, particularly during the Gukuhurahundi era, that saw almost 20 000 Ndebele's annihilated, during the ethnic cleansing. 
Robert Mugabe Died in Singapore, Sorrounded by his Family

Announcing his passing, President Mnangagwa said, "Cde Mugabe was an icon of 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 eternal peace"he tweeted. The tweed caused an out pour of responses. 

After the death of civilians during a protest in Harare, Mugabe attacked his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa. 

"You are at the top, you want to glorify yourself. You are not God. Today you are at the top, tomorrow you will be at the bottom, know that. God has His own way of punishing rogues and cruel people. 

"I am telling you in your face. People should love their army, they should not fear the army. I don’t care what will happen to me," Mugabe voiced. 

Soon after the tiff, Mugabe flew to Singapore for a routine medical checkup. This time, he never made it back home alive, where he said he wanted to be buried besides his mother Bona at his rural home in Kutama and not at the heroes shrine. 

"Mugabe has made it clear to his family that he does not wish to be buried at the National Heroes' Acre anymore. He does not want to be associated with Mnangagwa and all those he now views as his betrayers and tormentors.

He has said he doesn't want them to sing and pontificate over his dead body," a close family member said. "He has informed relatives about his decision and this is known in the family; it's also now known in government circles," Mugabe is reported to have said. 

Ironically, Mugabe had snubbed moves by some to have war heroes, such as Ndabaningi Sithole and Canaan Banana to be interred at the shrine. He was vehement that some had turned rebels, fighting in the opposition corner. Prophetic voices say Mugabe still had much spiritual gasp of the nation, even though he was officially demoted to an ordinary citizen. 

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