Robert Mugabe

  1. Mugabe Trump comparison riles many

    Donald Trump

    Some people on Twitter have taken umbrage against a tweet by a former US official comparing President Donald Trump to Zimbabwe's late leader Robert Mugabe, over his comments alleging fraud, without evidence, in the US election.

    Samantha Power, who served as the UN ambassador in the administration of former President Barack Obama, tweeted that Mr Trump was "going full Robert Mugabe".

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    Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe from 1980 until he was ousted in a coup in 2017. His stay in office for decades was secured through elections marred by widespread allegations of fraud.

    Ms Power's tweet was sent minutes after Mr Trump held a press briefing on Thursday, where he blamed his dwindling chances for re-election on votes cast illegally.

    He has been widely criticised for the comments with many saying that he was undermining US democratic systems.

    But some Africans on Twitter thought the comparison was a way of Americans pointing fingers at others instead of appreciating the problems in their own country.

    Here's a sample of a few of them:

    Quote Message: There really is no Robert Mugabe comparison here. Accept your president" from @Tomi_Oladipo
    @Tomi_Oladipo
    Quote Message: only African elections are like this. Not elections in the sophisticated White west! Your inability to see and acknowledge America's flaws, and try to rebrand this as an African failure is outrageous. No, this is Western democracy behaviour. It's the USA, 100%. Own it." from @GlobalMediaPhD
    @GlobalMediaPhD
    Quote Message: Ah.. Africa the bench mark of disaster. I remember the administration you served having its own favourite tyrants. Should I name them? Nah. You have their phone numbers." from @bahrzaf
    @bahrzaf
  2. Mugabe to be buried at home not Heroes Acre

    People carrying a coffin
    Image caption: Former President Robert Mugabe was given a state funeral on 14 September

    In the latest episode in the saga of where Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe will be buried, the family has reversed a decision to have him interred at Heroes Acre in the capital, Harare.

    Instead he will be buried in his home region of Zvimba.

    The location of his grave became a source of tension between the Mugabe family and the government.

    They blame the current leadership for Mr Mugabe's overthrow in November 2017. He was toppled after 37 years in power and replaced by current President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

    At his funeral, family member Walter Chidhakwa said he had died a "sad, sad, sad man".

    It was thought that the family had compromised over the site of his burial and agreed to Mr Mugabe being laid to rest at Heroes Acre, where those who fought colonial rule are buried, once a mausoleum had been built.

    But it seems there has been a change of heart.

    In a statement, Information Minister Nick Mangwana said the government will respect the wishes of the family and support them in providing a "fitting burial" in Zvimba.

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  3. Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe 'died of cancer'

    Person walks past digital image of Robert Mugabe
    Image caption: Memorials like this digital image have been springing up in tribute to the former president

    Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe died from cancer after his chemotherapy treatment was stopped, the country's state-run Herald newspaper quoted his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa as saying.

    The president gave two reasons for why doctors in Singapore had stopped the treatment:

    Quote Message: Because of age and also because the cancer had spread and it was not helping anymore."

    The 95-year-old former leader, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years from independence until he was ousted in a coup in November 2017, died earlier this month in Singapore, where he had been in hospital for several months.

    He will be buried in a mausoleum still under construction at Heroes Acre - a hilltop shrine just outside the capital, Harare, where many of the country's most prominent liberation fighters have been laid to rest.

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  4. Mugabe burial will be private ceremony

    Andrew Harding

    BBC News

    Robert Mugabe's coffin at Rufaro Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe - 12 September 2019
    Image caption: Robert Mugabe's body is lying-in-state for the last two days at a stadium in the capital

    Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe will be buried in a private ceremony at the Heroes' Acre national monument near the capital, Harare, his nephew has told the BBC.

    Leo Mugabe, the family's spokesman, said the burial would not take place on Sunday as had been expected.

    There will be a public ceremony at Heroes' Acre on Sunday, but he will not be buried then.

    Instead, his body will be returned to his home village in Kutama where clan chiefs and relatives will be allowed to perform their own ceremonies.

    Only at a later date - another Sunday which is yet to be determined - will Mr Mugabe, who died at the age of 95 last week, be finally buried in a private ceremony at at Heroes Acre.

  5. BreakingFamily U-turn over Mugabe burial

    Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe will be buried at the Heroes' Acre national monument near the capital, Harare, a family spokesman has announced.

    There had been disagreement between Mr Mugabe's family and the government over where the long-time leader's final resting place should be.

  6. Mugabe's family prevails in burial dispute

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC Africa, Harare

    Robert Mugabe's family has prevailed and Zimbabwe's former president will be buried in his rural home.

    This is a final snub to his former comrades. It is not unprecedented: other national heroes have declined to be buried at the Heroes' Acre national shrine in the capital, Harare, but not one of Robert Mugabe's stature.

    Speaking at her mother's funeral last year, Grace Mugabe expressed her desire to reconcile with President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the man who ultimately won out in the pair's battle to succeed Mr Mugabe as president. But this decision could strain relations and widen the rift.

    In Harare's Rufaro stadium, where preparations are under way for the arrival of his body, hundreds of mourners in the regalia of the governing Zanu-PF party have arrived. There is a jubilant mood.

    But most of the people I spoke to are Mugabe supporters. One woman supported the family's decision for a private burial.

    "The way they got rid of him was not right, it was cruel," she said.

    Another mourner said she believed the former president needed to be buried with his family rather than with his comrades.

    Women dressed in the colours of the ruling Zanu-PF party dance at the Rufaro stadium in Harare
    Image caption: Zanu-PF supporters have descended on Harare's Rufaro stadium where Robert Mugabe's body will lie in state