Renowned lawyer and political analyst Alex Magaisa writing on his blog, The Big Saturday Read took the time to walk us through the life of former president Robert Mugabe and listed his reasons why he thinks Mugabe snubbed the Heroes Acre burial.
His decision to unilaterally “withdraw” his candidacy from the Heroes Acre is consistent with the personality of a man who has never hesitated to withdraw and go it alone whether in his personal life or long political career. He’s easily given to rejection (vane chiramwa vaMugabe in chiKaranga).
This is consistent with the young Mugabe who according to a Jesuit priest at Kutama when he was growing up, he was a fierce competitor at tennis who utterly despised the idea of losing. He played the game well but when he lost he was a sore loser. He would throwing his racket and walk away sulking
Another childhood friend and relative, the late James Chikerama also gave an insight into the character of the young Robert Mugabe which would manifest on the grand political stage. Apparently. if he got annoyed with his mates while herding cattle with them, the youthful Robert Mugabe, a faithful reader of books, would simply select and take away his grandfather’s cattle to herd alone
One reason for Mugabe’s declaration is probably that he is still bitter at the way he was ousted from power by his formerly trusted lieutenant Emmerson Mnangagwa, the surrent leader. Never one to take loss easily, Mugabe probably wants to get even in a contest in which he knows Mnangagwa can never win.
Magaisa’s commentary comes after it emerged that former President Mugabe told his family he doesn’t want to be buried at the national heroes’ acre.
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