Dr Alex Tawanda Magaisa, a Zimbabwean lawyer and lecturer of law in the United Kingdom has said that despite notable flaws, the late former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe remained significant in the history of Zimbabwe and the world at large.
Magaisa speaks when there are disagreements on Mugabe’s legacy. Some believe he was a great man who deserved to be honoured whilst some are of the view that he eraised his own legacy by his deeds towards the end of his political career.
Is Mugabe an important figure in history? There is no doubt that he is. Few trend on social media as he has done upon his demise. Being important is not dependent on being good or bad. It is whether one has made an impact upon the world or at least, a part of it.
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No fair analysis of Mugabe’s long and controversial career would ignore the fact that he did have an influential impact. There’s probably no other person apart from Cecil John Rhodes founder of the country that is now known as Zimbabwe who has had the greatest impact upon it and its people. Ian Douglas Smith, the last real leader of Rhodesia gives both men stiff competition.
Magaisa further notes that Mugabe, however, was found wanting in areas such as adherence to human rights, rule of law and granting of freedoms.
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