Everyone pretends to know President Robert Mugabe yet his true character and personality will remain a puzzle not only for his contemporaries but for future historians and the general public.

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By Mutumwa Mawere

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President Robert Mugabe
President Robert Mugabe

He is a recognised but highly misunderstood brand. Even the people who purport to know him better than others principally due to proximity to him have yet to understand the man especially what informs his choices and actions.

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What is remarkable from the recent developments in Zanu PF that have resulted in a number of senior members of the party leaving the bus, is that each of the victims and victors have their own different and conflicting perceptions of Mugabe’s role in the drama.

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To former vice president Joice Mujuru, it would appear that she believes that the driving mind behind her demise has nothing to do with Mugabe.

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To Mutasa, it is evident that he believes Zanu PF as he knows has been hijacked and he still believes that sanity will be restored when Mugabe realises that the new Zanu PF is not what it was meant to be.

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To Rugare Gumbo, it would appear that he believes that the president has and is being manipulated and as such cannot be held responsible for what has happened and is happening in the party.

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The remarkable thing in all the drama unfolding in the party is that all factions believe that Mugabe is blameless.

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To the new party gate-keepers, the losers have been the authors of their demise. Even in the mind of Emmerson Mnangagwa, one of the VPs who was generally perceived to be a faction leader opposed to former VP Mujuru, it seems so clear to him that Mujuru and company chose the swords that sealed their political fate.

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This is not the first crisis to confront Zanu PF that has seen Mugabe emerge seemingly blameless not only to the faithful but also to the victims.

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The loyalty to Mugabe, the person, seems universal especially among the warring factions.

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None of the so-called faction leaders would dare challenge Mugabe which in itself exposes the fallacy of the proposition that Mujuru and company were part of any conspiracy aimed at removing the only elephant that Zanu PF has known in the bus.

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Mugabe has acquired global fame among the down-trodden people because of what he is perceived to stand for and implemented.

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Rightly or wrongly, he is perceived to have single-handedly transformed an exclusive colonial education order into a democratic one.

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Although the land and natural resources that define Zimbabwe were given generously by the Creator, Mugabe has been credited for playing the role of a Robin Hood in using the State to correct the historically determined relationship between the people and land.

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Mugabe’s state of mind is largely informed by his own personal experiences to allow any new experiences to dilute his belief that it was the Creator’s purpose to place him where he is and has been since independence in the power value chain to assert the rights and aspirations of the majority of the people.

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It is with respect to  Mugabe’s values regarding the prescripts of the law that one may need to interrogate his legacy as it will help resolve some of the lingering questions regarding his commitment to limitations of absolute power.

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There can be no better person to help us venture into the mind of Mugabe than Mnangagwa who in his interview published by the Sunday Mail on February 22, 2015 under the title: “The President Mugabe that I know”,  says that he first met Mugabe in May 1964 at the first Zanu congress. He was elected special assistant to Mugabe at the Chimoio Conference.