RG or “Gushungo”, as many of his countrymen refer to him, is gone. Even after his 2017 ousting by the military, Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s legacy continued to cast a shadow over Zimbabwe.

As the former president’s mortal remains lay in state last week, and the stampedes that followed show, his legacy was as much a bundle of contradictions, as his 95-year life had been. The same man who built an impressive health-care and educational system, would in later years school his own children outside Zimbabwe and die in Singapore.

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