In death, as in life, former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe inspires contradiction, with news of his death in a Singapore hospital last Friday eliciting such varied responses they may have been referring to different people.

"He was indeed a leader of immense wisdom, astounding eloquence, charisma, a visionary, a colossus, a beacon of development and a man of purpose," Zanu-PF spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo said of the 95-year-old statesman. "He was a towering giant and a gallant son of the soil and has only departed for higher responsibility."

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