Harare — As Zimbabweans poured onto the streets of Harare to celebrate the expected departure of the man who has ruled over them for nearly 40 years, Robert Mugabe sat with a friend, munching corn and reminiscing about old times. "He was talking about his school days in the 1930s and anthropology and how it impacted on the colonial perception of Africans and their intellect," said George Charamba, who has been the president’s spokesman and one of his closest advisers for 17 years. Charamba, who said he spent five hours with Mugabe on Saturday and left him just 20 minutes before talking to the Financial Times, said the 93-year-old liberation hero remained on form in spite of the storms raging around him.The military, said Charamba, had guaranteed the safety of the president and his family "not only for now but for all time". Events appear to have taken on a life of their own since then, although the armed forces may be choreographing developments from behind the scenes. In addition t...

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