Robert Mugabe, who has died at the age of 95, was a man of myth.
Not just one myth, but of two: the magician and the monster. Both had elements of truth, but neither was the whole man. Mugabe was someone whose shape shifted dramatically over time, taking his reputation with it.
He was, without doubt, the man who made Zimbabwe. Many others played a role: Ndabaningi Sithole, Joshua Nkomo, Abel Muzorewa, Rex Nhongo, the other leaders and fighters of ZANU. But Mugabe was the dominant force. He... more