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Nietzsche in Harare

The era of Robert Mugabe—the most intellectual of African presidents—is coming to an end. Who will follow him?

By Stephen Chan   May 2007

There is no doubt the elegant 83 year old with the tailored suits is a fighter. He has been fighting all his life, often against huge odds. Now he imagines he is facing the greatest fight of his life, and he fantasises he will win. Even his opponents in Britain are weary of denouncing him. The home office is itching to send failed Zimbabwean asylum-seekers home—since it seems the chaos in Zimbabwe is as stable as it is ever going to get.

But Mugabe wants not only to survive politically but also to complete his work of nationalisation—of the state…

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