Sorrow and admiration in Mugabe's home village

Sorrow and admiration in Mugabe's home villageResidents in the Zimbabwean village where Robert Mugabe was born, got married and has a house say he was a great leader — but they express sorrowful acceptance rather than anger at his ousting. Kutama, 55 miles (90 kilometres) west of the capital Harare, has been a heartland of deeply personal support for Mugabe for decades, benefiting from his patronage and much-criticised land reforms. “When I heard the news (of his exit) and seeing what was now happening in the country, and things not going right, I thought, ‘Well everything has to end, he has to rest’,” Johannes Chikanya, Mugabe’s second cousin and a close childhood friend, told AFP.

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