13 Sep 2019

Mugabe remembered: Victims recount dictator’s reign of terror

International Editor

In Zimbabwe, a row has erupted between the government and the family of Robert Mugabe over when the former leader will be buried. The family have agreed to a government plan to give him a state funeral and bury him at a monument to national heroes in the capital Harare, but that could take weeks to happen.

Mugabe is seen by many in Africa as a hero of the war against white rule in the 1970s. In the west, he’s widely regarded as a tyrant for his violent campaign to seize white farms after 1998.

But in Matabeleland, he is remembered for massacres of the Ndebele people, who supported his political rival in the 1980s. We went to Matopo, where some of the worst atrocities took place.