Mugabe to blame for 90 percent of the country’s problems- Tekere


Firebrand Edgar Tekere said President Robert Mugabe was to blame for 90 percent of the country’s problems. In his book, A lifetime of struggle, Tekere said people should not blame one man for all that had gone wrong in the country, but in the case of Zimbabwe Mugabe was at the centre of the country’s problems.

“In my view, 90 percent of the blame should go to him, and ten percent to those who have uncritically huddled around him over the years.”

Tekere who died yesterday said he was partly to blame because in extolling Mugabe as he and his colleagues did at independence, they forgot to put in place institutional arrangements that the party was sustained by collective leadership, democratic discourse and accountability.

Here is our review of the book when it was published in 2007.


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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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