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Mugabe was a good leader – before he turned nasty

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Algy Cluff with Robert Mugabe

Today is the 40th anniversary of Zimbabwean independence. Algy Cluff saw the fallen leader and his second wife become tyrants


Today is the 40th anniversary of Zimbabwean independence. Algy Cluff saw the fallen leader and his second wife become tyrants After President Robert Mugabe attended a banquet in his honour at Buckingham Palace in 1994, I asked him to visit my Aberdeenshire house to discuss how I was to raise the money to develop a large new gold mine in Zimbabwe. And so it was that Air Zimbabwe made its first and only stop at Aberdeen Airport with three passengers – Mugabe, the then High Commissioner and an ADC. I had arranged for a piper to serenade him on his arrival at the house. When the piper finished, Mugabe turned to my wife, Blondel, and said, ‘Unless I am mistaken, this gentleman has an ostrich feather on his head, under his arm he is squeezing the gut of a dead animal and he is wearing a skirt. And yet they...


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