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The Fear: The Last Days Of Robert Mugabe, By Peter Godwin

I was carrying Peter Godwin's book across the lobby of a South African hotel when a beaming waitress, pointing to the picture of Robert Mugabe on the cover, stopped me to exclaim proudly: "That's my uncle!" But he's a bad man, I said. "This book shows the terrible things he has done, and is still doing." She clearly didn't believe me. "But it's just a book," she said, her smile fading. "He's really a good man."

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'Mugabe chicken' pop group Freshlyground banned

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Rumours of the ill-health of Robert Mugabe are greatly exaggerated, the man himself insisted yesterday in a rare interview evidently given to allay suggestions that he is about to die. Recent pictures of Mr Mugabe showed him walking unsteadily and needing help to negotiate stairs. So up popped the Zimbabwean president to insist he was "fit as a fiddle". Whether he is or not, there is little doubt that Zimbabwe could be thrown into serious turmoil if Mr Mugabe dies in office. The man who has ruled the country for the past 30 years has indicated that he may run for office again in 2012, or whenever. And there is no unambiguous provision under the current constitution for what happens if the president dies in office.

Blair secretly courted Robert Mugabe to boost trade

Tony Blair secretly courted Robert Mugabe in an effort to win lucrative trade deals for Britain, it has emerged in correspondence released to The Independent under the Freedom of Information Act. The documents show that the relationship between New Labour and the Zimbabwean President blossomed soon after Tony Blair took office in Downing Street.

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