Many others in the party were animated by material gods, but for Mugabe it was always the accumulation of power and its exercise that held him in thrall.
He was not the only one. He simply lusted for control more intensely – and had more effective tools for achieving it.
His capacities were exceptional; his instincts, less so.
Perhaps that is why we prefer to caricature those who are little loved and long remembered. They tell us more about ourselves than we would care to know.
By Dr Stuart Doran- author of a newly published book on Zimbabwe’s formative years, Kingdom, power, glory: Mugabe, ZANU and the quest for supremacy, 1960–1987. This article first appeared in – The Daily Maverick