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Behind the Lenses: Mugabe, The “Axed” Ex-President of Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe President of Zimbabwe

Robert Gabriel Mugabe is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who has been President of Zimbabwe since 1987; he previously led Zimbabwe as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987. He chaired the Zimbabwe African National Union group from 1975 to 1980 and has led its successor political party, the ZANU – Patriotic Front, since 1980. Ideologically an African nationalist, during the 1970s and 1980s he identified as a Marxist-Leninist although after the 1990s self-identified only as a socialist; his policies have been described as Mugabeism.

President Mugabe with a green stripe around his shoulder

He has been President of Zimbabwe since 1987; he previously led Zimbabwe as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987. He chaired the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) group from 1975 to 1980 and has led its successor political party, the ZANU – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF), since 1980. Ideologically an African nationalist, during the 1970s and 1980s he identified as a Marxist-Leninist although after the 1990s self-identified only as a socialist; his policies have been described as Mugabeism.  He and his family were placed under house arrest in Harare, Zimbabwe in what appeared to be a military coup on Tuesday’s night, November 14, 2017.

  • Robert Gabriel Mugabe is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who has been President of Zimbabwe since 1987; he previously led Zimbabwe as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987.
  1. Born: Feb 21, 1924 (age 93) · Zvimba District, Zimbabwe
  2. Height: 5′ 11″ (1.80 m)
  3. Office: President of Zimbabwe (Since 1987)
  4. Spouse: Grace Mugabe (m. 1996) · Sally Hayfron (m. 1961 – 1992)
  5. Children: Bona Mugabe  (Daughter) · Robert Peter Mugabe Jr. (Son) · Michael Nhamodzenyika Mugabe (Son) · Chatunga Bellarmine Mugabe (Son)
  • Previous offices: Chairperson of the African Union (2015 – 2016) · Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement (1986 – 1989) · Prime Minister of Zimbabwe (1980 – 1987)

Quotes

I’ve just concluded – since President Obama endorses the same-sex marriage, advocates homosexual people, and enjoys an attractive countenance – thus if it becomes necessary, I shall travel to Washington, D.C., get down on my knee, and ask his hand.

I have been given a list of 35 white farmers in Mashonaland West alone. We say no to whites owning our land, and they should go… They can own companies and apartments… but not the soil. It is ours, and that message should ring loud and clear in Britain and the United States.

I have been given a list of 35 white farmers in Mashonaland West alone. We say n…

We are not hungry… Why foist this food upon us? We don’t want to be choked. We have enough.

 The only white man you can trust is a dead white man.

Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy!

Was it not enough punishment and suffering in history that we were uprooted and made helpless slaves not only in new colonial outposts but also domestically?

We are not hungry… Why foist this food upon us? We don’t want to be choked…

We of Africa protest that, in this day and age, we should continue to be treated as lesser human beings than other races.

So, Blair keeps your England, and let me keep my Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe will never be a colony again.

We pride ourselves on being top, really, on the African ladder… We feel that we have actually been advancing rather than going backward.

Stay with us, please remain in this country and constitute a nation based on national unity.

Timeline

1961:

Robert Mugabe married Sally Hayfron on April 01, 1961; their marriage lasted 31 years till January 27, 1992.

1964:

While Mugabe was imprisoned, in August 1964, the Rhodesian Front government—now under the leadership of Ian Smith—banned ZANU and ZAPU and arrested all remaining leaders of the count…

1975:

In March 1975, Mugabe resolved to leave Rhodesia for Mozambique, ambitious to take control of ZANU’s guerrilla campaign.

1978:

In September 1978 Mugabe met with Nkomo in Lusaka.

1980:

On taking power in 1980, Mugabe’s hallmark was his wire-rimmed glasses, and he was also known for his tiny mustache.

1981:

In January 1981, Mugabe demoted Nkomo in a cabinet reshuffle; the latter warned that this would anger ZAPU supporters.

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