Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Mugabe era in summary

Mugabe was born on 21st February 1924. He was prime minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987. He led Zimbabwe as president from 1987 to 2017. Mugabe started his career as a teacher. Between 1964 and 1974, he was imprisoned for sedition. On release he fled to Mozambique where he established Zanu, the party he has led for decades.

In 1980, he won general election to become the first prime minister of newly renamed Zimbabwe. In 1987, Zimbabwe parliament amended constitution to declare Mugabe as the executive president. He would go on to win all subsequent elections retaining his presidency.

Mugabe is famed to have had two wives. While married to Sally Hayfron, Mugabe had an extra-marital affair with Grace Marufu. In 1992, Sally died and Mugabe married Grace officially. On November 2017, Mugabe was placed under house arrest by ZNA army. On 19th November 2017, he was sacked as leader of ZANU-PF. This led to his resignation as president of Zimbabwe. There was celebration as his resignation letter was led in parliament.

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