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'''Robert Mugabe''' has been the repressive dictator of [[Zimbabwe]] since December 31, 1987. Zimbabwe is the former [[British]] Colony known as [[Rhodesia]]. <ref>https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/zi.html</ref> He violently oppresses anyone who opposes his government. He has cracked down on dissidents and violently seized farms from white (and many black) farm owners - seisures that led to much of the land becoming desolate as those who took the land knew about guns, not farming.  A black nationalist, he eventually established one-party rule in his country, becoming Executive President of Zimbabwe in 1987 with his [[Marxism|Marxist]] "Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front" (ZANU-PF).<ref>http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9054151/Robert-Mugabe</ref>  
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'''Robert Mugabe''' has been the repressive dictator of [[Zimbabwe]] since December 31, 1987. Zimbabwe was previously a [[British]] colony, when it was known as [[Rhodesia]]. <ref>https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/zi.html</ref> He violently oppresses anyone who opposes his government. He has cracked down on dissidents and violently seized farms from white (and many black) farm owners - seizures that led to much of the land becoming desolate as those who took the land knew about guns, not farming.  A black nationalist, he eventually established one-party rule in his country, becoming Executive President of Zimbabwe in 1987 with his [[Marxism|Marxist]] "Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front" (ZANU-PF).<ref>http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9054151/Robert-Mugabe</ref>  
  
 
In his 27 years in power, he has gone from the poster boy for the "New [[Africa]]", ruled by educated, democratic leaders, to the bottom of the heap.  Under his rule the health and well-being of his people have dropped dramatically, with his arbitrary arrests and torture of anyone considered to be an opponent.  According to the [[World Health Organization]], Zimbabwe has the world’s shortest life expectancy - 37 years for men and 34 for women. It also has the greatest percentage of orphans (about 25%, says [[UNICEF]]) and the worst annual inflation rate (1,281% as of last month). He last allowed an election in 2002 but “won” only after having his leading opponent arrested for treason.
 
In his 27 years in power, he has gone from the poster boy for the "New [[Africa]]", ruled by educated, democratic leaders, to the bottom of the heap.  Under his rule the health and well-being of his people have dropped dramatically, with his arbitrary arrests and torture of anyone considered to be an opponent.  According to the [[World Health Organization]], Zimbabwe has the world’s shortest life expectancy - 37 years for men and 34 for women. It also has the greatest percentage of orphans (about 25%, says [[UNICEF]]) and the worst annual inflation rate (1,281% as of last month). He last allowed an election in 2002 but “won” only after having his leading opponent arrested for treason.

Revision as of 14:49, 13 December 2008

Robert Mugabe has been the repressive dictator of Zimbabwe since December 31, 1987. Zimbabwe was previously a British colony, when it was known as Rhodesia. [1] He violently oppresses anyone who opposes his government. He has cracked down on dissidents and violently seized farms from white (and many black) farm owners - seizures that led to much of the land becoming desolate as those who took the land knew about guns, not farming. A black nationalist, he eventually established one-party rule in his country, becoming Executive President of Zimbabwe in 1987 with his Marxist "Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front" (ZANU-PF).[2]

In his 27 years in power, he has gone from the poster boy for the "New Africa", ruled by educated, democratic leaders, to the bottom of the heap. Under his rule the health and well-being of his people have dropped dramatically, with his arbitrary arrests and torture of anyone considered to be an opponent. According to the World Health Organization, Zimbabwe has the world’s shortest life expectancy - 37 years for men and 34 for women. It also has the greatest percentage of orphans (about 25%, says UNICEF) and the worst annual inflation rate (1,281% as of last month). He last allowed an election in 2002 but “won” only after having his leading opponent arrested for treason.

Mugabe came into power with the help of China and North Korea. The UK and the UN did nothing, as Rhodesia fought off a Communist-backed attack supported by not only China and North Korea but the Soviet Union and East Germany as well.[Citation Needed]

The son of a village carpenter, Mugabe was trained as a teacher in a Roman Catholic mission.


Fast Facts

  • Date of Birth 21/02/1924
  • Place of Birth Kutama Mission, Zvimba
  • Country of Residence Zimbabwe
  • Nationality Zimbabwean
  • Father's Name Gabriel Mugabe
  • Mother's Name Bona Shonhiwa
  • Spouse's Name Grace Marufu
  • Marriage Date 00/08/1996
  • Children 2 son(s) 1 daughter(s)
  • School Kutuma Mission School


Education

  • Bachelor of Arts University of Fort Hare Education 1951
  • Bachelor of Science University of London - UOL Economics
  • Master of Science University of South Africa Economics
  • Bachelor of Law University of South Africa
  • Master of Laws University of South Africa
  • Bachelor of Administration University of South Africa
  • Bachelor of Education University of South Africa

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References

  1. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/zi.html
  2. http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9054151/Robert-Mugabe
  3. http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=3562